- Telephone 0131 202 5452
- Food served Mon–Sat noon–11pm; Sun noon–10.30pm.
- Average price £19 (lunch); £19 (evening meal)
- Website www.jamiesitalian.com
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This review is taken from the current (2013) edition.
There’s something a bit special about Jamie Oliver’s new venture on George Street. Sitting in the splendidly renovated Assembly Rooms, the restaurant is artfully divided into clever little nooks and crannies, with bread stations, meat bars, pasta stations and a large pass set around the restaurant, transforming the space into more intimate sections. From the couple enjoying an anniversary to a group of girls on a hen night, the staff are sympathetic to the needs of diners and have got the hang of seating appropriately. The menu is similarly large, but with plenty of diversity and flexibility – joyful plates of antipasti whiz around to tables, with thoughtful sourcing evident as long as you don’t mind hearing that everything is ‘Jamie’s favourite’. Classic antipasti is difficult to get wrong, but hard to get superlative and Jamie’s is an admirable version. Pastas are a focus here, it being made fresh every day with specials to show off seasonal produce such as venison, a particular delight with its perfect ribbons of tagliatelle.
- High point: Quality, choice and service previously missing from George Street
- Low point: Hearing about St Jamie's plans for European domination
- Number of wines sold by the glass: 18
- Provides: Vegetarian options (at least ¼ main courses), Children's portions, Children's high chairs, Wheelchair access, Outdoor tables, Free wi-fi
- Music on stereo: Classic and contemporary pop
- Capacity: 250 (196 internal, 54 external)
- Largest group: 90
- Open since: 2012
- House wine: £15.35 per bottle
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