Jamie's Italian

Jamie's Italian

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2/F, Soundview Plaza 2 - Midtown, 1 Tang Lung Street, Causeway Bay
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2/F, Soundview Plaza 2 - Midtown, 1 Tang Lung Street, Causeway Bay
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銅鑼灣登龍街1號金朝陽中心2期 Midtown 2 樓
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Disappointing reviews for Jamie Oliver's first HK restaurant - the prices are definitely right, affordable enough to most, but the quality is poor in comparison to the city's now-high standards.
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The Hong Kong flagship has so much going for it, but neither the dishes nor the ingredients live up to the reputation. Jamie Oliver needs to be more hands-on with his restaurants – he hasn't even bothered to visit the Hong Kong outpost – or else this 35-location chain may end up a mainstream franchise like the Olive Garden or Tony Roma's.

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Of the mains, the free-range chicken (HK$165) was a failure because the meat — even the drumstick and thigh — was dry. Gilt-head bream (HK$205), on the other hand, while just a tad overcooked, was enjoyable for its light white wine and butter sauce and a really excellent selection of sweet cherry tomatoes.

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Jamie’s Italian is not gourmet dining, but it’s not fast food either – it’s definitely value for money that will appeal to the masses, who want Italian food with a big name behind it.

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The flavouring and combinations started well, and the home-made pastas live up to their renowned reputation, but the execution and selection of ingredients leave much to be desired.

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A meal for two with drinks and service comes to about HK$800 for two – definitely not a high price to pay in this part of town, but we’re not sure if the variable quality of the cooking and the lengthy waits for a table are worth the hassle at this point.

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The Pumpkin Panzerotti ($135) were little dumplings filled with sweet roasted squash, topped with a savory rosemary butter—we felt like we were eating slippery custard buns with garlic oil. The fresh crab spaghettini ($155) was mediocre and too watery.

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It took another 25 minutes for ‘Burger Italiano’ to arrive and when it did, we regretted it. This Leaning Tower of Pisa-lookalike was leaning towards mediocrity.

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Does it live up to the hype? We think so! As long as you go in knowing what Jamie’s Italian is all about, you shouldn’t be disappointed. To use a collection of the effusive chef’s own words – it’s a cracking place to muck around with mates.

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Don’t go expecting fine dining – this is supposed to easy, Italian food and it’s not exactly going to be breaking any boundaries – but it’s not supposed to. It’s simple food that people like to eat at reasonable prices that people can afford, something that’s all too rare to find in HK, especially when it comes to a chef with a big name.

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Is it worth going to? It will depend on what you're in the mood for. Folks have been comparing its pricing to Fat Angelo's and Pizza Hut but with better quality food. Dinner for us came to HK$900 and we had four drinks and a dessert on top of the above.

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The food, however, is hit and miss. For appetizers, the fried risotto balls and fish plank come highly recommended. Both turn out to be more form than substance.

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Sadly, long lines doesn’t amount to the best type of food. Some dishes were under seasoned, watery, and just not that good. The price point is good- but still needs a bit of work. Jamie’s Italian is sure to have people going still…but overall, I don’t think I’ll be heading back…

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Fuck no.  I’ll just assume it was fucking pedestrian and poorly executed and pit some olives in my kitchen.

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Jamie's Italian has never been about haute cuisine. People come for their rustic and unpretentious Italian food to be shared among good friends and they are very successful in doing so. However, if you are into a more sophisticated Italian fare, 8 1/2 otto e mezzo bombana, l'altro and Tosca would probably be better choices.

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Overall it was good but for the wait we had to be seated and the price, it was not worth it. I would advise to give it a try if you have not been to a different branch in the world when the queues subside.

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Our fragrant and fresh gilt-head bream with olives, wine, garlic, capers, parsley and cherry tomatoes was exactly what we crave in a European fish dish and the moutwatheringly tender Rib-Eye Steak paired with truffle butter and posh chips was the highlight of our delicious meal.

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Some dishes admittedly stood out more than others but we’d expect a greater consistency to follow once the Hong Kong branch finds its groove after the initial hectic opening months.