We were very excited to be asked to review Jamie's Italian in Liverpool. We do love eating out as a family and having the younger girls, we are always on the lookout for places that cater and allow for children. Sometimes our kids can be quite "lively" (as most children are) so it is important for us that wherever we go is relaxed, has plenty of space, possibly some activities for the kids as well as yummy food! So we went o Jamie's full of expectation of course!
The restaurant itself is in the heart of the city.
The Christmas decorations are just starting to be put up now so Liverpool at night looks amazing. The restaurant itself is spacious and has a really lovely atmosphere. Relaxed with helpful staff and tables with plenty of space in between. This is really important when you have kids!! There were also activity packs for the kids to colour in whilst we waited for the food - perfect.
We loved the menu. There was plenty of choice and we took a while to decide what we wanted. Warren settled on Squid and Mussel Spaghetti Nero. This was seafood with pasta dyed and flavoured with squid ink. Warren really enjoyed it. I had the Turkey Milanese. The turkey was free range, stuffed with prosciutto and provolone - very tasty. Salad was served in fun pots, which was a bit gimicky, but we liked it - it was as fresh as a daisy too, crunchy and crisp. We also ordered Rainbow Slaw, which was a lovely variation on coleslaw - fresh and light.
The kids menu was also really great. I loved that the food was so fresh and healthy. We sometimes struggle to get the kids to eat their greens - I think most parents have this problem, so I like the fact that all of the items on the menu include fresh veg. We ordered the Organic Spaghetti and Meatballs - it has seven vegetables in it and tasted great.
We also picked the Baby Organic Beef Burger. We really loved how this was presented and so did Rosie.
I liked the fact that it had a yoghurt dip instead of mayonnaise or ketchup. I like that the kids get to mix up their diets and try new things when they are out.
For dessert the kids picked ice cream and Emily had the Chocolate Brownie. It had toffee popcorn, ice cream and chocolate sauce - I did have a little taste - it was yummy.
We really enjoyed our meal. The atmosphere was great, staff were helpful and the food was lovely. I also found the price to be good too. The kids meals were £6.50 and that included a drink - for fresh organic healthy food you can't really argue with the price.
We were asked to pose a few questions to our kids to give Jamie's Italian some feedback. Some of the answers are from all of the, some specific. Emily is 12, Alice is 4 and Rosie is 2, just to give you some context for their answers!
“What does Jamie’s Italian smell like?”
Like nice food - and herby
“What did you do until your food arrived?”
We coloured in the activity booklets and did a wordsearch
“What was your first thought about your meal when the waiter brought it to you?”
Mmmm tasty. I thought it looked yummy and I thought the meatballs looked yummy as well.
“What did you eat and how was it?”
Emily: Meatballs and spaghetti. It was lovely. The flavour was nice.
Alice: Meatballs and spaghetti. The flavour of my tea was lovely as well
“What do you think your meal was made out of?”
Emily: Organic food
Alice: Organic food as well
“Did you finish your whole plate?”
Yes to all!
Alice: My favourite part was that it was yummy. The salad was fun.
“What did your parents have?”
Emily: Mum had turkey and Dad has seafood pasta
“Do you think eating vegetables is very important?”
Alice: Yes. Because they are yummy and they taste really good - and they are healthy for you.
“Where do you think Italian food comes from?”
Alice: From really nice restaurants
“What was the best thing about Jamie’s Italian?”
“Would you like to come back here in the future?”