This place always has a pretty long wait but I managed to get a table on a Wednesday night within 15 min (checked in at 7pm, got a table by 7:15pm). The inside of this restaurant is quite nice and I like the comforting and welcoming atmosphere. They offer "appetizer" and "entree" sizes for most of their pasta dishes, which is pretty unique and very helpful if you're not that hungry and don't want to spend too much on dinner.
That being said, while the crab and avocado bruschetta was really good-the crab was really fresh and flavorful-it was a really small portion for the price of 7 pounds. It was worth it because of the great contrasting flavors and textures of the smooth avocado paste, juicy shredded crab meat, crunchy sourdough and ribbons of green apple.
My friend ordered the smaller version of the pasta pomodoro, which was pretty good (tomato sauce was fresh with lots of tomatoes, parmesan was quality and added cheesiness), it tasted like most other pasta dishes that I've had in the past. I did however really enjoy how the pasta was al dente, it seems that the pasta in Europe is cooked for less time than in the US, leaving them firmer and in my opinion, more enjoyable to eat. The small plate was 6.25 pounds.
After I finished the bruschetta I was still a little hungry so we ordered the bread which came on a plank. There were 4 types, but my favorites were the foccacia and the sourdough. It came with olive and sundried tomato tapenades which was very tasty and complemented the bread well. The only problem I had with the bread was that a fairly small portion cost 4 pounds which is kind of ridiculous considering that it's just bread.
Overall, would definitely recommend this place for a reasonably priced dinner if you're not too hungry. Next time I want to try the cheesecake dessert which looked amazing! I'll be back to try a seafood pasta dish, which sounded really delicious!
What i liked:
1. Ambiance (modern & cozy)
2. The Mushroom truffle pasta
I ordered the mushroom truffle pasta & polenta chips.
I was very disappointed in the polenta chips. No sauce....and too chunky of pieces... like square blocks. Was very plain and too chunky.
However the special of the day was absolutely one of my favorite pastas. The truffle oil brought out the mushroom taste and it was delicious. I ate the WHOLE thing. Which is rare.
My friend ordered the meat ball with pasta. It was OK... not the best meatballs i've had...they were too herby for me.
Ooo...another thing..the waitstaff...not so helpful with recommendations and was a bit unorganized. For example... no plates provided...and a bit all over the place. Maybe she was having a bad day~~ who knows~
I might come back if i have dreams of the mushroom pasta...but maybe not~ Although my pasta was really good~ was not really impressed with waitstaff~
Um... after visiting Rome and Florence... and dining here... eck.
ALL HYPE... not worth it folks!
I think Pasta Pomodoro in the Bay Area does more justice in making Italian food than this place.
We were a party of six and dined downstairs... token "colored" people with a token Brit in our group... I didn't particularly loved the staring that the people next to us were giving our party... ignorance still exist! :)
Anyway... service sucked. My sister ordered about 5 bottles of wine... yet our dinner entrees didn't arrive until it was closing time and mind you, it wasn't packed. The delay time from appetizers to dinner was mind blowing that by the time our food came, we lost our appetite. Oh wait, maybe we lost it because it WAS that bad!
It was so bad... I didn't remember the numerous appetizers my sister ordered. I did remember my Honeycomb cannelloni trio for £11.45 (Aubergine & sun-dried tomato; pumpkin; ricotta & spinach) and it was ECK! It literally tasted like frozen cannelloni.
Long story short: don't bother going here. Not worth your gazillion GBP pounds! Such a disappoint for our reunion with a family friend that my family and I haven't seen for 20 years. Not even the amount of wine we consumed help make us eat what they served food.
We were there before 7 pm and waited for 40 minutes to get inside. Though when we were leaving half past 8, there wasn't any queue, so obviously the queue depends on the time of day ;)
I ordered a rabbit, it turned out to be a good choice, though a little bit too salty for my liking.
For the dessert, I had a tiramisu, which wasn't an actual Italian tiramisu, as there wasn't enough cream filling. It was quite tasty, but left me disappointed.
The prices are reasonable.
Ooooh! Highly recommend!!! Wonderful, wonderful food! Great selection on the menu and great table service too (very friendly staff).
