I was so lucky to have had the opportunity to visit Jamie’s Italian Singapore before its opening, and even had a splendid food tasting session! ALL THANKS TO HAMMY! He’s greatly inspired by Jamie Oliver and had been stalking their facebook page. Haha it was about three weeks ago that he received a fb message inviting him for a pre-opening meal at Jamie’s Italian, on the house!
This is gonna be a super long post cuz we ate so much, and took so many photos. Not trying to do a food review here, but rather just simply sharing my experience. :)
When we got there, we sat near the bar. Yes, they have a bar! All you people can go there and chill. The restaurant was empty as they weren’t officially open, which makes it a really enjoyable experience because it was quiet, and we were free to roam around the restaurant to take photos as we wish. :)
We met Loretta, the social media person for Jamie’s Italian Singapore, who was the one who invited Hammy. She’s the lady on the extreme right. We were also introduced to some other super fans who were invited by Loretta as well. Some of them won Jamie’s Italian Sg’s facebook video contest, one person was the very first who liked their FB page, and Hammy was picked because of an ‘inspiring’ message he left on one of their posts! Hammy’s super lucky cuz he didn’t join any contest, but was just ‘chosen’. Haha.
We were allowed to order ANYTHING. So first up we ordered two drinks, Blueberry and Basil Smash ($15) and Jamie’s Italian Mojito ($15.50) from their Favourites list.
I had the Blueberry and Basil Smash ($15), blueberries, fresh basil & lemon-infused gin. Not a usual cocktail drinker so I don’t know how it compares with others, but it was refreshing to taste basil in my drink. And I like the taste of basil, so I quite fancied it!
Hammy’s Jamie’s Italian Mojito ($15.50), Bacardi Superior rum, Maritni Bianco, fresh mint, lime & sugar, topped with Prosecco. It was a little on the strong side for me, as compared to the Blueberry smash, but enjoyable as well.
After we ordered drinks from the bar, we were seated into the dining area of the restaurant. The 10 of us were definitely filled with the brim with excitement that we were about to start eating!
And boy, were we surprised that Loretta ordered all the 3 planks on the menu for everyone to have a taste of everything for starters. The planks are like platters of food categorised into ‘Meat’, ‘Fish’, and ‘Vegetables’. The Fish Platter ($17/person) looked like this.
There was pecorino with crispy bread & chilli jam, Beetroot cured Salmon, Crunchy Salad, Roasted Shellfish, and Crispy Fish. I think this was a serving for 4pax?
This is Beetroot Cured Salmon with Yuzu Mayo, found on the Fish Plank. Unfortunately there was only one plank with this and it was very popular so it was gone before we could try this. I’d love to know how it tastes like!
Crispy Fish, which was nicely done, but quite ordinary if not for the yuzu mayo.
Chargrilled seasonal vegetables from the Vegetable Plank ($13.50/person).
Specialty cured meats from the Meat Plank ($15.50/person). They’ve arranged it in such a way that you’re supposed to eat from the lightest to the darkest coloured as the darker it is, the stronger the taste. I love the cured meats, they really whet your appetite.
The white balls you see are Buffalo Mozzarella, which didn’t really tasted like cheese, but rather like quail eggs but less springy and more chewy. Buffalo Mozzarella is made from water-buffalo’s milk instead of cow’s milk. It nearly doesn’t possess the strong taste of cheese at all, quite exquisite.
And this, ladies and gentlemen, is the best starter for the day. Aged pecorino with crispy ‘bread’ and amazing chilli jam. Simply divine! The taste of the Pecorino cheese, which is made from sheep’s milk, is so flavourful with just the right saltiness. Coupled with the chilli jam, which gives it a sweetness to the cheese, WOW, never knew cheese would go so well with chilli sauce! This is definitely a must-try!
Among the 3 planks (Meat, Fish, and Vegetables), I recommend the Meat Plank, which offers something more out-of-the-ordinary and will be sure to delight you.
We ordered our mains shortly after, and it felt like we were already full from the wonderful starters. But we were still extremely excited about our main course. We could choose what we wanted and to my surprise, nobody chose the handmade pasta dishes (what Jamie is known for), and instead everyone chose something from the MAINS menu. Haha must be saving the pasta dishes for future visits!
And guess what? This is my Pink Snapper Acqua Pazza ($32)!! A whole fish! When it came I was taken aback, because I wasn’t expecting a whole fish. I felt like I was at a Chinese wedding dinner. LOL. You know what I mean.
Out of 10 people, 4 of us chose this dish.
