Jamie’s Italian, Dubai. Restaurant Review
As soon as you enter this restaurant you feel a sense of vibrancy, which is rare for Dubai. From the wood panelling throughout the restaurant through to the produce that decorates the walls, the restaurant screams rustic, brilliant Italian. Certainly there is no mistaking that at Jamie’s you come to eat hearty Italian cuisine.
Whilst the décor makes you feel warm, the greetings and service certainly leaves you feeling at home. Fortunately, we had the pleasure of being introduced to the restaurant and its menu by the Restaurant Manager, Luis, who was extremely well versed in celiac disease and the related preparation that needed to be done in the kitchen. In fact, the staff were all well trained in food preparation for those with celiac and Luis’s assertions certainly left me feeling like I was in safe hands.
The options available to me were quite outstanding and over half of the menu was gluten free. For example, the sauces were not thickened with wheat flour but rather corn flour, not something you’d expect in a mid-range Italian. The produce was all fresh and made in-house wherever possible, even the meats were sustainably sourced. It is perfectly clear that Jamie’s puts a huge emphasis on high quality ingredients.
To start we had the “world’s best” olives. Whether or not these are the world’s best olives is not for me to judge, but they were certainly the best olives I’ve ever tried! The salad was fresh and the beetroot added a subtle hint of sweetness that balanced the bitterness of the balsamic and roasted walnuts. We also sampled the sweet mini chilli peppers stuffed with ricotta, mint and lemon. Again, a relatively simple dish but due to the quality of the ingredients it was delicious.
I was even more impressed with the mains, if that’s possible. I opted for the blue swimmer crab risotto and sampled a portion of their wild truffle risotto – they were both exceptional. The latter was a lot richer than the swimmer crab, which combined a number of unusual tastes including a hint of lime, exotic spices, a dollop of cream and beautifully cooked fresh crab.
For dessert I tried the wobbly panna-cotta with compote of seasonal fruit, in addition to the sorbet, ice cream and poached seasonal fruit with honeycomb and caramelised chopped almonds (when in Rome). All of the desserts suitably kept in line with what we had experienced so far – fresh ingredients that were beautifully presented to create a satisfying and delicious dish.
So overall, Jamie’s gets a massive two thumbs up. It caters well to both families and couples and is reasonably priced, especially considering the quality of ingredients that go into every dish. And above all, the staff were all very well equipped to handle gluten allergies and to offer the best service I have experienced in a mid-range restaurant in Dubai.
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