I stopped in on a Monday night. The restaurant has a great atmosphere. The services was excellent, I ordered the meatball reginette. The meatballs were delicious. This is Italian fusion, if you are looking for traditional Italian cuisine, it is not here. They have a playful twist of traditional pasta. With cool and innovating styles of pasta used.
One of my favorite places to eat in London with friends & family. I go there every time I visit the city. LOVE their meat plank, calamari starter and crab pasta. Great service too!
I've come here many times as Jamie is so big in Europe and visitors from all over want to try one of his restaurants. I've come here for both lunch and dinner and been pleasantly surprised. I've had everything from pasta to salad to one if their hamburgers and always been happy with my order. There is also a little shop where you can buy some of his stuff - anything from cook books to kitchen ware. They don't take reservations but I don't think I've ever waited longer than 30-40 minutes (for dinner). Get a drink at the bar while you wait!
Basic food really ! Not half as yummy looking in person as his dishes on TV!! I had the crab spaghettini which was nice but nothing to rave about! I also had the crispy squid which was rather bland to be honest.... For dessert I chose the brownie option which looked like heaven but was very mediocre .. The. Ice cream on it was nice but the brownie itself was too dark and not tasty enough! It wasn't clean enough there which I'm guessing he claims is the rustic look but when your seats aren't clean enough then that's not rustic at all that's just dirt... Won't go back basically
A very nice restaurant but expensive for the portions you got. I ordered the Italian nachos which tasted like fried noodles from a Chinese restaurant with guacamole on them. They were interesting. I also got a dish of ricotta with parmesan and garlic on it. The ricotta was in balls. I ordered the larger portion which wasn't very much. It was tasty though. I tired to get the lemon cheesecake for desert but they were out and instead got raspberry desert. It was okay but nothing great. The restaurant is smack dab in the theater district at a prime location and has outdoor seating.
For my one year anniversary in London I figured I should go somewhere a bit nice, a bit London, a bit special. Unfortunately a dental affliction meant I was limited to the softer side of the food pyramid so I decided not to blow massive cash on food I couldn't chew properly and went with soft, safe, Italian.
There was a bit of a wait (30 minutes), and not a lot of room at the bar, but it wasn't altogether unexpected on a Friday night so no big deal. We got taken downstairs to basically the perfect table - corner booths for the win!
We ordered the meat board for two as a starter, carbonara and lasagna for the mains. Everything was tasty, looked great on the plate and considering how busy the restaurant was, the service was fast too. It wasn't the best carbonara I've ever had, but the lasagna was amazing.
I wish I could say that I got dessert as well, but I thought the menu was a bit boring so gave it a miss.
I would come back here----if I tried every other place in London first.
The food was good and very very fresh.
There are lots of veggie options for non meat eaters.
Service was lacking considering it's a little on the higher end....
The food was delish. I found that a starter portion of risotto and a side salad was more than enough for me.
My husband had the seafood bucatini and loved it!
Nice location if you're going to a show or shopping nearby.
I stopped in for lunch without a reservation and there wasn't an issue.
I was really hyped about going to one of my favorite chef's places, I love his recipes so I just had to go, was also afraid of being disappointed but this was not the case.
Right next to covent garden, place is really nice, wood and big lamps, big tables, very cozy; we had lunch with friends, bette remake a reservation if you don´t want to wait! but you can always wait at the bar as we did.
On the ordering side, I think everything is just delicious there is no going wrong here, we ordered everything to share to try it all. I personally had the wild mushroom cilindretti pasta pillows which where really good, starter wise there was a big mix starting with the bread basket, the filled cherry tomatoes, big taster plate among other things... service is great and prices are not bad at all.
Very reasonably priced. 1/2 orders available on many dishes. The risotto was a bit toothy in my opinion, but had a wonderful smoky flavor, the gnudi had just the right texture and flavor. This is a good place to bring the family, not impress a foodie, but get a good meal at a fair price (which is very hard to find on such a touristed area of London. Fast and pleasant service too. Only the beer (Librrta) was a flop. It tasted like it had been chilled and warmed too many times and treated more "cheap domestic" than artisan.
My whole family went out to eat here one night while were in London and we were very impressed.
The only strange thing was that they made us choose between two menus a week in advance for a party of 7. Usually we can at least just order off either back in the states so we found that a bit strange, but nothing too terrible.
