As a massive fan of Italian food, I've always wanted to eat at Jamie's Italian Brighton, so when I was offered the chance to go and review it I was way too excited to go and pig out on bread, cheese, pasta and lots of wine!
The restaurant, located just off the seafront on Ship Street, has an urban yet rustic feel - farmhouse style wooden tables and chicken wire display cabinets housing Jamie's cookery bookes, paired with red metal chairs and a mural of Brighton's infamous Duke of Yorks stripey legs wearing Nike kicks!
To start, we shared a cured meats plank, which was beautifully presented on a rustic wooden board, propped up on top of tins of chopped italian tomatoes! It included a selection of italian meats and cheeses, carrot & beetroot salad, and a basket of italian bread and breadsticks. After a four month bread and cheese hiatus, this was pretty amazing.
For mains, I ordered the special; crab and ricotta pasta parcels in a lemon and herb sauce, with a parmesan and rocket salad on the side. I often tend to order really classic Italian dishes when I go to nice restaurants (there's nothing better than a classic done perfectly in my opinion!) so this was something I wouldn't usually have gone for. It was quite light for a pasta dish and the lemon sauce made it quite refreshing and summery.
But the main attraction of the evening had to be the pudding - a warm chocolate fudge brownie, with chocolate sauce, salted caramel ice cream and toffee popcorn... mmmm. The mix of warm and cold with sweet and salty was just dreamy!
Overall, the food was great, the atmosphere was relaxed and our waitress was lovely. It's fairly pricey, but for a special treat, the set menus aren't too bad. If you're coming to Brighton this summer, I recommend paying a visit (even if it's just for the brownie!)