For those of you who want to give Jamie's Italian a try but feel their main dishes are a bit too expensive, the restaurant now offers a Super Lunch menu from 12pm to 5pm on weekdays. The menu offers a selection of dishes for starter, main course and dessert. You can either have a two course meal for $25 or pay $30 for a three course meal. We had an early dinner at Super Lunch price by placing our orders before 5pm.
Making use of vegetarian Parmesan, the Primavera Bruschetta had a fresh flavour coming from the zucchini, peas and beans which was complemented wonderfully by a pesto made from hazelnut and lovage. The toasted sourdough bread the ingredients were served on contrasted with them well but we thought the bread was a bit over-toasted.
Primavera Bruschetta (Photographed by Jonathan Phoon)
While it is listed as a starter, the Truffle Risotto is filling enough to serve as a main dish if you desire. The risotto was not gluggy and the rice grains had the "al dente" texture, evidence of a well-cooked risotto. The combination of truffles and aged Parmesan gave the dish its distinctive savoury flavour.
Truffle Risotto (Photographed by Jonathan Phoon)
More like a burger than a club sandwich, the chicken in the Gennaro's Chicken Club had a "char-grilled" flavour and the spicy mayonnaise gave the dish a spicy hit that was not too hot. Some fontal cheese helped to balance out the mayonnaise with its creamy taste.
Gennaro's Chicken Club (Photographed by Jonathan Phoon)
The Crispy Squid was very well done, with the crisp coating contrasting well with the tender flesh. Additional flavour was provided by the slices of chilli and garlic. A lemon wedge was provided for squeezing over the squid if you wish to add a bit of tanginess. The dish was served with aioli dipping sauce.
Crispy Squid (Photographed by Jonathan Phoon)
One of the options available for a pasta dish, the ravioli in their Mezzaluna Caprese was of a generous size with the ricotta and spinach filling not being too cheesy. The tomato sauce the pasta was tossed in brought out its flavour wonderfully with some extra texture provided by the buffalo mozzarella.
Mezzaluna Caprese (Photographed by Jonathan Phoon)
An excellent choice for the health conscious, the combination of roasted beets, broccolini, fennel and mixed pulses and grains in the Super Food Salad gave it a refreshing flavour with a bit of an extra kick coming from the harissa dressing. Pomegranate seeds gave each mouthful a burst of flavour. We were pleasantly surprised with the generous amount of avocado used in the salad.
Super Food Salad (Photographed by Jonathan Phoon)
Also available on their main menu, the Italian Steak and Fries was well seasoned and cooked to our requested doneness. The Italian seasoning on the fries made it a great pleasure consuming them, and the creamy coleslaw completed the dish.
Italian Steak and Fries (Photographed by Jonathan Phoon)
Having not tasted any of the desserts at Jamie's Italian, we decided to give two of the available desserts a try. The brownie in the Epic Chocolate Brownie had a rich chocolatey taste and is best enjoyed eaten with a spoonful of vanilla ice cream to cut through its richness. Some chocolate sauce helped to enhance the brownie's flavour and caramel popcorn added a bit of crunch.
Epic Chocolate Brownie (Photographed by Jonathan Phoon)
For a dessert that is not as rich, you can choose the Orange Blossom Polenta Cake. The cake had the light texture that we expected with a citrus flavour that was not too strong. The crème frache, pomegranate and mint leaves completed the experience.
Orange Blossom Polenta Cake (Photographed by Jonathan Phoon)
The fixed price format makes the Super Lunch ideal for group lunches as it cuts out the hassle of dividing the bill. $25 for a two course meal is good value for money and the quality of the food was excellent.