I had the rump steak and it was DELICIOUS. I mean, when you think rump steak you're not thinking something as delicious and tender as I had. One of the best steaks I've had in a while not to mention it had pesto sauce so obviously that was an amazing combo. Also, the truffle pasta that came before it was so so so good. I hate truffle but the pasta and the sauce were so good I didn't even care.
Our server was so sweet too, I wish I could remember her name to give her a nice shoutout. Whoever the sweet lil' blonde gal was, we thank you for a great meal. :-)
This was the second Jamie's Italian I've visited, and thankfully I was much more impressed this time around. Mind you, one of the members of my party had the gold card, or whatever it's called, so they were particularly attentive. Nonetheless, this was a much cooler Jamie's and I especially liked sitting downstairs in the booths, where it reminds you of a true wine cellar.
The food was delicious, and we had quite a range, from steak to squid ink pasta to chicken cutlet and a few traditional pasta dishes. We also had bellinis and wine and generally enjoyed ourselves. Our server was very friendly and attentive, as well.
I'd recommend this far more than the Jamie's near the City, only because the atmosphere feels much more authentically Italian here. Other than that, it's your normal Jamie's, and you can have a great time if you're up for the experience.
Decent food for a "celebrity chef" chain. The service was mediocre at best. Clearly they are used to slanging spaghetti to tourists. The noise levels are so high that you practically need to about your orders to the wait staff. Overall, if you are in the area and need a place that typically doesn't have a wait. This will suffice. Don't go there however thinking Jamie Oliver himself will cook for you. I'd be surprised if he's ever even been there. 3 stars.
We started with Worlds best Olives on Ice - oh my , delicious. Not your average olives and it came with a black olive tapenade that was so flavorful. Also tried the crisp Squid - fresh and hot with a few slices of red chilis. Portions were perfect size without being too large and I thought the price was reasonable.
My colleague had a special of the Lamb Salad and he enjoyed! I ordered the Seafood Bucatini that is cooked in a bag, followed by some more wine and coffee.
This was my first visit there and I really enjoyed the food and the service with the unique Olive starter. Will definitely return.
Not good...I went with a group of ladies and ordered the steak. It was flavorless and there were gummy, veiny parts. It - honest to God - looked like the cheapest cut of steak available. For £14.25?! Oh hell no. I also ordered the truffle and parmesan fries and those were good, but if you fuck up fries, you shouldn't be in the restaurant business. I will not be coming back nor recommending...Most likely designed as a tourist trap.
This is another one of Jamie Oliver's ventures so it is really especially at dinner time. Have been here twice and both times got a table fast (walk-in).
The food is excellent: all the pastas are hand made on-site daily so it's really fresh.
For a starter I recommend the antipasto (meat) plank!
I was in London last week and we make a reservation at Jamie's for lunch time.
It was a good idea because the restaurant was full in few minutes.
The waitres are very friendly and helpfull.
Our baby received paper and pencil to draw something.
We choose 2 different antipasti and they was very tasty.
The plate was very nice, the kids menu is very great.
There's a lot of choice.
My husband choose a grill of differents meals, it was nice but it's missing some potatoes or vegetables.
I choose a plate of pasta, the taste was nice but it could be more generous.
Jamie Oliver was not there ;) maybe see him another time
Now that's what I'm talking about! Bring it Chef.
Fifteen was a let down on our last visit and I wanted to give one of Jamie Oliver's places another try. We ended walking in at his Italian restaurant and I knew that I'd love it right from the start.
As we queued to be seated I watched the guy up front making all shapes and sizes of fresh pasta. I wonder what he's doing there? Maybe it's something I haven't seen before. The dining room was pretty crowded even at the early hour, straight from the pub, and we were put in the back tightly between a few other tables. We were starving, so we got right to it forgoing the tempting cheese and salami openers for several pastas. They do primi and main portions, which is convenient and allowed us to indulge in different options. I enjoyed the bread basket and olive oil while we waited on our dishes. They all arrived at once and took up nearly the entire table. To the daily special Lamb Ragu Papparadelle we added:
BEAUTIFUL BUCATINI CARBONARA
Tubular spaghetti with crispy fried smoked pancetta and ribbons of leek, tossed with eggs, thyme and Parmesan cheese
Pan fried garlicky prawns with tomatoes, chilli, rocket and fennel
TURBO FUSILLI ARRABIATA
Sweet and spiced tomato sauce with herby breadcrumbs, sprinkled with my favourite Scotch bonnet chillies
Molto Bene! Everything was delicious. We really enjoyed being able to munch on all of these dishes as they each had different flavors and heat. Speaking of which, those Scotch Bonnets in the Arrabiata brought the noise. That was the dish we fought most over. But, like any good husband, I let Kris finish it. I love lamb and found the Ragu to be great. The Carbonara was a bit rich for Kris. I had no problem eating the lion's share of that one. The prawns were also packed with flavor, unlike a similar effort I recently had at this dish that lacked anything going on. We continued trading the dishes around the table until everything was gone and we were good and stuffed. Four dishes were perfect for two. We got a trio of fresh sorbettos, which I can't recall. However, I remember them being very good and refreshing.
