Address: 107 Pitt Street, Sydney
Tel: (02) 8240 9000
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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!
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 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.
After a lot of umming and ahhing – I can be very indecisive- we ordered some food and drinks.
My friends ordered pasta. One ordered the Turbo Penne Arrabiata, and the other ordered the Prawn Linguine.
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!
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.
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 & mint
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:
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.”
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.
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.
Overall the meal cost us just over $80 which worked out to be about $25-30 each. Pretty cheap for such a good experience!
Overall I would rate my dining experience (out of 10):
- Service- 7
- Food- 7
- Ambience- 7
- Value – 7