Review: Jamie’s Italian Restaurant | Norwich, England
RESTAURANT NAME: Jamie’s Italian
LOCATION: Norwich, England
CUISINE: Italian dishes with British flair.
BEST FOR: A quick bite to eat after a day of shopping.
GENERAL IMPRESSIONS: A casual eatery with a rustic feel and a simple menu offering a few welcome surprises.
PRICE GUIDE: £3 to £10 for starters and sides, £5 to £25 for main dishes, £4 to £6 for desserts.
DECOR: Sturdy wooden tables and chairs, soft lighting and plenty of food-related knickknacks on the walls and display shelves. Everything is explicitly Jamie Oliver-branded, but that doesn’t detract from the pleasant, almost-Italian atmosphere.
SERVICE: Friendly, enthusiastic and efficient staff with a good knowledge of the menu. Expect a 5-10 minute wait for starters and a 10-15 minute wait for main courses.
STARTERS AND SIDES: As well as artisan breads, olives, bruschetta, squid, kale and something called “Italian nachos”, there are lots of sharing plates (known as “planks” on the menu) including cold meats and vegetarian options.
MAINS: Most ingredients are seasonal and locally-sourced, and the menu includes salads, pastas and lots of meat and fish dishes like lobster al forno and chicken al mattone that are inspired by traditional Italian cuisine. For the less daring, there’s always the Jamie’s Italian burger with mortadella, balsamic onions, tomato, melted smoked mozzarella, pickles and chillies.
DESSERTS: Cheesecake, brownies, tarts, pavlova and ice cream – pretty basic offerings, and much more British than Italian.
DRINKS: A good selection including Italian specialities like Amalfi Limoncello, Bellini and Aperol. All the usual beers, wines, soft drinks and coffees you’d expect, and the Jamie Oliver-branded house wines are, perhaps surprisingly, very good.
DO THEY TAKE BOOKINGS? Yes, and the restaurant gets busy, so do book in advance.
CLIENTELE: A huge variety — from couples to families, students to pensioners, birthday celebrations to girls’ nights out.