Feeling peckish one night we decided to venture to Jamie’s Italian in Liverpool One. Having walked past it a zillion times it has never quite been on our radar of places that we wanted to try. I guess it had a sort of a chain feel to it similar to Ask and Zizzi, places that are usually average and serves its purpose without really being something to shout about.
Not really wanting a fully blown meal with it being quite late we ordered a selection of starters and small dishes to graze on. Our choices included wild rabbit tagliolini, slow cooked ragu with garlic & herbs, mascarpone & lemon. This dish was our favourite and the ingredients just worked well together. The land & sea risotto with spicy Italian sausage, pancetta, mussels, clams, white wine, black olives, sweet baby tomatoes & field mushrooms wasn’t as well received being rather salty and overloaded with too many olives.
The planks were interesting and it was surprising that they also prepared them as single person portions. We ordered the fish plank which came with beetroot cured salmon, roasted shellfish, smoked mackerel pate & mini fritto misto with tartare sauce. This was a mixture of great little nibbles and textures.
To complete our varied self-concocted tasting menu we had crab bruschetta with avocado & Yeo Valley yoghurt, apple matchsticks, chilli, mint, lemon & olive oil and a side of polenta chips with rosemary salt & parmesan. The mound of crab was generous and the condiments were subtle letting the freshness of the crab shine through. We were pleasantly surprised and enjoyed the meal; a return visit is on the cards for a big serving of the rabbit tagliolini.