Thursday, 8 October 2015

Jamie's Italian Brisbane - Restaurant Review

Once upon a time there was a little arcade in ye olde Brisbane Town, called Rowes Arcade.  And there were boutique shops, and lots of foot traffic through it, and the people were happy.  Then Jamie the Giant Chef came along and shoved in a restaurant bearing his Giant name.  And the people were extra happy!  

Hubby and I toodled along to Jamie's Italian last week to finally get a look at the largest Jamie's in Australia.  And we were happy.  We enjoyed our well-priced, and tasty lunch with friendly staff and a welcoming atmosphere.  It may have been a co-incidence, but the music was pounding as we came in; hubby mentioned to me that we could ask to have it turned down, and lo and behold, before we sat down, the music was at a reasonable level (and we hadn't even asked yet).  



I love this chandelier!  And you can buy Jamie napkins etc. rather than stealing them as used to happen when he first opened in London

Our waitress Mikki explained that she was training our waiter Jannes (fresh from Germany), who seemed like a nice young lad.  I think he found our English a bit hard to understand as we had to explain and point at a few things on the menu.  But they do say Aussies have thick accents:=)


lunchtime drinks Rossini $9.90 and house white $8.00   

Mikki told us the wine list was in the process of being changed so not everything was available.  She steered me in the direction of sparkling with strawberry puree, which was delicious.  Later I followed that up with a glass of House White, or Jamie's Bianco as it is known on the list.  Mr P. had his usual chinotto.



$5.00

This was new to us both; we had never seen it in a can before, and with a foil lid!  I was a wee bit surprised that the waiter hadn't opened and poured it for Mr P.  Same with the bottle of sparkling water ($8) which we had to pour ourselves.  

Clearly, we had to try the famous polenta chips.  These were piping hot and utterly moreish.  We both scoffed them down with gusto.  I thought we should try a few different things, so while hubby chose a main, I ordered several things to share.



polenta chips $9

So delicious you can't stop at one.  I will definitely have to go back for more of these little beauties.  



pasta special linguine w/- pancetta, peas, and fetta  $25    

Mr P. really enjoyed this dish; he said the flavours were really superb and a great combination.  He loved the mouth feel of the pasta itself but he felt that it was just a tad undercooked, even if you were going for al dente.  I tried a piece of the pasta and had to agree that it could have done with a fraction more time in the pan (and I am a fan of al dente - I even like crunchy potatoes). 

 
ricotta bruschetta $12 


crab bruschetta $12

We started our lunch with these, which were fresh and delicious.  I was given a steak knife for mine, which I really needed.  (Oh, and my fork was all bent out of shape.  They gave me another and that was weirdly bent too.  Had an ironman been practising out the back?)  The bread was really hard to get through, which took the enjoyment off just a little for me.  Perhaps a slightly softer crust could be used? Mr P. said his was fine, as he just "chomped right through it".  He IS a huge bread fan it must be said.  I loved the flavours and freshness regardless.



prosciutto w/- melon and buffalo mozzarella  $12.95

This was refreshing and tasty, and just what I needed on a sunny Brisbane afternoon.  Such cheering colours too!  The only tiny note of disharmony was that the pesto was incredibly basil-y.  "Of course you idiot", you are going to say.  "What the heck do you think pesto is made of?"  Yep I get that but it really left a taste of basil in my mouth. 'Nuff said.    



mushroom arancini $13  

The arancini had a strong mushroom flavour which came from the porcini, which I loved.  The sage leaves were a bit soggy and could happily have been left off the plate, I felt.  The one sad note here was that these tasty balls were a wee bit overcooked; just a tad too long in the fryer:=)  I have noticed this as a recent phenomenon around the traps.  Please chefs - don't let your balls turn too brown!

After this, Mr P. and I walked up the hill to the train station, having feasted and stuffed our faces joyfully.  We both felt we had had a fun and tasty lunch.  And I can't wait to go back for more polenta chips.  



I love lights!  and these were fab.  

me, Mikki and Mr P.


237 Edward St., Brisbane
Ph: 07 3144 3000


Jamie's Italian Menu, Reviews, Photos, Location and Info - Zomato 

22 comments:

  1. I keep telling myself we should drive down for a meal. I think John would really enjoy it. The arancini are calling my name and that fried sage on top would make me happy. I don't like crunchy pasta so hopefully I'll get mine cooked 2 seconds longer. :)

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    1. There have been some luke warm reviews but I feel people are trying to find fault. We enjoyed it.

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  2. Sounds like you were impressed with a lot of your meal! I wonder if they didn't put enough pine nut or parmesan in the pesto?

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    1. Yes we did enjoy it Lorraine. I agree about the pesto.

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  3. the food looks delicious, I actually prefer to pour my own drinks, I hate the intrusion when you're mid mouthful or conversation and the waitron asks to top up your water. i also prefer quieter places to dine in and we've walked out of many restaurants before even being seated as the music is too loud

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  4. so many restaurants have such loud environments these days. throw down a bit of carpet i say! i need to hear what people are saying. so annoying having to yell.

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  5. We went to his restaurant in Perth for lunch and love it. The staff were amazing. Glad to hear you enjoyed your experience.

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    1. it was alot of fun and the food was enjoyable.

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  6. Brown balls...never a good thing LOL. I really like Jamie's Italian Brissie (food is always pretty good) but like the Sydney one better :)

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    1. so right Jem. we must try the sydney one some time.

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  7. It's ashame the aranchini balls were a little overcooked but it seems you've still managed to enjoy a lovely lunch. xx

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  8. I cannot understand the need for loud music! And why oh why have items on the menu that are not available. Just print new ones. Great review and I am wondering why your forks were all bent :)

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    1. hi tandy
      yes we find restaurants and cafes so noisy these days with the concrete floors etc, and that's not even counting in the music:) mm very mysterious about the forks..

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  9. We went to the Perth one when it was still new. Packed to the rafters it was and considering most places would fall apart with that many customers the staff did incredibly well. Besides that I found the food to be more form over function when Melbourne had taught me that Italian food was exactly the opposite. It was all fine, nothing wrong with it, but $40 would get you a main meal not quite up to par with what $10 in Melbourne would get you. Still that puts it as one of the best restaurants in Perth. *Sigh* I'm harsh on Perth eateries I know, Melbourne's food culture ruined me for the rest of Australia. I'm always impressed with how well you downplay the little imperfections. You should teach tact lessons. I'll be your first student ;)

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  10. Thank you very much Stella. I try not to be too harsh unless the food and service were lousy. It actually takes work to write a review without being nasty. Hubby keeps me on the straight and narrow if I get too rude:)

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  11. I've been to his Sydney restaurant and found it okay. I did love the polenta chips xx

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  12. A great review Sherry. Seems that there are a few minor problems but for the prices, these can be forgiven. Except of course for the overcooked balls!

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    1. Thanks Fiona. I think people have been quite harsh in their judgements. We had a nice lunch:)

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  13. Polenta chips are pretty darn fine. I could a lot of them. :))

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  14. Oh man those food pics above are mouth watering! wish I could have lunch there today.... sadly its in another country :(

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    1. they were delicious. not sure if you are real makesushi?! so i have added your comment but would appreciate a name next time. thanks.

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