Thursday, November 27, 2014

Food Adventures: Jamie's Italian

Location // 237 Edward St, Brisbane CBD

I had walked past the restaurant a couple of time while it was under construction so after much anticipation, Josh, Emily, Ian and I were finally seated -after an hour long wait- in a comfortable booth within the dimly lit restaurant. We initially arrived at around 7:30 pm and were told there was an hour wait, so we put our name on the waiting list and came back. Before we were seated, we were seated at 'Jamie's Bar' while the waiters set up our table. It was pretty late by the time we were seated however, that didn't prevent us from fulfilling our appetite. 

Our waiter was very welcoming and attended to us immediately asking us if we wanted to order any drinks to start off with. Since we had already started looking at the menus while we were waiting at the bar, we had a good idea of what we wanted so we ordered then and there. Unfortunately, (maybe due to the fact that we were there so late) they had run out of the Lamb & Ricotta Tortellini (what I originally wanted) and the Zucchini Fritter side. Instead I opted for the Honeycomb Cannelloni Three Ways which turned out to be an excellent option. 

Sides //
Our Famous Polenta Chips // Crispy fried with rosemary and parmesan 
Crispy Arancini // Stuffed risotto rice balls with sweet red chillies, mozzarella, spicy arrabbiata sauce and parmesan
Fried Three-Cheese Gnocchi // Delicious crunchy gnocchi with a fiery arrabiatta dip

Mains //
Rainbow Trout Acqua Pazza // Pan-fried while rainbow trout with olives, garlic, capers, parsley and sweet plum tomatoes
Prime Strip Loin // 250g pasture-fed Aussie Black Angus strip loin, topped with truffle butter and served with sauteed mushrooms and peppery endives
Honeycomb Cannelloni Three-Ways // Aubergine and sundried tomato; pumpkin; ricotta and spinach 
Black Angel Spaghetti // Squid-ink pasta, scallops, chilli, anchovies, wine and capers

My Drink // Jamie's Grown-Up Iced Tea // Lightly spiced rum, breakfast tea syrup, lemon juice & peach puree served over ice

I absolutely enjoyed my cannelloni. The fact it was three-ways kept the flavours interesting and the full-bodied sauce nicely complimented the dish. All the sides tasted great except I found the polenta chips to be a tad too bland for my liking. Josh didn't find the steak to meet his expectations as he found the medium rare stake too rare and bland. Ian found his rainbow trout delicious and Emily's Black Angel Pasta looked nice and tasted zesty, however I can understand if some people find it a bit too spicy. All in all, the food was lovely and plated wonderfully aesthetic to the eye. We all ordered a drink and I ordered Jamie's Grown-Up Iced Tea cocktail which was just what I needed. 

By the time we were leaving, the restaurant was starting to close so I quickly went to check out the lower level. I didn't realise how big Jamie's Italian to be! You wouldn't expect it until you walk in and see it to believe it yourself.

Food: ✮✮✮✮☆ 
Price: ✮✮☆☆☆ 
Service: ✮✮✮✮☆ 
Overall: ✮✮✮✮☆

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