Saturday, August 24, 2013

Lunch at Jamie's Italian

Finally we had a chance to try out the newly opened Jamie's Italian today. Reservation was made last month and it was only for off-peak period. Received news that they had some electrical problem in the kitchen earlier today but thankfully at 2pm we could go in and order our food as expected.

The restaurant was quite huge, with indoor and outdoor area. An open kitchen concept allowed us to view how our food would roughly look like. And we also saw that sometimes the dishes were left on the counter for quite some time before the waiters took them to the tables.

Service was alright and generally friendly. The first waitress that came to us explained the dishes in great length.

It's a family friendly restaurant. After we were seated we were given containers filled with crayons, stickers, coloring pages and even a badge. Kids' menu could be viewed through a red stereoscopic viewer where the photos appeared in 3D. Interesting!

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We ordered a lot of appetizers to share among us, from top left to bottom right:
- Posh chips (fries served with truffle oil and parmesan)
- Polenta chips (fried polenta served with rosemary and parmesan)
- Pumpkin & smoked mozzarella nachos
- Crispy squid
- Baked mushrooms
- Italian bread selection
- Bruschetta (special of the day)
- Vegetable plank

I had a high expectation on their polenta chips, after hearing lots about it in social media. But the chips failed miserably. It was tasteless and the skin was hard. Maybe it was left in the kitchen counter for too long. I heard it should be crispy in the outside and moist in the inside.

The best ones were crispy squid and baked mushrooms. Bruschetta was great too, although the cream cheese was a bit too thick to my liking.

The appetizers

For the mains we had the Jamie's Italian burger, 30-day matured prime rib, prawn linguine and pasta special of the day. The burger patty was made from minced wagyu beef - combined with balsamic onions and smoked mozzarella, it was really tasty. The winner was prime rib, with the melt-in-your-mouth sensation. Pasta were just so-so.

Main courses

We ended our lunch on a sweet note with brioche con gelato, affogato and panna cotta.

The desserts

All in all, I think it is worth it to try Jamie's Italian. But I won't queue for it, making reservation is a much better option.

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