Service was spot on and we were never in need of anything. The nice bottle of Italian Red went nicely with our meal. We were a bit tightly packed in and the great meal nearly distracted me from the Swedish Bikini team groping each other at the table next to us. Topless. T O P L E S S. Have you met my wife?
These are the kind of Italian restaurants I love and it reminded me of SuperMario's joints in NYC. Seeing the chefs work in the kitchen downstairs on my way to the Lou was cool too.
You'll want to get here early for the well priced and flawlessly executed meal. Or just drop a name and wait it out at the nearby pubs. Mangia!
I'll openly admit this. I'm fast becoming a Jamie Oliver fan. Not that I wasn't before, but seriously even without the school dinners campaign, this man is changing my culinary life slowly, so much so, that any time an Italian restaurant is mentioned, my response is "Just go to Jamie's Italian... seriously, it's aaaaaaaaamazing."
It started on a Sunday morning back at the parents, I happened to glance at the TV in the background that had Jamie Oliver cooking his Pan-Asian salmon recipe. Then the making of the recipe for a friend. It was aaaaaaaaaaamazing. Then the buying of a book. Then going to the restaurant chain and eating the most aaaaaaaamazing mozzarella ball with fresh green pesto. Or fresh green olives on ice with the most amazing sun-dried tomatoes and black olive tapenade. The list goes on.
The staff are all uber-friendly nationwide (I've also been to one in Oxford) and the loos are very amusing. I like the decor, the tins of tomatoes, the atmosphere. Seriously, what is there not to love? When choosing a main, there's a choice between a small and large plate (just in case, you're too full from eating starters) and the desserts, especially the brownie with raspberries and vanilla ice cream... worth saving space for. I could go on but I fear I may sound a tad deranged and fan-crazy. I'll end on this note, there isn't anything on the menu that I wouldn't eat and it's just a great place to have a nice meal. I heart Jamie's Italian. Big Time. In fact, I would say it was aaaaaaa..... I'll stop now.
4-star food in an otherwise mediocre joint. (Sorry, Jamie!)
I really like the way Jamie Oliver cooks: get good, fresh food, prepare it simply, let it shine. Not too fussy, not too proper. My kind of cooking. And despite it being an Italian restaurant in the tourist district of London, I was willing to give it a shot on name alone.
As far as I can tell, everyone's mains were good. No michelin stars here, but fresh ingredients, prepared simply, shining on their merits. If only the mains were the whole of the thing.
The appetizers tried too hard, or didn't try at all. We ordered a few rounds Bruschetta and got these longboards of bread topped in a variety of ways, but none really hit the mark. The bread was soggy, suggesting they'd been waiting for a while. The toppings were chilled like they'd come out of a fridge, even when that tightened up the flavour. The calamari was nothing to write home about. The olives were a stand out there, prepared simply and delicious.
Drinks were similarly a mess. The disappointing two beers on offer weren't surprising in an italian joint, but the bar was not much better. A syrupy negroni for one friend and a pretty weak mojito for the other. Clearly we were being driven towards the wine list but that, too, was pretty one-note. Giant super-tuscans might be the thing that sells tourists, but it's hard for me to believe Jamie couldn't find a single medium bodied offering from Piemonte, say, if only for variety.
Here's the lowdown: the downstairs dining area is nice, and a bit quieter. The mains are really rockin'. If you are careful to order the appetizers that hew to the mantra of "fresh ingredients prepared simply" like, say, the olives, you can do well there, too. If you call ahead to avoid the wait, you can have a 4-star night here. But there are places in London where the default is a 4- (or 5!) star night and they don't make you work so hard for it.
