Jamie’s Italian Restaurant at the Forum was bustling with customers for lunch on Sunday. One of the better known celebrity chefs around, made popular by his TV series on cooking hearty meals and comfort food, Jamie’s Italian is inspired by Jamie’s passion for the Italian way of life. There’s another branch of Jamie’s Italian at VivoCity.
The exterior of the restaurant may look quite plain, but once inside, the atmosphere is one of purposeful activity, waiters and waitress moving quickly. Lots of families with young children and almost all the tables occupied. The ambiance is that of a huge kitchen, with service counters along one side, a fairly large number of tables scattered in a fairly large area. Lots of bottles, books, cooking paraphernalia as decor. The noise level is quite high but bearable. The service has been reported in earlier reviews at other sites as very poor, but on the contrary, we found the waiters polite, attentive and efficient. Without prompting, one brought over an empty tray for the empty mussel shells from the Sea Bass dish my daughter ordered. The manageress popped around several times to enquire if all was well.
We ordered from the Christmas Lunch 3 course set menu which included a welcome bubbly drink of Prosecco, a starter, main and dessert. All for $49.90++. The Christmas Dinner 3 course set cost $65.90++
Among the starters we had the following: Smoked salmon salad with salt-roasted beetroot, buffalo ricotta, crackers and fresh horse radish. A Celeriac Truffle Soup with black truffle oil, home made rosemary focaccia; the Festive Italian Pate which came with toasted ciabatta, chicken liver and vin santo pate and parmesan. I had the celeriac soup which was served with truffle oil and the focaccia. This was tasty, well seasoned and aromatic. The portion was just right. I tasted the sea bass, but found the aroma from the mussels a little too strong.
For the Mains we ordered Sea Bass with white wine,chili with fennel, garlic broth and steamed mussels and saffron aioli. The Chicken al Mattone was a chicken breast served with crispy prosciutto, balsamic onions and pan juices. The Italian Flash Steak was a flash-grilled sirloin steak with herb garlic butter, rocket salad and thin fries. All these were accompanied with a side dish of roasted rosemary potatoes and roasted root vegetables. One person ordered the Prawn linguini pasta, a tomato base sauce with cherry tomatoes, fried garlicky prawns in fennel, tomatoes, chilli, saffron in fish broth with lemony rocket. I had the chicken which was tender, moist but found the prosciutto a little too saltish. Otherwise the flavours were well balanced with the crunchiness and freshness of the pomegranate seeds and acidity of the caramelised onions.
For the deserts, we sampled the Tangy Lemon Tart which was topped with lemon curd and whipped vanilla cream, pomegranate and fresh mint. The Tiramisu Pavlova was a meringue with dark chocolate ice cream, mashed hazelnuts and hot chocolate sauce. Two of us ordered ice cream which was 3 scoops per portion. Flavours of the day were: dark chocolate, honeycomb and raspberry. All were rich in flavour and creamy smooth in texture.
The food we had was generally very good. Prices are average for Italian food in a good establishment. The set menus for lunch and dinner are good value for the buck. We had glasses of iced water which were filled from a canister and when this was empty, it was replaced with a full canister without our prompting. There’s free WiFi and the restaurant is wheel chair friendly. Lot’s of baby-high chairs for the younger customers needing them - evident of patronage by families with kids. I recommend calling in to book a table for a week end lunch or dinner as the place was pretty crowded.
#01-01/04 Forum The Shopping Mall, 583 Orchard Road, 238884
Mon - Thu: 10:00 - 22:00
Fri - Sat: 10:00 - 23:00
Sun: 10:00 - 22:00
+65 66557676 for reservations.
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