Jamie’s Italian, CBD ($$)

Address: 107 Pitt Street, Sydney

Tel: (02) 8240 9000

Website: http://www.jamieoliver.com/au/italian/

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Last night a couple of uni friends and I decided to have an impromptu dinner at Jamie’s Italian in Sydney.

I had heard that it gets really busy and that it is hard to get a table for more than 2 or less than 6 as they only take bookings of 6 or more.

However, we got there at about 5.30pm straight after work and were seated immediately without having to wait at all! Excellent!

Atmosphere

The restaurant has a really cute, woody sort of feel to it with wooden tables, chalk board signs and dim lighting.

The front of the restaurant has a bar which gets quite busy later on in the evening, but it is somewhat unfortunately located in the main walkway which leads out of the restaurant, making it look a little bit cramped.

Service

Service was quite good. Everyone seemed very happy to help and quite cheerful (except the girl whose job it was to sprinkle parmesan cheese on pasta- she wasn’t so cheerful).

We noticed that all the wait staff had English accents and we wondered if they had hired people from Sydney or had brought their own staff straight from England.

Our waiter was quite friendly, if a little awkward at times, and we were quickly given some water to drink and menus to browse.image

Food/Drinks

After a lot of umming and ahhing – I can be very indecisive- we ordered some food and drinks.

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My friends ordered pasta. One ordered the Turbo Penne Arrabiata, and the other ordered the Prawn Linguine.image

The Penne came with a spoon of bread crumbs which I thought was a little odd. My friend seemed to enjoy the meal but did comment that the pieces of chilli in the dish made it quite spicy. Note: not for those who can’t handle the heat!image

There was a large serving of the Prawn Linguine, topped with some rocket leaves which added freshness and colour. I noted a good sized serving of prawns and my friend seemed to enjoy the meal and finished it up.

The girls also shared a side of Polenta Chips.image

I had never had polenta chips before but I tried them and were pleasantly surprised. They had a crunchy, golden batter and a soft interior. They tasted a little bit like tofu so if you don’t like tofu I wouldn’t recommend them, but overall they were not too bad!

I ordered the Meat Antipasti Board which came with small servings of:

  • Cured meats: San Daniele prosciutto, Wagyu bresaola, finocchio & capocollo
  • Cheeses: Buffalo mozzarella & pecorino with amazing chilli jam
  • Pickles: Curly green chillies, green & Gaeta olives & caper berries
  • Crunchy salad: Shaved root veg with chilli, lemon & mintimage

The Board was quite small but I was told that the size of the Board increases depending on the number of people who order it. Since I was the only person who ordered this, the serving was more than enough for me!

I really enjoyed all items on the Board. The meats were fresh and slightly salty and were well complemented by the relatively less flavoursome cheese and the tangy salad.

I also ordered a side of bread: image

The bread came out in a cute basked and was served with a side of olive oil and balsamic vinegar for dipping.

I also had to try the Posh Chips which are described as “chips with truffle oil and parmesan.”

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The chips had an interesting flavour but you couldn’t really taste the truffle. The parmesan was delicious and gooey but the chips lacked crunch. They were soft and, in my opinion, not cooked enough.

Summary

Overall the dishes were interesting and tasted pretty good. There were good sized portions and you definitely get value for money here unlike some over-priced celebrity restaurants. There is a great atmosphere and good service which really contributes to the overall experience. This restaurant really reflects Jamie’s casual and down to earth personality and his genuine love for hearty Italian food and dishes for sharing.

Cost:

Overall the meal cost us just over $80 which worked out to be about $25-30 each. Pretty cheap for such a good experience!

Rating:

Overall I would rate my dining experience (out of 10):

    • Service- 7
    • Food- 7
    • Ambience- 7
    • Value – 7

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4 thoughts on “Jamie’s Italian, CBD ($$)

  1. Not bad value for a celeb place! The polenta chips and the truffle/parmesan ones look good – shame you couldn’t taste the truffle though! Your board of goodies looks great too 😀 I always think of those as more entree style meals but I love the idea of it as a main! A nice light dinner 🙂

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  2. Hi Casual Blogger,

    I’m a pom & a touch homesick so when I read this review & heard that all the waiters are English I am now determined to go & aleviate the homesickness with some girl friends :)…there goes the diet! I was wondering if I could maybe get some help? I’m working on an app atm, and a part of the app will have bloggers recommending the tip top places in their city to check out – as part of my pre-launch strategy I am launching a website which will house reviews & recommendations from top bloggers in each city (Style Bloggers / Mummy Bloggers / Foodie Bloggers etc) – these will all include bios of the writer plus info on the blog + links. We so far have 3,000 people who have preregistered for the app & it will drive traffic straight to here 🙂 Is there anyway you would consider donating a piece for me to republish or even creating something new? You can see what I mean on http://www.heylets.com – Love, Lauren X

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