Pro-tip: order the truffled fries. I don't care that they aren't italian. Find the chump at your table who's ordering a steak, and steal his truffled fries. I'll distract him. Go!
it's like Jamie Oliver said, "give me your tired, your poor, your hungry masses yearning to eat well..."
The pasta - cannelloni, spaghetti vongole - is delicious.
The olives are fine.
The mushrooms are meh.
The barkeeps skim on beverages (bellini missing an inch or two, Mojito Mo-stly ice)
BUT, when I asked to wrap up the rest of my main, because I was stuffed, the waiter said "sorry, we don't have any containers. We don't have any boxes or bags. Would you like me to throw it in the trash?" Um, what? At least admit the obnoxiousness "sorry, we're too obnoxious to let you box up the meal you paid for." Big turn-off from an otherwise palatable establishment.
As an American there are two people I'd get excited about meeting on the streets of London.
1. Karl Pilkington
2. Jamie Oliver
I have 3 or 4 of Jamies cookbooks and the iPad app. I've bought them as gifts for other people. I guess I'm a fan.
When wandering around Covent Garden and I saw the restaurant I KNEW I was going to eat there. Coming from the US I had no idea if locals thought of this place as a tourist trap or if it was to be taken seriously--but I didn't care.
We put our name in and had an Italian beer while we waited 25 mins for our table. We had polenta chips and an Italian assortment "board" to start and both were pretty good.
I had mushroom and cheese ravioli for the main course and it was perfect. For dessert I had the ultimate brownie and my girlfriend had the pannacotta. The brownie was really good--the pannacotta was good but nothing memorable.
Where they took a hit for me was the risotto my girlfriend ordered. It was crunchy! Knowing that the man has an entire chapter of TWO of his books dedicated to instructing others on risotto making--and even videos on the iPad app--I found this to be an unforgivable flaw.
Everything else was good though. The service was nice. Our waiter--a little spaced out--was still nice. The setup was cute. The portions were small and I'm good with that--I left the place satisfied and not unable to walk.
If I find myself back in London I'd probably give them another try.
Quite frankly, I felt a bit embarrassed coming here. The idea of a restaurant with Jamie's face and all his "funky" and "pukka" vocab plastered everywhere made me uncomfortable, as much as the idea that a lot of people are coming here just because of the name.
But, we needed to eat, and we came across it at 17:45 on a Saturday night with a short queue. We got our buzzer, and went for a drink at a nearby pub: the pub was crap, but the bare-shirted fight with a bouncer we saw was very entertaining.
After 30 minutes or so we were buzzed and came back in to sit down.
I surprised myself by enjoying the food a lot - best Italian I've had for a while.
Accompanied by a decent 20 quid bottle of Pinot Grigio, I had the arancini (rice balls) followed by the scallop and squid ink spaghetti. They were both delicious as was my companion's choices.
OK, so they have a burger on the menu, it's a chain, and Jamie is annoying, but it would be completely pretentious of me to not recommend the food here.
Our bill (including that wine remember) came to a ridiculously reasonable 65 quid.
Amid a busy day of touristy walking around the city we stopped here for a rest and some food.
Was pleasantly surprised after all i have heard about Jamies places around the city, much to the disgust of the waitress we were only after some grazing to replenish our energy knowing we would be eating 3 hrs later.
So after a scan we had the bread basket, wild boar salami, truffel salami and caprese salad. What works in this palce is the fact the bread is freshly baked on site, the meat is sliced to order and the cheese is of the hishest quality, the tomatos were varied and full of flavour and the dippings oils also very tasty.
I would go back for sure.
Came here for dinner last Saturday night with my friend. We were told it would be about a 30-40 minute wait, given a beeper (they also took down my mobile number just in case) and kindly suggested we go have a drink somewhere (i.e. go away, come back when we beep you). I hate that they don't take reservations.
We went down the street to grab a coffee and chat, and sure enough, in about 30 minutes our beeper went off signaling a table was ready for us! The upper level was completely packed and we were seated in the lower level, which was also packed. I actually liked it because you could peek into the kitchen. There are chalkboards with daily specials scrawled on them, and all of the walls are decorated with glass cabinets displaying wine bottles, pasta and olive oil tins.
