As mentioned in my previous post about my staycation, on the last day we had our final meal together at Jamie’s Italian, Exeter. Let me just say now – I love Jamie (I feel like we’d be on a first name basis if we ever met). He is my favourite celebrity chef and if I’m ever looking for a new recipe I go straight to his website and books before anyone elses. Needless to say I love his restaurants too.
Jamie’s Italian is one of my favourite restaurants although I had only been to the Cheltenham one up until now. Everytime I eat there I spend the whole week afterwards day dreaming about the food I ate and wishing I could materialise it out of my photographs.
This visit I decided to go with two classics – the Tagliatelle Bolognese and the Epic Chocolate Brownie. These were both included in the lunchtime 2 course menu, only costing £10.95. Bargain. And of course we ordered fries too because we’re classy like that. What’s better than carbs with a side of carbs? nothing. To drink I opted for a glass of pineapple juice after seeing the number of teaspoons in a glass of coke – thanks Jamie. Although there’s probably still just as much in a juice, but at least it’s ‘natural’ sugars and escapes the sugar tax – which I’m all for incase you were wondering.
Jamie’s restaurants all have the same rustic theme to them which he is well known for. The food was all served in pretty bowls and plates with the same pattern whilst our chips were wrapped in paper and served in copper bowls. The cutlery got the nod of approval from my mum – who is very particular about the type of forks she likes lol. Even the glasses were of a nice shape and lets not forget the classic Jamie’s Italian napkins – more like tea towels. One of my favourite things about the restaurant actually.
But back to the food!
The bolognese – this was in one word delicious.
The pasta was fresh and cooked to perfection, coated in the rich bolognese sauce. Extra sauce was distributed around the edges sort of like a moat around a castle lol. The sauce was juicy and full of body. It was made from both beef and pork mince which gave varying textures to the dish which I love. I’m not the biggest minced meat fan but this is the exception. It had just enough parmesan sprinkled ontop to bring the flavours together and complete the dish. Of course you could ask for more if you liked.
The fries – like all good chips were crisp and hot.
They were skin on fries which adds to Jamie’s rustic theme and are my favourite type of fry. They were seasoned lightly and we asked for ketchup and mayo to dip them into. I don’t wanna get too deep but these sauces were something else. They were made by the kitchen I suppose and not bought in a bottle. The ketchup tasted like a tangy, rich reduced tomato sauce as opposed to the sweet Heinz I am used to. I actually really enjoyed it which I guess is a sign of my maturing taste buds as I’m pretty certain myself as a child would have hated it and demanded Heinz instead. Likewise the mayo tasted freshly made and was thick and creamy – perfect for fry dipping. Match made in heaven.
The brownie – oh my.
This brownie was heavenly. It was warm and soft and gooey. Everything a brownies should and have to be for me to eat it. Poured over was a runny, sweet butterscotch sauce and a scoop of vanilla ice cream was placed on top left to gently melt down the sides. I was in love with this brownie. I savoured every bite. Until we meet again brownie, until we meet again.
Overall it was an incredible meal despite choosing pretty basic courses lol – I was obviously not feeling very adventurous. I would eat this meal again in a heartbeat and would highly recommend it. Also this food from the Exeter restaurant was far nicer than any I’ve had in the Cheltenham one which I found quite interesting. I hope to try more in different cities soon.
Thank you for reading,