Jamies Trattoria, Richmond, London
This post is my re-visit to Jamie's now that the med-styled tapas have been replaced by a more traditional starters option. Sometime's when I visit Jamie's it can be quite busy, so rather than wait we opt to sit at the bar and eat. Sometimes I like this more informal style of eating, and its a more social way of dining. Plus its a chance to get a spot away from the front - it can get cold there so try to wrangle yourself a seat down the back of the restaurant - they also have a lovely patio area.
|Jamie's Rosso Vino House Red, Bar Styled Eating|
I do wonder at times why folk on TA aren't rating Jamie's as well as they should, at the end of the day it is a good casual styled eatery with a modern twist on fresh Italian food. Its priced well and the service is great - consistently. Oversized, cheese and cream filled stodgy pasta dishes won't be found here (this is where I think the disappointment comes in) the flavours are cleaner and pasta is lighter so if you're looking for something more substantial they do a gnarly pork chop, pair it up with polenta chips and you're on to a winner.
|Chicken pate with Pancetta & chilli, Pork/salami meatballs spiced tomato - Jamies Italian, Richmond|
So alas, Jamie's is one of my go to's when I want a work-free (not tonight) meal with good house wine in a lively atmosphere.
So with the new menu there is an interesting addition, chicken liver pate on bruschetta - I'm a sucker for pate, foie gras etc. I found it had a wonderful spicy kick, so if you so try this you have been warned. My side kick had the meatballs in a tomato sauce, a predictable dish that is a nice little starter for your mains.
|Lamb & Salami Skewer, Prawn Linguine - Jamies Trattoria, Richmond|
I had my usual linguine which had a strong sea salt flavour and chic geek had a lamb and salami spiendini, this was basically char grilled lamb with salty crispy salami on a skewer with a salsa verde and mint sauce. It was very good but the salami was super salty.
My two indulgences tonight are the polenta chips, and finally the dessert - a rich, salty sweet biscuit base coated a vanilla with whole hazelnuts and coffee gelato with the most delicious toffee sauce, and chocolate shavings. Absolute wickedness.
|Polenta chips, Indulgent Arctic Roll - Jamies Trattoria, Richmond, London|
I always enjoy going to Jamie's and as I've said in previous posts, its a great go to restaurant for local folk in Richmond and Twickenham to enjoy. Would I prefer to have a Gordon Ramsay Maze Grill? Sure, actually I would love both but Jamie got here first and that is fine and dandy with me :)