We ordered the Top Italian Bread Selection to share. It was served with olive oil and balsamic vinegar for dipping. I would have preferred if they have given us a plate to pour the oil and vinegar into instead of the little sauce dish. The waitress didn't pour nearly enough vinegar into the dish and for the first few mouthfuls we were eating oily bread.
We ordered a bottle of Ponte Pietra 2009 Trebbiano-Garganega to accompany our pasta and fish dishes. It was light, fruity and pleasant.
We shared a couple of pasta dishes as starters. The Wild Truffle Tagliatelle was absolutely amazing! I would order this again the next time I come back. It was cheesy, buttery, truffle-y and perfect. The Mushroom Panzerotti was also very delicious. The tomato sauce was sweet, a little tart and a tiny bit spicy, which adds a nice kick to the dish.
For the main we had the Fish Baked in a Bag. The fish of the day was Cod, and it was perfectly cooked. It was moist, flaky and so flavourful. It is baked with mussels, clams, smashed fennel, chili, anchovy over a bed of Sicilian cracked wheat. This dish was quite spicy, but bearable.
For dessert I had the tiramisu and my friend had the chocolate, raspberry and amaretto brownie. The tiramisu was good, better than some that I've had, but not overly amazing. It was a good balance of moist espresso-soaked cake layers and marscapone layers. It's delicately flavoured with orange zest and served with orange crème fraiche, which gave it an interesting twist. The brownie was to die for - absolutely incredible.
Overall we were both very happy with the food an service. WC is located on the lower level. The ambience was fun, casual and they played an awesome mix of 80's & 90's music throughout the evening. I completely recommend this spot, and will definitely be back.
Great experience, excellent service, great food..it is a bit too touristy but...if you go late at night (11pm) its quite lovely.
I recommend his millanaise with truffles.
Awesome place. Casual - there was a wait for about 30mintues because we had not made reservations and the wait was definitely worth it. We sat down for a dinner after a show (Agatha Christie's Mousetrap) which was walking distance to the restaurant.
We had a PRAWN (aka Shrimp in the US) LINGUINE - which was awesome. I loved the fact that the prawns actually had flavor separate from the linguine marinara sauce - it was made with great flavor. Its probably slightly on the spicy side - in a very complimentary way to still honor the rest of the flavors. I enjoyed the fact that the shrimp did not taste like it was just added to the dish but part of the entire dish.
A must-do and reasonably priced and good fun servers and environment. Gourmet food in a casual place with fun ambiance, a great combination!!
Absolutely the worst meal I had in London during my stay. We had to send back 4 items. Everything was under salted, overcooked, and lacked flavor. The tomato salad w/ mozz should not be served if the tomatoes aren't good! They were sour and mushy.
We tried the crab bruchetta, which tasted very fishy and more like canned tuna. The sea bass was disgusting....zero flavor. Finally the flutter beef (?) was severely overcooked. The manager came out and apologized and said she saw the food and it should never have been sent out like that. I would say they do have excellent customer service. On a brighter note, the spicy prawn linguine was excellent. I'm appalled that Jamie Oliver would have his name associated with this horrendous food!!!
I love Jamie Oliver. I love his shows but I couldn't say so for his restaurant.
Firstly, we had to wait over 2 1/2 hrs on a Sunday evening for the 8 of us as it doesn't take any bookings. When we arrived at 5.30pm, we were told to come back again around 7pm as it's still quite empty. We went back at 6pm (just in case) and we were told to wait for 2 1/2 hrs. Not impressed at all. If it wasn't for a friend's birthday, I would not have returned.
We were given a buzzer & must be at least 200meters to the restaurant or the buzzer wouldn't work. Why don't they chain that buzzer to my ankle as I felt I am in prison since we were restricted where to go during our 2 1/2 hrs wait. There isn't a bar in the restaurant where we can sit & drink while we wait so we had to be somewhere close by or stand in the street like a lemon.
The front of house was also very rude. We weren't impressed with his attitude. He didn't smile. He wasn't helpful. When he told us to wait, it feels as if he couldn't care less if we returned and never suggested where to go. He just didn't care. He shouldn't be at the front of house!
The waitress who was serving us was very friendly & welcoming. However, she has mislead us to think that the £49 T-bone steak to be shared between 2 people would be a huge steak. The menu never stated how much the steak weighs but since the waitress emphised how huge it was, it came to a disappointment that this steak feeds 1 man or 2 ladies with small appitite.
