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Published July 7th 2012
If you love Italian food, but you find most of the Italian restaurants in Sydney's CBD are a bit pricey, Jamie's Italian can be your choice. Established in the heart of the CBD, Jamie's Italian is a popular and reasonably priced dining place. The restaurant is a double-decker in high ceiling with tables upstairs and down. Displayed on the shelves at the front of the restaurant, you'll find a collection of merchandise for your purchase – Jamie Oliver's cook books, tea towels, mugs and more.
Luckily the restaurant was not that busy when I went there for an early lunch during the week. I was escorted to a table on the ground floor, which was close to the open kitchen on the raised platform. The décor is interestingly set in a way where you'll find the comfortable couches on one side, contrasted by a line-up of metal chairs in different colours on the other side. Perhaps it is just me; I find that this design approach seems to be a bit unusual.
Open kitchen on the raised platform, Jamie's Italian
The restaurant is covered with timber tables and floors, and a number of hanging lights are high up the ceiling. This contemporary setting is mixed with dim lightings, projecting a unique ambience and urban feel. Adorning to the walls, there are a wide array of wines displayed behind the steel-framed spaces; what's a great way to utilise the space for storage as well as for decorative purpose!
Additionally, the background music was jazz when I was enjoying my meal – a dish of fried mushrooms ($9) and a dish of risotto with herbs and cheese in an entrée size ($14). The price is affordable compared to other Italian restaurants in CBD. The food was reasonably fine but wasn't that perfect as the risotto was slightly salty and the mushrooms were a bit smoky. However, the overall atmosphere offered me an enjoyable experience.
A note of warning; the restaurant is particularly busy on Saturday and they do not take booking if the table is reserved for less than six people. So, be prepared to queue up. You and your friends can have a drink at the table bar while waiting for the table.
Jamie's Italian may not be a restaurant for perfect Italian food but it would be relatively a fine dining place to hang out with friends because of its atmosphere, affordable pricing, reasonable food quality and convenience.