One of the best dinners my cousins and I had while we were in Sydney was at Jamie’s Italian. We’ve heard plenty of positive reviews about this restaurant so we decided to try it since there isn’t one in Melbourne. Jamie’s Italian in Sydney is one of the restaurant’s international branches opened by well-known celebrity chef Jamie Oliver back in 2011. We definitely had high expectations for it, especially since it’s so popular, and it’s common to see large groups of people waiting for their turn to be seated. On this note, it’s better to make a reservation online (on their website) just in case you have to wait for a long time to be able to get a seat. Jamie’s Italian is located in the CBD, so it’s easily accessible (right next to Pie Face) and is also opened every day. We really had a blast that night and ended up staying for hours!
– General Review –
- Service: 8.7/10
The service at Jamie’s Italian was one of the best I’ve experienced. My cousins and I only managed to reserve a table online for 8.45pm, but we decided to go there earlier anyway. Fortunately, they offered us a table right then even though we were there an hour early. The waiters and waitresses were all very attentive, friendly, helpful, informative, and really made our dining experience there unforgettable. The staffs were also very cooperative when it comes to birthday celebrations!
- Servicescape: 8.4/10
Jamie’s Italian was very crowded and loud, and it had a bar-like ambiance to it. The restaurant had dim lighting, plenty of seats that were always filled, and those cool music that you normally hear in pubs. So it felt like a mix of both bar and classy upscale dinner atmosphere, but relaxing at the same time. Lovely place to have a night out with friends, and we even witnessed five birthday celebrations on that night alone!
- Non-smoking area: Available.
- Vegetarian dishes: A number of vegetarian dishes available for entree and pasta dishes.
- Price range: $$$ (AU$25 – $40 for most main dishes.)
Overall Rating: 8.6/10
– Food Experience –
1) Jamie’s Italian Signature Porchetta:
The dish was superb, and I highly recommend it to anyone who plans to go to Jamie’s Italian. Even though the portion was slightly gourmet-sized, I thought it was perfect since anymore than that and it would taste a little too rich. The pork belly skin was fried perfectly with a nice crisp, and the meat itself was very tender. The herb (I could detect some rosemary and thyme), garlic and spices were fragrant as well, and completed with watercress salad.
2) Mussel Linguini:
The Mussel Linguini was a delight as well – fresh and well-cooked mussels, slightly dense pasta, and the sauce tasted quite light. It’s definitely a dish to try for all seafood-lovers out there.
3) Fish of the Day – Barramundi with Polenta:
The barramundi was still really fresh, was quite soft, and cooked really well. The fish was paired with polenta, sauteed mushrooms, and a slice of lemon to rid of the fishiness. I thought the portion was really little though.
4) Jool’s Favourite Sicilian Tuna Fusilli:
To be honest, I was a little disappointed with this pasta since I had high expectations for it. Even though we did order the smaller (entree-sized?) version, I thought the portion was ridiculously small. The pasta was sour from the tomatoes but that was about the only thing I could taste – it was quite bland and lacked other flavors.
Contact number: +61 2 8240 9000
Website: Jamie’s Italian
Operating hours: Mon – Sun: 11am – Late
Posted by: V