A Visit to Jamie's Italian

A Visit to Jamie's Italian

Do you know what I love? Food. Do you know what type of food is my favourite? Italian. My love of Italian food is that of Joey's love for food in general. Robyn doesn't share Italian food unless I really like you that is. So when I was invited along to Jamie's Italian I was so excited, it is one of the few restaurants in Glasgow's city centre I was yet to try. 

So last Monday, my mum, my sister and I made our way to Jamie's Italian for a nice day out and some delicious lunch. The restaurant is one I have passed many times while in Glasgow so I knew exactly where it was situated. It's an easy to find restaurant right beside George Square, the perfect destination for lunch in the busy city. Inside the restaurant has a rustic theme to it, with copper accents and dark wood making up most of the decor. It is a rather spacious restaurant, but seemed to fill up rather swiftly, always a good sign of great food, isn't it? 

We each decided on the 2-course super lunch menu option, it only costs £11.95 which is pretty inexpensive for two courses, especially in a city centre chain restaurant. The super lunch menu is a separate menu from the main and runs weekdays Mon-Fri 12pm until 6pm. I got the Gennaro's Chicken Club which is essentially a chargrilled chicken burger with pancetta, spicy'nduja mayo, cheese and salad on brioche and I got it with a side of sweet potato fries, my absolute favourite side besides garlic bread. Both my mum and my sister got the steak and fries dish. For drinks I opted for their homemade lemonade, my mum got their cloudy apple and my sister got a typical cola because she's tragic, but we won't get into that. 

A Visit to Jamie's Italian
Chances are if I go anywhere that has homemade lemonade on the menu I will get the homemade lemonade, it is my absolute favourite drink. I love lemonade in general, fizzy, still, homemade, freshly squeezed etc etc etc, but this lemonade was on a whole other level. It was the perfect middle ground between bitter and sweet, which is great of course because unlike me, most people actually aren't a fan of bitter tastes. I took a sip of my mum's cloudy apple juice and it was also amazing, again it was the perfect middle ground between bitter and sweet. My mum commented that it was also incredibly fresh and since our visit she has been buying cloudy apple juice to try to find one that even resembles the one from Jamie's Italian, so far none have come close. The cola of course tasted like cola, what's new?

At the end along with the desserts, my mum got herself an Americano and she absolutely loved it, it was super strong and amazing. She was pretty excited to get herself a coffee at the end of the meal as she is a big coffee enthusiast, so getting her seal of approval means a lot in my opinion, she loved it. 

A Visit to Jamie's Italian

Our mains were brought over pretty swiftly and we couldn't wait to tuck in, it all smelled absolutely delicious. My chicken burger was incredibly tender and delicious. The chicken was cooked to perfection, but the pancetta was a little chewy so about halfway through my burger I opted to take it off, the burger was just as delicious minus the pancetta however and I absolutely loved the spicy'nduja mayo, it was superb, I even dipped a few of my sweet potato fries into it. I feel like I have tried the sweet potato fries from just about every restaurant in Glasgow and these ones were fantastic, they were pretty thin like french fries and are so tasty. 

Both my mum and my sister got the steak and chips, the steak is a thin skirt of steak so it can either be rare or well done, both of them ordered it well done. It also came with a garlic butter on top, but my mum opted to not get it since she isn't the biggest fan of garlic (we disagree on that hugely, I LOVE garlic). They both absolutely loved the steak, I didn't steal a taste because I rarely eat red meat and am not a fan of steak, but they thought it was incredible. They both thought it was especially flavourful, cooked to perfection and super tender. My sister commented that she would have liked an option of a sauce or a gravy as she thought it was slightly dry, but my mum completely disagreed and said she liked it how it is. They both thought the fries were also cooked perfectly as they were crispy but very soft and fluffy. 

In typical mum manner, my mum was obsessed with the crockery, she loved the oval plates the steak was served on and the little copper dishes the chips were all served in. My burger was served up on a wooden plank, like a very thick chopping board which was pretty cool too as I haven't really seen that before, it fits with the rustic feel of the restaurant. Although the portion sizes were quite medium on the size scale they were super filling and we were about to burst before our desserts had even made an appearance and that's without any starters! 

A Visit to Jamie's Italian

Guess who forgot to take pictures of the desserts? Me, that's who, I suck at this whole food blogging thing, don't I? I don't totally blame myself however as the wait between the main and dessert was quite lengthy and by the time we were served them we had forgotten the purpose of our visit. My sister and I got lemon sorbet and my mum got tiramisu and a coffee, which I spoke about in the drinks section.  

The sorbet was served in the cutest little silver martini glass styled bowl. It was a couple of scoops and was super refreshing, not too bitter, but bitter enough for my liking. I always order sorbet as a dessert if it is on the menu and lemon is my favourite flavour since lemon is my favourite fruit. It was the perfect end to the meal and a fantastic palate cleanser. Both my sister and I demolished it rather quickly. My mum has always wanted to try out tiramisu so she thought the best place to try it would be an Italian inspired restaurant. It was served in a little glass bowl and looked delicious, however, my mum wasn't entirely fond of it, she expected it to taste more like coffee, but she found it tasted very like liquor, she couldn't put her finger on which alcoholic drink, but she found it to be less than delicious as she isn't a very big alcohol person. 

We were served by a waiter called Peter who was absolutely lovely, incredibly out-going and friendly. He was very attentive checking back to make sure we enjoyed each course, making sure we had enough drinks and that we were happy with what we ordered. 

Overall, we really enjoyed our visit, the food was delicious, the service was amazing and the restaurant was super welcoming and decorated beautifully. Besides a few hiccups, it really was an amazing restaurant visit and we would all return for sure. 

Have you tried this restaurant? What dish do you recommend or which other Italian restaurant do you recommend? 

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