Lex and I are big fans of Jamie Oliver and are always cooking using his recipes. In fact, today I was looking through one of my six Jamie cookbooks to decide what to make for dinner (we’re having Ginger chicken which can be cooked in 5 minutes – takes me longer of course!). In the ‘About’ section I mentioned revolutionary cookbooks that make cooking quick without sacrificing the taste – Jamie’s 15 and 30 minute meals are what Lex and I mainly use and there are some seriously delicious meals to be had.
Anyway, Jamie’s Italian is on Pitt St, Sydney in quite a discreet location. We actually walked past it by mistake. We decided to go for lunch as it can get quite busy, and although we had to wait a little for our table, it was cool to sit at the bar and watch the chef making fresh pasta. We were seated upstairs on the mezzanine and I must say the decor of this place is done so well and tasteful. It has been made to look rustic with an industrial vibe. The waitress came around with breadsticks to nibble on and we ordered our mains which arrived promptly. The servings aren’t huge and they were perfect for lunch. I couldn’t resist the Sausage Pappardelle which was a yummy slow-braised fennel sausage ragù with red wine, Parmesan and crunchy, herb breadcrumbs. This was actually the first time I’d tasted Pappardelle and in the many times I’ve had it since at other restaurants it’s never been as good as at Jamie’s. The red wine sauce had heaps of flavour and the rage was tender and broke apart ever so softly – I’m sure it tasted like Jamie had cooked it himself! The best part? Only $19.
The good news is that Jamie’s Italian is now open in a number of locations around Australia:
- Parramatta – This is Jamie’s new ‘Trattoria’ restaurant (a bit more expensive than Italian)
P.S. they now accept reservations online – yay!