Watching cooking shows, I've always reserved a suspicion about the taste factor of those resulting dishes that look so delectable on screen. So I was pretty psyched about eating at Jamie's Italian in Sydney, not because of the celebrity chef's namesake, I haven't watched a full episode of his cooking shows actually, but to put a tongue on the reel-to-real recipes for a taste test.
Granted that Jamie Oliver is not there to cook our meals himself and maintaining food consistency is a daily challenge in most kitchens, but the taste shouldn't veer too off the touch of a TV master chef. Or will it? Let's find out...
|Foodies sure start young nowadays don't they?|
|Opened in 2011, Jamie's Italian is located at the heart of Sydney's CDB along Pitt Street. Long queues during lunch and dinner, especially on weekends, are a norm. To skip the queue, make a reservation online at Jamie's Italian website before visiting. Else, be prepared to wait in line for up to 1.5 hours for a seat during busy days.|
|Show and sell. Pastas are made fresh at the front of the restaurant where diners waiting for a table and passerbys can peer in on the demonstration.|
|The restaurant has quite a few surprises in its decor that also serve functional purposes. I love the concept of the open bread station although it is for use by staff and not customers.|
|The decor looks to me to be a mish-mash of industrial minimalist accented with country detailing and finished off with hints of a 50s-style European diner.|
|Crab & Avocado Bruschetta (A$16.00).|
|Prawn Linguine with pan-fried garlicky prawns in a thick tomato base topped with rockets (A$16.00).|
|Baked King Salmon with whipped lemony artisanal ricotta, balsamic-roasted vegetables and zesty salad (A$26.50)... The fish is crispy on the outside, moist and flaky on the inside.|
|Winter Berry Trifle (A$10.00)... looks better than it tastes.|
Although I eat it all, when it comes to feeding time while overseas, I'm something of a food racist. I prefer Asian cuisines over Western gourmet but me likey Jamie's Italian for the generally great tasting menu, restaurant ambience, service and reasonable pricing.
So it's true, the food on TV does tastes as good as they look. At least in Jamie Oliver's case.
Jamie's Italian, Sydney
Address : 107 Pitt Street, Sydney, New South Wales, Australia
Phone : +61 2 8240 9000
Opening Hours : 11:30am - Late (Monday - Sunday)
Getting There : Take the train to Martin Place station and use Castlreagh Street exit or to Wynyard Station and use George Street exit.
Website : http://www.jamieoliver.com/italian/australia/restaurants/sydney
This post has been made possible by Destination New South Wales in partnership with CTC Travel.