Friday, 14 July 2017

Innovative Italian Delights at Jamie's Italian, Causeway Bay, Hong Kong

The entrance on level 1

Jamie’s Italian opened its doors in Hong Kong in 2015 a few months after the branch in Singapore was launched. The restaurant is conceptualised by Celebrity Chef, Jamie Oliver who is renowned for his humour and cooking shows. The restaurant has mixed reviews following its opening, some hits and misses, however, it is still a popular hangout place for youths, business executives and families.

The bar area

Although Jamie is of British origin, the menu at Jamie’s Italian focuses on Italian cuisine. What draws people to the restaurant is its simplicity, convivial setting and reasonable prices. As Jamie candidly said, “the food we do is rustic, we don’t put bullshit on the plate.”

The interior

The outlet at Tang Lung Street at Causeway Bay was a walking distance from The Excelsior, Hong Kong which is usually where I stay whenever I am in Hong Kong. The street abounds with interesting restaurants and cafés, however Jamie’s Kitchen signage caught my eye. Therefore, I decided to give it a try.

Enjoying my pasta

Somehow, Jamie’s Italian at Causeway Bay seems to be smaller than Jamie’s Italian at Vivo City in Singapore. However, the setting is cosy, evoking a relaxed and informal vibe. The décor is rustic with some modern industrial elements, creating a look that is soothing and pleasing while dramatic at the same time. I love the juxtaposition of country-style wooden furniture with striking red leather seats. Service was amicable without being overly stuffy.

Crab and avocado bruschetta

For appetisers, I would recommend the crab and avocado bruschetta ($HK $88) which was served on a thin slice of sourdough topped with fresh white and brown, crunchy fennel, smashed avocado, yoghurt and chilli. I could not taste much of the crab, however, the combination of the other ingredients was well balanced, offering a mix of creamy, spicy, milky, sweet and tangy flavours.

Famous prawn linguine

A signature pasta is the famous prawn linguine (HK$188) which is accompanied with generous servings of garlicky prawns with plump tomatoes, fennel, saffron, fresh chilli and rocket. What made this pasta different is the addition of fennel and fresh chilli which gave it extra ‘omph’. A perfect dish for those who like an innovative twist to the usual prawn linguine.


Fresh crab linguine

The fresh crab linguine (HK$168) is tantalising with hints of chilli, garlic, parsley and lemon zest. However, it did not leave much of an impression.

Tiramisu

A good meal is never complete without desserts. Jamie’s rendition of the classic tiramisu (HK$78) is refreshing with tangy orange accents combined with smooth layers of mascarpone cheese and lady fingers dipped in chocolate and dusted with cocoa powder.

Jamie's Italian is located at 2/F Midtown Soundwill Plaza II. The restaurant is open from 11am to 11pm. For reservations, please call 3958 2222. For more information, please visit here.


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