I have been wanting to go to Jamie Oliver's restaurant, Jamie's Italian in Sydney for the longest time. Finally, I got there, twice in the same month. I booked online with little fuss for Saturday midday lunch and Thursday 5pm dinner. Both time slots were available, but I imagine their busier times of Friday and Saturday night would be harder to book into. As you wait at the bar for your table, be dazzled by the hustle and bustle of the long, rustic looking restaurant. A very tall ceiling houses a long steel staircase reaching up to a mezzanine level with more seating and garage style walls tastefully covered with graffiti. Downstairs, the leather bound seating along the mirrored wall leads you all the way to the lively open kitchen and restrooms.
Seated upstairs giving you the perfect view of the whole restaurant as you look down on the patrons below and breathe in the sounds and smells of the whole experience. The very good looking staff most with accents of some variety or another welcome you as you open the menu and pour over the delights to come. Starting with their famous polenta chips which melt in your mouth with every soft, crunchy bite and a $1.50 basket of assorted crispy breads. Yes $1.50. The entire menu is very reasonably priced and the servings are generous leaving you satisfied but not full.
The menu is extensive so it is tough to choose which main meal to have as they all sound delicious. Whether you choose wild boar and porcini lasagne or black angel spaghetti or crab and squid ink risotto or Jamie's signature porchetta you are guaranteed not to be disappointed. The honeycomb cannelloni three ways sounded too intriguing to pass up and I was not disappointed. Three individual cannelloni's beautifully filled with eggplant and sun dried tomato, spinach and ricotta, pumpkin and sliced into small bite sized portions perfectly nestled into a ceramic dish with rich tomato sauce.I wanted more.
Finally, this family friendly restaurant has to have a dessert menu which pleases even the youngest diner and it does. You can't go past the tutti fruit lemon meringue or JP's epic brownie or the delicate tiramisu. Try them all. Jamie's Italian truly does showcase an array of authentic dishes with Jamie's individual flair in each one. Every detail of the experience has been carefully detailed from the rustic classic decor to the exquisite menu to the comfortable seating to the gorgeous staff. Jamie's Italian is a must do in Sydney.
I have to disagree with this review.
I have dined here a few months ago with my wife, and others, and the dining experience has been....average to bad.
The best item on the menu was the antipasti.
Well, the desert was not bad as well.
The wine list was alright, but forgettable. The cocktails were horrendous and for that alone the barman should have been booted.
The mains' was an experience to forget.
The ink squid pasta, the lasagna, the risotto, the wild game ragu, prepared by amateurs...no, I should take that back. I have tasted better fare from lesser known restaurants. Heck, my neighborhood pub does a better job !
I expected my money's worth, and considering Jamie Oliver's name was on the front of the restaurant, I expected a memorable experience that I could speak of.
If you want a better Italian dining experience, then look elsewhere....'Via Napoli', in Lane Cove, springs to mind...!
They enjoy doing what they do and it reflects in the food they dish out.
My husband and I visited Jamie's for our anniversary in June this year. I was sceptical as there were a lot of negative reviews online. However I have to say I was pleasantly surprised and really enjoyed the meal. The service was spot on, however we did eat 12.30pm on a Weds so not particularly busy.
The seating (table for 2 ) was a little tight, both in table space and space between my seat and the table behind, and the toilets are very dark and tight in cubicle space too. Dark green with a low wattage bulb .. Most odd. I would recommend this restaurant though.