A few weeks ago I was invited to visit Jamie’s Italian Restaurant in Angel Islington which was perfect for me as it’s just down the road from where we live.
I decided to take my sister Nikki with me for company and so we could both sample different meals. When we arrived we were seated straight away and even though it says to book first it wasn’t busy but that’s probably due to the fact that we didn’t go during peak times. We were offered drinks when we sat down so we both ordered a diet coke which arrived within a minute or 2 with the menu. We weren’t told about any specials so thought we would choose from the menu.
I decided to go for the crispy squid for starters and Nikki went for “Artisan Breads” when they arrived there was 7 pieces of squid, which turned out to be incredibly chewy and not crispy with barely any coating. For £6.20 I would of thought it would be a whole more palatable. As for the bread, well the picture speaks for itself. 2 big chunks of what appeared to be bloomer bread and something that reminded me of a poppadom with a couple of dips. The menu claims you will receive: Freshly baked focaccia, ciabatta, seeded cracker bread, sourdough, grissini, extra virgin olive oil, balsamic & a fantastic sun-dried tomato & olive tapenade. I think they must be very mistaken as that’s not what arrived.
For main meal I decided upon the “Lamb Chops Scottadito” at £18.50 and Nikki chose the “Ultimate Burger with Fries” for £14.45. We were then informed that chops were off the menu so I ordered a Tagliatelle Bolognese instead priced at £10.95. From ordering to table took around 25mins. When the burger arrived it looked really nice and had huge side serving of fries attractively served in a rustic container. But sadly, looks can be deceiving. The burger was overcooked and dry. Nikki fished through the salad additions after finding it slightly chewy when chomping through to find a very large onion stalk embedded within. Turning her attention to the chips which looked as if they would deliver but disappointingly they were soggy. My Bolognese was delivered in a bit of a mess. But the flavour didn’t excite me either. The meat was bland. I thought being Jamie Oliver’s restaurant the food would be full of mouthwatering flavours but sadly not.
Whilst eating, I requested another drink. This didn’t arrive within 10 mins so I politely called the waiter over to be told that I should give him a lot more time. I explained that it was only a diet coke, so it wasn’t as if he had to open any bottles of wine, but he was not happy about being asked. Shame.
We decided to finish our meal off with the “Epic Brownie” and “Ice Cream Roll”. Again, the service was decidedly slow. 20 minutes later we received our dishes. Sadly the brownie was very dry but the ice cream saved it slightly (don’t mention the stale popcorn topping). Nikki was happier though as her ice cream roll was apparently delicious albeit a bit small.
Overall we didn’t really enjoy the experience. Maybe we caught them on a bad day perhaps, however I think that it’s probably the norm, as at one point, a staff member stood talking to someone for half an hour whilst leaning against the counter, and our waiter sat on the edge of a table talking to other customers. We weren’t really treated as we would have expected to be treated. It was a poor show for what is supposed to be a restaurant from one of the UK’s most loved chefs. Disappointing but perhaps if they address the issues concerned I may visit again one day but until then I think I’ll decline politely.
We might have had a bad experience, however you might not find the issues we had a problem. If that’s the case and you would like to try the restaurant for yourself, please visit: Jamie Oliver Restaurants to find your nearest one.