Monday, 23 March 2015

REVIEW | Jamie's Italian, Chelmsford, Essex.

James Italian, Trattoria, Chelmsford, Essex, Food, Restaurant Review,

James Italian, Trattoria, Chelmsford, Essex, Food, Restaurant Review,

When you have a baby, going out for dinner can become a bit harder than it used to be whether it is because of finances or because of the stages your child is at in their first year (I found when Savannah wasn't quite sitting up yet, she still didn't want to be laying down in her pram either, therefore making it a bit harder to eat out). For me though, family dinner time is special; dinner together around the table is when you share your stories of your day, when you take time away from life, work, TV or whatever else and enjoy your families company over good food. Having dinner at a restaurant makes that family time even more special.

When I was asked if I would like to review Jamie's Italian Trattoria Chelmsford I jumped at the chance because not only have I wanted to try it for a long time but I relished the idea of a family dinner out somewhere that we hadn't been to before. It would be nice to get a bit dressed up, put a pretty dress on Savannah and go and eat delicious food and have a glass of wine.

I am a huge fan of Jamie Oliver's, I have been for years; I love his cooking and presenting style, all of his recipes appeal to me and make me want to cook them (in fact out of all TV chef's it is Jamie's recipes that I have cooked at home the most) I love that he has fought for healthier school dinner's for our children, I love that he want's to educate us more on what goes into fast food so that we are more aware of what we are eating and that his TV shows are a broad spectrum of recipe ideas and costs, appealing to a variety of people whether you want indulgent comfort food or a super quick dinner idea that takes fifteen minutes.

James Italian, Trattoria, Chelmsford, Essex, Food, Restaurant Review,

James Italian, Trattoria, Chelmsford, Essex, Food, Restaurant Review,

Jamie's Italian is located in the hustle and bustle of Chelmsford's town centre. The decor can only be described as incredibly shabby chic, run down even  - but in a good way. The wallpaper is ripped, the ceiling looks half finished, there are cracks in the walls and worn sofa's to perch on in the bar area. The dining tables are wooden with mismatching chairs - some reminded of school chairs - but it all works, the look is still sophisticated and above else, welcoming. The atmosphere had a lovely relaxed buzz. When we arrived we were greeted with the hum of multiple conversations but it never got too loud in there that you couldn't hear each other speak and as the late afternoon became evening the glorious, rustic looking ceiling lights dimmed and created and even more relaxed atmosphere.

The staff were extremely attentive and friendly and they were very accommodating with Savannah (as were most of the other patrons who she kept waving at!). For starters I ordered the Crispy Porcini Mushroom Arancini which was delicious! I wasn't sure what to expect if I am honest but what appealed to me were all the different flavours of my favourite foods - mainly mozzarella and arabbiatta. It didn't disappoint. The sauce was sweet and tomatoey but with a spicy kick and the crispy risotto balls were divine. Patrick enjoyed the Crispy Squid which was served with garlic mayo, chopped chilli and lemon. The squid was cooked to perfection and the batter crunchy and flavoursome.

James Italian, Trattoria, Chelmsford, Essex, Food, Restaurant Review,

James Italian, Trattoria, Chelmsford, Essex, Food, Restaurant Review,

James Italian, Trattoria, Chelmsford, Essex, Food, Restaurant Review,

James Italian, Trattoria, Chelmsford, Essex, Food, Restaurant Review,

James Italian, Trattoria, Chelmsford, Essex, Food, Restaurant Review,

James Italian, Trattoria, Chelmsford, Essex, Food, Restaurant Review,


For mains, Patrick opted for the Italian Hot Pizza which was topped with artisanal salami, spicy meatballs, jalapeño chillies and buffalo mozzarella. He said it was really hot! but very enjoyable (he enjoys a bit of heat!) the cool mozzarella worked well alongside the fiery jalapeño chillies. I settled on having The Gennaro Burger which was a home made patty served in a brioche bun with pickles, Westcombe cheddar, sticky balsamic onions and smoked pancetta. I kept telling myself to try something different by I am a sucker for a good burger and when I read what was in it I just couldn't resist. It was juicy and delicious too - Jamie Oliver knows what makes a good burger and pickles are an absolute must as well as glazed onions. I had no problems devouring it alongside my skinny fries. Savannah had the Happy Fish Fingers which were chunks of fresh salmon lightly coated in breadcrumbs and served with crinkle cut wedges and lemon yoghurt. The fish fingers were delicious! I could have easily eaten her dinner myself. It was also nice to know that while Savannah was eating something yummy it was a much healthier version of a traditional children's meal. Dinner was washed down with a glass of delicious, crisp Sauvignon blanc and Patrick enjoyed a cold glass of Trattoria Birra.

As expected, the dinners were very artistically presented. So much can be said for the very small details and everything was thought of; I loved that the fries came in a cup and that Savannahs dinner was served on a blue wooden board. Patrick also enjoyed that you could watch the pizza's being made and put into the pizza oven. He kept a close eye out for his one.

We were so stuffed that we didn't have room for dessert - that and also Savannah was getting tired and a bit fed up of being in a high chair - so once dinner had gone down a bit and we had finished our drinks we made our way home with happy bellies.

I thoroughly recommend Jamie's Italian if you haven't visited before and know for a fact that we will visit again, perhaps this time on a warm summers day for lunch to enjoy a completely different atmosphere.

James Italian, Trattoria, Chelmsford, Essex, Food, Restaurant Review,


2 comments:

  1. It seems you are the only one to have had a decent meal and glass of wine there judging by all the other reviews.I am undecided whether to try it or not as don't want a wasted experience. Did they know you were reviewing them ?

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  2. Really, the pasta of jamieoliver stands out from the crowd! If you are a true lover of Chelmsford food, here is another reference for you to check http://www.safaindian.com/

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