I’ve mentioned on this blog before that it’s not often we visit chain restaurants. However, sometimes it’s the best option for your group! We do always try to eat at independent restaurants, especially as Brighton is full of them, but you’ll catch us in a chain restaurant now and again. We’ve had some of our favourite meals at them!
A chain I’d never tried before was Jamie’s Italian restaurant in Brighton. Josh has been on a couple of occasions, but I’ve never been before. We decided to head down with our friend Caitlin one night before heading to the cinema. Jamie’s Italian Brighton is just 5 mins away from the Odeon, so it seemed perfect!
Jamie’s Italian in Brighton is so much bigger than I expected! It’s spacious and split across two floors, with booths, small tables and big group tables – they’re guaranteed to accommodate your party.
We were sat right by the kitchen, with a view of the large wood fire oven and the pizza chef cooking pizzas from scratch.
We ordered a bottle of Jamie’s Italian Prosecco NV Spumante (£29.50 a bottle). It went down really well, with a citrus finish.
To start, I ordered Margherita Arancini (£6). The three little rice balls were filled with tomato and mozarella and were served with a cheese fonduta and basil.
At Jamie’s Italian they cook their bread fresh every day in house, which Josh couldn’t resist trying. He ordered the bread board which came with focaccia, paysan, grissini & olive tapenade for £3.95.
Caitlin ordered the Cheesy Croquettes (£4.95), but unfortunately they had run out on the night we were there. The chef kindly made her some deep fried gnocchi with a truffle dip – which we all loved and was probably our favourite of the three starters.
I was very torn for what to order for my main, they have a good selection of vegetarian options which was lucky for me! I settled on a favourite flavour combination of mine, spinach and ricotta ravioli (£12.95), which came cooked in a tomato sauce and topped with ricotta. The pasta had been cooked perfectly al-dente and I loved the flavour combinations.
Josh’s main made me wish I wasn’t vegetarian just for the evening. He ordered Jamie’s Octopus Ravioli (£14.95), which came with squid ink ravioli parcels and a rich tomato sauce. Probably the best main of the three!
Caitlin ordered the Wild Mushroom Ravioli (£13), which I was really tempted to order too. The fontal and porcini mushroom parcels were cooked with a creamy mushroom sauce. I had a taste and I think the sauce was a little watery, but the pasta was cooked perfectly!
The customer service at Jamie’s was excellent. We were served by a couple of people, but every time they made the experience personal and made sure there was nothing else we needed.
We were also called up prior to our booking to let us know some of the options weren’t available on the night due to a supplier issues, which we really appreciated knowing in advance!
We had a really pleasant evening at Jamie’s, and it was the perfect place to head to before the cinema. All three of us left feeling content, slightly tipsy and full of carbs.
*We were invited to Jamie’s Italian in exchange for an honest review*