Where: 26 Lendal, York YO1 8AA,
I spent: £16
I had the pleasure of visiting Jamie's Italian in York for dinner last week for a friend's birthday!
A group of 14 of us descended upon the restaurant like ravenous hungry students/beasts. The first positive is that they were extremely accommodating in our booking, we didn’t have to pay some sort of ridiculous deposit, which is increasingly becoming the norm when booking for large parties. The restaurant was also extremely kind in holding our table when we were half an hour late due to snow and the subsequent hellish traffic we encountered on our journey in.
The restaurant had a very rustic feel, think lots of wood and low lighting. I imagine it’s the kind of place that would go down very well on a first date as it has a sort of sexy, dishevelled vibe going on. I think it’s actually a lot like Jamie’s food, not exactly a polished or neat finish, but it looks good because all the ingredients really work well when tossed together casually.
I would also like to note that the toilets, (yes, I’m talking about the toilets, I work in customer service so don’t judge me!) had what looked to be Thomas Crapper fittings, obviously exciting to the history students among us!
Due to my depleted student budget I couldn’t really splash out, this was also further compounded by the fact we were going on to Willow later (if you’re a student at York, you will know about Willow, unless you have been living under a rock which is under a much larger rock.)
- THE JAMIE’S ITALIAN BURGER, £10.95, ‘Prime British chuck & flank steak with smoked mozzarella, mortadella, sticky balsamic onions, tomato, pickles & chillies’
This burger looked impressive, stacked high with lots of promise. However I have to admit I was slightly disappointed, the actual burger patty (is that the right term? I’m going to roll with it for now) was extremely under seasoned. I know the burger as a whole entity had chillies in and lots of other flavours going on, but a little salt and pepper in the meat would have made it far better.
I also didn’t get much of a smokey taste from the mozzarella, it just tasted like, well, mozzarella…
–ROASTED PUMPKINS, BEETS & SQUASH, £3.50, ‘Tossed with chilli, garlic & roasted nuts & seeds’
This was actually the highlight for me; everything was crisp on the outside and tender within, packed with flavour too!
I didn’t have anything, but some of my friends opted for the JI WARM BROWNIE, £4.95 'Chocolate, raspberry & amaretto brownie with vanilla ice cream’ It was slightly on the small side, but apparently tasted amazing.
– Again, I had to forego anything other than water. But the birthday girl did let me try some of her FLORENCE FIZZ, £6.75 ‘Limoncello, pomegranate juice, elderflower cordial & Prosecco.’ It was amazingly sweet, but also extremely moreish. I’m not sure how I feel about the price, but if you’re out to treat yourself, then the cocktail menu was reasonable in size and variety.
The waiters/waitresses were extremely polite and accommodating. Our service was a little slow, probably understandable due to our large group size. I did sometimes get the feeling that they were slightly overstretched, some looked pretty stressed. We paid a 10% service charge as we were a large group, which was added too the bill.
Overall – 3/5
An excellent place if you have a quite large budget, not so great for mere students. However we had a great time for the birthday and went on to get extremely drunk, so all was well!
In addition: I have a friend who went on Valentine’s Day and had the set menu which they felt really was not a good deal.