Covent Garden, London
9 reviews of Jamies Italian in English
Tables are a bit too close together - I kept expecting our glasses to be knocked onto the floor by the people next to us.
The Victorian style tiled loos are a big mistake and not particularly clean, which was rather off-putting, but overall not bad as restaurants go.
Well I was very disappointed with my whole experience. The service was amazing but the food was just pretty bland. We had the Christmas special set menu and not anywhere on the menu did it indicate that everything would have nuts in. As a nut allergy sufferer that was not a good thing. I couldn’t eat most of the sharer starter, the main was a lump of chicken on the bone that I couldn’t find under a mass of soggy vegetables and the one dessert I thought wouldn’t have nuts in had some almonds sprinkled on top.
This was not a fine dining experience it was a mass of lots of not greatly cooked produce. It is a very manly restaurant I feel, whcih reflect Jamie’s style I suppose, my fiance loved it. However I shall be avoiding any of his chains in the future and I suggest you do the same if you are female and prefer quality over quantity
Got to Jamie’s and heart sank when I saw the queue for a table, but left my name anyway and went off to meet my fellow diners in a local pub. 10 mins later they called with a table but when I said that I had literally walked in and bought a drink they said they would let me have the next available table. I didn’t get a call so we walked over when we’d finished our drinks and they sat us straight away.
What was great?
The staff were very very good – friendly helpful and we weren’t rushed at all. Ambiance of the restaurant was good and the experience was so good we definitely would go back.
What was ok?
The food was ok, not extraordinary but very nice – if it had been any other italian I would have been happy. At the end of the day, this isn’t a high end restaurant – its an informal Italian with nice food and a great atmosphere. We had a lovely time and would definitely go back.
Much as it pains me to say, this place is pretty good!
I didn't want to like anything to do with Jamie Oliver and his sprawling empire, but I'd happily take my parents to eat here. And if you know my parents you'll know this is a ringing endorsement.
We went on a Saturday afternoon and the place was pretty packed. The staff were lovely and took my number so we could mooch around Covent Garden for 20 minutes before they called to say the table was ready.
It's a lively place with a bit of a canteen feel, super-efficient service and food which, as you'd expect, was nothing short of fantastic. We ordered as many of the small dishes as we could fit on the small table and loved every one, especially the lamb ravioli. Unfortunately there was no room for dessert.
Definitely recommended by me.
Went to Jamies a few weeks ago for lunch on a saturday, the service was great and the food... id recommended the chicken to anyone. Of course i expected it to be good as he is a celebrity chef but the meal was better than i could of expected and what made it even better the prices were reasonable, £30 for two people for quality food is incredible. Definatly a place to take people and definatly going back.
Address is wrong, the correct one is:
11 Upper St Martin's Lane
Big name and a nice concept, but the Food don't reach the expect level. Had better food at proper Italien Restaurants.
Price is OK though.
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I was keen to try Jamies Italian, but went there doubtful that a chain restaurant run by a celebrity chef would deliver all it promised.
Have to say I was very impressed! Service was excellent, food presented with great care and style, good range of items on the menu and very reasonable prices - what more can you ask for!
You will have to queue for a table, but we found that once seated we weren't rushed through the meal at all and had plenty of time to make meal choices and linger over wine and coffee. Pasta comes in two size options which is great if like me you'd rather have 3 small courses than 1 giant one. Only downside was that they'd sold out of Tiramisu, but the Choc tart was a delicious alternative.
There's obviously been a lot of thought and attention to detail in the creation of the 'Jamies Italian' chain and while I can't speak for all, this Covent Garden location is certianly worth a visit. Well done Mr Oliver.
I have a new found respect for Jamie Oliver after eating here. Jamie's wasn't on my extensive list of restaurants that I want to go to but a friend was keen to eat there as he'd been before. It was very very good, the quality of the ingredients was really excellent, we had some of the best tomatoes I've eaten in a long time accompanying the bruschetta. I hear the lamb chop lollipops are exceptional although they'd run out when we got there (it was quite late). Service was also friendly and efficient and they have a music policy that allows the staff to pick their favourites which resulted in a great mix of songs. Highly recommended and a great addition to the west end. It goes to show that a high quality can be maintained and prices kept reasonable even for a chain restaurant.
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