We always try and eat dinner together, at the table. It’s something my parents always did, and still do. I think it’s so important, both for our family relationship, and for instilling good table manners. But I am totally running out of steam when it comes to ideas about what to cook. So when the lovely people from Jamie’s Italian Restaurant in Milton Keynes invited me to review their new Super Lunch Deal* I was very excited. A meal, cooked for us, with no washing up? Yes please!
the Super Lunch Deal at Jamie’s Italian in Milton Keynes
The first thing to note about the super lunch deal is that it actually runs way past lunch, right up until 6pm. This is perfect for families with younger children like us, as we can still have a great value early evening meal, after work. We went at 5pm and it was nice and quiet in the restaurant, and gradually got busier as we ate our meal. So if you’re going a bit later, I’d recommend booking, as there was a bit of a queue when we left around 7.30.
As it’s half term, kids eat free at Jamie’s Italian Restaurants, and we found it so kid-friendly. There were fun activity packs with seeds, colouring and games, which the girls loved.
KIDS MEALS AT Jamie’s Italian
Normally, the kids meal’s are £6.50 or £6.95 (for small or big kids) for a main, salad and drink, and desserts are £1.50. But as it’s half term, they were free, yay, thanks Jamie!
Thea chose Fish in a Bag, which was oven baked salmon with new potatoes and broccoli. In the interests of this review I had to try it , he he, and it was delicious – the sauce was really tasty. Thea ate it all up, even though we ordered her the big version! She also liked her shaker salad and wanted to take the kilner jar home.
Ava opted for the Happy Chicken Lollipops, which again, I tasted, and again, really yummy. She couldn’t manage it all so Thea had a some too, that girl can eat!
As much as they enjoyed their main courses, they really loved the desert – Gooey Chocolate Brownies, with toffee popcorn, ice cream and chocolate sauce.
What we Ate AT JAMIE’S ITALIAN IN MILTON KEYNES
With the special lunchtime deal, you can get two courses for £11.95, or three courses for £13.95. It’s available Monday to Friday, 12-6pm. Along with some yummy non-alcoholic cocktails (we were driving!) I had two courses, and Ryan had three. We invited my sister Debbie along, and she also had two courses.
I opted for the Truffle Tagliatelle for my starter. I’d never had truffles before, but really enjoyed it, and would definitely order it again. Ryan had Fritto Misto, and also thought it was delicious.
Ryan had Gennaro’s Tagliatelle Bolognese, and Debbie and I both had the Italian Steak and Fries which we all thoroughly enjoyed. Debbie is wheat-intolerant so had to have special oven-baked fries, and she was pleased that they cater for people with intolerances. I asked for plain fries, as I am a total wimp when it comes to spice.
Normally when we go out for dinner with the girls, they want chips. So initially they were a tad disappointed that there were no chips on the kid’s menu, but as I had them with my meal, I shared a couple. Look at Thea’s little face, so happy!
I couldn’t fit in a dessert, but managed to sneak a taste of Ryan’s – oh my goodness it was good! He had the Tiramisu Pavlova, and Debbie also had this, but a gluten-free version, which she really enjoyed too.
I also tried a bit of Thea’s brownie and had to fight her for it! Look at her pushing my hand away, she’s really strong when she’s defending her dessert, he he.
The decor AT JAMIE’S ITALIAN IN MILTON KEYNES
We’ve been to Jamie’s Italian Restaurants before, in Oxford, Brighton, and Oxford, and the one in Milton Keynes is the only one in a new building. But once you’re in there, you wouldn’t know it was in a shopping centre – the team have worked hard to give it that signature rustic, industrial chic look, complete with Thomas Crapper toilets!
FINAL THOUGHTS ABOUT JAMIE’S ITALIAN IN MILTON KEYNES
Because Debbie has a wheat-intollerence, her options are always limited when eating out. Our waitress was very helpful, and double checked all the options to make sure Debbie could have something suitable. We really appreciated this, as some times it can be treated as a bit of an inconvenience.
When our bill arrived, they had forgotten to take off the girls’s meals, but the was easily sorted out.
We all had a great time, and Debbie said it was like being in America, which I totally agree with – it’s more of an experience than just going out to dinner. I’ll leave the final verdict to Thea, who announced, totally unprompted:
“This is the best dinner of my life!”
*I was given a discount for the purposes of this review, but the opinions are all my own, as always.