Jamie’s Italian – Sydney

IMG_4388After waiting 90 minutes for a table, the five of us were finally seated in a semi-private dining table downstairs with a corner view of the kitchen. Whilst this wasn’t my first time at Jamie’s Italian, it was the first time I had to queue (last time I came for lunch and arrived on the dot when they opened at noon).

Here’s what the five of us ordered to share:

  • Jool’s Favourite Sicilian Tuna Fusilli Albacore tuna slow-cooked with tomatoes, garlic, herbs & cinnamon with crunchy, herby breadcrumbs ($12 Entree/$18.50 Main)
  • Sausage Pappardelle Slow-braised fennel sausage ragù with red wine, Parmesan & crunchy, herby breadcrumbs ($12 Entree/$18 Main)
  • Wild Truffle Risotto Finely minced black truffle with butter & Parmesan. ($13.50 Entree/$22 Main)
  • Wild Mushroom Ravioli Filled with garlic, wild mushrooms & artisanal ricotta, served with a rich mushroom & tomato sauce ($12.50 Entree/$19 Main)
  • Seafood Bucatini tubular spaghetti steamed in a bag with crab, mussels, clams, squid, scallops, capers, chilli, garlic, white wine & juicy sweet tomatoes ($29.50)
  • New Zealand King Salmon slow cooked with asparagus, courgette & mascarpone sauce with house-made gigli pasta ($? Main/$13 Entree – Blackboard Special)
  • Apple Slaw with Radishes, walnuts, candied beets, mint & lemon with yoghurt ($7.50)
An on the house selection of bread with olive oil & balsamic vinegar was served after we placed our order. Our food arrived promptly and as soon as we started slurpping down the pasta, the thought of waiting 1.5 hours for a table was quite worthwhile.

It’s hard to pinpoint a favourite dish, however I enjoyed – Jool’s Favourite Sicilian Tuna Fusilli (I loved the breadcrumbs that we got to sprinkle ourselves) Wild Truffle Risotto (simple dish with lovely flavours!) I also really enjoyed the Sausage Pappardelle with its herbs and slow-braised meat tossed through a pasta with amazing textures.

We shared the following desserts at the end of our meal:

  • Tiramisu Coffee-flavoured trifle with orange mascarpone & chocolate ($9.50)
  • Chocolate & Vin Santo Pot with hazelnut biscotti & zabaglione ice cream ($9)

We loved orange tang to the Tiramisu and the fact that it wasn’t too rich. The Chocolate & Vin Santo Pot was a delight and a great treat to finish the night.

Jamie’s Italian is worth visiting even with the queues as the prices are very reasonable for good foodI can’t think of somewhere else in Sydney where you can dine at a celebrity chef restaurant and pay $150 for five people.

Jamie’s Italian

107 Pitt St, Sydney
(02) 8240 9000
http://www.jamieoliver.com/italian/australia/

*Foodsaurus

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