I was keen to try Jamies Italian, but went there doubtful that a chain restaurant run by a celebrity chef would deliver all it promised.
Have to say I was very impressed! Service was excellent, food presented with great care and style, good range of items on the menu and very reasonable prices - what more can you ask for!
You will have to queue for a table, but we found that once seated we weren't rushed through the meal at all and had plenty of time to make meal choices and linger over wine and coffee. Pasta comes in two size options which is great if like me you'd rather have 3 small courses than 1 giant one. Only downside was that they'd sold out of Tiramisu, but the Choc tart was a delicious alternative.
There's obviously been a lot of thought and attention to detail in the creation of the 'Jamies Italian' chain and while I can't speak for all, this Covent Garden location is certianly worth a visit. Well done Mr Oliver.
I would probably have enjoyed this restaurant more if we hadn't visited so close to Christmas we were surrounded by the inevitable office parties where people were a little too drunk and loud. Reserved a table on the same night and only had to wait an hour for one to become available. Decided to have the burgers, which were well cooked and nicely presented. We tried out all the different types of fries between us, as well as some rocket salad. Staff were friendly, service was prompt and bill was reasonable about £25 per head for main course including side dishes, wine and coffee.
Tables are a bit too close together I kept expecting our glasses to be knocked onto the floor by the people next to us.
The Victorian style tiled loos are a big mistake and not particularly clean, which was rather off-putting, but overall not bad as restaurants go.
This branch of Jamie's is perfectly located to offer refuge to tired shoppers and give tourists a sample of their favourite TV chef.
Even though there are quite a few branches of Jamies' Italians around London now, the place doesn't feel like a chain (until you have been to too many of those and the crapper joke starts feeling a bit tired).
The menu offers a good selection of veggie and meat dishes and the portions are just right. We all had pasta today with two of us opting for the specials of aubergine ravioli with the others sticking to standard favourites of arrabiata and bolognese. The polenta chips are a great nibble for sharing.
As with all things Italian Jamie's comes into its own in Summer while the metal seats and large glass windows give you a chill on a wet and windy winter's day.
Address is wrong, the correct one is:
11 Upper St Martin's Lane
Big name and a nice concept, but the Food don't reach the expect level. Had better food at proper Italien Restaurants.
Price is OK though.
Much as it pains me to say, this place is pretty good!
I didn't want to like anything to do with Jamie Oliver and his sprawling empire, but I'd happily take my parents to eat here. And if you know my parents you'll know this is a ringing endorsement.
We went on a Saturday afternoon and the place was pretty packed. The staff were lovely and took my number so we could mooch around Covent Garden for 20 minutes before they called to say the table was ready.
It's a lively place with a bit of a canteen feel, super-efficient service and food which, as you'd expect, was nothing short of fantastic. We ordered as many of the small dishes as we could fit on the small table and loved every one, especially the lamb ravioli. Unfortunately there was no room for dessert.
Definitely recommended by me.
I was quite excited about going to this restaurant but I had the feeling it was a little bit over rated - everything was good, but added together it didn't come together to be something amazing
Could not fault this place. We went back the next night!
The staff are extremely friendly and chatty. Ok, the second night we had a wee bit of a sweary waitress but she was endearing.
Yes it technically IS a chain restaurant but its so much more than that.
First night, I went with a group of friends and between us we had the angry nachos and the olives to start, meatballs, turbo fussilli arrabiata and wild truffle tagliatelle for main.
The next night, I tried steak and had the funky chips, partner had the wild truffle tagliatelle. It was like cat nip haha he practically licked the plate.
Everything was presented nicely and tasted AMAZING.
The restaurant is huge, with a massive downstairs bit as well.
Would return, no doubt about it.
I have a new found respect for Jamie Oliver after eating here. Jamie's wasn't on my extensive list of restaurants that I want to go to but a friend was keen to eat there as he'd been before. It was very very good, the quality of the ingredients was really excellent, we had some of the best tomatoes I've eaten in a long time accompanying the bruschetta. I hear the lamb chop lollipops are exceptional although they'd run out when we got there (it was quite late). Service was also friendly and efficient and they have a music policy that allows the staff to pick their favourites which resulted in a great mix of songs. Highly recommended and a great addition to the west end. It goes to show that a high quality can be maintained and prices kept reasonable even for a chain restaurant.
Well I was very disappointed with my whole experience. The service was amazing but the food was just pretty bland. We had the Christmas special set menu and not anywhere on the menu did it indicate that everything would have nuts in. As a nut allergy sufferer that was not a good thing. I couldn't eat most of the sharer starter, the main was a lump of chicken on the bone that I couldn't find under a mass of soggy vegetables and the one dessert I thought wouldn't have nuts in had some almonds sprinkled on top. This was not a fine dining experience it was a mass of lots of not greatly cooked produce. It is a very manly restaurant I feel, whcih reflect Jamie's style I suppose, my fiance loved it. However I shall be avoiding any of his chains in the future and I suggest you do the same if you are female and prefer quality over quantity
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