Review: Planks for a great night out, Jamie

Review: Planks for a great night out, Jamie
21 Aug 2012 @ 4.51 pm
| Food & Drink

Jamie’s Italian York
Lendal Cellars


A 60th birthday treat for a work colleague led me and 12 other ladies (yes, 13 of us ….very last supperish!) to test out the new restaurant in town, Jamie’s Italian.

Nestled behind Lendal Cellars the restaurant is housed in a beautiful grade II listed building which was originally a 17th century wine merchant’s home. The interior was well restored with many original features of the old building kept in place.

It was however slightly let down by the hard green plastic chair I uncomfortably sat on for the night (I think I was just envious of the lovely leather upholstered seats on the other side of the table!)

[column width=”55%” padding=”5%”]We were shown to our table promptly and drinks orders were taken efficiently which is not an easy task with 13 ladies all discussing “Do you want wine?” and “How about a nice pinot grigio?”

Our waitress for the night was lovely and very knowledgeable about the food.[/column][column width=”40%” padding=”0″]

The atmosphere and building were great, the staff welcoming, friendly and efficient

[/column][end_columns] She could describe all of the dishes in detail and make recommendations of her favourites with confidence thus making a couple of ladies change their minds at the last minute and opt for the Jamie’s Italian burger (£10.95).

I myself ordered the mixed breads for starter with a delicious sticky balsamic and olive oil mix to dip them in (£3.75). For the main course I chose free range chicken with rosemary, tomato, chilli and caper sauce accompanied by the “funky” chips for main course (£13.25).

Handy for the Lord Mayor… Jamie's Italian is next to the Mansion House
The different breads were delicious, especially the rosemary focaccia, but I must admit I did feel I had missed out when eyeing up some of the other starters. The antipasti “planks” were a sight to behold and looked like a meal in themselves with a variety of cured meats, cheese, pickles and salad (£6.85).

Starters done, there was a bit of a wait for the main event. On arrival the burgers (all six of them) were proclaimed “beautiful” and “the best burger I’ve had”.

My chicken was juicy and very tasty although I was expecting more of a chilli kick to the sauce. The “funky” chips came separately and were rather disappointing. They had promised fresh parsley and garlic but whilst I could just about make out a smattering of green I did not detect the taste of either. In fact there was not a lot of potato… it was all crunch but no taste.

A friend on the other side of the table commented that they were like the leftover bits from the bottom of the chip pan. A not very flattering but accurate description I thought.

All in all we had a great night. The atmosphere and building were great, the staff welcoming, friendly and efficient. The food mainly good and not massively overpriced, even with the celebrity chef association.

Would I go back? Yes – if I had an occasion to celebrate and a like-minded foodie to share a “plank” with!

Jamie’s Italian York

Lendal Cellars
26 Lendal
01904 238979

Opening Times

Monday – Saturday
12 noon – 11pm
12 noon – 10.30pm

Visit the website to download a menu