The wild boar salami was thinner than a Sainsbury Basics Waffer Ham which almost shattered into pieces when you touch it. The scallops with squid ink linguine was very salty, garlicy and dry... and the scallps were chopped into tiny pieces. If I pieced them together, it probably came up to 3 whole scallops. I could barely taste the squid ink in the linguine whereas I could when I had this dish in another Italian restaurant.
We weren't impressed with the food nor the waiting hours. I will give it a one star but since the waitress tried really hard to entertain us, I've given it a 2 star.
Go there for the ambience, but not the food. There are far more fantastic Italian restaurants which is run by real Italian families.
I've been meaning to do this review since mid November but my experience is still fresh in my mind and it makes my mouth water every time I think about it.
When my boyfriend said he wanted us to have dinner here I did what we all do and check out the reviews. Lachlan M's review offered great advise, ta very much! We arrived 45 minutes before we wanted to eat and were given a pager and we got beeped after 20 minutes result!
Both being piggies we decided to eat like the Italians do. I don't think I've ever been so engrossed in a menu. Our poor waiter came over a couple of times to see if we were ready but after we order a glass of bubbly he graciously left us to it. After much debate with each other and advice from our waiter we chose:
For starters - crispy squid, mushroom fritti and smoky scamorza arancini (crispy rice balls with mozzarella). We shared 3 starters as I couldn't bear the thought of food envy! The squid could have done with a bit more of a kick but it was gorgeous anyway. The mushrooms and rice balls were amazing and both had great dipping sauces.
Pasta - I had the pumpkin panzerotti but was concerned it would be too sweet with the ameretti so the waiter suggested the ameretti on the side PERFECTION! My boyfriend chose the wild truffle tagliatelle which he thoroughly enjoyed. We both opted for the smaller sized portion so we could squeeze in our secondi!
Secondi - I was a major pig and ordered the lamb chops and posh chips on the side (Posh means covered in truffle oil and parmesan YUM!!!!!!!!) My boyfriend chose the risotto of the day which I think was porcini and gorgonzola. We going to share the posh chips but as soon as they arrived i decided there was no way I was going to share them so we ordered another on top!
I know you're thinking how could anyone want anything more on top of that. Well I did! After such a rich meal I felt I needed something to clear my palette so I got a few scoops of fruit sorbet to round off the evening.
The whole evening was brilliant and the service was exceptional. Even with the high demand for tables as you can't booked unless for large groups at no point did we feel rushed to free up the table. Our waiter was charming and very informative. And to top it all off the meal was amazing value!
In the words of Jamie Oliver, lovely jubbly!
I love, love, love Jamie's Italian.
1) Pastas! They are amazing. My favorites are Jool's Tuna Fusilli, the Pappardelle and the Tagliatelle. If you can't decide, just order 2 starter size portions so you can sample a couple different dishes :D I've heard mixed reviews from folks who have tried to order other things from the menu. I've never tried anything other than the pastas for my main, but I've had friends who have and I've heard mixed reviews like, the chicken is awesome, but the risotto is bland. Stick with the pasta, you'll be happy!
2) Antipasta Meat Platter!! A must have as a starter. They bring out a giant board portioned according to how many people are at your table. The board is filled will wonderful meats, cheese, olives, etc. Delicious.
3) Casual atmosphere. You don't need reservations unless you have a really large group. Just show up and they will get you a table as soon as possible. Note: It is pretty busy on Fri - Sun, so get there early or you'll be in a queue for an hour. When the weather is nice, I like getting a drink at the bar and waiting in the outside patio until a table is ready.
4) Reasonable prices.
Love the chef, the shows and easy way of cooking food
on top of all that I love Italian food
logically that will make Jamie's Italian my favorite place to eat at! unfortunately this isn't the case.
the layout is very crowded, seats are very uncomfortable and food is a real disappointment- I left my plate almost untouched and so did my sister- appetizers weren't any different
I hate to admit it but we had to nip to a Turkish restaurant near by after an hour of this meal at Jamie's because we were so hungry and regret going for a meal there
I don't recall service was any good neither
and toilets were dirty
in a nut shell - what a bummer
We came here on a busy weekend evening around 6pm to beat the rush. No wait for a party of 2, wooo!
