Reviewed by Catherine Joyce
If you are looking for a gift for that special person who is so hard to buy for, and let’s face it most of us have a friend/family member that falls into that category, present buying can become a chore rather than a pleasure. buyagift offer a solution to this problem and with over 4,500 gift ideas to choose from there should be something to suit everyone. My voucher for a three course meal with prosecco for two at Jamie’s Italian came very quickly and I was pleasantly surprised to find a lovely note telling me that someone had treated me to a present from buyagift. Inside the gift envelope was a gift card, details of the experience as well as instructions of how to redeem the voucher. I found redeeming the voucher very easy to do, simply log into the website using the voucher number and pin code that are printed on the reverse of the voucher and book your table. I could choose from any of the Jamie’s Italian restaurants (24 locations to choose from), so we chose the one in the centre of Manchester as we thought we would make a day of it and do some shopping too. Whilst I would hope that the person I was buying an experience for would be thrilled with their gift, if they are not, buyagift do have a 100% exchangeable guarantee which means that the recipient can exchange their voucher for something they would prefer. The voucher is valid for 10 months so there is plenty of time to redeem it.
When we arrived at the restaurant we were quickly shown to our seats and given the menu. The waitress was very friendly and offered the prosecco whilst we were choosing our food. The menu, whilst not extensive, had a good selection of dishes and after much deliberation, as they all sounded delicious, we decided on the Italian Nachos and Margherita Arancini followed by Spinach and Ricotta Ravioli and the fish of the day. The starters arrived very quickly and not only did they look impressive they tasted even better. When the main course arrived we were very impressed with the fish of the day, pan fried trout was served with mussels, prawns and new potatoes and looked simply amazing on the plate. My husband said it was it was the nicest fish dish he has ever had and whilst I would never normally order fish the bits I tasted were so delicious I am very temped to buy another voucher so we can go back and order it for myself! The Spinach and Ricotta Ravioli was very moreish and the tomato sauce flavoursome.
The portion sizes were perfect and whilst we were starting to feel full we did have room for a pudding. I chose the rich chocolate brownie whilst my husband chose the baked cheesecake. The brownie was very on trend being served with salted caramel popcorn gelato, I am not a fan of salted caramel so I asked if I could have chocolate gelato instead. The puddings were generously sized and the brownie was absolutely perfect, the right combination of crisp on the outside and gooey in the centre.
buyagift is such a great idea for a special gift and so easy to redeem, I have already been dropping hints to my husband that he may want to buy another voucher for our wedding anniversary later this year.
For more information or to buy visit www.buyagift.co.uk.