Jamie’s Italian @ VivoCity

The Naked Chef, Jamie Oliver has finally opened his first restaurant in Singapore. For those unfamiliar with him, James Trevor “Jamie” Oliver, is a British chef, restaurateur, media personality, known for his food-focused television shows, cookbooks and more recently his campaign against the use of processed foods in national schools.

Jamie's Italian at VivoCity
Jamie’s Italian at VivoCity

Many look to him as an advocate for great-tasting, healthy, fresh and unprocessed food.

Rachel and I were looking forward to visit Jamie’s Italian when we knew it was opening at VivoCity. Last weekend, we visited the restaurant together with Asher and two of our friends.

These are the food we sampled:

Creamy pumpkin panzerotti with ricotta, chizzi and topped with crispy sage Ang amaretti S$27
Creamy pumpkin panzerotti with ricotta, chizzi and topped with crispy sage Ang amaretti – S$27
Black Angel Spaghetti (Squid ink pasta, scallops, garlic, chilli, anchovies, wine & capers) - S$24.50
Black Angel Spaghetti (Squid ink pasta, scallops, garlic, chilli, anchovies, wine & capers) – S$24.50
Seafood Bucatini (Tubular spaghetti steamed in a bag with crab, mussels, clams, squid, scallops, capers, chilli, garlic, white wine & juicy sweet tomatoes) - S$29.50
Seafood Bucatini (Tubular spaghetti steamed in a bag with crab, mussels, clams, squid, scallops, capers, chilli, garlic, white wine & juicy sweet tomatoes) – S$29.50
Chargrilled Italian sausage and braised lentils dressed up with salsa Rosso Crudo - S$29
Chargrilled Italian sausage and braised lentils dressed up with salsa Rosso Crudo – S$29
Lamp Chop Lollipops (Bone-in grilled lamb chops served with a creamy artichoke & mint sauce, roasted nuts, chilli & fresh mint) - S$29.90
Lamp Chop Lollipops (Bone-in grilled lamb chops served with a creamy artichoke & mint sauce, roasted nuts, chilli & fresh mint) – S$29.90

The bill came to around S$189 for 4 adults and 1 baby. A little on the steep side. I like the presentation of the food and the whole dining experience.

The pumpkin raviola that Rachel ordered was lovely. I found my squid ink spaghetti unmemorable. My other two friends commented the same about their mains. Overall, the food quality is okay, but it did not wow us. Maybe the Jamie Oliver brand name stretched expectations.

For parents who have trouble getting their kids to eat vegetables, Jamie’s Italian’s kids’ menu will be helpful as it is designed to make eating veggies fun:

Kids get a colouring paper and crayons. The menu is in the visor Rachel is looking at.
Kids get a colouring paper and crayons. The menu is in the visor Rachel is looking at.
Happy Fishfingers (Fish fight friendly fish fingers with zingy lemon mayo) - S$11.50
Happy Fishfingers (Fish fight friendly fish fingers with zingy lemon mayo) – S$11.50
Salad for Asher
Salad for Asher that’s part of the kid’s meal
Asher shaking his salad
Asher shaking his salad
Asher enjoying his food
Asher enjoying his food

Asher is a strange boy though. He prefers eating fruits and vegetables to meat and staples. Maybe he is born a herbivore.

I would recommend the restaurant for group dining and for family with kids, just for the experience itself. The queues are still long at the moment, so I suggest waiting a couple of months more for the hype to die down. We waited about half an hour to get a table.

Jamie’s Italian

Address: #01-165/166/167, Vivocity, 1 Harbourfront Walk
Opening Hours: Daily, 11:30 – 23:00

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