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“Hit and miss” 3 of 5 stars
Review of Jamie Oliver's Italian

Jamie Oliver's Italian
100 King Street, Manchester M2 4WU, England
0160 241 3901
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Ranked #306 of 1,718 Restaurants in Manchester
Cuisines: Italian, British
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Dining options: Breakfast, Delivery, Late Night, Reservations
Description: Serving temptingly fresh and flavoursome creations from world-famous chef Jamie Oliver, Jamie's Italian York evokes the vibrancy and passion embedded in traditional Italian cooking and culture. A homely neighbourhood vibe is inspired by the rustic and relaxed ambience of the 'Italian table', with delicious flavours from the menu including truffled turkey Milanese, or a colourful seaside risotto.
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24 helpful votes 24 helpful votes
“Hit and miss”
3 of 5 stars Reviewed June 17, 2013

We place a high value on the quality of the food and the overall experience and whether it represents great value for our hard-earned cash...I mean, there are plenty of other restaurants in this city. Where this place scored high for us was on the friendliness of the staff, the atmosphere of the place and the flavour of the food. So, what's the problem?
On the basis of what we selected, I don't think they have got it right on the quality of some of the ingredients. The 'feather cut' steak was so tough, the knife wouldn't cut it and you had to chew it repeatedly before you could actually swallow it. We sent it back, and the kitchen agreed with us, but despite their best efforts, the replacement steak had the same problem. This was a flash-fried steak...it has to be tender, otherwise you may as well throw it away (or use it instead in a stew). In an equivalent restaurant in the United States, there is absolutely no way you could get away with offering that steak.

My pasta with Italian sausage was full of flavour...but the main ingredient (sausage) was really just a few 'crumbs' of meat in a sauce. Unlike the steak dish, it wasn't terrible...just a bit disappointing.

The kitchen representative apologised for the steak problem and promised to knock the steak dish off the bill. It didn't happen, and we just paid up and left.

I guess that this is supposed to be cooking that reflects the image of great food that Jamie likes to promote. But it falls some way short of great food. And, although the prices are nowhere near as outlandish as those at his "Fifteen" restaurant in Cornwall, this Manchester restaurant shares the same annoying policy of charging for bread...which you are almost bound to ask for with some of the starters.

There are lots of restaurants in Manchester...this could be a 'hit' if it improved its key ingredients. Currently it's a 'miss' from our perspective.

  • Visited June 2013
    • 2 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
    • 2 of 5 stars Food
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6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed June 16, 2013

my husband and i thought we would try here, lovely bar area as you first walk in. we then were walked round to our table i had crab risotto and my husband ordered the steak with a side of potatoes within 5 minutes the food was served we had barely had chance to talk a sip of our drinks, i had ordered the bellini to drink it was very disappointing and slightly flat too! 9 didnt complain even though it cost £6.95)i have had much better drinks in gusto! we wanted the meal to be better than it was but was just so very average. it was a rare occasion that we managed to be child free and had decided to go for a treat midweek meal out, we must have only been in there 35 minutes maximum actually couldn't wait to leave there was just no atmosphere our vibe about the place. waiter was nice though. its one of those places now that have eaten there don't need to return but at least we have tried it.
you could tell it still had teething problems. it was the first and hopefully the last time we have ever left a restaurant still hungry.

  • Visited June 2013
    • 2 of 5 stars Value
    • 2 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
    • 2 of 5 stars Food
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Handforth, United Kingdom
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110 helpful votes 110 helpful votes
“Honesty should be the best policy”
1 of 5 stars Reviewed June 16, 2013

Popped in last Saturday evening with a friend; it was a spur of the moment decision so didn't have a reservation this time. Not a problem it seemed, front of house said there'd be a 15 minute wait so we got some drinks from the bar and waited for our little pager thing to vibrate.

And we waited, and we waited. After 40 minutes we checked - "you're 3rd on the list, will only be another 15 minutes".....

You can probably guess where this is going; after over an hour and a half we gave up and left.

I appreciate timings are difficult to predict exactly but to be out by a factor of 6 (at least, who knows how much longer we'd have been waiting if we'd stayed) is pure dishonesty. If on arrival front of house had said they were fully booked, or the wait was an hour, it would have been no problem and we'd have gone elsewhere. But to lie so blatantly is unacceptable in my view and it's really soured my opinion of the whole place in general.

Visited June 2013
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“Average food, overpriced, same old story.”
3 of 5 stars Reviewed June 15, 2013

You already know the story with these sorts of places, bad, un-organised management, average food and drinks and a slightly unjustified price tag.

We were led aimlessly around the restaurant while the waiter attempted to find our table, eventually we were told to wait in the corner, for a few minutes whilst they found our table (which was wobbly by the way).

The food arrived, it was okay, nothing special, type of meal that's nice at lunchtime but not for dinner as an evening meal.

Overall the food was okay, bit pricey for what it is, I'm sure the restaurants name is a simple reason to bump up all dishes prices by a few pounds and reduce the portion size. One thing i didn't like was there was not Italian Beer on draught, only bottles.

  • Visited October 2012
    • 2 of 5 stars Value
    • 2 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 2 of 5 stars Service
    • 3 of 5 stars Food
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New Plymouth, New Zealand
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22 helpful votes 22 helpful votes
“Awesome night out, thoroughly recommend”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 14, 2013 via mobile

Nice atmosphere, a historic bank building complete with vault. Fantastic waiter, he made a real effort to engage my daughter. Great kid's meal menu on a viewfinder and fab incentive for her to eat the veges as she earnt a badge.

Visited June 2013
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