Wednesday, November 6, 2013

Jamie's Italian opens in Canberra

Jamie's Italian has opened in Canberra this week, Australia's third in the roll-out of Jamie's Italian restaurants in countries currently including Turkey, Russia, Ireland, Singapore and Dubai as well as the UK.

Jamie's Italian Canberra. Photo:Ken Martin

On Bunda Street beneath the Canberra Centre, Jamie's Italian is a sizeable space filled with beckoning banquettes, pink chairs and wood finishes beneath a giant central chandelier.  It's dark when we arrive and the tones are warm and welcoming, the buzz palpable. Sitting inside you can talk even with the music playing while the outdoor dining area offers a great space to sit and watch the world go by. There are staff aplenty and dishes including the signature 'planks'  being delivered to tables of customers out to experience the Jamie factor.

Jamie's Italian Canberra. Photo: Ken Martin.

The all day/night menu (11.30am-11.30pm) aims to please anyone anytime, including kids, with dishes that are high on flavour and carefully sourced, quality local produce. Often deceptively simple – a beautifully balanced dish of baked sustainable cod ($28.50) with spring vegetable stew, pancetta,  Roman fried artichokes, crostini and lemony yoghurt dressing is an example – there's nothing ordinary about the Jamie's menu. It's a world of sparkling flavours and mix of textures with a wide range of dishes to keep you coming back for more.

Jamie's Italian
125 Bunda Street
Civic, ACT 2600

(Canberra Centre, under the Dendy Cinema)

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