This is the best place around.
Just got in to Leeds from Boston and saw this place - really fresh and new
The place has the smell of the "right" place. Not too noisy - The food is really good.
Jamie's Kitchen is always good I thought.....Well, not this one! The staff was very rude, especially one waiter who was taking our orders. I understand if you can not hear us well but don't say: HUH?!! We are waiting too long for our orders and the food...that was OK but I know that could be better. I think the recipes of Jamie's book are much better. The toilets are dirty and there was no toilet paper inside. And nobody wants to bring toiletpaper, because they are too busy with being rude to other customers. At the end the waiter threw the bill on the table and I think he was pissed that we didn't give a tip. Dear waiter, if you can't make a smile, just fake it. And if you were friendly and helpful, then I would have given you a tip.
You get what you give. And I won't come back to this place again.
We had been meaning to eat at Jamie's Italian for ages so tonight we finally went. The verdict was "perfectly pleasant "
We loved the interior with which shows its heritage and bones in an industrial sort of way. However have never eaten in a restaurant where there is so much focus on the merchandise for sale. (All displays and no hard sell!)
We were told there would be a 10 minute wait and were sent to the bar for drinks. I am not sure why as there were a couple of free tables at the time?
The meat anti pasti platter consisted of delicious morsels and was reasonable value.
The problem with the main course was that my first 3 choices were apparently sold out and it was only 19.30!!
I ended up ordering a pork chop which was very ordinary and did not live up to its menu description. Also where was the crackling it described?
Maybe I have unrealistic expectations after the amazingly tasty pork eaten at
Dough Bistro last week.......
The husband had salmon which again was decidedly average.
The sides which included "funky chips" were delicious.
Puddings however were the redeeming feature. We had a tiramisu and a chocolate Brownie which were very light and extremely delicious.
The staff were pleasant and very efficient.
The bill for 3 courses, a 500ml carafe of house red and 2 cocktails came to
£76 plus service.
We may return but have other places that I would go to in preference.
I loved Jamie's in Bath, if you've read that review you'll know I vehemently despise Mr Oliver, and I adore Italian food done well and there is no doubt that Jamie's really does deliver that informal, no fluffs and frills good food vibe but after a fabulous weekend in Bath, were my opinions tainted with a rose coloured glow? Only one way to find that out was to try a different Jamie's and I had the chance to do this at the Leeds branch on a day out with my mum and friends.
We arrived at 1pm on a Friday and it was pretty quiet, maybe about half full. We were seated immediately by a lovely girl on the door and had a table towards the back of the restaurant meaning we got tantalizing glimpses of the chefs at work, the food and some sensational aromas as we walked past the semi-open kitchen. We were attentively served by a friendly waitress who took our drinks orders within a few minutes of sitting down, and we were offered a carafe of chilled water also. Whilst perusing the menu, the waitress came over to chat about the specials that day, describing them well and with enthusiasm, then after answering a couple of questions left us to deliberate over our choices.
She brought me a great espresso martini and took our orders...crispy 3 cheese gnocchi and a bread selection for us to share were the first course delights.
The gnocchi arrived promptly served on a long rustic board, the crispy, cheesy pillows of gnocchi goodness perched on little puddles of smooth and smokey red pepper puree, sprinkled with a caress of fresh parmesan and micro herbs were light and utterly delicious, and the puree went down a treat spread over the warm and nutty rye bread, but the star of the show was a unanimous vote for the focaccia, dimpled, lightly oiled and crusted with sea salt, it was a taste sensation dipped in the sweet and syrupy balsamic.
For mains I tried Jamie's steak burger (prime British chuck & flank steak with smoked mortadella, sticky balsamic onions, tomato, pickles & chillies) mum had the sausage pappardelle (slow-braised fennel sausage ragù with Torrione red wine), Parmesan & crunchy, herby breadcrumbs) that I had in Bath and our other diner had the bolognese. We shared a portion of polenta and posh chips and a radicchio and rocket salad.
All the mains were pretty good, however mum's pasta wasn't as aniseed flavoured as my Bath one, I would have preferred my burger cooked rarer as it was a little dry and really needed the additions on the bun to moisten it and the posh chips were also a lacking in the flavour of truffle oil.
