So this man needs very little introduction. Jamie Oliver – one of the greatest chefs in the UK launched his “Jamie’s Italian” restaurants with the idea of bringing fresh ingredients and authentic italian flavour to all those who ate there. I have always been a huge admirer of Jamie, mainly because I grew up a stones throw away from The Cricketers (the pub his parents owned and where he was able to learn some of his culinary skills). I met him once as a child and he was just so warm and bubbly.
Now many years later – he is a very successful chef, and I sit in his Cambridge restaurant, taste buds tingling waiting to taste the great food he has to offer. But before I go into what I managed to eat I have to comment on Jamie’s style and the actual building. The restaurant is Guildhall but very revamped. Jamie has kept the design simple and rustic. The gorgeous dome makes a great feature with huge high ceilings. All the tables and chairs have a great slightly industrial feel, and the meats and pastas hanging round the area for the chefs is simply wonderful. All the pasta is made fresh on site, in full view of the diners, and the kitchen is an open kitchen so you can see your food being prepared – these chefs work hard let me say that!
I had a hard time picking so in the end we went for, the worlds best olives, marinated sardines, and the crispy squid. But as if this wasn’t enough we couldn’t resist having one of the seasonal meat platters either. Needless to say the starters alone impressed with both presentation and taste. So full packed full of flavour, it felt like we were sitting in a square in italy !
For mains all three of us had different dishes. My husband Jake went for the Wild Mushroom Panzerotte, my mum Denise went for the Wild Truffle Risotto and I went for the Prawn linguine. Needless to say all were again delicious and full of flavour, as the foodie of the group I insisted on sampling them all. My favourite actually was my mum’s risotto, such a simple dish but the truffle was just so creamy!
Despite being totally stuffed from all the delicious food we had already eaten we simply could not resist dessert. Both Jake and I went for The Ultimate Brownie and my mum went for the Amalfi Lemon Curd slice. Again we were not disappointed – intact the pictures speak for themselves.
I can safely conclude that after two hours of eating and enjoying each others company, along with the excellent service the staff offered, Jamie’s Italian is a place to visit. Imagine my delight when I find out that they are also opening in St Albans – keep your eyes peeled for that review coming soon!!!!!