How many times would you try to get into a restaurant before you give up? Since it opened a few years ago I’ve tried numerous times to get into Jamie’s Italian for an evening meal, but have never been patient enough to wait the two or three hours for a table to open up. It probably doesn’t help that I generally try my luck on a Saturday night after a day spent in the city, and spend my time jostling in the line with a hundred other people who had the same idea!
Finding myself in the city during the day recently, I had the bright idea of jumping into Jamie’s Italian for lunch rather than battling the dinner crowds. And finally, I was successful in my quest for a table!
I started my meal with a side of the posh chips with truffle oil – I’m a real sucker for truffle chips and this menu item really called to me. The chips were hot with a really satisfying crunch – the parmesan was a fantastic touch, but I would have preferred more truffle oil! This is a great choice for a single side serve, and perfectly sized for a single person.
I’ve always admired Jools Oliver since seeing photos like this – she seems very real, very down-to-earth, and not at all like the usual celebrity wives that you might find in magazines. It’s very naive of me of course, to believe that a ‘celebrity’ is the same as their carefully crafted public persona, but I’m a real sucker.
In any case, if Jamie Oliver was going to nominate one single dish as his wife’s favourite, then I was going to try it! After all, why not trust the judgement of the woman who gets to eat chef-quality dishes every day? I definitely made the right choice – a tuna pasta may sound boring, but it had a real chilli kick that turned it from something simple to something simply scintillating. The herby crumbs on the side also added extra flavour to the dish.
Delicious, rich, chocolatey goodness with bursts of sweet raspberries throughout…this brownie was absolutely melt-in-your-mouth goodness. Combined with the creamy house-made vanilla ice-cream, was absolutely to die for. It’s the type of simple brownie that everyone should know how to make as a standard household recipe!
Overall, I rate Jamie’s Italian a strong 9 out of 10.
Attentive service, good presentation, casual chatty atmosphere and impeccable food combine to create a reasonably-priced and memorable dining experience.