Having said that, the food was just so so. Starting from the top:
Polenta chips = pretty good, big chunks of polenta deep fried with deep fried rosemary. It wasn't salted soon after frying, however, so none of the salt stuck to the polenta cubes.
Leg of lamb = interesting. You expect something that looks like a leg, but you get something that looks like a giant fruit roll up. The mint is almost overpoweringly sweet, and takes some getting used to. The lamb was well-cooked.
Squid ink pasta = skip. There is a difference between al dente and underdone. It's almost impossible to undercook fresh pasta, but they did manage to do it. If fresh pasta normally takes 2 minutes to cook, my dish had just hit the 1 minute mark. Also, I estimate that there was one scallop on the plate in total (it had been sliced ultra thin). For the price, this dish was a total rip-off (the lamb is a good value in comparison).
Minted peas = skip. Again, undercooked. They would have been better raw rather than in this inbetween state. Also, there was hardly any mint. How can you have minted peas with a mint garnish (but no mint in the peas)?
Service: Unclear who was serving us, and we had to flag people down for water. Don't get me wrong, the restaurant is cute, but there are better options in Covent Garden.
Went here with a workmate on a Wednesday night. The key to this place is planning. The place is popular and they don't take reservations for groups less than 6, so plan to get there at least 45mins before you want to be seated. They will give you a buzzer/pager and you can go have drinks somewhere nearby.
Once you get past the tricky part of getting a table, you should be set for an evening of good service, good food and reasonable prices.
To start we had a glass of Prosecco each and some truffled salami, fried squid with garlicky mayo and baked mushrooms.
The mushrooms were simply amazing and the truffled salami was pretty tasty too. The squid was good without being exceptional.
I was tossing up between two different bottles of wine to go with for our meal and was pleasantly surprised when the waiter simply offered to bring me a taste of both to see which I preferred. Excellent!
For my main I had a small of the truffle tagliatelle (I know, I know, truffle salami, truffle pasta -- I'm going through a truffle phase ...) and it was brilliant -- probably smaller than I would have liked. If I had my time over, I'd have gone with the larger size. I feel like the small size pastas are designed for if you are eating "Italian Style" where you have starters, pasta and then secondi (main course).
My friend had the carbonara, which he said was tasty without being exceptional.
For the dessert I had the brownie with bourbon ice-cream. I felt the ice-cream could have had a bit more oomph to it in the bourbon sense but the dessert was tasty all the same.
The things that made this place really stand out to me were:
* Great friendly service, not being rushed out the door despite it being busy
* Really funky décor - once you get inside they have some pretty cool design going on
* Baked mushroom starter
* Truffle tagliatelle
* Price -- For two people it was a about £63, which from what I have seen in London is pretty damn cheap for 3 courses, a starter of bubbly and bottle of wine.
Plan your trip to this place wisely and you will have a memorable evening.
American tourists, wandering around Covent Garden, looking for a place to eat. Stumbled upong Jamie's Italian. Since my companion has a huge man-crush on the guy, we had to eat there.
Busy for an early week day evening. Bonus that the buzzers have a far enough radius for you to stroll a bi while you wait. Front desk and bar staff were pleasant and efficient. Our server seemed a bit distracted but no harm no foul. FIrst course (veggie platter and crispy polenta) was delish. Main course - mushroom ravioli were great. Truffle risotto - meh. The rice wasn't cooked and it tasted more of olive oil than truffle. Dessert was tastey though - pana cotta and brownie.
If the risotto was my only experience, I wouldn't be a fan. But everything else more than made up for it. I only wish I lived closer so I could try something else to redeem my rating.
Came here last night. Quite excited as I like Jamie Oliver's recipes and the menu looked fantastic. What a let down. Started with the 'World's Best Olives on Ice'. It was okay. Moved on to the pasta puttanesca which was bland. I also tasted my friend's squid ink risotto which was similarly tasteless. In a last ditch attempt to gain something from the experience, I went for the tiramisu. This was solid, as if it had been frozen, and was more like an 80's Black Forest Gateau from Iceland supermarket. A simply dreadful experience, not helped by the fact that the waiter was on another planet, loping off and forgetting drinks and salads, but still managing to charge us for them! . I'm sure that if it were not for the famous name of the proprietor (who probably has never set foot in the place), it would not be as busy.
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