Mon - Thu: 12:00 - 22:00
Fri - Sat: 12:00 - 23:00
Sun: 12:00 - 22:00
Jamie’s Italian VivoCity serves fantastic, rustic Italian dishes with a quintessential Jamie Oliver twist using recipes that have been tried, tested and loved, all in a relaxed and welcoming space. A partnership between Jamie and his Italian mentor, Chef Gennaro Contaldo, there are more than 40 Jamie’s Italian restaurants worldwide
I'm not particular about food. But tonight's experience prompted me to share a review here. And I do hope it's a one off. Prob a bad day in the office for the chef.
This was what i ordered and its actual description on the menu:
CHICKEN MILANESE $28.50
Free-range chicken stuffed with prosciutto & fontal cheese, breadcrumbed & topped with a free-range egg & wild truffle.
What I got was a tough and dry piece of breadcrumbed chicken filet that was tough to slice into. like a tough biscuit.
i love chicken, espcially chicken breast, so I'm always happy with the tougher, dryer cuts of meat, no matter how it's cooked.
But this was extremely dry and tough. lit tasted worse than the chicken cutlets we usually get in hawker centres. And it was way too expensive.
The carbonara was in no way authentic. It was made with cream, that it is a big no no in the recipe. As an Italian, living in Singapore, I was craving carbonara for a couple of weeks. Before deciding to go to Jamie's Italian I checked on his website how he was making it and it looked quite ok. Unfortunately what I had was not even close to a carbonara. The pancetta was shaved in vey few thin slices, added at the end on the pasta. In this way all the flavours the panceta is supposed to give to this simple dish was just not there. I understand that not everybody likes pasta "al dente", but here the pasta was overcooked. But most of all, the use of cream completly spoiled the recipe! There is no cream in carbonara! The eggs and the cheese are used to obtain the creamy texture. It was not a carbonara, and should not be called one. I cannot believe I paid 22 sgd for this! I expected higher quality from this restaurant.
The place is great. If you are looking to explore a sumptuous meal or seeking a place to celebrate an occasion, Jamie's place is a good choice.
Great food, warm atmosphere from the service, rustic and intimate setting. the list checks out :)
First, let's start with the food, since to most people, that's where the meat of the issue is.
The food is Awesome, period. I can't do it justice in words here and have no doubt people are having issue pen-ing their wonderful experience down in words, you'll have to take my word for it and try it for yourself. If you're a foodie, or have followed jamie's or gennaro's cooking channel, or just someone who loves a full bodied robust meal bursting with flavor, check this place out if you haven't already been there many times too many to count. This place is not for the faint hearted fine diners kind of people, although there are some small portion starters and light salads, most of the menu are moderately sized, i would go further to say even slightly larger than the average restaurant portion. Each time i go i struggle deciding whether to try something new and exciting or just stick to my favorite mushroom and smoked cheese risotto
next, ambience. The place carries a nice rustic setting with a great view of the harbour if you seat at the back. Starter platter served on a "plank" suspended on 2 italian cans of tomatoes, steak served on a cross section of tree trunk, you kind of get the image. Warm lights and warm people attending to you. I wouldn't call them servers or waiters, they feel more like warm friends although I haven't known them long, and eating with more friends in that atmosphere just relaxes you and helps you enjoy the food and experience more. A special shoutout to Dave and Jasher (hope i'm not putting pressure on you both) for their outstanding dedication, it's been a pleasure being tended to by you both. Thanks for the brilliant recommendation of the roast potato sidedish, phenomenal. And thanks for remembering us during our next visit and your kind gesture.
not sure where to start with the menu? need recommendation for wine or food? no problem just approach anyone, they'll be more than willing to help.
Lastly, Cost. I'm sure some would be concerned about this area. I would definitely say the price range isn't for everyone, especially if like me, you want to try everything as much as you can, a few starters, a main and some desert along with some good wine to go with each. However I feel you are paying for quality and as mentioned earlier, the portion is decent sized for what you are paying for. just save up a bit and go once and indulge, you'll be doing yourself a favor :)