Wednesday, 7 March 2012

Lunch Date

One of the reasons why we decided to watch a movie in Gunwharf Quays was because we wanted to try out this new Italian restaurant.
  The Jamie's Italian is owned by one of the celebrity chefs here in the UK, Jamie Oliver. 
I received an email giving us a 50% off on lunch (excluding drinks) for this week. It was too great an offer to miss. 

We booked a table for 1pm and we timed it well coz our movie ended a few minutes before. 

We were happy to find that our table was ready when we got there. I love the interior of the restaurant. Some of the materials used such as the stunning mosaic floor were reclaimed. It was hard to imagine that the place was a sportswear shop just a few months ago.

There is no way that you'll miss these display of antipasti as you walk in the restaurant. They also have all their breads on display and you get to see them as they are prepared before serving. 

They also sell Jamie Oliver food products, cooking gadgets, recipe books etc and these are displayed throughout the restaurant.

We didn't have to wait long before they arrived to get our orders. Our waitress was lovely and was very attentive. She knew the menu and confidently answered our questions. 

The food was a lot better than the pics. Papa E had crispy squid that was served with garlicky mayo & lemon. I had baked chestnut mushroom with crispy bread and smoked buffalo mozzarella. 

For mains I had the Angus sirloin steak with grilled mushrooms and dressed peppery watercress, cooked medium. I also ordered chips with fresh garlic and parsley which we shared. 

Papa E had the prawn linguine. Pan fried garlicky prawn with shaved fennel, tomatoes, chili and rocket with fresh pasta. 

 And we were not going to leave without trying out at least one dessert. We settled on Warm chocolate, raspberry and amaretto brownie served with vanilla ice cream. 

Our verdict: Papa E loved the crispy squid. We also think that the pasta was excellent. Adding fresh garlic and parsley to the chips have added wonderful aroma & flavours =) The steak was fine, but I have to say that I've tasted better. 
Unfortunately there was a big group of noisy girls there that made it extremely hard to hold a proper conversation. Especially when there was already a loud-ish music playing in the the restaurant. Good thing that we have been warned by friends that the place could be a bit loud & busy (since it was really popular).
Because of the name, the food were quiet expensive for what they are. Nevertheless, Papa E and I still had a good lunch. Although I am not sure if we would go back even if we're lucky to be given another voucher. x


  1. sarap ng mga date! :) Did I see Spanish hams hanging on one of the counters there?

    Spanish Pinay

  2. by the way, I don't like noisy places din... lalo na pag restaurant kasi I like to have a good conversation while eating in a restaurant. :)

    Spanish Pinay

  3. Krizzy_kalokangPinay7 March 2012 at 23:17

    Yes! If we had more time we wanted to stay and try some out =)
    Oo nga yun ang pinaka-ayaw ko. Sana mas subtle yung music and mas spaced out ang mga tables. It's not the place you go to for romantic dates - its better when you're with friends. Buti na lang aware kami and just wanted to try it out and having a voucher was perfect timing. 

  4. foods look delish, bigla akong nagutom. what a nice follow-up to a movie date :)

  5. definitely worth a try. the food looks yummy. sana buffett. :) takaw.

  6. Mukhang ang sarap sarap namn ng mga kinain nyo!  Interesting yung baked chestnut mushroom with crispy bread and smoked buffalo mozzarella.  Tulo laway!

  7. the dessert looks so yummy!

  8. It's a date to remember. Gusto ko matikman yung food jan sis someday pero before that dapat ipatikim mo muna samin yung cupcakes and cakes mo. hehehe. Hay, merong black bricks.  Sayang nga lang it's noisy when you got there mas okay sana kung quiet abmiance kasi parang peaceful yung place.

  9. me wants the crispy squid and the desserts.  hihi. ;)

  10. cant help but drool :)  the food looks so yummy!

  11. Sapphire Mommy (Mommy Jo)12 March 2012 at 07:05

    sarap naman ng lunch date sis,namiss ko bigla si hubby dahil dyan.hehe! all of the food looks yummy,natakam ako ng bongga sa prawn linguine. :)

  12. Wow. The food looks so delicious! And I just had my lunch...but I'm craving for steak. Doomed.

    How lovely it is to share this wonderful lunch with someone <3 Thanks for taking the time to share the experience with us. 

    All the best,

  13. Krizzy_kalokangPinay13 March 2012 at 21:44

    It is. I'm glad Papa E decided we try this one out. =)

  14. Krizzy_kalokangPinay13 March 2012 at 21:53

    I love mushrooms kasi eh. It was delish =)

  15. Krizzy_kalokangPinay13 March 2012 at 21:54

    Hmmm it was very filling!

  16. Krizzy_kalokangPinay13 March 2012 at 21:55

    Hay, the place is too popular I don't think there'll ever be a quiet time there. Imagine we went there on a weekday at lunch pa pero jam packed sila! Kaloka!

  17. Krizzy_kalokangPinay13 March 2012 at 21:55

    Papa E loved the crispy squid!

  18. Krizzy_kalokangPinay13 March 2012 at 21:55

    the fresh pasta was lovely, oo nga pala mahilig ka sa seafood! 

  19. Krizzy_kalokangPinay13 March 2012 at 22:00

    Hay, I love steak kaya pano ba naman magdadiet nito? 
    Thanks for dropping by =)


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