Jamie’s Italian is inspired by Jamie Oliver’s passion for the Italian way of life which is good food for everyone. They have over 40 restaurants worldwide.
Located inside an old bank the interior is absolutely exquisite with its high ceilings and beautiful stonework.
My cousin had just announced her pregnancy so to celebrate her upcoming bundle of joy we all went out to dinner at Jamie’s Italian.
Ginger mojito made with mint, lime, sugar and ginger beer.
Spicy meatball bruschetta. Pork and fennel meatballs in a spicy nduja tomato sauce with lemony rocket and parmesan. The meatballs were large, very dry and not pleasant in the mouth at all.
Garlic and chilli prawns. Prawns cooked in their shells with chilli, garlic butter, ciabatta and parsley served with baked garlic buns. The prawns were nicely cooked and the sauce was rich and buttery and full of flavour. I loved mopping it up with the garlic buns. If you love garlic this dish is a winner.
Crispy squid served with garlic and lemon mayonnaise . The squid was tender and the batter was crispy and light.
Italian nachos. Crispy fried ravioli filled with mozzarella, ricotta and pecorino served with spicy Sicilian tomato sauce. This was pretty simple and tasty but nothing too special.
Gennaro’s famous porchetta. Slow cooked pork belly filled with garlic, chilli and herbs and served with roasted root vegetables, spiced apple sauce and salsa verde. The pork belly was still chewy despite being advertised as slow cooked. The skin was rubbery and not crunchy at all and there was hardly any salsa verde to cut through the sweetness of the apple sauce.
Aged hanger steak. Grain fed steak served with portobello mushrooms, gremolata, balsamic onions and baby watercress. The steak was soft and juicy.
Wild mushroom risotto. Creamy carnaroli rice with wilted greens, roasted mushrooms, mozzarella and extra virgin olive oil. The wet style risotto was rich and deliciously creamy but there were barely any mushrooms.
Squid and mussel spaghetti nero. Flash fried squid and mussels with octopus, capers, chilli, anchovies, tomatoes and white wine. The seafood was tender but the sauce was lacking in salt.
Spaghetti vongole. Pipis with cherry tomatoes, garlic, capers, white wine and parsley. The pipis were large, plump and meaty and the cherry tomatoes added a subtle sweetness to the white wine sauce.
Spiced fries coated in chilli rub.
Rocket and parmesan salad with aged balsamic.
Salted caramel and chocolate sundae. Artisan ice cream topped with caramelised popcorn, chocolate shavings and caramel sauce. A sophisticated version of the classic vanilla sundae.
Creamy pannacotta. Vanilla pannacotta with a seasonal fruit compote and spiced crumble. The pannacotta was silky, smooth and creamy. The compote added a bit of tartness and the crumble gave it crunch.
Epic brownie. Warm brownie served with vanilla ice cream and caramelised amaretti popcorn. The brownie was moist and fudgey with a crisp shell. The ice cream helped to cut through the richness of the chocolate and the popcorn added an extra sugary hit.
Jamie’s Italian is a beautiful restaurant but the food does not live up to the hype. The food was nice but there was nothing that was outstanding or worth raving about.
If you want to try out Jamie’s Italian make sure you get in soon as Keystone Hospitality Group, the company behind Jamie’s Italian has gone into receivership. They are currently still trading as usual but could possibly face closure in the near future.