The nachos at Jamie's Italian.
The nachos at Jamie's Italian.

Jamie's Italian lives up to expectations!

By Debashine Thangevelo Time of article published May 29, 2017

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I’ve been wanting to try out  Jamie’s Italian for a while now  but never got around to it until  last week.

My mom was in town, too, so she  happily accompanied me to lunch.  Not long after we were seated  at a comfy booth, the restaurant
started filling up on both floors.

While I’m sure the novelty of  eating at the celebrity TV chef’s  restaurant is most appealing,  the food and attention to detail  certainly enhances the experience. 

Inside Jamie’s Italian restaurant.

The antipasti menu boasts many  vegetarian options that can be  enjoyed by everyone.
For those carbo-loading there  are plenty of breads on offer.  We tried two of their popular  dishes: Crunchy Italian Nachos,  stuffed with mozzarella, ricotta  and veggie Parmesan and served  with Sicilian tomato sauce and  the Mushroom Fritti, which is  basically portobello and oyster  mushrooms covered in a herb infused  breadcrumbs with garlic  mayo dip.

The freshly made bite-sized  nachos had a yummy cheesiness  and wonderful crunchy texture.  I would have preferred a bit
more of a bite to my dip, but this  one worked all the same. 

The nachos at Jamie's Italian.

The  thinly sliced mushrooms had a  beautiful crispiness to them and  were beautifully complemented by  the dip.

We shared a main dish from the  pasta, secondi as well as the pizza  menu. First up was the Chicken Al  Mattone. For the health conscious,  the menu informs the diner that  the chicken is free-range. It’s a  succulent piece of meat, served on  crostini and a bed of creamy wild  mushroom sauce. It’s topped with  parmesan and lemony rocket.  At first bite, the taste buds are  seduced by different flavours. There  is the chargrill taste of the chicken.  Then there is the wonderfully  creamy texture of the perfectly  seasoned sauce. And I loved the  crispiness of the crostini.

One of the specials of the day  was a beautifully baked lasagne –  slow-cooked beef in a tomato sauce.  It had small chunks of butternut  thrown in and was topped with  mozzarella which had browned  to a nice crisp at the edges. In  tucking in, you get that wonderful  gooeyness and it makes for the  perfect comfort cuisine in winter.

Of course, I had to taste the  pizzas. A lover of fiery food, I opted  for the Chilli Freak pizza. Sadly,  the waiter got my order wrong
and so I ended up sampling the  Gennaro’s Italian Sausage option  first. The latter option was topped  with beef and fennel sausage,
balsamic onions, black olives (not  a favourite hence I didn’t order it)  and rosemary.

One of the delicious pizzas on offer.

The base is light and crispy.  There is no heaviness after tucking  into it. The toppings were most  generous and it really was a burst
of flavour.  When the pizza that I initially  wanted arrived, I was not  complaining, more so with the base  covered in a secret chilli sauce and  the sprinkling of Thai bird’s eye  chili and fresh mint.

After a much-needed break, we  tried the Molten Chocolate Praline  Pudding. The warm chocolate cake  had a liquid praline centre that just  hit the sweet spot.  The sweetness was cut by a  salted caramel ice-cream.  When it comes to the beverages  on offer, you have a range of  cocktails for any mood, wines, and  non-alcoholic hot and cold choices,  too. 

Overall, the attention to detail,  especially with the plating and  flavours, gets a thumbs up from  me. Eating here is a memorable
experience best enjoyed with  great company. The price is not  bad either.

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