When Jamie's Italian invited me in to their Edinburgh restaurant* to try out their new Evening Favourites menu this month, I was quick to Whatsapp my fellow blogger ladies Gillian, Louise and Lauren to ask if they were keen for a mid-week catch-up over our favourite pastime - fooooooood (and all the wine). I hadn't visited Jamie's in a couple of years as it'd slipped off my radar as a place to eat in the city centre due to Edinburgh's abundance of new restaurant openings every week, but this was a great chance to discover the menu all over again and indulge in all the italian carby goodness. Find out what I thought of our dinner below...
Jamie's Italian's Edinburgh branch is set within the Assembly Rooms on George Street; considered the swankiest of streets in the city for slick hotels, high-end stores, cocktail bars, restaurants and night clubs. The ornate restaurant building has kept all the quirks of its former life as a supper hall, with grand ceilings, glittering chandeliers and a cosy atmosphere. Because of how tucked away it is, it could truly be any time of day or night and you wouldn't even know.
We were seated near the kitchen area, with the tantalising scent of italian food making its way over throughout the night. It was pretty nice to be in amongst the buzz in this section of the restaurant, but it's not particularly quiet if that's something you're looking for - the front bar area is better suited to that, with its red velvet seats and decorative charcuterie hanging from the gilded island.
After glancing through the Evening Favourites menu, we settled on our respective dishes - me: the tomato and ricotta bruschetta, followed by the spicy sausage casarecce pasta dish and then the molten chocolate praline pudding for dessert. Their deal means that a three-course meal works out at a pretty reasonable £18.95, available Monday-Thursday from 6pm, and it's got a little bit of everything to suit all tastebuds.
The meal itself wasn't my favourite I've had in the city. After all, Edinburgh is a pretty tough city to beat for excellent restaurants. However, it was okay. My bruschetta starter was great and I had no complaints there - the perfect way to start off the dinner. My spicy sausage casarecce pasta dish, however, was swimming in watery sauce and felt a bit of an effort to finish, rather than the lovely indulgent comforting dish I was picturing. But it was all saved by the melt-in-the-middle chocolate pudding... oh boy! Yum. I had to roll home after that one!
Overall, it wasn't the best dinner I've had in the city centre, but it's definitely somewhere worth considering if you're in the city centre and need a reasonable place to dine with something to please everyone.
Want to try out Jamie's? Check out their Evening Favourites deal here.
* I was kindly invited by Jamie's Italian to dine with a guest from the new Evening Favourites menu, but all thoughts and opinions within this post are my own.