Well it has most certainly been a week of good eating. So much choice, it is hard to even know where to begin. A friend working in Canary Wharf suggested Jamie's Italian for our lunch time catch up on Monday. A fan of Italian and Jamie it all sounded good to me. We arrived for an early lunch as they don't take bookings for 2, and it does start to fill up quickly.
Jamie's Italian, Canary Wharf E14
To start nachos, but not as you know them. These were little ravioli parcels filled with four cheeses, deep fried, sprinkled with Parmesan with a little arrabiata sauce on the side. Golden, crispy, cheesy little morsels dipped in to the spicy arrabiata is a great way to whet the appetite. Along with those some plump, creamy Sicilian olives.
For the main event it had to be pasta. I was seriously tempted by the Wild Truffle Tagliatelle and the Rabbit Ragu Papperdelle. The former simple, elegant and luxurious all at the same time with shaved black truffles tossed with butter, Parmesan and nutmeg. The latter slow braised rabbit with mascarpone, lemon and crunchy herby breadcrumbs. Believe it or not the sun was actually shining so in the mood for something lighter than the rabbit and thinking I will attempt a truffle type concoction at home with all the truffle paraphernalia in the pantry. The Mushroom Panzerotti won by a nose over the black truffles. Half moons filled with brown cap and porcini mushrooms, ricotta and Parmesan. All topped off with a little crispy fried sage and gremolata.
The pasta was full of rich, earthy mushroom flavour and texture, all brightened with the gremolata. The sage providing a lovely little savoury green crunch. On the side some crispy polenta chips with rosemary salt and Parmesan. These were terribly moreish, golden and crispy with the fragrant rosemary salt and a sharp hit from the Parmesan. Very easy to just keep having just one more.
Being on holiday only fitting to have dessert and we opted for the tiramisu. The Italian classic and one of my favourite desserts. Jamie's comes with orange mascarpone and chocolate. Just as well we were sharing as it was rich and filling. I would have liked it a little lighter, but I did like the addition of the orange.
The only let down is the coffee, which was OK. We are so spoilt in NZ when it comes to coffee and drinking long blacks you just become very particular when it comes to your daily caffeine fix. So I wouldn't let my picky coffee habits put you off in the slightest.
It was a great lunch...fresh, flavourful food with friendly, knowledgeable service. And of course not to forget great company, when is it not good to catch up with a girlfriend, good food and a little vino?
There is an extensive menu, ample options of bread and antipasti which come served on large wooden platters that are placed on top of cans of tomatoes. For those not wanting pasta there are plenty of alternatives. The South Coast Fritto Misto with zesty Italian tartare sauce and lemon and the Fish Baked in Bag with clams, mussels, smashed fennel, chilli and anchovy sounded particularly tempting.
I also thought it was pretty good value for 3 courses, wine and coffee coming in at £55.00. So if you are in the vicinity of Canary Wharf and craving some Italian I would definitely pop in to Jamie's.