Review: Jamie’s Italian

Jamie’s Italian
Dundrum, Dublin 16

Last Monday, Ali and I headed for Dundrum to see Asif Kapadia’s brilliant new documentary “Amy” about the life and untimely death of troubled singer Amy Winehouse. We decided to try Jamie’s Italian while there as we had been meaning to for the past couple of years.

Jamie’s Italian is part of a chain of restaurants by TV’s favourite celebrity chef Jamie Oliver. As expected it is quite rustic in appearance with wooden boards aplenty and large San Daniele hams and garlic hanging from the bar. We arrived around 4pm and were seated promptly. There weren’t many dining while we were there but that is probably to be expected at 4 o’clock on a Monday. After a glance at the menu we decided to just go for mains and get the Italian Bread Selection instead of a starter. All of the bread was delicious but I would have preferred the olive oil and balsamic vinegar not to have been pre-mixed.

For mains I went for the Veal Flash Steak – Irish rose veal pounded with sage & prosciutto, served with a spicy tomato salsa. The veal was tender although there wasn’t enough prosciutto or sage to add any real flavour. The salsa was delicious and the polenta chips I ordered as a side were magnificent. I found the main course to be overpriced for what I received. €18.95 for 2 thin slices of veal with salsa is exceptionally expensive for the quality on offer while adding €4.50 for the polenta chips makes €23.45 an expensive lunch. We decided against dessert and just had coffees instead.

Overall I found Jamie’s Italian a bit of a let down. I had been looking forward to going but unfortunately the food just didn’t live up to expectations or the prices charged. 

Lunch Ratings:

Food: 7/10
Service: 7/10
Ambiance: 7/10
Selection: 8/10
Value for Money: 6/10

Overall: 7/10

Jamie’s Italian
Unit 1
Pembroke District
Dundrum Town Centre
Dublin 16 


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