One of my favourite things to do has always been to eat out, however, if you are a parent, you will know that eating out at restaurants with kids can often be messy and downright stressful.
Because of this, when my kids were really little, eating out was something we didn’t do very often. Luckily my kids are now getting to the age and stage where we can take them out to restaurants and actually have a pleasant experience!
Last weekend my husband and I took them to Jamie Oliver’s Jamie’s Italian Restaurant which is on 87 – 89 Park Street, Clifton, Bristol. We were excited because we all love Italian food, plus eating out is a real treat for my kids.
As soon as we arrived at Jamie’s Italian Restaurant, we were made to feel welcome by a friendly member of staff who introduced herself and showed us to where we would enjoy our meal, checking that we were comfortable.
Our table was on the top floor of the restaurant and even though the restaurant is big, where we were sitting felt private. The restaurant had smart, modern decor and had a good vibe and had good, upbeat music which was not too loud.
The lovely waitress immediately brought my children crayons and colouring sheets and a view-gazer which helped to occupy them both while my husband and I perused the menu which had lots of choice.
For starters, I chose the Prosciutto and Melon (mini buffalo mozzarella and basil pesto).
For my main dish, I ordered Porcini Fettuccine which was wild mushrooms, mascarpone, white wine, lemony gremolata, parmesan and a spoonful of herby breadcrumbs.
My husband ordered Jamie’s Sausage Pappardelle, a ragù of slow-cooked fennel and free-range pork sausages with torrione chianti, parmesan and herby breadcrumbs.
We also ordered the Artisan Bread Basket as a side dish which included a variety of gorgeous fresh breads to nibble on.
There was a separate kids’ menu which had a good choice of dishes, all with fun-sounding names.
My son chose Chicken Lollipops which were free-range organic chicken fillets, chargrilled and served with a lemony yogurt, crunchy mixed seeds and baked crinkle-cut wedges.
My daughter chose Curly Wurly Tomato Pasta Bake which was homemade bucatini pasta and organic tomato sauce baked with crunchy breadcrumbs.
Our food arrived quickly (but not too quick – this always worries me a little!) and was very well-presented, interesting and a little bit different, too. The portions were also a good size. We enjoyed our food and also had great fun sampling each other’s dishes, too.
Our desserts were divine, too. I enjoyed the Chocolate and Hazelnut Arctic Roll (chocolate sponge rolled with chocolate and espresso semi freddo, served with chocolate shavings and butterscotch sauce).
My husband opted for the Epic Brownie, a warm fudgy chocolate brownie which came with vanilla ice cream and caramelised popcorn.
The kids had ice cream scoops of their choice which didn’t last long.
Throughout our stay at the restaurant the staff were genuinely friendly and helpful towards myself and my husband, but also to my children too, chatting with them and making them giggle. There were also plenty of staff on-hand to help and check that we were all happy with everything.
We had a really good experience at Jamie’s Italian Restaurant, the food was FANTASTIC, the staff were friendly and approachable and it was definitely very family friendly.
Jamie’s Italian Restaurant
87 – 89 Park Street,
Tel. 0117 370 0265
Mon – Sat 12 noon – 11pm
Sun 12 noon – 10.30pm
*Disclosure: We were invited along to enjoy a meal at Jamie’s Italian Restaurant in exchange for a review on Bristol Mum. However, as always, my views and opinions are my own and I would definitely recommend Jamie’s Italian to families!