When Jamie’s Italian first opened in Dundrum in October 2012, it was nigh on impossible to get a table without booking well in advance or waiting ages in a queue. And I really don’t like queuing for a table…so our visits to Jamie’s were very few indeed. In the last couple of months, however, we seem to find ourselves there more often.
The restaurant space is large, windows line the back, decor is utilitarian and industrial but in a soft way. Exposed ceilings, metalwork, white subway tiling, complimented by bright yellow painted chairs and wooden floors. The kitchen area is quite open, and its nice to see the chefs at work there.
On this visit, we decided to start with a couple of cocktails, an Irish Summer Garden for him and a Pear and Rosemary Martini for me. The cocktails are generally all around €9 each. I loved my cocktail, vodka based with an amazing flavour combination of the pear and rosemary. The Irish Summer Garden was equally good, gin based, with apples, elderflower, mint & soda water.
The menu is big at Jamie’s, antipasto planks of meats, cheeses, vegetables, arancini, bruschettas, salad… there’s a wide selection of pasta dishes, all available in small or large plates, along with fish, steaks, chicken… there’s always a special or two on the blackboards also.
To start I chose the Caprese Salad – Marinated heritage tomatoes with torn buffalo mozzarella & tomato oil. A really nice dish, little light on the mozzarella but really good tomatoes and some grilled bread is a nice accompaniment. He went for a small Crab Tagliolini – Sweet Irish crab tossed with fennel, garlic, chilli, white wine, rocket, tomatoes & crème fraîche. However from the antipasto menu, other dishes we love are the Flash-Fried Prawns, Grilled Asparagus Bruschetta and the Baked Mushrooms…
For me the main course is nearly always a foregone conclusion, Jamie’s Prawn Linguine – Fried garlicky prawns with shaved fennel, tomatoes, chilli & rocket – is one of my most favourite dishes of all time! I love the combination of flavours here – its spicy, but balanced by the sweet tomato and the fennel… plenty of prawns too. I’m drooling writing about this…
He chose the 8oz Rump Steak – Chargrilled Irish steak, rainbow coleslaw with natural yoghurt, garlic & parsley butter & skinny fries – medium rare, it was cooked perfectly, tender and so flavoursome.
After our cocktails, we had a bottle of red wine, a Barbera D’Asti (€30). An extra couple of glasses of wine and our total bill including service came to around €135. The impression of Jamie’s Italian is that it’s casual dining, and it does feel relaxed and easy but the prices always feel just slightly more than they should be. Granted on this visit to Jamie’s, we had a couple of cocktails and didn’t skimp on the wine so can’t complain!
Overall Jamie’s is worth a visit for nice Italian food (the crab and the prawn pasta dishes are heavenly!) and a comfortable and relaxed setting. It’s handy for us, living near Dundrum so no doubt we will be back!
Jamie’s Italian | Dundrum Town Centre, Dublin 14 | 01 2980600 | www.jamieoliver.com/italian/ireland