Last week, after a “Smashing” night out and an even more head-smashing hangover, I managed to crawl out of bed after noon. The thought of trying not to be sick was pretty much my one and only thing that I could focus my mind upon however I managed to watch some cooking from James Martin through glazed eyes with a bowl of pineapple lovingly prepared for me. Amazingly; this has been one of the best hangover cures I have ever come across! I also didn’t think that I was that drunk; this said – stories I heard later tend to null this theory. So; feeling a bit fresher but still battling a not-too-severe headache the time of day where I regained my appetite appeared again.
So; lain on my sofa the decision was made that given it was the weekend that we should leave the house; an idea that seems so easy in theory. Anyway; without even asking a decision was made both me and Elisha that we were going to Jamie’s Italian. Because she was craving something that she had there last time, and I would just eat anything by this point. Got on my phone; booked the table for early evening and we drove down. Obviously after catching up the Masterchef Omnibus on iPlayer; Lovely!
So; how was it? Well, I’ve only visited Jamie’s once before and I got the mixed grill – which was a treat but I didn’t order any sides so I was just faced with a plate of meat. We were seated, upstairs this time, in a centre table. This is not a problem at all but you do kind of feel like it’s just an extra table they’ve fitted in. This said, we settled in and had the most fantastic waitress whose name I sadly can’t remember. She managed to flog me, in a nice way, one of the dishes that she had mentioned that was a special. I had decided that I wanted this as a starter; as they do half-portion starters of mains which is a neat little option. Elisha decided to pick Risotto Balls from the menu but I opted for the Black Pasta with Scallops and something else. It was bloody delicious.
Now; as you will recall I got the Mixed Grill last time which was nice but a) I wanted to try something new and b) It wasn’t on the menu. So I opted for the chicken. Now; I wouldn’t usually go for just chicken as I think it’s a boring choice however, I’d been watching Masterchef all day (as you already know) and I thought this isn’t going to just be any chicken; which is wasn’t. It was again amazing. Succulent, well-cooked; in a nice sauce featuring olives; this being my only gripe-only because I don’t like fiddling with my food and they had the pips in them; I can forgive this. I tend to usually be jealous in these circumstances when the other person gets a meal. Elisha got some fish in a bag; probably nice but I’m not a fan of tentacles texture.
On another note; I ordered “World-famous” Polenta chips; alongside Posh chips too. My polenta chips arrived a little bit later than the rest of the meal because they had fallen apart in the fryer; however the next set of Polenta chips we received I was happy that they had come out on time but I felt like these had been rushed out and were slightly undercooked.
Overall, it was a fantastic meal, and I would return (every night probably…) as we were treated very well, the bill wasn’t too expensive and the food was magnificent. Not quite perfect but good. They also have a gift shop on the way out. I might buy a platter next time…