Desserts were a treat though, a limoncello jelly and iced yogurt with minted citrus salad for me and an orange, rhubarb and meringue trifle for mum. Melt in the mouth, fruity, tangy, creaminess all round.
4 stars due to a bit of a need for a flavour boost, but 5 stars for service, ambiance and quality.
I have been to Jamie's Italian in Leeds three times now and every time I have enjoyed my meal! There is always a queue to get in on a Friday & Saturday night (I've been once on a Friday & twice on a Saturday) and the waiting time is usually 30 to 40 minutes to get inside and then once inside, it's then about another 20 mins wait at the bar before you get your table. It may be quicker if you go later in the evening though as I have always gone at around 7.30pm.
The breads are delicious if you fancy a nibble before your starter/main course and the meat plate is a lovely starter. I've had the fritto misto, veal and lamb lollipops as main courses when I have visited. They were all really tasty but the lamb was probably my favourite.
I'd definitely recommend this restaurant but the wait for a table is irritating. They do bring food round whilst your queuing though to keep you sweet.
Being awkward and having a December birthday, I thought I'd be asking too much to go to Jamie's at a reasonable time on a Friday night in the run up to Christmas. So we went early, having been advised that the queueing starts at 7.30-8pm. We got there just after 7pm and were seated straight away in a booth at the front of the restaurant. Fine by me, it then meant we got front row seats for a drunk woman screaming at the staff that Salvo's was better and that's where she thought she was (she'd been there a while and had been perfectly civil up till this point, I'm told) and then for a car of blokes being pulled over and searched outside NatWest. Made for an interesting start to the evening!
Service was attentive, Adam, our waiter made sure everything was okay and if we were okay for drinks, giving us time to actually look at the menu before we decided on drinks and then again when it came to ordering food.
We shared a starter, bruschetta with crab. It was tasty, I've never tried crab before and the lemon on the side really complimented it and brought the chilli out too. For mains, I had prawn linguine which had quite a bit of chilli in it but was still delicious. The other half went for good old carbonara, which he demolished in about 5 seconds flat. It tasted good, I guess! For dessert, I went for the panna cotta. It was beautiful and creamy, not too rich and not too bland. Perfect.
And the best part was seeing the bill. Having braced ourselves for it to be a bit pricey, we were amazed to see that our 2 drinks each, starter, 2 mains and dessert came to just under £54! Adam even wrote 'Happy Birthday' on the top of the reciept too, which I thought was a nice touch.
Very impressed with everything, the service, the food, the ambience. It was a nice end to a nice day.
My Husband and I go here for all of our important anniversaries and birthdays. We had our 3rd Wedding Anniversary on Monday and we went to Jamies for an Early Dinner. Approximately 4pm we arrived.
We were seated immediately upstairs. It was my first time sitting upstairs so that's why I'm updating my review.
I have to say, upstairs is now my favorite. They have big lovely comfy booths that line the wall that overlook their little upstairs kitchen. They can easily seat 4. Along the bar they have all of the Ham on hooks up there and it just makes you drool. I wanted to eat everything ! I also enjoyed watching the bartender make my favorite Martini there. It's called the English Garden and it isn't on the menu. It's a special you have to ask for. It's very delicate with hints of apple juice. A couple of them though and you'll be giddy.
I decided to have a steak this time and it was grilled to perfection as anticipated. It had lovely mushrooms and a rocket salad to the side. This restaurant is true Italian style so if you want sides you have to order them, and I chose the Funky Chips. If you're an American reading this, think Gordon Beirsch Garlic fries but chunkier fries. They are tasty with thin sliced garlic, salt and parsley.
My Husband had the Chargrilled chicken. That was equally pleasing and I couldn't help but steal the sauce off his plate :-)
For desert I had the Amalfi Lemon Curd. It was like a very tart creamy custardy cheese cake . But it's not a cheese cake and it's delicious with a glass of the unoaked organic chardonnay di puglia. Because of it's dryness it wont over power the sweet and tart of the Lemon flavor of the desert.
Hmmm I'm getting hungry writing this... As usual and what I would expect - Jamies was fantastic and as always the staff were lovely :-)
I'm about to buck the trend big style here. Seems like this place has a lot of fans. I had actually heard somewhat mixed reviews amongst people I knew, but was nevertheless I was well excited about visiting. It did not meet my expectations.
