Well – it was worth the wait, let me tell you! Finally managed to join a group of fellow food lovers to try the famous Jamie’s.
I arrived early, and was greeted by three friendly faces at the door and escorted upstairs to our table, which was in the semi private upstairs bar area, slightly quieter than the main restaurant – but the booth’s looked lovely and cosy too. We were lucky enough to join Chef Shane on a little pasta making demo (and got hand’s on too, might I add) before heading in to the kitchen to see everything that goes in to creating the amazing Jamie’s food!
Back up to the table and having worked up an appetite, we piled in to the starter boards – roasted veg, olives, bocconcini balls, delicious arancini balls, crispy squid, fried polenta, cheeses and cold meats – it was fresh and beautifully plated!
For mains I selected the penne arabiata with chicken – it was delicious, spicy and comes with a spoon of crispy bread crumbs (poor mans parmesan) as Chef Shane calls it, which is an amazing and surprisingly tasty compliment!
Initially I felt a bit overwhelmed by the whole restaurant as a whole, there are lots of different areas – noise from the kitchen, stairs etc – but by the end of the evening I loved it. The passage to the bathrooms is lit with old fashioned lights and wood paneling – a bit like a castle, really. Very cool.
Jamie’s prides itself on it’s staff – they view them as the forefront of their business, and they are a delight – I can promise you that, knowledgeable and helpful with recommendations.
All produce used in the store has to pass quality controls and be fully certified, from the meat to the eggs. High standards, and with the expectations held for them – the team comes out flying!
I skipped dessert – but will totally be back for those, very soon 🙂