We love eating out, and since we don’t get much of a chance to go for dinner now, it’s usually for lunch. I’m always keeping an eye out for child friendly places, so when Jamie’s Italian emailed to offer us a review, I jumped at the chance!
Milo was in quite a fractious mood when we went, so I was a bit worried about the whole thing, but they have a kids pack with various paper toy things and stickers and a viewing thing (what are these called??) which kept him entertained until the food arrived and that calmed him down. Amazingly we actually managed to fit in a whole three courses, which never happens! The waiter was also really nice and obviously used to kids. There was a lot of families there, it’s obviously a bit of a lunch favourite, I had no idea!
The thing I was most impressed with was the kids meals, there is proper variety and they are way healthier than your usual kids menu. Milo had probably the least interesting one, chicken lollipops, which were bits of grilled chicken on skewers, with boiled and slightly roasted potatoes, crew fraiche for dip and a salad. Wouldn’t expect any less from mr healthy school dinners! They also come in small kids and big kids sizes, and while the price difference is minimal, at least you don’t end up chucking out lots of food, which I do always feel bad about with normal kids meals. The rest of the food was yummy too, especially the puddings, although Dave would like to point out that if you sell something as chilli prawns there really should be more chilli in it than a couple of raw pieces for garnish.
The restaurant is located inside the Assembly Rooms and the interiors keeps with the historical feel, with burgundy walls, low lighting (both these not condusive to photo taking, I needed to turn all the manual settings right up/down to the maximum to even be able to take a picture) and banquettes and lights that look like they might have been the original ones, although there’s also a copper bar bar (not a typo!) in the centre of the room, and a second, smaller room that has more conventional restaurant decor (that Edinburgh cityscape mural is from there). What really surprised me was how little noise there was, it’s a massive space and all the tables were taken, but it didn’t get as noisy as those kind of scenarios tend to.
We’ll definitely be coming back if we’re ever in town round lunchtime. Thanks Jamie’s Italian for the invite!