The Naked Chef, Jamie Oliver has finally opened his first restaurant in Singapore. For those unfamiliar with him, James Trevor “Jamie” Oliver, is a British chef, restaurateur, media personality, known for his food-focused television shows, cookbooks and more recently his campaign against the use of processed foods in national schools.
Many look to him as an advocate for great-tasting, healthy, fresh and unprocessed food.
Rachel and I were looking forward to visit Jamie’s Italian when we knew it was opening at VivoCity. Last weekend, we visited the restaurant together with Asher and two of our friends.
These are the food we sampled:
The bill came to around S$189 for 4 adults and 1 baby. A little on the steep side. I like the presentation of the food and the whole dining experience.
The pumpkin raviola that Rachel ordered was lovely. I found my squid ink spaghetti unmemorable. My other two friends commented the same about their mains. Overall, the food quality is okay, but it did not wow us. Maybe the Jamie Oliver brand name stretched expectations.
For parents who have trouble getting their kids to eat vegetables, Jamie’s Italian’s kids’ menu will be helpful as it is designed to make eating veggies fun:
Asher is a strange boy though. He prefers eating fruits and vegetables to meat and staples. Maybe he is born a herbivore.
I would recommend the restaurant for group dining and for family with kids, just for the experience itself. The queues are still long at the moment, so I suggest waiting a couple of months more for the hype to die down. We waited about half an hour to get a table.
Address: #01-165/166/167, Vivocity, 1 Harbourfront Walk
Opening Hours: Daily, 11:30 – 23:00