About two and a half years ago we went to Jamie Oliver’s Fifteen restaurant in Cornwall and came away less than impressed. Service was shoddy, and some of my food was sent back… Needless to say, I lost my faith in Jamie and never returned.
Since then, Jamie has been an exceptionally busy boy and his Italian style restaurants are popping up left right and center. I decided it was time to give him another chance, so on Friday, we popped into Jamie’s Italian Stratford (in Westfield) for the big taste test.
We arrived about 2pm and the place was packed. The host told us that we could be seated within ten minutes, so we just nipped into John Lewis for a quick shop to fill in the time. No Drama. No fuss.
As a big gin drinker, the cocktail menu seemed a bit vodka heavy to me. I asked if they could make me up an elderflower gin cocktail and the waiter suggested we try one of their gin, apple and blackcurrant specialties. So that, we did – It was delicious and the whole experience just got better from there.
There was not a hint of shoddy service in sight. The waiter was lovely (to look at) and as soon as we had finished our water or emptied our plates, we were seen to right away. The food was delicious and superb value. The only small thing that may have let it down a bit was the restaurants choice of music. Now, I’m a fan of drum and bass in the right setting, but it’s not what I wanted to hear during a relaxing lunch out! Luckily, there were only a few banging tracks during our meal and then we had to suffer some dubious pop music. Each to their own.
Gin, apple and blackcurrant cocktails – £6.95 each
CRISPY SQUID – £5.75
Fried squid with garlicky mayo, lemon & chilli
This was my favourite part of the meal. It was absolutely delicious!
WORLD’S BEST OLIVES ON ICE – £3.75
Large green olives, black
I’m not a fan of Olives, but Alex said these were pretty close to being the world’s best olives.
He loved that they didn’t just come in a bowl alone and that they came with tapenade.
Clams, mussels, prawns, cockles, gurnard, chilli & white wine
I opted for the small size, which was more than plenty with my starter.
WILD RABBIT TAGLIOLINI £6.75/£10.95
Slow-cooked ragù with garlic & herbs, mascarpone & Amalfi lemon
Alex had this and the portion was massive. The thing I like about Jamie’s Italian is that you
can order smaller portions and opt to eat a few different things. This is something Alex did not do!
We also had a side salad and a coffee. There was no pressure to order bottle water, which was great, as some places can be rather snotty when you ask for tap water.
I’d certainly return to Jamie’s Italian. The total price of our meal for two was £48. If you forget about the cocktails, then you can make it an even cheaper lunch out… However, I would always suggest a cocktail over lunch darling!