Jamie's Italian

Jamie's... Jamie's I hear you.  It has been the talk of town for a while, and finally it has opened right on the corner of King William Street and North Terrace.  I have been to Jamie's in Melbourne and in Sydney, just not Adelaide.  Bookings are taken every 15 minutes and you can achieve this online, however they do book out rather quickly.  No, I didn't line up for three hours.  A group of ladies organised a lunch on a weekend and were able to make a booking. 

This restaurant lived up to it's hype.  What was used to be a bank is now a restaurant.  As soon as I stepped into the restaurant, there was a warm feeling.  This restaurant had been renovated nicely. The decor was quite simple.  With the super high ceilings, there was nothing that needed to be done.  Jamie's Italian is not for a quiet romantic dinner for two.  A group dinner would be perfect.  It can get quite noisy.  I loved the open kitchen, as you could see the chefs at work.  We were seated in a private area near the back of the restaurant.   I walked past the antipasto bar and I couldn't help myself but to stop by to take a picture.  I was checking out the vibrant colours, it practically lifted the restaurant to another level.  

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At first the waitress brought out a few cans of tomatoes, I picked them up and looked.. a little confused.  Next minute she brought out the planks that we ordered and laid them on top of the cans of tomatoes.  Oops, they were stands, but she did say occasionally people do open them, as they are perfectly fine to eat. 

Although on the menu says one plank for one person, it is enough to share between two people.  A great starter to a nice Italian meal. 

Bread tin was $1.50 and consisted of a mixture of Italian bread served with olive oil and balsamic vinegar.  For every tin that is sold, $1.50 goes to Jamie's Minstry of Food in Australia.  What a nice way to serve the bread?

Meat Plank - cured meats, pickles, cheeses, crunchy salad

Meat Plank - cured meats, pickles, cheeses, crunchy salad

Fish Plank - cured and crispy fish, Italian cheeses, pickles and crunchy salad

Fish Plank - cured and crispy fish, Italian cheeses, pickles and crunchy salad

Tasty salmon with shipped lemony ricotta, balsamic and roasted vegetables, finished with a zesty crunchy salad on the side. 

Baked king salmon

Baked king salmon

Spaghetti in a rich tomato sauce, a little salty but that's probably because the sauce was salty at first.  I loved the eggplant, oregano, chilli and the basil .

Spaghetti Alla Norma 

Spaghetti Alla Norma 

Wild game wagu pipe

Wild game wagu pipe

The risotto was served with a finely minced piece of black truffle on top, it was super creamy. 

Truffle risotto

Truffle risotto

If you like your seafood pasta, this one maybe for you.  Pasta with sweet cockles, garlic, chilli, parsley, butter and lemon submerged in white wine.  It was delicious! 

Vongole tagliolini

Vongole tagliolini

Why not add a salad or two on the side too?

Rocket and radicchio salad

Rocket and radicchio salad

My colleague told me that the seafood stew was very tasty.  The broth was not salty at all.  She called it an amazing seafood chowder.  

Fish stew

Fish stew

The pork was one of Jamie's signature dish.  The pork had been slow cooked, and filled with herbs and spices.  It was marinated so well and of course the skin was crackling.  Crunch crunch!

 

Jamie's Italian signature porchetta

Jamie's Italian signature porchetta

If you like a sour taste of the pasta, the Jool's favourite sicilian tuna fusilli pasta is the one to order.  Tuna and crunchy bread crumbs cooked in a tomato based sauce. 

Jool's favourite Sicilian tuna fusilli

Jool's favourite Sicilian tuna fusilli

One of my favourite dishes was the squid ink pasta.  I don't see many restaurants cook with squid ink.  All the ingredients worked extremely well together.  I had just the right amount of sauce.  The scallops were nice and tender, and the capers gave them the salty taste. 

Black angel spaghetti

Black angel spaghetti

I had to go and visit the bathrooms, a nice break before I head onto desserts.  Down the basement and I saw where they kept their wines.  It was all temperature regulated.  Then interesting bathroom arrangements I say.  Females and males on the same side, apart from the powder room, the wash up is the same common area. 

All three desserts were amazing!  Tiramisu, panna cotta and the lemon citrus tart ... seriously an excellent way to finish a scrumptious Italian meal. 

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I am aware that Jamie's restaurant is supposed to be Italian, therefore Italian wine on the menu was expected.  However, there was not one South Australian wine on the wine list, there was one wine from Victoria and that was it.  I enjoy my wines and I can say we have the best wine regions in Australia, Barossa Valley, McLaren Vale, Adelaide Hills, Clare Valley, Coonawarra and the list goes on.  I thought this was going to be fixed?

Jamie's Italian -  the price of your food is cheaper than a lot of Adelaide restaurants and cafes.  You were able to deliver the food at your best quality.  You certainly have left a great impression in my heart.  No wonder I went back twice in one weekend and I plan to visit you again very soon! 

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