Jamie's Italian Trattoria

July 19, 2015

I have been to Jamie Oliver's restaurant in the city and was left feeling not quite satisfied as the food was average at best and the experience was only dampened further by the extremely long wait time. From memory, it was at least 40 minutes until we were seated and the lighting was very dim so it made it difficult to achieve decent photos. I wasn't completely deterred though and wanted to give Jamie Oliver a second chance and thus the trip to his second eatery located in Parramatta was warranted.

We arrived at around 12pm and made a quick dash as it had just opened for lunch and there was already a stream of people lined up outside. Luckily we didn't have to wait for a table at all. The restaurant itself was quite spacious, being two storeys and the ambience was relaxed and friendly, suitable for families and larger groups unlike its CBD counterpart. The service was prompt and attentive and the food didn't take too long to come out (no more than 15 to 20 minutes) which was especially surprising considering many people were seated simultaneously.

Polenta Chips $7.50
I believe Jamie is quite famous for his polenta chips and there's no debate as to why. The crispiness and crunchiness of the polenta was so addictive and coupled with the fluffy insides they were indeed delicious and actually quite filling. The garnishing of shaved parmesan and rosemary were the perfect flavour combination.

Funghi Misti $22.50
We opted for the healthier pizza and it was actually really flavoursome and a breeze to eat. I liked the thin pizza base and the crust was quite crispy. It was the perfect ratio of toppings to dough. The fresh mushrooms, parmesan and smoked mozzarella worked in harmony and the pizza wasn't lacking in the flavour department at all due to the hint of thyme and savoury mushrooms.

Seared Tuna Salad $12.90
A lovely salad to complement the rest of our meal. The tuna itself was good but not great, I think my gripe was that the slices weren't thick enough but the tuna did taste fresh as it wasn't chewy. The salad nestled on top was refreshing and I did appreciate the punchy flavours which was attributed to the mustard, lemon and olive oil dressing. 

To sum up my dining experience, I was quite happy with the offerings at Jamie's new restaurant  being most impressed by the polenta chips and the pizza however the prices were a tad high for the serving size given. The quality of the food was good and it is definitely a place I would visit again. I do hope to try the pasta and more dishes from the antipasti selection on the menu.

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