Last weekend, Mark and I visited Leeds to do a bit of shopping. We arrived around lunch time and as Holly was starting to get hungry, we needed to make a decision on where to eat. We walked up Park Row and Mark suggested that we try Jamie’s Italian.
I’d heard and read many mixed reviews about this restaurant but as with most things in life, I like to make my own opinion.
As we entered, there was a man on the right making fresh pasta. I thought this was a very clever selling point. He’s visible from the street and gives you an idea of the quality inside. We were half expecting it to be too busy and were surprised when we were offered a table immediately. There are steps leading up to the restaurant. The the floor manager offered us the lift or alternatively she asked if we wanted her to carry the pram up the steps. We were shocked, we’ve found that since we’ve had our daughter, busy restaurants can often see a family with a small child and a pram as a nuisance. Well that is the way we have been made to feel.
Our waiter asked us if he could take our pram and store it away. He brought us a high chair for Holly, which was very clean (if you’re a parent you’ll understand how rare and important that is!) The waiter was very friendly, he took the time to talk to Holly and asked if we needed anything for her. Hula was mesmerised by him and flirted with him every time he walked past the table.
The restaurant is smart/casual or relaxed with an air of quality. It had a diner type menu which was quick and easy to read. As it was lunch we didn’t have a starter. Mark had the pappardelle meatballs and I had a burger. One of the complaints I’d heard was on small portion size. I felt this was untrue. The portions were appropriate and we both felt satisfied following the meal and didn’t eat again till later that evening. I wonder if we are getting used to expecting very big portions in this country. We both enjoyed our meals very much, the food tasted fresh and was beautifully cooked. We both had a coffee which was rich and of good quality. The meal was £15 each. We thought that was good value for a lunch in Leeds.
Although the food was delicious, it was the whole experience which made it enjoyable. We were served our food within about 15 minutes of sitting down, we liked the decor and charm of the old building but most of all the service was second to none. They made our little family feel very welcome. We’d definitely recommend it!