I like using Jamie Oliver's recipe (see here and here and here) and watching his cooking programmes on TV. So when I found out that there is a Jamie's restaurant near where I worked in London, I found my way to the restaurant for dinner.
This particular restaurant chain of his is a laid-back one that serves wholesome Italian food, Jamie's style, at reasonable prices.
The food is really pretty good at this restaurant. I found the menu homely, yet very interesting - homemade bread, cockles linguine, rabbit ragu pappardelle (which I didn't have), wild truffle tagliatelli, just to name a few. I especially liked the homemade pastas which you can order in full size or half size, if you are looking to leave room for desserts.
I also enjoyed the desserts a lot. I have not ordered brownies in any restaurant for a long time now, because I always feel it is such a simple dessert I can make it at home myself. But the Ultimate Chocolate Raspberry and Amertto brownie that came with a bourbon vanilla ice-cream was really something special! I would love to have it over and over again!
There are a number of Jamie's Italian all around the UK, with a few in rather central London. For more details on the locations and menu, see here.
Fried calamari - simple but with extra oomph from the chopped chilli
Sweet cockles with linguine, garlic, chilli and lemon juice tossed with fresh parsley
Truffle, butter and pasta makes a killer combination
My favourite brownie
Pannacotta - creamy and smooth
Jamie's Italian, Canary WharfAdd: Unit 17, 2 Churchill Place
Canary Wharf, London E14 5RB