I love visiting Jamie’s Italian in Cheltenham, the food is always great and the venue is really unique.
Set in an old court room in the centre of town, there’s something quite fun about sitting in a witness stand when you know it’s only to tuck into a three course lunch.
This time, however, we were sat in the more open plan dining area. Giving us a full view of the kitchen and the opportunity to keep an eye on when our food was on it’s way.
I was very kindly invited along to check out the new Super Lunch whereby you can get two courses for £10.95 and three courses for a barmy £12.95. Considering some of the mains are usually that price alone, that’s a complete steal!
The offer is available Monday to Friday, 12-6pm. If you can get out of work quick enough of an evening, you can take advantage of this offer as an early dinner. Which is just what we did.
We kicked things off with a bottle of wine and looked forward to our first course. There are some of Jamie’s cookbooks dotted around if you really want to whet your appetite and get your tummy rumbling.
Soon enough we could stop dribbling over photographs and tuck into the real thing.
I went for the Fritto Misto, which was crispy fried fish and squid in fennel spiced flour with garlic and lemon aloli. James had the Pate Bruschetta; smooth chicken-liver pate with panchetta, vin santo and parmesan.
My fried fish was flaky, soft on the inside, crispy on the outside. The pate was rich and creamy, everything you want from a pate.
Next up were our mains; I went for the Italian steak and chips, James had the Penne carbonara.
The steak came with a herby garlic butter that added a powerful flavour; I’m a big fan of the garlic.
James got a very generous portion of carbonara, which obviously meant I could help myself to a couple of mouthfuls. Accompanied by chunks of smoked pancetta to add some texture to the dish and plenty of creaminess.
A meal isn’t complete without a pudding, so to finish things off I had the pavlova and James went for the polenta cake.
The pavlova had a great mix of flavours on the plate. Creamy, light meringues with tangy but sweet baked apples and a delicate cinnamon crumble.
The polenta was citrusy and light; ideal after quite a large meal.
We finished the meal on a high and came away feeling full but not heavy, which can often be the case after three courses.
Jamie’s Super Lunch menu is too good a deal to be missed. Book up a table at Cheltenham’s Jamie’s Italian to take advantage.
For more information check out the website here.