Jamie’s Italian and a sneak preview of Sushi Burrito & Co. (both Melrose Arch)

Jamie’s Italian has been open for a while but I only got around to visiting it recently. All I can say is “Thank you Jamie” for your honest, simple food.

Ambience: relaxed and cheery (4/5)

Food: simple Italian made well (4/5)

Service: efficient (4/5)

Overall: Italian as it should be.  With the focus on the ingredients.

My friend and I shared the delicious tomato bruschetta to start and moved on to pastas.

I ordered the Silky Spaghetti Carbonara.  I never order cream based pastas but for some reason was drawn to the description of sweet tender leeks with golden smoky pancetta, cracked black pepper & Parmesan. The dish was rich, as can be expected, but the freshness of the hand-made pasta, the subtlety of the leeks and then the hit of savoury and smokiness from the pancetta was perfectly balanced.

Roshana ordered the Porcini Fettuccini with mascarpone, garlic, chilli, white wine, Parmesan & pangrattato.  This was a mushroom-flavour-bomb that every porcini lover must try. One can taste the care that has been taken to source farm-fresh, clean ingredients.  But, with mascarpone, comes a lot of creaminess and you may also need to wrap half of this dish up to take home.  Not a problem in my book – you get to have another heavenly mushroom experience the next day!

Silky Carbonara

We by no means experienced the full extent of the Jamie’s Italian menu.  There’s a lunch menu with burgers, salads, pasta and sandwiches and a full pizza menu. The Secondi menu has traditional Italian proteins like the Sicilian Chicken which I’m convinced Hubby will shed a tear over. And then, I was surprised to see a kiddies menu with mini burgers, organic salmon and spaghetti & meatballs to name a few.

Jamie’s Italian is a relaxed, family restaurant.  There are over 60 of these restaurants all over the world but somehow one feels special at the one located in Melrose Arch.  It must be the attention to detail one receives on all fronts. Expect slightly rustic, simple food with a focus on quality ingredients.  I’ll be returning with the family over and over again.

Jamie’s Italian Melrose Arch

Shop 00513, Building 13, High Street

Melrose Arch, Johannesburg

Open Monday – Sunday 11:30 – 23:00

For online bookings go to http://jamieoliver.com or mail [email protected] or call 010 007 4646

 

SUSHI BURRITO & CO.

I won’t be doing a full review of Sushi Burrito & Co. because I’ve only had take-aways from this new establishment at Melrose Arch, but thought it was worth a heads-up!

On the menu for our date-night-in was some Salmon Sashimi Tostadas which are little corn chips with salmon sashimi and red onion.  Delicious! We also tried the Duck Bao which was fluffy and fresh. And then we had a Raw Salmon burrito and a Spicy Tuna burrito.

The Raw Salmon burrito had sashimi, cilantro, lettuce, crab, red onion, sesame seed, cucumber, guacamole and wasabi sauce.  You then have a choice to wrap your burrito in nori or their “crunch”.  For the salmon burrito we opted for the nori wrap.  The Spicy Tuna burrito consisted of spicy tuna and similar accompaniments with sriracha mayo.  We opted for the crunch wrap with the tuna.

All the ingredients are fresh and the burritos are very tasty.  If you are a traditionalist sushi fan opt for the nori wrap.  We thought the crunch wrap tasted a bit like crushed Nik Naks but it does add a novelty texture that some might enjoy.

The menu at Sushi Burrito & Co is vast.  There are Poke bowls, noodle dishes and salads and it’s worth trying a wider variety from them.  We however hardly finished our starters and burritos as the portions are massive. Take care not to over-order.

I’d try Sushi Burrito & Co. again.  The food was good. But for me, it’s a once-in-a-while meal.

 

Crescent Drive, Melrose Arch

Johannesburg

064 928 1031

Open every day 11:00 – 23:00

 

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