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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Joey’s at Yorkdale

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I’ve been to Joey’s a couple of times and since they have locations all over the GTA, it’ safe to say that I’ve been to 3 of 4 locations. They have approximately the same menu items, the looking at the locations I’ve been to, and it hasn’t changed one bit (it’s a good thing)!

This location, Joey at Yorkdale Mall isn’t my favourite, as they have a small patio that looks out to the mall’s parking lot. But the two-floored restaurant is bound to attract you in some way. They have a bar lounge as well as a dinner area that has a different atmosphere, depending on where you’re seated.

The menu basically suits everyone..I think, as it’s filled with a variety of different foods; steak, sushi, salads, sandwiches, burgers, tacos etc.

I met my university friend, O, for lunch, since I’m on Summer break and she’s done her undergrad. It’s been a while since I saw her, April of 2013.

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I ordered the Bombay Butter Chicken. It was delicious, as always. Though I wish there was more rice. : (

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O had a Crispy Chicken Sandwich, she said the mayo was a tad spicy.

Both our orders was less than $20 each. And we were definitely full after finishing what was on our plate. It might have been a busy day, but I don’t recall our waiter coming to our table and asking if we needs anything or how our food was. But nevertheless, he was nice, and presented himself with a warming welcome.

Joey’s will always be a restaurant that I’ll never say no too (unless I have an unpleasant experience, NOT yet though, thankfully!).

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