This by the way, is Gennaro Contaldo’s (Jamie’s teacher and friend) well-known dish! Pan-fried whole pink snapper with olives, garlic, wine, capers, parsley and the sweetest baby plum tomatoes. The snapper was extremely fresh. I liked the sauce, but it would be perfect if only they had removed the scales from the skin. Wonderful lightly seasoned sauce, not too salty, sweetened by the tomatoes and olives. I wish they had more baby tomatoes, I love tomatoes~
Hammy ordered The Jamie’s Italian Burger ($27.50), which stacked a wagyu patty with smoked mozzarella, pancetta, balsamic onions, tomato, pickles and chillies. Almost looking like the leaning tower of Pisa! I had a bite of the burger, but didn’t quite like the charred taste, but apparently that seems to be a common thing of the burger across the Jamie’s Italian restaurants. The patty was very lightly seasoned, probably to bring out the natural flavour of the wagyu steak. Hammy liked it and enjoyed the burger, I preferred my Pink Snapper more, but both of us agreed that the balsamic onion was delicious.
Along with our mains, we also ordered a side, the Famous Polenta Chips ($7.50). This is absolutely one of our favourite feature from the restuarant, crispy fried corn maize topped with rosemary and Parmesan. Oh, the parmesan was so good. MUST-TRY as well!
Veal Flash Steak ($32.50). I’m unable to comment on the rest of the mains as they were ordered by the other super fans. Haha but the entire session turned out to be a like mass photo-taking-before-we-start-eating so we have photos of everyone else’s dish. LOL so typical of people nowadays! Psss, but I heard the wait staff telling the person who ordered this, that the meat will melt in his mouth. :P
Lamb Chop Lollipops ($29.90) looking good :)
Halfway through mains, we ordered a Latte ($5.50). Jamie’s Italian’s coffees comes from the award-winning Italian Musetti family coffee makers. The latte was a perfect combination of espresso and steamed milk, very smooth and fragrant.
One of us ordered the Expresso Martini ($15.50) which is a smooth mix of vodka, Kahlua, and espresso. He mentioned that it’s a must-try! Will definitely try it the next time we are there. :) Imagine coffee + alcohol, what more can you ask for?
Desserts at Jamie’s Italian is definitely the highlight. You must have one of their desserts at least, otherwise it would be a wasted trip.
I ordered the Creamy Panna Cotta ($9) as it was strongly recommended by the wait staff. I tell you, it would absolutely blow your mind away as it did mine. Super creamy, but not to the extent of being overwhelming, sweet vanilla combined with succelent and tart raspberries. And it wobbles like, ahem, a woman’s breasts. LOL. A MUST-TRY.
A special dessert that caught Hammy’s interest, Chocolate & Vin Santo Pot ($12.50), features zabaglione ice cream with hazelnut biscotti. Zabaglione is an Italian dessert made from egg yolks, sugar and sweet wine; and it is certainly not easily available here (although it sounds very easy to make). Very unique flavour with a hint of sweet alcohol.
JI Warm Brownie ($11.5), which was ordered by one of us present that day. It looks really moist, I’m sure it was fantastic.
Another lovely looking dessert, the Tutti Frutti Lemon Meringue Pie ($11.5), was made with limoncello (Italian lemon liqueur) and topped with crunchy pistachio brittle. Just looking at it makes my mouth water~ Perhaps I will try this the next time. :)
Now how’s that? Finally we were done with our food, and were sitting back in our chairs, rubbing our tummies, and feeling very satisfied with everything that was served. It almost felt like I was sent to food heaven for 3 hours!
Tour Around the Restaurant
Click for a larger photo and description :)
The decor of the restaurant takes a very classic Italian feel, with the use of dark woods and muted lighting. The place felt very homely, comfortable, and welcoming with the open-concept antipasti and pasta dough preparation stations. They really put in a lot of thought into the interior design and we heard that most, if not all, of the furniture were imported.
Take a step out and you enter the beautiful alfresco dining area.
We love the herb garden at the alfresco part of the restaurant, which is something that Hammy and I have been talking about having our own in the future. We had our own sweet little Basil plant a month ago, but unfortunately it did not survive the HAZE period. Lol #truestory.
Meeting Gary Clarke
From our meeting with Head Chef Gary Clarke, Hammy and I both felt that he is a very friendly and brother-ly person, and a little shy from the attention too.
But it was an absolute honour to meet the head chef trainer for Jamie Oliver’s Academy, and for him to relocate here to Singapore to train chefs here, you can be certain that you’re getting the closest you can get to the best of Jamie Oliver’s recipes and food.
Congratulations if you survived my longest post ever (I think)! So what are you waiting for? Reservations are booked till September! You could still stand a chance walking in, but there’re always 1378453728 people in front of you to contend with.
Thank you Loretta for the invitation, and Jamie’s Italian Singapore for the warm reception and wonderful food. That was the best day of my year. :D
I am already missing the Polenta Chips and Panna Cotta.
1 HabourFront Walk,VivoCity
Opening hours: 11:30am to 11:00pm (Mon to Sun)
Telephone: 6733 5500
Twitter & Instagram: @jamiesitaliansg
Hash tag: #jamiesitaliansg