Christmas in London felt more “real”, thanks to the cold, the festive lights and the Christmas markets with their hot chocolate and mulled wine. Hands down one of my most memorable birthdays to date would be spending it there with S. What made celebrating my birthday more spectacular was getting to dine at Jamie’s Italian near Oxford Street. ?
Let me put it on the record: I’m a big Jamie Oliver fan. I have his cookbooks, watch his shows, follow him on Instagram. My brother and I have prepared some of his dishes before and they turned out great (hello mushroom risotto)! Needless to say, it was such a thrill for me to be in one of his restaurants, in one of my favorite cities of all time. Double yay! ?
We enjoyed the Christmas Feast Menu that they offered during that time. There was a huge amount of food included, along with some Christmas crackers and glasses of prosecco. I know it sounds silly, but I felt fancy schmancy with those in hand.
The antipasti planks and Italian Nachos were for sharing, but we had our own choice of mains each. I loved my Chicken al Mattone with the prosciutto and balsalmic onions sauce. S was, unfortunately, not as blown away with his Truffled Flash Steak.
These rosemary roast potatoes and roasted winter root vegetables were delicious! It was so easy to feel stuffed with just these sides alone. The brussel sprouts became my favorite one, much to my carnivorous husband’s horror. ?
When it was time for dessert, S and I were also allowed to choose one each. Both the White Chocolate Cheesecake and Tiramisù Pavlova were equally impressive. I want to find the recipes for these two desserts and recreate them at home!
The Christmas Feast was a bit pricey at £29 something per head, but I thought it was worth it. I may be biased, of course, since I’m such a fangirl. ? Even if I wasn’t, I would still think that what we had was such a great experience. The service we received from their staff was noteworthy. They explained the dishes to us when we had questions, they were always ready to refill our glasses and clear our plates to make space for more food. This was even when the section where we were seated was full. Really awesome experience all in all. ? I sincerely hope S and I can go back to London someday and then try Jamie Oliver’s other branch at Covent Garden. ?