Date of Visit: July 2015
Lunch today was at Jamie’s Italian in Harbour City. Since it’s summer, the best thing to do is to hit the mall for free air-conditioning! The normally busy mall with trolley totting tourists is surprisingly quiet… I guess they are all queuing at LV and Channel at Champs-Élysées! 😜
I have been to Jamie’s Kitchen once when it first opened. There was a huge queue so I was surprised that my mom had scored a table without a reservation. As I was doing an errand, my mom and brother bombed me with texts urging me to drop everything as the wait time for guests is only 15mins and we can only have the table for 1.5hours max!
I’m no stranger to Jamie’s Italian as I’ve been to their Sydney branch many times – so it’s good to do a comparison between Sydney and Hong Kong…
My 1st experience with Jamie’s Italian in Hong Kong…was their Superfood Salad. A mouth-wateringly tart plate of avocado, shaved fennel, candied beets, pulses, Italian sprouting broccoli, creamy cottage cheese, pomegranate, smashed nuts & seeds and served with a fennel blossom Sicilian harissa. I had also added beetroot-cured salmon. Lots of stuffs, but still not very filling.😁
Today we ordered…
Burger Italiano: Chargrilled beef burger with melted fontina cheese, sweet tomato salsa, schiacciata piccante, pickles, chilli, crispy fried onions & chips. The burger was good, but the chips was a tiny bit disappointing as I don’t think it’s been double-fried, hence did not retain the crunch.
Mom ordered the Sausage Pappardelle: Braised fennel sausage ragù with incredible Chianti, Parmesan & crunchy, herby breadcrumbs. The sausage ragu were akin to minced meats…so it might be ‘deconstructed’ sausage!
…and the pappardelle looks like instant noodles! Not the large, broad flat pasta noodles that we are accustomed to but ‘reengineered’ pappardelle! 😇
I ordered the Fish in A Bag: Fish of the day with clams, mussels, fennel, chilli, anchovies & cracked wheat, topped with fiery arrabbiata sauce. It’s very simple dish that I can cook at home – all the seafood packed in butter-paper and foil! What I don’t like about my order is that it’s too tart? I like fresh lemon juices over my food, but not slices of lemon cooked with my food – and I don’t like an overkill of tomato sauce!
I guess Jamie’s recipes must have been tweaked to the local Hong Kong taste, as I find them quite ‘powerful’. Also, this is the first time that a customer is obligated to choose to tip their server 10%, 12.5% or 15% – pre-calculated on their docket!
Nevertheless as with any celebrity chef’s franchise it will surely be a tourist must-visit resto!