Jamie’s Italian – Yorkdale

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My family’s banned this restaurant ever since having a disappointing experience. We had dinner at one of Jamie’s Italian restaurants in London, two years ago, and especially my dad and brother, still complain about eating there.
This Toronto location opened up late last year (I think) and my Aunt has been raving about the pork chops. So obviously, I took the chance and gave Jamie another go.

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The restaurant is attached to Yorkdale Mall, but there is only one entrance, which is outside the mall. But inside the mall, you can view the menu prior to dining.

This is really different compared to the Covent Garden location; the vibe, the style and the over all presentation. I guess it’s catered to different guests. This location is really family-friendly as the kids/ children had toys when served at their table.
The restaurant is huge, consisting of two floors, a large bar dining/ seating area when entering, then sections of different tables as you walk into the restaurant and a corner where in house pasta is made. The second floor has seating, small and large tables, along with wine displays.

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Despite me studying the menu the night before, we spent 20 minutes deciding on what to order. I knew that if we ordered three mains, we wouldn’t be able to finish it. And I think I made the right choice. I ordered a Berry Blast (strawberry & passion fruit purée shaken up with lemon, sugar syrup & cranberry juice). Tangy and sour, perfect for a Summer drink.

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We ordered two mains and one starter. The Ravioli Fritti (crispy fried mini ravioli stuffed with mozzarella, ricotta & parmigiano reggiano, served with a fiery arrabbiata sauce) was to die for! It’s a nibble fried snack that I could eat for days!

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Dad ordered the daily special which was ravioli stuffed with trout and cheese. It’s different compared to the other normal raviolis, cause this had fish in it. It wasn’t overall too fishy, because the cheese balanced out the fish flavour.

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Since my Aunt had told my mom about the Pork Chop (marinated & cooked under a brick with parsley & anchovy bagna càuda, apples, kohlrabi, mint, lemon & crackling), she’s been wanting to try it out. It was juicy and tender, just as my Aunt described. The waitress (Maria) told us that the chop would be salty and there was a salad to counter the flavours. I didn’t find the chop to be salty at all, and the apple salad was sour, which I don’t mind, but writing about it makes my mouth water.

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What’s my overall experience? There will definitely be a next time, but not for now. I really liked the atmosphere, the cleanliness, menu and restaurant employees (very polite).

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You can read my blog post on the Covent Garden location here. And click here for the restaurant’s home page.

P.S. Isn’t the washroom nice?!

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Jamie’s Italian

When I found out that after 22 years of living, it was time to check off going to London from my bucket list. And growing up watching Jamie Oliver on the Food Network channel, has always left me wanting to dine at one of his many restaurants.

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It was busy for a Monday night at Jamie’s Italian. Having made no reservations, we waited around 20 minutes for a table (not bad). We headed downstairs where there were more tables and it was definitely a full house that night.

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For starters, we shared an order of Crispy Squid. To be honest, I was disappointed in the size of the starter. Maybe because I’m used to the larger portions served in North America. But nevertheless, it was very delicious and crunchy.

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D ordered two of Jamie’s Ultimate Sharing Plank (for four of us to share). Ir basically had everything; olives, sliced meats, salsa etc. Writing this blog post makes my mouth water as I can re-taste the flavours from that night. What I loved most about the menu is that there are two different sizes of pastas you can order. Let’s say that your table ordered many starters, you could order the smaller pasta dish, cause you’ll probably be full from eating those appetizers.

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I was feeling spontaneous in ordering something that I wouldn’t be able to get elsewhere, so I ordered myself a small bowl of squid and mussel spaghetti. My first impressions? I couldn’t tell if the spaghetti was cooked cause the noodles were more than chewy. I’m guessing it’s the squid ink? It was salty and that was understandable since it was a seafood pasta dish.

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D had a rabbit ragu (again, something that you wouldn’t find at just restaurant). I think he was unimpressed (he’s not here at the moment, so I can’t ask his opinion of the dish). There wasn’t anything that he found special.

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Dad got a turkey milanese.  I don’t remember trying a piece but I’m sure he gave me a bite of it.

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Mom had a small prawn linguine. I preferred her pasta over mine. Her choice was safe.

We were all full after we ate our mains. Dad didn’t finish his, as it was a bigger portion then the rest of us.  I’m still willing and for sure WANTING to try Jamie’s other restaurants. Finally I can say that I’ve been there!

Click here, here, here, here, here and here to get caught up with my previous blog posts during my stay in London.

HA P P Y R E A D I N G ! : )