21 October 2013
A ridiculous number of blog reviews have come before mine, so here’s my brief two-cents about Jamie’s Italian in the Perth CBD. Half the seating is for reservations and the other half for walk-ins. Either way, good luck, because this place is still insanely popular several months after opening.
We visited on a Monday lunchtime without a reservation and only wandered around the city for half an hour until our table was ready. Phew!
Loved the free bread drizzled with sage butter and served with fancy olive oil and balsamic vinegar. The freshly baked focaccia is made in-house and it was my favourite! Ciabatta bread is a little tough for my liking, breadsticks don’t excite me, and the “musical” flat bread had a satisfying crack but didn’t taste amazing.
Blue swimmer crab risotto (main size for 28.50)
The crab risotto was super filling. Acquerello rice is short-grain and is supposed to be cooked so that each grain still has some bite, which is really different from the fluffy jasmine rice that I’m familiar with. The lemony crab was sweet but overpowered by the strong tasty flavours of the risotto. I enjoyed the crab pasta at Modo Mio better because of the delicate flavours, but it was smaller and more expensive. We enjoyed the crunchy samphire shoots, which the internet says are from the parsley family. The chilli in this dish was either incredibly mild or non-existent.
Ravioli of the day (main size for $24.50)
The serving sizes vary considerably between dishes, but it didn’t matter much because we were sharing. We both enjoyed the delightful pockets of slow cooked porchetta and baby watercress. The ravioli was al dente and the sage butter was pretty awesome. Good sprinkling of parmesan on top!
Today’s sorbet flavours were blood orange (our favourite), blackberry (which was not as sweet as expected), and green apple (underwhelming and not tangy). The sorbets are made from fresh fruit and taste legit, but overall this dessert wasn’t too exciting.
Tutti frutti lemon meringue pie ($9.50)
Highlight of my week! The signature lemon meringue pie is sooo delicious and staring at the photo is making me jealous of my past self for enjoying this dessert. I made a mess eating the huge pile of fluffy, sticky meringue on top (no regrets). The biscuit base was crumbly without falling apart, the sweet mint leaves were zingy, and the bits of praline and dried fruit added texture. Obviously the most amazing part was the lemon curd which was tangy, sweet, and super smooth. Mmmmmm…
Our waitress was really friendly and great fun, plus she continually returned with more chilled tap water. Service was quite attentive despite the lunchtime rush, but keep in mind that individual waitstaff strictly confine themselves to their sections of the restaurant. Overall, lunch cost $68 which included two mains and two desserts (but no drinks).
Jamie’s Italian seems a victim of its own popularity, which is reflected in a surprisingly low score on Urbanspoon. You will almost certainly have to wait for a table unless you manage to reserve seats in advance. Play it smart and don’t rock up starving, or if you’re impatient then simply don’t visit until the crowds finally die down.
Likes: lemon meringue pie, free bread, lovely staff
Dislikes: disparity in serving sizes for main dishes
Value for money: average
Overall: worth a visit and I’ll probably return once the crowds die down
The Mitchell Building
140 William Street
(08) 9363 8600