The one thing that did blow me away was the food quality. Clearly the ingredients they source are very very high quality. Nibbling from my wife's 'meat plank' I tasted an olive like none i have ever tasted before and some mozzarella that makes the rest of the cheese i eat look like Dairylea.
Things i didn't like; the lack of booking system for one. It's cold this time of year. I don't wanna end up outside waiting for a table and I'm not really bothered about sitting in the bar before i eat, clutching a pager. Another thing is the staff are folksy to the point of annoying at times (much like Oliver himself). The waiter had this rehearsed joke about us buying him a vodka that we had to sit through, and i think at one point he called my Wife 'darling'... Lame. If you enjoy such candour this may not bother you. Probably the most annoying thing though is the use of pointless adjectives like 'funky' and 'lovely' amongst the menu, another oliver-esque foible which does nothing for me. To be honest i would like ALL my food to be 'lovely'.
That's stuff that I hate though. And I have issues. You can ignore this if you choose to.
One thing that cannot be ignored though, is that the portion sizes are all wrong. We had 2 courses and my Wife, a slight woman who often jokes that she should order kids meals, came away hungry. I could see why too; her ravioli was barely 7 scant bits of pasta and the aforementioned meat plank was strictly one of each morsel. Also, with regards to proportion, I had the scallop and squid ink angel hair and the angel needed a haircut; I needed more scallop or less hair by a long chalk.
Maybe we dropped on an unfortunate night where they were testing a chef with Alice in Wonderland Syndrome, but still, the proportions were the big reason there was no 4th star.
A mixed bag. A very mixed bag.
FRESH, FINEST INGREDIENTS, FUNKY, FUN, RUSTIC, WELCOMING! Love, love, love Jamie's in Leeds.
Went a couple of weeks ago, there was 6 in our party, it was Saturday and had to wait in the bar but only for 20 minutes to be seated.
Ordered the Calamari (one of my faves) from the waitress but when my meal arrived, it was Carbonara. I said "I ordered Calamari". The waitress lifted my plate to take it away & bring my Calamari apologising at the same time saying she thought I'd said Carbonara. I asked her to put the plate back replying I'd be happy to try it. I'm glad I did! Normally Carbonara is gloopy and stodgy. This however was not and it's now one of the dishes I will go back and order from there again, maybe time and time again!
Well done Jamie's, what a great place. Lively, happy, fun, not at all pretentious with wonderful food and staff, I'll be back for more! Scrummy!
I absolutely adore going to Jamie's. The food is great and the vibe is uplifting, fresh and funky. There is an awesome vegetarian selection and the Olives are just sublime.
I was first attracted to this fine place, when I saw the pasta makers by the front door churning out the fresh pasta for the day. I asked if I could buy some to take away, but was told that the pasta was purely for the restaurant. It wasn't long before I found myself in there eating a divine pasta with truffles in cheese
I heartily recommend visiting this restaurant for an informal dinner or lunch that's all about the food in a great non-pretentious but very funky environment.
The portions are not massive so I recommend ordering some of the side dishes, which are also wonderful.
I had my first experience of Jamies Food a couple of weeks ago and I must say, it lives up to its reputation. I thought the restaurant would be pretentious and very over priced but I must say I was completely wrong. It has a very homely Italian feel to it, which was lovely.
The staff were great and the food was fantastic! Probably the best stuffed Canelloni I have ever had!
I just wish there was a Jamie's in Ireland! Its fantastic!
Now that I have been to Jamie's Italian I am asking myself why I haven't been before when it has been open for 3 years!!
They make the pasta fresh on site which means it tastes similar to how my Mami in France makes it from scratch - always a good start.
The building its self is a big open space with rustic brick walls and epically big sturdy chandeliers. The seats leave some comfort to be desired but then you start eating and suddenly who cares.
We went straight for the mains to save ourselves for desert which was a mistake we have now learnt - deserts were not amazing but have a feeling the starters would be as amazing as the mains. I had the Wild Rabbit Tagliolini, the flavours worked so well together I just couldn't stop eating it even when I was full.
I fully intend to go back and sample more of what this place has to offer.
Oh, happy happy tummy. Yes, I've returned to Jamie's. To be fair, I've returned to Jamie's several times since my first review, but today there was a new menu. No mozzarella, I cried. No truffle pasta!!! Tears were near. Bravely, I overcame them and decided to try something new.
