Manchester’s Jamie’s Italian continues to please

Jamie's Italian, Manchester

Offering Italian food with the Jamie Oliver touch, one of Manchester’s most stunning interiors, and affordable prices, it’s no surprise that that Jamie’s Italian in Manchester is still pulling in the crowds well after the novelty factor has faded away. 

Set in the spectacular Grade-II listed former Midland Bank on Manchester’s King Street, Jamie’s Italian has embraced the history of the Lutyens-designed building, creating a variety of dining spaces that make any meal a memorable experience. 

The former banking hall is divided in two by a bar boasting a spectacular array of charcuterie; high ceilings are held up by a series of grand arches, and light floods in through the huge arched windows There are cosy alcoves, mahogany panelling, and library lamp-topped tables.  

In contrast to the imposing setting, the menu at Jamie’s Italian is inspired by the simple, rustic, everyday cooking found in Italian homes. There’s a focus on using the very best ingredients, cooked with care and served without fuss. 

To start, there’s a great selection of antipasta.  Particularly popular are the planks, offering varied assortments of cured meats (£6.85), cured and crispy fish (£7.50), chargrilled vegetables (£6.85), and cheeses with chilli jam and pickles (£6.85). Other options include sweet red chilli peppers stuffed with tuna, capers, herb cress and anchovies (£4.45), and crispy fried squid with garlic mayo, lemon and chilli (£5.75).

Pasta dishes come in either starter or main-size portions. Italian restaurant favourites such as the garlicky prawn linguine with shaved fennel, tomatoes, chilli and rocket (£6.75/£10.95) sit alongside rustic dishes including wild rabbit taglioni, a slow cooked ragu with garlic and herbs, marscapone, and lemon (£7.25/£12.50). Risottos – including a wild truffle risotto (£6.75/£11.50) – are made using the best Italian acquerello rice. 

The main course menu features robust dishes such as Jamie’s Italian burger – prime British chuck and flank steak with smoked mortadella, sticky balsamic onions, tomatoes, pickles and chillies (£10.95), and a 30-day matured prime rib steak, chargrilled and served with wild mushrooms and peppery endives (£19.50). Truffle butter and shaved Tuscan black truffles make a luxurious addition for another £2.50.  Lighter tastes are catered for with options including prosciutto and shaved pear salad with pecorino, honey, rocket, herbs and toasted pine nuts (£10.95) and baked Shetland salmon, with ricotta, balsamic roasted vegetables and a zesty, crunchy salad (£11.50).  At under 500 calories, the salmon is just one of Jamie’s Italian’s highlighted healthy options. Sides include three varieties of chips: funky – with fresh garlic and parsley (£3.25); posh – with truffle oil and parmesan (£3.25), and polenta – with rosemary, salt, and Parmesan (£3.45).

No Italian meal is complete without desert, and Jamie’s doesn’t disappoint.  Irresistible choices include tiramisu with layers of orange and chocolate (£4.95), and tutti frutti lemon meringue pie with limoncello and crunchy pistachio brittle.  

To try out the Jamie’s Italian Manchester experience, for yourself, book online below and make sure of your table.

Jamie’s Italian, Manchester

100 King Street, Manchester, M2 4WU

Current offers: Jamie’s proper italian Feast for 2 or more to share. £15 per person

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