Superstar chef delivers a lifestyle dining discovery
In a city that has had to undo a few notches on its belt with the glut of recent new restaurants, an eatery has to stand out to be noticed in Bangkok. Jamie’s Italian has more than a few of those all-important defining features.
The culinary creative mind behind the restaurant is English celebrity chef Jamie Oliver whose style of cooking, and eating, is all about tucking into good dishes with friends and family and less about impressing as a Cordon Bleu aficionado. And with its modern, fresh-produce dishes and homemade pasta, this newly opened dining hotspot is right at home at the recently renovated Siam Discovery, The Exploratorium, where its ground floor setting creates a light, laid-back and inviting space.
Those in need of Western-style carbs after some retail therapy are already sitting down and chowing down; sharing delicious, affordable. Italian food, Jamie style. The Crispy squid (B270) fried with chili, garlic and parsley, with a house garlic mayo dip, is a small starter for what is a big Bangkok favourite. The Classic meat plank (B690/B1180) for two or four to share is an antipasti of gourmet cold cuts, mini mozzarellas and aged pecorino slices served on a long wooden board with a rainbow slaw, caperberries, and olives. Two cans of tomatoes brought to the table balance the plank and add a fun, quirky quality. Whilst delicious, the meats are definitely wafer thin.
The humbly named signature dish ‘Our Famous Prawn Linguine’ (B300/B390) has a robust tomatoey and fresh-pasta sauce taste rather than a complex flavour, whilst the artisan Funghi pizza (B340) with roasted herby mushrooms and porcini mushrooms is a must for thin-and-crispy-base fans—delivering a strong taste of Italiano.
The Classic super food salad (B360) creates its own culinary world with an impressive combo of roasted beets, pulses and grains, avocado and sprouting broccoli, plus spicy seeds and a harissa dressing with ricotta. Less health conscious is the Ultimate garlic bread (B140), a lighter-than-air buttermilk bun that is surprisingly delicate and totally unique.
For entrees, or secondi, the Chicken Al Mattone (B520) is grilled under a brick to give the marinated free-range chicken a succulent taste. The creamy wild mushroom sauce with lemony rocket and parmesan is powerful, and like most dishes at Jamie’s Italian more suited to sharing than eating entirely alone.
Finally, the Amalifi lemon meringue cheesecake (B240) served with lemon curd and blackcurrants is divinely velvety, while the Wobbly panna cotta (B230) shows the cooking skills behind the relaxed atmosphere of Jamie’s Italian.
On the drink menu Jamie’s Mojito (B300) is a classic with a twist—using Prosecco instead of soda; an example of what Jamie’s Italian is about, an enjoyable dining experience that is full of larger-than-life flavour, much like the famed chef himself.
By Nadia Willan
GF, Siam Discovery, No 989, Room G06, Rama 1 Road
Open daily: 11am-10pm | Tel: 02 255 5222 | www.jamiesitalian.co.th