Jamie Oliver’s Italian restaurant in Manchester’s city centre occupies the ground floor of one of the city’s great Art Deco buildings, 100 King Street formerly the Edwin Lutyens’ Midland Bank was designed in the twenties and built in the early thirties. For a lover of Deco architecture I was pretty blown away stepping inside from the rain to gasp at the sheer grandeur of such a fine building.We were given the opportunity to sample the menu at Jamie’s Italian Restaurant in Manchester over the wet and windy bank holiday. Having had mixed reviews from a few friends I was curious to find out for myself what Jamie’s Italian had to offer.We took to our seats and scanned over the menu. Jamie’s Italian serves up a variety of classic rustic dishes made using tried, tested and loved recipes with anything from Pasta to Steak and chunky chips. I was pleasantly surprised to find the menu and ambience to be as relaxed, down to Earth and informal as the famous celeb chef himself. There was no level of pretension, the staff were courteous and happy to help, the menu boasted classic dishes of good portion sizes, the prices were affordable and the setting was, well deco fabulous! what more could a girl ask for?I ordered the 8oz Rump Steak and chips with Truffle sauce which was incredible. Hazel ordered the Wild Mushroom & Smoked Mozzarella Risotto made up of Acquerello rice with fresh & dried wild mushrooms, oozy smoked mozzarella & ricotta. One thing’s for certain you won’t leave Jamie’s feeling hungry! We sat on the mezzanine level which was beautifully lit in the early evening.Downstairs (below ground level) are the toilets, the toilets are housed in the old volt! The refit of the building has been done so beautifully, such a grand interior can be nothing short of a treat to spend an evening within. Whether your lounging at the bar for coffee, feasting with friends or sharing a cocktail or two, Jamie’s offers the perfect combination of a grand interior, relaxed atmosphere and a fabulous down to Earth rustic menu!
Thank you to Jamie’s Italian for the invitation! For the full menu visit: Jamie’s Italian, King Street Manchester
‘There is no sincerer love than the love of food.’ -George Bernard Shaw