I think I have watched every single cooking show by celebrity chef Jamie Oliver (counting in the number of reruns on TLC) but never got to try his food because I had flew off to the Land of Rising Sun when he just opened the restaurant at Vivocity.
Linguine Vongole ($27.50++) was the special pasta of the day (not on the menu). Tossed with Manila clams, sliced chilli's, tomatoes, parsley and anchovies, this homemade pasta dish was very light on flavour and the sauce was sweet.
So light was the pasta that both of us decided to ask for some Parmesan Cheese, which descended like fluffy snow flakes. Oh boy, the cheese made a whole lot of difference to the dish.
The Baked Salmon ($23++) was well seasoned and not overly cooked, though the whipped ricotta cheese mixed with horseradish, lemon and mint, which I have mistaken to be risotto. Now that I've realized it was actually cheese, it would be great if they could spam more of such good stuff on the plate.
The desserts were not those gorgeously plated sweets but as casual as the likes of the British chef. My brownie-loving partner who has a penchant for rich dark chocolate, couldn't stop showering her praises for the Epic brownie($11.50) after taking a bite. The seductive fudgy dark chocolate is lifted by the hints of boozyness in the amaretto ice cream and accented by crunchy popcorns, making it a rich yet none too cloying treat.
Jamie's tiramisu ($11.50) has a clear division of labour between the coffee sponge and sticky mascarpone. It is definitely very robust in the java and little citrusy with the presence of orange shavings, though the overall texture was dry.
The savoury dishes did not spark excitement as the desserts did. I was looking for set lunches since we came at 12 noon, but the board at the entrance wrote 3pm-5pm. Strangely, we noted that it became 12pm-5pm as we left the place. Perhaps our eyes were playing tricks on us.
Jamie's Italian Singapore
1 HarbourFront Walk,
VivoCity, #1 165-167
12pm to 10pm Sun to Thurs
12pm to 11pm Friday/Saturday