Jamie's Italian - OTCB Revisit

Jamie's Italian - 2 King William Street, Adelaide SA 5000

For those of you who follow our blog, you will be aware that Cam was lucky enough to attend a private lunch tasting event held late in 2014. For our review, click here.

Given that it has been a few months since Jamie's has opened, I (Mirko) thought it would be worth a re-visit. One weekday after work, a friend and I decided that we would try our luck without a booking and see whether we were fortunate to get a seat. Luckily, we were able to get walk-in seats at the antipasti bar.

The fit out is fantastic with the designers definitely doing a great job utilising the aesthetic that previously existed. As with everyone....yes, the toilets are worth a visit with the old bank safe and bars in-tact.

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Dinner view from the Antipasti bar - casual and fun!
After being seated and then having a waitress provide us with menus and explaining the specials, friend and I decided to go with two pasta dishes, salad, dessert and a bottle of wine (of course). Bear in mind, my friend is Italian and has high expectations when it comes to pasta.

We opted for a Tagliatelle Bolognese (ragu of beef, pork, herbs, chianti, parmesan and herb breadcrumbs) as well as the Truffle Tagliatelle (minced truffles, butter, parmesan and nutmeg).

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Tagliatelle Bolognese - (E-13.00/M-$19.50)
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Truffle Tagliatelle (E-$14.00/M-$24.00)
Overall, both mains were a decent serving size however in my opinion, both dishes were too al-dente for my liking.

The bolognese dish mentions that it's a ragu however, when I think of this term I expect a chunky hearty meat filled sauce which this dish definitely was not. The flavours in this dish were pleasant however there was nothing that made these dishes extraordinary.

The truffle dish had a nice truffle flavour, but again, nothing that made me say that it was amazing warranting the price tag that was associated with this dish.

In addition to our mains, we ordered a side salad between the 2 of us. For $7.50 this was nothing more than a few leaves on a plate and didn't even warrant a photo to be taken.

Berry panna cotta - $8.50
After our meal we decided to end it with a panna cotta. The panna cotta had that much needed 'wobble' with a creamy and smooth texture. The addition of the mixed berries were a nice addition and were great on a warm summers night.

To preface this, I have been to Jamie's Italian at Canary Wharf in London a few years back and really enjoyed my meal given the simplicity that Jamie usually brings to his dishes. Because of this, I wasn't expecting a fine dining experience, however I was expecting simplicity to be done right and in this case it wasn't.

People that like Jamie Oliver's style of cooking or know of his celebrity status will visit this establishment and it will continue to succeed regardless, however based on the dishes that I tried, I wasn't impressed and would rather pay the same (or a little more) for pasta dishes at other smaller, local restaurants.

Would I visit again? Probably, if there was a birthday or special event, however for a normal dinner, I would say probably not.

Ambiance: 4/5 - Great building, location, vibe and fit out. Points off for it being really hot inside! Check out the toilets in the vault.
Service: 3.5/5 - Our server was knowledgeable and helpful
Food: 6/10 - Pasta was too al-dente for my liking and was very basic in flavour - nothing really wowed me. Our salad for the price it was, was too small.

Mirko gives Jamie's Italian 13.5/20 chops on The Chopping Board.

Since Mirko's visit, I (Amanda) visited Jamie's for a late night drink, bar food and dessert.  I had previously dined at Jamie's during the day for a 3 course late lunch and had a similar experience as Mirko described above.  Therefore, I wasn't expecting much of this visit but my thoughts were pleasantly converted.

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Cured Meats Plank $14 (front) Polenta Chips $8.50 (back)
The atmosphere of the restaurant at 9:30pm on a Saturday night was lively.  As the dining area was completely occupied, we sat at the long communal table with high stools across from the bar.  We ordered the cured meat plank, a selection of Italian breads and polenta chips to share.  These polenta chips are not called 'Our Famous Polenta Chips' for no reason.  They are absolutely moreish with great outer crust and tasty rosemary salt and parmesan flavours.  The cured meats and cheeses on the plank are fresh and of high quality.  For $1.50 the selection of breads provided was plentiful and definitely freshly baked.

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Raspberry & Chocolate-Rippled Pavlova $10 (front) Epic Brownie $10 (back)
For dessert we shared the 'Epic Brownie' and the 'Raspberry and 'Chocolate-Rippled Pavlova'.  Again both desserts were enjoyed by all.  The brownie was extremely fudgy and if I was eating it all to myself I would not have been able to finish it as it was quite decadent.  It is served with an amaretto ice cream but it tasted like vanilla ice cream to me, which I prefer anyway.  The meringue of the pavlova had good crunch and when combined with the mascarpone cream, fresh berries, honeycomb and drizzle of chocolate it was a winner.

I would definitely return for another casual bite to eat at the bar and soak up the beautiful surroundings and freshly prepared bar food and drinks.

Ambiance: 4/5 - Lively and exciting
Service: 4/5 - Friendly, fast and informative
Food: 9/10 - Fresh, delicious and plentiful

Amanda gives Jamie's Italian 17/20 chops on The Chopping Board.

Overall, OTCB gives Jamie's Italian 15.25/20 chops on The Chopping Board

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