Jamies Italian was one of our favourite restaurants in London and we have many fond memories of visits to our local one in Canary Wharf with family and friends. You can then imagine our delight to find a Jamies Italian diagonally across from our hotel in Sydney when on a recent holiday there. In fact we made it there twice for dinner and now having returned to Perth we eagerly await the opening of the new Perth restaurant.
Our first visit was on a Saturday night and at 6pm we were told there’d be a 2 hour wait for a table! No problem as staff took our mobile number and we happily lounged around our hotel room until we got our call and hour and a half later. However I can understand a lot of people would find it difficult not being able to make a booking if it was a special occasion. On our second visit, a Tuesday night we thought we’d beat the crowds so arrived early at 5:20pm and we only had a 10 minute wait.
The inside of Jamies Italian is dimly lit creating a lively, ambient but somewhat noisy atmosphere. It wraps beside and above the entrance to an office block. The kitchen is a the rear of the restaurant and is open to diners and upstairs are more tables and a bar area for nibbles. Children are warmly welcomed and are given crayons and colouring in sheets to keep them busy and staff are friendly and attentive.
Once seated we were given a complementary pot of different breads with olive oil and balsamic vinegar.
We decided to order some Crispy Stuffed Risotto Balls $6.50 with smoked mozarella and porcini to start with. It was well presented on a wooden board but was very subtle in flavour.
I knew what I was going to order before we had even been seated! In fact I was a bit nervous choosing it in case it didn’t live up to my memories and expectations but I need not have worried as the Tagliatelle Bolognese $19 was just as good as I remembered. The pasta was cooked al dente and the ragù of beef, pork, herbs, Chianti & Parmesan with crunchy herby breadcrumbs was bursting with rich flavour.
My hubby chose Jamies Italian Burger $19.50, a Wagga Wagga beef patty with fontina cheese, pancetta, soft lettuce, tomato salsa, dill pickles, chilli and fried onions. It was enormous when it arrived and he wondered how he was going to fi tit in his mouth!
The children’s menu is viewed on an old-fashioned view finder toy which makes it easy for children to see what they’d like to choose. Our son wanted the chicken but it had already sold out so he was happy to have the Spaghetti Bolognese $9.50 which also comes with a shake-me-salad in a jar and an unlimited glass of green cordial which we never saw on either visit.
On our Second visit with just my son I ordered the Lamb Chop Lollipops $28, grilled lamb chops served with a creamy artichoke & mint sauce, roasted nuts, chilli and fresh mint. I loved the earthy flavours and the crunchy texture of the nuts. It was well presented on a wooden board and I think is fast becoming my new favourite dish. My son wanted the Spaghetti Bolognese $9.50 again.
I can’t wait for Jamies Italian to open in Perth and know it will be a regular haunt for me and my family. If you havent had the chance to visit one of Jamies Italian restaurants I highly recommend you make an effort to visit soon as you wont be disappointed with his pukka tukka!
107 Pitt St