Jamie's Italian Newcastle Restaurant Review
I make no secret of the fact that I fancy Jamie Oliver a little bit (okay, a lot!) so when the opportunity came up to review the evening menu in the Jamie's Italian Newcastle restaurant, I had to say yes! I mean, there's a slim chance he might have been there, right? (FYI he wasn't, but the food was still pretty pucka!)

If you've never been to Jamie's before, you're really missing out; authentic Italian dishes with a JO twist make for a winning combination.
The Newcastle restaurant is situated opposite The Monument and is on two floors. The first floor is the bar area which has a really relaxed and chilled vibe to it and the second floor is the restaurant which is always busier but still has a really nice vibe to it, emphasised by the high ceilings, industrial lighting and open plan kitchen area.
Jamie's Italian Newcastle Restaurant Review
Upon arrival, we were promptly seated and our drinks order was taken by our ever so lovely, and always attentive waiter Jonathan. We ordered a bottle of water for the table plus something a bit fancier for each of us... I tried the pomegranate homemade lemonade (which is really, really tasty and refreshing) and Robbie went for a cheeky cocktail from the specials board, I couldn't tell you what was in it, but it didn't take him long to finish it, so it must have been good!

The evening menu at Jamie's is pretty big... There is plenty of choice for anyones tastes and it's broken down into Antipasti & Nibbles, Pasta, Steaks & Meats, Pizza and Sides which definitely makes it easier to whittle it down and make your choices.
Jamie's Italian Newcastle Restaurant Review Squid Starter
Jamie's Italian Newcastle Restaurant Review
For starters I went with my usual choice; the Crispy Squid (if it's on the menu, I'll be ordering it!) and this was one of the best I've eaten. The squid itself was soft and the contrast of the really crispy crumbly batter was perfect. It had been fried with chilli, garlic and parsley for extra flavour and came with a big pot of house aioli for dipping.
Robbie ordered the San Daniele Prosciutto Board from the nibbles section of the menu which was slices of parma ham and homemade breadsticks served on a mini chopping board.
Jamie's Italian Newcastle Restaurant Review Pork Belly Main
Jamie's Italian Newcastle Restaurant Review Steak Main
When it came to choosing the main course, this proved a lot harder for me, and I really struggled because there were so many dishes that I liked the sound of! I think I made the right decision with the Slow Roasted Porchetta though, as it was truly delicious. The pork belly was melt in the mouth amazing, with the most delicious crackling around the edge, it is even making my mouth water as I type! The pork was stuffed with garlic, chilli and herbs and served with pan-roasted mushrooms, sage and lemon zest.
I opt for pork a lot, it is one of my very favourite meats but I honestly rate this as one of the most flavoursome and enjoyable dishes I have ever eaten.

Robbie opted for the 35 Day 8oz Sirloin Steak Topped with Truffle. This was served on a big Jamie's board with herby garlic butter, freshly grated horseradish, red gem and funky chips (which are chips topped with garlic and rosemary).
As he always asks for his steak well done, Robbie often has to ask for his steak to be cooked more than when it's initially served to him, but I'm happy to report that the chef got it perfectly cooked for him first time... and as a steak fan myself, I have to say it did look really good!
Jamie's Italian Newcastle Restaurant Review Epic Chocolate Brownie
Jamie's Italian Newcastle Restaurant Review
Although I was feeling really full by this point, I had spotted the Epic Chocolate Brownie on the dessert menu, and as a fully fledged chocoholic, I couldn't leave without giving it a try.
Described simply as 'epic' with proper chocolate sauce, salted caramel ice cream and caramelised popcorn it sounded too good to miss out on, and after one bite, I was in agreement that it's a really epic dessert.
The brownie was soft with a crumbly top, and served warm the ice cream was slightly melting as I ate it. I love the combination of warm and cold together and the flavours were so moreish and rich. The added touch of the popcorn on top is a really cute little extra too. Despite being full, I could have easily eaten this again!

As I was being greedy and eating a dessert, Robbie felt obliged to also, and chose the Cherry Bakewell Tart from the specials board. This was also served warm and came topped with mixed berries, a cherry sauce and cream, which looked almost as good as mine.

We loved all three courses, everything was so delicious, service was amazing and the atmosphere was lovely... I can't wait to go back!

Have you visited Jamie's Italian before?
What would you recommend I try next? 
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