Almost 2 years ago, Jamie Oliver opened a new restaurant called Jamie’s Italian in Vivocity. Of course, with a high profile Celebrity Chef opening a restaurant in Singapore… It was almost impossible to get a reservation for months… But, I didn’t visit Jamie’s Italian as I heard of some friends and relatives who have visited that it was ok only…
Now, a few months ago… Another Jamie’s Italian opened, this time at the Forum Shopping Centre, a quiet Mall at the edge of the bustling Orchard Road. Here, they have a smaller menu and the food has ‘improved’ apparently.
So, we decided to visit this place on a Sunday, to celebrate my Mother’s Birthday. By the way, I had to book a week in advance to get a 7pm seating… That just shows that the hype about Jamie’s Italian is still there!
Upon arrival exactly at 7, we weren’t let directly to our table and we had to wait for about 5-10 minutes for our table to be ready. First glances, it was indeed bustling, busy and very lively. Plenty of Staff, and there was a cheery and bright atmosphere in the air…
When we were let directly to our table, I realised it was a table meant for 4, and they just added an extra set of cutlery to the sofa seating. I noticed that there was a small table meant for 2 next to ours… Thus I requested that the small table joined with ours, luckily they could accommodate my request… Or there would have been an utter squeeze at the Table.
Moving on to the food, it is very typical Italian Restaurant menu, a compact wording-only menu serving dishes… Mostly traditional to Italian Cooking.
The Italian Bread Selection ($7.75) they serve was quite a variety. Unfortunately, they served it cool and it was rather stale… A disappointment, especially at a restaurant like this… Bread sticks, as always, were still good though!
This is the ‘World’s Best Olives’ on Ice ($7.75) with a Black Olive Tampenade and Music Bread. Personally not a very big fan of Olives, but they tasted rather good, slightly salty and crunchy… Tampenade was too salty though as a complement to the Olives.
This is Roasted Heritage Carrot and Avocado Salad ($10.50) with Feta and Pomegranate Dressing. This was good, one of the better salads I have ever tasted. The dressing brought the whole dish to life with a slight tang and the Carrot was only slightly crunchy.
This is the ‘Our Famous’ Polenta Chips ($9.25). Definitely an unusual way to serve Polenta, usually a starchy mash side for an Italian main. It was definitely crispy, but it did lack flavour and was quite bland.
This is the Crab Ball Aracini ($13.00). Essentially, it is a very traditional Italian Antipasti, Crab Risotto made into Balls, and deep fried… Served with a pickled Fennel and Mint Salad. A slight disappointed actually, because the Risotto itself was overcooked and mushy. I also couldn’t taste any Crab flavour.
This is the Honeycomb Cannelloni Three Ways ($25.00). The three ways are Ricotta and Spinach, Pumpkin and Aubergine and Sun-Dried Tomatoes. Now, the dish on the overall was a little too sweet, though the Tomato sauce was quite acidic. The Ricotta and Spinach was a good, classic combo though!
This is the Wild Mushroom and Smoked Mozzarella Risotto ($27.00). Regular readers of Thecrazydonny will know I am an absolute Risotto Lover and I judge them at restaurants very strongly… This is no exception, and I thought it was pretty average. The rice was mushy and overcooked, and was lacking cheese and butter… Wasn’t creamy, and more mushrooms would have been appreciated!
This is the ‘Our Famous’ Prawn Linguine ($26.50) with Tomatoes and Rocket. Nice and Garlicky, with a spicy kick! The Pasta was Al-Dente and the Prawns were well-cooked.
This is the Grilled Pork Chop ($40.00) with Pork Cracklings and a Parsley Bagna Cauda. The Pork Chop was Bone-in, tender and juicy! The Cracklings was crispy, but the Bagna Cauda could have had a stronger Parsley flavour.
Finally, this is the Pizza! This is the Classic Margherita Pizza ($21.00), with Tomato, Mozzarella and Basil. The crust was nice and thin, crispy and the bottom wasn’t burnt. Unfortunately, the crust was slightly thick and chewy. The toppings weren’t bad… The Tomato was slightly sweet and acidic and the Mozzarella was chewy.
In conclusion, Jamie’s Italian is like what many people said, overrated sadly… What I can say is the ingredients were definitely fresh… And I can finally strike Jamie’s Italian off my list of restaurants I have wanted to visit!
Jamie’s Italian Forum
583 Orchard Road
#01-01 to 04 Forum Shopping Centre
Jamie’s Italian Singapore
1 HarbourFront Walk
#01-165 to 167 Vivo City