A few Saturdays ago, armed with a camera, microphone and hungry bellies, we ventured up to Jamie’s Italian Manchester.
I was lucky enough to have been invited to try Jamie’s restaurant, and thought it would be a great opportunity to mark the occasion by creating my first YouTube video.
With an incredible amount of support and inspiration from Bogdan, along with his awesome camera and editing skills, it was all made possible. So a great big ‘thank you’ to him.
Now without further ado, back to our Saturday afternoon…
I didn’t know what to expect, but as the sunshine peeked out from behind the Mancunion clouds, I knew we were in for a great day.
As we entered the restaurant, I was stunned to see the beautiful details of the decor. What was formally a bank, the restaurant has kept many of the stunning features of the grade listed building. From amazing wood work to gigantic windows, it was rather impressive and certainly gave me inspiration for my future (dream) home.
We were led upstairs to a table on the mezzanine and handed our menus. The menu was jam-packed with everything you could imagine, from wooden planks laden with continental meats, to hearty and ever so saucy pasta dishes. I honestly couldn’t decide what to order. It was at that moment of sheer indecisiveness that I spotted the specials menu.
Our waiter talked us through the specials and I was swooned by the homemade ravioli stuffed with salami and buffalo ricotta, gently tossed in a silky lemon butter sauce. Bogdan chose the sausage pappardelle; which consisted of braised fennel sausage ragù with Torrione Chianti, parmesan and a sprinkling of herby breadcrumbs.
I’m not going to lie when our meals arrived, his dish looked so incredibly tasty and just looked like it oozed punches of flavour. I found my meal didn’t have the same appearance appeal, but what it lacked in looks – was certainly made up by the lemony butter sauce and flavour of the ravioli.
Throughout the dinner, i naturally explored the drinks menu. After a rather crazy week, I felt like treating myself to a cocktail (or three!). It all kick started with a Stiletto Manhattan (Jack Daniel’s, amaretto and dry vermouth), before moving over to a magical Jamie’s Mojito.
Once our main meals were finished, we simply couldn’t say “no” to the desserts. I mention in my video meringues which were “little puddles of glory-ness”, I’m honestly not too sure what that means – but they looked divine and apparently tasted pretty good too. I opted for the epic homemade fudgy brownie which was served with caramel ice cream and caramelised amaretti popcorn – my kind of dessert for sure! It was the highlight of my meal and just tasted incredible.
After dinner we headed downstairs to explore the gift shop stalls and whilst browsing the Christmas collection, I got speaking with the General Manager. He was ever so lovely and offered to show us The Vault – which sounded rather intriguing. We made our way downstairs and set foot in a little room which was packed with ambience. The Vault is used for private dining and it looked like a magical setting for any special occasion.
I had a wonderful time at Jamie’s Italian and found everything from the service and decor, to the dinner and drinks, absolutely awesome. I can’t wait to go back and treat myself to an antipasti plank and another epic brownie – oh, I can dream!
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