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Review - Jamie's Italian

The first rule of Jamie’s Kitchen is: you do not talk about Jamie’s Kitchen as if it were a fine diner, no matter how distressed or funky it looks inside.

This particular boy’s club is about making girls horny.

We’re talking girls you’d like to marry (or already have), arriving from suburbia in their civvies, snaffling Tea Towels ($19.50/4) with babes - welcomed as you’d hope - in hand.

The floor team lives the brand; and absorbs any loose admiration flying 'round. It works because of their commitment and near-military precision from the kitchen (and beyond).

Foodies might cry disappointment, but it’s the height of a produce-driven ‘soup kitchen’; serving Italianate nosh with Posh Chips ($6) that chop Charlie & Co’s back down to fries.

Antipasti Meat ($13/head) thrives from great producers;

...while Smoky Scamorza Arancini ($9.50) help Pieropan Soave ($13.50/glass) sing.

A luxuriant Buffalo Ricotta Ravioli ($14) had me cooing...

...before tender Veal Saltimbocca ($27) became my friend.

Flimsy slices of Pineapple Carpaccio ($7.50) are set simply against blood orange sorbet, inspiring me to remember Executive Chef Dave Clarke’s Chophouse days.

Over an Affogato ($6) I muse: it might not be perfect, but it’s a restaurant del popolo. Roll ‘em out lads.

Jamie’s Italian
107 Pitt Street, Sydney
Ph: (02) 8240 9000 

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( 6 comments — Leave a comment )
Melanie Young
Jan. 24th, 2012 04:09 am (UTC)
I really enjoyed our dinner at Jamie's Italian...it totally met my expectations which was for a fun night out and some yummy food.
Jan. 24th, 2012 09:34 am (UTC)
Glad to hear it, I think you hit the nail on the head when you mention 'expectations' - the key is to go in not thinking it's a fine diner.
Jan. 24th, 2012 10:28 am (UTC)
I love your review! I had lunch here during their soft opening. My friend and I loved the food - tasty, fun, well-priced :-)
Jan. 24th, 2012 09:22 pm (UTC)
Thank you. It's very well-priced for what it is. Glad you agree.
Feb. 13th, 2012 11:06 am (UTC)
Hello, I log on to your new stuff like every week. Your story-telling style is awesome, keep it up!
Feb. 14th, 2012 06:23 am (UTC)
Thank you! Glad it keeps you coming back!
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