I was recently invited to try out the new ‘Super Lunch Menu’ at Jamie’s Italian in Edinburgh. I’d never been before, and being the curious kind of hungry Horace, I thought this would be a good opportunity to go and suss out for myself what all the restaurant’s mixed reviews were about.
The price is a rather appealing, particularly given the city centre location – two courses for £12.95 or three for £14.95 – but would the food be just as appealing?
The restaurant has two entrances, one through the attractive arches of the Assembly Rooms on George Street, and the other via Rose Street.
Reflective of the streets themselves, the George Street side bore ruby red walls, elaborate chandeliers, and pillars to bridge the gap between the classic wooden floor and high ceiling.
We entered from Rose Street, taking in the centrepiece city skyline wall mural and a mish-mash of statement lighting above the open kitchen and leather diner-style booths. It was quirkier, less formal and not as busy as it’s connecting counterpart.
“We’ll take the booth right there please”
Our waitress was friendly and efficient, without being overzealous. She patiently gave us more time when it was clear we were deliberating over whether to have a cocktail or an oh-so-classy bottle of rosé. My wine loving pals would recoil in disgust when we went with the latter.
Once our orders were placed the starters arrived in optimum time; too soon is a concern, but leave me without food for any length of time and I get grumpy! The main and the dessert were staggered well too – absolutely no complaints regarding the service.
What we ordered.
From the Super Lunch Menu we ordered:
- Starter – Truffle tagliatelle (me) and Pâté Bruschetta (the Mr)
- Main – Italian Steak & Fries x 2 (note there is a £2 supplement for this dish)
- Dessert – Epic Brownie and Salted Caramel & Vanilla Ice Cream with Butterscotch Sauce & Smashed Honeycomb (sharing is caring)
I’m a sucker for truffles, so had high hopes for this dish. Pasta as a starter can be a worry on the stomach capacity front but this wasn’t too big. The pasta was nicely cooked, and doused in truffle butter and shavings, with a hint of parmesan. It was a simple and very satisfying start to the meal.
The Mr’s pâté was plentifully loaded onto crispy, medium thickness bruschetta. It was smooth with a great flavour, so overall he thoroughly enjoyed it.
My only feedback would be that the ratio of pâté to bread was very high, however myself and my fork kindly helped him out with some of the excess pâté that he couldn’t manage.
The steaks arrived with promising grill lines and a coating of olive oil and garlic. The prime beef was thin – as expected given that it’s an Italian lunch menu and not a steak restaurant – but was surprisingly tender, juicy and flavoursome.
The meat is flash-grilled as standard rather than cooked to order, and was perfect for me (I usually like medium rare or rare).
The thin fries were also cooked perfectly and had a serious ‘Pringle effect’; I was quite upset when they came to an end! They were rather salty which might be off-putting for some, and I didn’t get any hint of spice as suggested on the menu.
I loved this dish and the sauce/salad accompaniments. The Mr echoed my praise as we both cleared our plates. I don’t think either of us had expected to enjoy it as much.
With just enough room for dessert, we shared the two super-sweet treats which complemented each other really well. I particularly enjoyed the warm gooey brownie, the salted caramel ice-cream and the butterscotch sauce. Definitely a good choice for any sweet tooths!
I’ll start by saying, it’s not often you come across a menu which features truffles and steak with the price starting from £12.95. With this in mind – and based on some so-so reviews I had heard previously – I hadn’t anticipated that the meal would impress me as much.
The truth is, I thoroughly enjoyed every dish, and think that this menu is fantastic value.
The menu is available Monday – Friday 12.00 – 18.00, so doesn’t necessarily have to be eaten as lunch. Honestly, if I consumed that much food during my lunch break at work I would likely need a swift snooze afterwards!
Given that it’s served until 18.00 I would definitely return for a mid-week or Friday “I cannae be bothered cooking tonight” treat and would order exactly the same.
I should mention that I already have some favourite Italian places in Edinburgh, and I’m not usually inclined to dine in chain restaurants, however I have no doubt that myself and the Mr will be back for round two.
Overall a great Friday night dining experience which I’m more than happy to recommend.
I was invited to try the new Super Lunch Menu in exchange for a review. As always, my opinions are completely my own – the truth, the whole truth, and nothing but the truth