Jamie’s Italian, Singapore

After what seemed like forever, we finally got to check out Jamie’s Italian at Vivocity. Well we never made it there because we were daunted by the queues, and I am truly averse to queueing for food. Well, not always, but generally. I would rather settle for something that is just decent or passable than to spend time queueing for something that is supposedly good. Food, is at the end of the day, just food.

The other time I tried Jamie’s Italian was somewhere in the UK, not in London but Reading I think. The food, from what I recalled, was pretty decent but I wouldn’t say exceptional. Maybe I don’t know what is considered to be really good Italian food but to me, pasta is pasta. There is bad pasta, for sure, but how good it can be, I guess I don’t have a yardstick for comparison.IMG_0007.JPGSo this time we finally made it to the outlet at Vivocity, not without waiting for queueing though, even if there was not really a visible queue in sight. They will make you leave your name with the host who will then let you know an approximate time you will need to wait. I figured it wasn’t due to the restaurant reaching its maximum capacity because as we loitered in the vicinity we could see that there were quite a number of empty tables. But it was probably more to ensure that guests who are seated are more or less promptly attended to and served. It can be good or bad in a way, good in that you can turn around tables much faster but bad because you make the customers wait while standing outside the restaurant. Unless of course you want to shop around and hope they remember to give you a tinker.

Well service was indeed prompt. We already knew what we wanted since we had a fair bit of time before being shown to our table, not in the best location though, as it was a 2-seater in the midst of thoroughfare. We decided not to be ambitious and chose several small portions of sides. This is the roast potatoes dish with fennel, garlic and chilli, which I love of course, what do you expect, this is an entire dish of potatoes!

IMG_0009.JPGThen we had a main too, which was the pumpkin tortellini, filled with roasted squash, ricotta and parmesan, in a pumpkin, chilli and rosemary butter with smashes amaretti. We ordered a half portion, thinking that with 2 sides it may get too much, but if you take a look at this, you will see that there are just about 8 small pieces of tortellinis to be shared among the 2 of us. We are not big eaters, so I can imagine that those who have a hearty appetite may need to order more stuff in order to be truly full.

IMG_0010.JPGOne of the other sides, the cauliflower and parmesan fritters with arrabiatta dip. As much as I enjoyed this dish, it was a little miserable in terms of size.

IMG_0008.JPGTada, the “spread” that we had.

IMG_0011.JPGI was nicely satiated but I wouldn’t say I was full, but I could be from the bottle of lemonade that we ordered for sharing. So since we still had room, we decided to have dessert as well, also because we were celebrating my birthday! Haha, shameless I know, but what is a birthday without a cake? So we ordered the Tutti Frutti Lemon Meringue. To be honest, I am not a fan of meringues, knowing how sweet they can be, despite that I am a cake-lover these days. Which come to think of it, I really do ought to cut down on. Sigh. Anyway, this was a huge serving, in contrast to the conservative amounts of the mains and sides. I liked the base that was made from limoncello and crunchy pistachio brittle, as it had a zesty and refreshing flavour to it!

IMG_0012.JPGOn the whole, this was a good dinner with nice food and desserts, coupled with of course great company! The service was polite and professional but it somehow lacks a touch of warmth which I would have preferred.

Lunch with a view

I don’t know why but somehow from this picture, my main looks more like chicken than fish, don’t you think so too? But it’s pretty delicious, even though I have no idea what the pile of thing on it was. Perhaps some form of preserved vegetables, which would have been rather weird. Love the rosemary potatoes but then the couple of stalks of greens arranged on the side seemed a tad out of place. I can only say it’s fusion. Haha.20140218-205902.jpgIt was a pretty hot afternoon, but seated in this alfresco eatery with the sea right in front of us, the wind never stopped and in fact I felt a little chilly for that time of the day with the sun blazing outside. I was secretly glad when subsequently we stepped out into the car park where we were momentarily sheltered from the wind and I could enjoy a little of the warmth that the harsh sunlight offered.

20140218-205857.jpgIt isn’t that I am not appreciative of the great weather that afternoon. I am missing the nice, cool, and even sometimes cold weather that we had… all the way up till just before the Chinese New Year. This is one reason why I tend to not like Chinese New Year as much as Christmas or New Year’s, because almost all the time, the moment the Lunar New Year descends on us, the weather just does a complete turnaround to hot. It was still pretty nice all the way up to then. Urgh.

Let’s just take another look at the lunch I had. I finished everything! Except for the lemon peel that was garnishing my lunch, and some of that unknown pile of dressing on my grilled fillet.

20140218-205908.jpgOf course it was even nicer that it was a treat. No complains whatsoever.