Review | Jamie's Italian, Sydney
When it comes to Jamie's Italian I have read and heard some mixed reviews, some claim its amazing while others argue its over hyped. Despite the negative reviews, I have wanted to check it out for some time so finally made a booking and made it happen.
Despite having a booking, we still had to wait around 15 minutes for our table to be cleared and when we were finally seated it was at a table right near the kitchen, meaning it was very noisy. And although it meant we did have to speak up, it also felt like we got an exclusive peek into a service kitchen.
First up, we decided to order the mixed Italian bread selection($1.50, we ordered and were charged for three but only were served two but didn't bring it up), fried three cheese gnocci ($10, ordered two lots) and their apparently famous polenta chips ($8.50, ordered two lots). We shared these amongst the eight of us, and I think it was the right amount, as we got a good taste of everything without becoming too full.
|Fried gnocchi up front and the polenta chips sitting pretty behind|
Next up were the mains. Prone to getting full fast and wanting to have dessert, I ordered the entree sized sausage pappardelle ($13.50). When it was served I was a bit disappointed just based on looks, but I quickly learnt not to judge a book by its cover. The dish was nice, again well seasoned and the breadcrumbs added a nice crunch. And it was just the perfect size serving for me as well, enough to fill me up but still leaving room for a little dessert.
I also got to try a bites of a few other dishes. The lamb and ricotta tortellini ($26.50) looked amazing but the taste was pretty average, and the pasta tasted a little under cooked. I also tried the veal flash steak, which was nice but was a very thin slice of meat so not the most filling dish ($28.50).
|Lamb and ricotta tortellini|
Overall I enjoyed the food at Jamie's and the prices were decent. For someone that was starving or time poor, I wouldn't recommend it as there was lots of waiting, both for a table and for each meal. We had a 6pm booking and left at 9.30pm, and didn't even linger afterwards chatting. But if it's just good Italian you are after- then Jamie's Italian is a go.
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