Mushroom bruschetta for starters was not a new choice, but so delicious. I am a big fan of Jamie's recipe books also and the way he recommends mushrooms in the Naked Chef is the way I always do them, so it is highly gratifying to see that it is also good enough for his restaurant. For my starter I had baby mozzarella and tomato salad. The waitress complemented me on my choice, leaving the boyfriend looking sulky to say the least. When it arrived, I have to say I was a little taken aback. There were an awful lot of tomatoes, and I am a person who only started enjoying tomatoes a couple of years ago. However, the tomatoes here were SPECIAL. Crimson, orange, green, pale yellow. None tasted like normal tomatoes. The star was the cherry tomatoes though; I have never had a tomato so sweet. I finished feeling confident that would be my favourite bit of the meal.
Then my fish stew arrived. OH. MY. GOD. The fish was lovely, with some cockles and mussels (not alive alive oh, thankfully) and some very nice veg, but the star was the wild garlic aioli. I don't have enough words for how happy it made me. Seriously. I tipped way above usual and made some somewhat inappropriate suggestions to the boyfriend about great things that could be done with such aioli, none of which were met with any great enthusiasm I have to say. I have just found that my Naked Chef does indeed have a recipe, which has just rounded off my evening perfectly! In the future, when you go to Jamie's, anything with that aioli is worth ordering. Hurray! I'm so happy.
This place is great for us when we're after decent gluten free pasta. Having a six year old [who's as fussy as any kid, but is way more limited when it comes to eating out], this place is a godsend.
Always popular, always friendly service [although sometimes patchy], great standard dishes, and ever changing specials, this has become a regular haunt for us when out and about.
My only criticism is that it feels a 'tad' overpriced.
Went to Jamie's for my best friends hen do (well the day part!) last year and was quite impressed. I wasn't sure what to expect, I think I was expecting tiny portions and big prices but I didn't feel it was that expensive. As a starter I had crispy fried ravioli, which was really tasty, and then for my main I had a flash fried steak and chunky chips which was also gorgeous, would definitely go again.
I'd read a few reviews about Jamies Italian, so was expecting something a little more special, as it was the meal was good, as was the service, the things that made it a good rather than excellent evening, were as follows. The waiter was very keen to check that everything was ok , almost to the point where you feel like saying, 'yes it's good , now will you just give us five minutes without asking us so we can actually eat' . Ok not a big problem, so onto the food, again good, but for some reason my steak was sliced, a bit like you'd do for a child who needed help, and with that came a bit of green,, just the odd leaf. Now i may sound a bit of a luddite having steak in an Italian restaurant, but my fellow diners also had a similar opinion of their meals from carbonaras to fish. and on requesting a few of the Garlic infused chips, i recieved about 10 chips in a small metal bucket that added £3.50 to the price. So on the whole it was ok, with a reasonable choice of food, and a very limited choice of beers (2). I dare say if someone asked me to recomend a place for a special meal, then 'Jamies Italian' would appear on the list, but fairly low down.
The place itself is very nicely done out and all the staff pleasant, so i do feel a bit mean giving an average review, I just feel there should be a better menu and that a slightly better side salad would be better than a few cress leaves.
........ the deserts were fantastic...
I have been a few times now, They accommodate gluten free and know what is and isn't (Saves all the explaining). A nice place to eat, the starters are really nice and there is a very nice wine selection, the service is good and fast which is always nice. The mains are ok for what u pay I'd expect more but I would rather get a few starters than a main. Over all it's a nice place for a date/family meal but the mains are just ok and it is pricy.
(Based on 3 visits)
More cheeky than Lembit's x-rated "special" videos on the internet. Yes, that means this place is very cheeky indeed but in a totally none Romanian/shite reality pop act way. This is cheeky good, you get me! Sorry I'll stop trying to be street and explain in real terms. Jamie's is the real back of the net deal.
I took old papa Wharton (no relation to Papa Smurf as my dad is less blue) and boy do I now have daughter of the year attached to my already very impressive CV. well oky my CV may be less impressive than that, but Jamie's is not. Flaming pants of everything that is fine, we have arrived.
It is nowhere near as up it's own bottom area that you'd expect either. Classy but very comfy indeed. terrific service and a priced menu that is defo very fair considering the classic foods on offer.
