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Mon 8 Feb, 2010
By Robert Ingham

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Resturant Review: Jamies Italian - Words : Robert Ingham

Set in the Docklands, five minutes from Canary Wharf station, is Jamie’s Italian Restaurant

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Resturant Review: Jamies Italian - Words : Robert Ingham

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Set in the Docklands, five minutes from Canary Wharf station, is Jamie’s Italian Restaurant which we went to for lunch on Saturday. Tables cannot be booked in advance as the management prefer diners to enjoy their meal at their leisure and not feel pressured to finish their food. As we waited for our vibrating buzzer to go off, we headed to the bar area for a quick drink.

Forty minutes later we were led to our table, which feels like you are sitting in a cross between a study, a library and a canteen.

Bookcases adorn one side of the room – Jamie’s books of course – and the restaurant was packed with hungry people either come for lunch or taking respite from the nearby shopping centres.

The waiters were extremely attentive as we had at least three looking after us, and our drinks and order were taken promptly. There was a very interesting menu to choose from with Fish In A Bag, Chicken Cooked Under A Brick and Lamb Chop Lollipops being the highlights, but our usually adventurous taste buds led us to pick the bread selection to start with and Turbo Penne Arrabbiata for our main, although one in our group chose the special Octopus Tagliatelle.

I believe that Italian restaurants should get its pasta dishes perfect, so it was unfortunate that my penne was slightly undercooked which, bizarrely, became al dente the more I ate. However, the explosion of taste in each mouthful made up for it, even if the chilli set our lips on fire and the tagliatelle was extremely tasty, if a little gritty.

Jamie Oliver has made this a good accessible restaurant with plenty of staff, good wine, good food and a generous price-list. Breads, main courses, wine, coffees, baileys and tip came to £100 for the four of us – a welcome change from some of the over-priced restaurants in London where servings are disappointing and the service lack-lustre.

Well worth a visit…
Jamie’s Italian Restaurant, Unit 7, 2 Churchill Place, London E14, 5RB – 020 3002 5252


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