Phone: (02) 8240 9000
Just about to officially open
“We will begin taking a limited number of Bookings for Parties of 6 to 12 people from 20 October 2011, please call from then for enquiries. Smaller Parties are First Come First Served”
It looks like a lot has happened since I passed by the advertised location back in May and from all the soft opening tweets (jealous) it sounds like everything is set to officially open on Monday 24 October for lunch with saucepans blazing. With a space capacity of 200 guests over two floors I'm sure the first day of trading, or month for that mattter, will be continuously filled to the brim with possible waiting lists as long as Pitt Street Mall. Or maybe not depending on how the food and service goes. Obviously with a celebrity chef name like Jamie Oliver they'll be a lot of interest and high expectations. Time will obviously tell whether all the hype will make the cut and keep customers satisfied to want to come back for more.
At first sight the menu looks very extensive. It'll be interesting to see how the kitchen will keep up with all the options. Prices seem pretty reasonable for the location and hopefully the quality and value for money will hit the mark. Sweets for under $10 will surely entice everyone to find that little bit of extra room in their full stomachs. Although coffees being over $4 ($4.35 to be exact) seems comparatively a little high when the affogato is only $6. I have my dessert stomach set on the Tiramisu ($9) to compare to all others I've tried. House wines starting at $7 seems nicely priced to have a few. Best part so far is watching the pasta making machine in the window — I wonder how much one of those goes for? It looks like all the pasta is weighed exactly for consistency.
Other visits to Jamie's Italian:
• 24 Oct 2011 - Spanner Crab Bruschetta, Spaghetti Bolognese, Tiramisu, Affogato
• 21 Oct 2011 - Set to officially open Monday 24 Oct
• 9 May 2011 - Opening soon construction site
PROS: Menu sounds very tempting and prices seem reasonable at this stage, Watching the pasta making machine, Decor looks nice from what I can tell
CONS: High expectations, Time will tell if it's value for money, It'll presumably be very popular so I'm expecting long wait lists or queues for walk-ins, Jamie Oliver isn't actually cooking in the kitchen
MUST TRY: Visiting with a large group to try lots of the dishes
Pasta making in the window display — I wonder if they get stage fright
Nibbles and antipasti menu
Pasta and mains menu
Sides, sweets and drinks menu