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Birthday dinner – Jamie’s Italian Page 2

Mains:

For mains, I ordered Jamie’s Octopus ravioli. These black parcels had really lovely filling, and was complemented by the sauce. Lovely. And just enough sauce.

Jamie’s Octopus ravioli – Octopus & squid-ink pasta parcels in a rich shellfish & tomato sauce, topped with hand-picked Cornish crab

My oldest daughter ordered the Gennaro’s Tagliatelle Bolognese. This had pork & beef slow cooked with red wine, topped with pangrattato & Parmesan. Amazingly my daughter finished this without any help.

Gennaro’s tagliatelle bolognese

My wife ordered the Famous Prawn Linguine, served with garlicky prawns & Scottish langoustine tails with tomatoes, fennel, saffron, fresh chilli & rocket. My wife felt there was not enough sauce, and that there was hardly any taste to it. So clearly she was disappointed with this dish & clearly will not be ordering this again.

Our Famous Prawn Linguine – garlicky prawns & Scottish langoustine tails with tomatoes, fennel, saffron, fresh chilli & rocket

My youngest daughter ordered from the kid’s menu the Margherita pizza served with a shake-me salad. She said the pizza was tasty, so it was no surprise that she finished it quite quickly.

Kid’s Margherita pizza served with a fresh shake-me salad

They also gave her a kid’s pack to keep her entertained. What was particularly interesting, is that it came with 2 purple paper leaves which are embedded with thyme seeds. These can be grown in a pot of compost after wetting with water.

Little kid’s entertainment pack – even includes thyme seeds embedded in paper leaves

Dessert:

We ordered 2 different desserts to share. The chocolate fudge sundae which is served with salty caramel popcorn, very rich chocolate brownies and chocolate and vanilla ice cream.

Chocolate fudge sundae – salted caramel popcorn & chocolate gelatos, brownie pieces & caramelised popcorn

The Baked vanilla cheesecake was light and fluffy, and goes well with the strawberries and honeycomb. We had no problem finishing both desserts.

Baked vanilla cheesecake – strawberry compote, proper honeycomb & baby basil

And as if food is not enough, you can also buy various condiments or Jamie Oliver books from their gift section.

Gift section

I have to say that it was an enjoyable dining experience (other than the disappointing linguine),and for the first time we managed to finish all the food that was served. However, the service does not quite reflect the type of service that we have had in other Italian restaurants. But nevertheless it was an enjoyable dining experience. And my oldest daughter was very happy, which makes it worth while.

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