Friday, 29 July 2016

Date Day in Manchester

Last Friday, on a beautifully sunny day in Manchester, Josh and I treated ourselves to a day out together. It's been a while since we spent time in the city just relaxing. Our life at the moment is all about wallpaper stripping and trips to the tip. Having a new house to renovate takes up a lot of free time! First stop was Jamie's Italian on King Street. One of my favourite restaurants, we've been to Jamie's a few times before and there's always tons on the menu I want to try.

If you've ever been to Jamie's Italian in Manchester you'll know how beautiful the old building is. Without wanting to disturb other diners I only managed to snap these two shots from where we were seated but it's worth a trip just to gaze at the architecture. On this occasion we we're kindly invited down to Jamie's Italian by the PR team, to try the Super Lunch menu! You can choose 2 courses for £12.95 or three for £14.95, which is amazing value and perfect for a late lunch in summer.

For starters, Josh has the Fritto Misto, crispy fried fish & squid tossed in fennel-spiced flour with garlic & lemon aioli - very daring of him! I'm not big on seafood but it looked amazing. Josh was very impressed and I had to sneak a bit of the aioli dip! I had the Pâté Bruschetta, smooth chicken-liver pâté with pancetta, vin santo & parmesan. I'm a huge pâté fan. If it's on the menu, I'll most likely order it! This was like no pâté I've ever tried before. It was incredibly smooth and delicious, it didn't stay on my plate for long! I could happily eat this starter every single day.

For mains, I knew I wanted a pasta dish, there are two on the Super Lunch menu and I went with Penne Alla Norma, which is pasta with a spicy Sicilian tomato, aubergine & leccino olive sauce, finished with Bella lodi & baby basil. What I like most about Jamie's Italian; no crazy portion sizes. This was a good size without being ridiculous (I think only left a tiny amount to leave room for dessert). Josh had Gennaro's Chicken Club, brioche stuffed with chargrilled, marinated free-range chicken, crispy pancetta, spicy ‘nduja mayo, fontal cheese, tomato & rocket - which looked like a chicken burger but tasted way better! His only complaint was too much rocket, but then he's never been a fan of rocket. He also ordered a side of skinny spicy fries which were very good, but do not accidentally eat a chili - wow those things were hot.

And then came my favourite course - pudding! All of the desserts on the Super Lunch menu sounded amazing but because I was so full, I went for a lighter(?) option salted caramel ice cream with honeycomb on top. I've had this dessert at Jamie's before so I knew how heavenly it was. It did not disappoint. Look at all that honeycomb! Josh had the Epic Brownie, which comes with ice cream and caramelised popcorn. This too, was heavenly. I had a little taste of his and I'm definitely ordering that next time we visit!

With full stomachs we headed towards Piccadilly Gardens for a Pokemon hunt (what else) and found a huge group of people all doing the same. It was quite bizarre but there was a great atmosphere, Manchester is full of unusual Pokemon! We had a bit of time to kill before our film and the sun was shining. Then off we went to see The Secret Life of Pets, which I'd heard mixed reviews about. It was enjoyable, an easy watch and the animation was brilliant. It's made by the people who did Despicable Me (which I love) but it's just not as good. It was lacking in any cheeky bits of adult comedy and the story line was predictable. But then it is a kids film!



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