A household name across the globe, Jamie Oliver now boasts a string of restaurants in the UK (in fact nearly 20) with the same 3 consistent ingredients:
no fuss, freshness and authentic.
Unlike many celebrity chefs, Jamie appears to have kept true to the formula he started his business with – not trying to scale up in any way – trading on serving up what he says ordinary people eat all over Italy – rustic, simple dishes, using the best seasonal ingredients. Jamie’s caters to the same market that Carluccio’s does but appears to have less deli style feel to it than Carluccio’s.
Pastas are made daily and so is the anti-pasti. All fresh produce is sourced in Britain and everything else in Italy. The menu is simple – some well known classics like Frito misto, Ligurian fish stew, wild boar and fennel sausage, chargrilled chicken grilled with chili, capers and lemon and so on. Great ingredients in simple combinations. The sides were great – the creamy burrata and the rainbow chard to name a few. The menu changes every season.
The wine list is entirely Italian with a good range and quite especially you can have any wine on the menu by the glass.
The guilty stomach tried the Canary Wharf Jamie’s italian designed to serve the ever increasing number of residents and expats and other destination visitors to London’s Docklands. Along with Roko, Carluccio’s and some other individual restaurants, Docklands is starting to offer more in dining options than before. But smart move from Jamie as the UK experiences recessionary pressures and more and more people are staying away from the top end restaurants, ‘eating down’ but still wanting quality food.
Now opened in Sydney and Dubai too.