Top - Topshop
Trousers - Tu @ Sainsburys
Shoes - Dune
I'll be honest, my first experiences of Jamie's Italian weren't that great. I first went to this exact restaurant when it first opened, followed by the St. Albans branch. We found it bland, boring, and stingy (coming from the gal that usually order kids portions) considering the pricing. Years go by, and I went to Jamies in Brighton on a hen do. And, I must admit, I wondered why I'd snubbed the place off for so long. Dan and I followed it up with an invite to visit to the Milton Keynes branch, and its fair to say they've got me back on board.
We ordered Rosemary Focaccia bread, reminiscent of the feast that was laid out on our wedding day, and it was just as good as South Farm's offering. Followed by a couple of starters that we intended to share: A truffle pasta dish, and gnocchi, which was pretty much argued over. My steak was to die for, but seriously, the gnocchi wins, a hundred times over. Theres plenty to choose from on the menu, covering more than enough corners of Italian tradition. I can't even remember what we chose for dessert, but I know I liked it enough to want to go back, haha!
All in all, it seems like it took a while for 'Jamie's' to get going, but the atmosphere now is chilled and the staff all seem like a good bunch of mates (makes such a difference - you can always sense an awkward, stifled ambience and its hard not to be put off by it)! The portions still aren't huge, but they are so much better than they used to be, and we both left pretty stuffed after three course and coffee, and it was good value on the evening favourites menu (Three courses for £19). We went on a weeknight after work, so I just chucked on some comfy clothes and away we went for a chilled evening. I'm pretty much living in these trousers recently. Nice one, Sainsburys!