I began every meal with what every respectable alcie, sorry I mean foodie should; a pre starter tasty little snifter. I give you the grape Martini. Genius! Refreshing, crisp and fuelling my tank. Get in. Next up some of the finest bruschetta known to man, I mean this is a fun...gi. See what I did there? Get the mushroom one ordered, tis more rocking than Pamela Anderson's trailer.
For the main, hit me with some heat. Flame throw me you badger! Oh okay then, you have. Arribiata! Nice shizzle for the kids. Better than that tis grand lass!
The puds are truely immense too and a fine coffee Frangelico experience tops of proceedings to a mental radio rental level (how 80s am I?)
Throw in a very reasonable nd tasty wine list and it's all good in the serious bank area hood of Leeds.
Excellent food, serious service and little belters of drink. Jamie stop force feeding fat kids heslthy food and bring us more of this. The fat kids will just get deep fried mars bars on the way home anyway.
Awesome place to go eat, the staff are all genuinely into their jobs, very helpful and friendly! The food is consistently good and really good value and you have to try worlds best olives as a starter, they really are!
It's worth mentioning that when I went here it was Valentine's day, and of course there was shedloads of people, so the service probably wasn't representative, but while the food/drinks took a little longer than I would have liked, the waitress was very nice.
For starter we had the Calamari with Garlic mayo. I wasn't blown away by it to be honest, and preferred Bella Italia's one, which sounds quite bad to say.
For main course I had the Arabiata Fussili (sp?) which was pretty good, but a little on the spicy side, and my GF had the special monkfish ravioli which I thought was great, but very steep (7 pieces for £11). We also ordered some "posh chips" which are chips with cheese and truffle oil, but I didn't really pick up on anything other than the fact that they were pretty nicely cooked chips, so I wouldn't waste £2.50 on 15 chips!
However, the thing that saved this meal from total mediocrity was the AMAZING Panacotta with seasonal fruits. It was absolutely delicious and by far the best thing about the meal.
Oh, also, the tables are super close together, so much so that I overheard an American on his first date with a girl next to me claim to be some sort of spy for the US government. Charming.
Overall, I probably wouldn't recommend Jamie's again as it's really too pricey for what you are getting. Don't expect it to be "Jamie Oliver" quality, it's just pretty competent Italian food, which isn't a rarity in Leeds/Yorkshire.
Jamies is and old bank but inside its the usual warehouse type restaurant.
Decor is minimal and the plae is busy.
Had tagliatelli Bolgnaise(£10) and then Sicilian Cheesecake (£5). The food is very good and I would go again. Lunch for two, two courses two beers (Moretti) and 1/2 litre of Merlot wine is £50.
The best thing about the place is the waitresses actually have a personility and look after you very weill indeed. Such a change from the usual.
And the toilets were great too!
I booked for a staff night out for a party of 12 people for a meal last night, when I made the reservation the hostess started to say she was nearly full but as it would be early that'd be fine. when most of us arrived there the waiter started to rush us in a rude way, we were still expecting 2 people to join us. when we finally all ordered food the last guests waited at least 10min to be served their drinks. Then big disappointment when the waiter brought the bread as starter (it was order as a side for my main) and then when the main courses arrived what a surprise about the Buffalo Ricotta Ravioli main size that included only 7 pieces of ravioli for £10.25 . the waiter all along kept checking on us and started to clear our plates when some were still eating but refused to bring us desert menu we decided to leave it there. when bill came what a disappointment to see that they charged us service charge as we were a party over 6 people 10% so £22.30 for a waiter who was not very professional and nearly rude to us all. A total disappointment will never go back and certainly won't recommend it quality is very low quantity is poor as well as service
I visited Jamie's Italiano on Saturday lunch with three of my daughters. It was very busy and there was a pleasant atmosphere. The menu was varied and interesting. We had a light lunch, a selection of antipasti and the food was very good. I had a small pasta dish and was not offered any black pepper or parmesan. We ordered some breads which never appeared. There was a couple of women sat to the left of us and a couple and their son on our right. They waited a very long time for their food. The woman asked for some parmesan but it never came and she finished her pasta. The family on the right found a foreign body in their pasta. All in all I thought the food was wonderful but the service was poor. There was no attention to detail and they seemed rushed. I would definitely go again but some staff training would not go amiss.
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