It’s Sunday afternoon about 1.30 pm and we had nothing to do so I said to the wife why don’t we try out that new Jamie Oliver restaurant in Adelaide. “You mean Jamie’s Italian Adelaide,” she said. “Whatever,” I replied. “Well, you can’t just walk into Jamie’s Adelaide! You have to book and they say there is a month long waiting list.”
Even though we didn’t think there was much of a chance getting in we went for a drive anyway. There wasn’t any street parking available so we parked it in the Myer car park which had a $14 maximum cap on Sundays.
So, we walk into Jamie’s Italian Adelaide, a small lineup, and asked if we could be seated. Even though we didn’t have a booking the lovely young lady said a spot would be available in about an hour. Coo! We grabbed it, Gave her our number and went down the Mall for a walk.
They rang at 3 pm to say there was a cancellation! Man, how lucky are we. We headed on over and got seated immediately.
Jamie’s Italian Adelaide Review
I have to say I was impressed with what they did to the old heritage listed Westpac Bank site. Being heritage listed they had to keep the integrity of the old building so I’m sort of wondering how much of the interior was actually changed.
Anyway, back to the food. We decided on a couple of entree’s, the Crispy Arancini and their famous Polenta Chips. While the Arancini was really tasty I found that the rice was slightly overcooked. Because if that it lacked the texture that would have made it perfect.
As for the Polenta chips, man, they were to die for. I didn’t know what to expect but what I got was these scrumptious cubes of home made polenta that must have been baked in the oven or something. It was tasty and very morerish.
The we hit the mains. I went for the Truffle Rissoto and the wife had the Vongole Taglionini. If you’re a regular reader of this blog you know how much I love my risotto! You also know about the bad experience I had at the Brighton Hotel. Not so at Jamie’s Italian Adelaide. I’ve never had truffles before but I can safely say their Truffle Risotto was the best risotto I’ve ever had. It had the ‘wow’ factor that the Arancini lacked. The rice was perfectly cooked and it was full of flavour.
I asked the wife about her Vongole Taglionini and at first she said it was ok. Then she remembered to mix the pasta a little to soak up the juices and then her face virtually lit up.
For dessert we had the Tutti Frutti Lemon Meringue pie, complete with limoncello & crunchy pistachio brittle. My, oh my what a taste sensation that was. It made me wish I ordered my own instead of sharing it with the wife.
OK, so the food was great. The atmosphere was good as well. It did not have the noisy background that one would normally get in cafes. I found I could easily talk to the wife without having to scream to be heard. The only downside was they didn’t have the three beers I requested so I settled for a freshly squeezed orange juice.
All the staff were extremely friendly but I personally thought it took them longer than it should to bring the drinks. Other than that I had no complaints. I was so pleased with my experience there that I can’t wait until my next visit.
Something to keep in mind is that they do allow room for walk-ins. So, if you happen to be in the area just pop in and I’m sure you will be pleasantly surprised.
One last thing, don’t forget to take the time to take a leak because those loos are a real talking piece.