- Telephone 0131 202 5452
- Food served Mon–Thu noon–10.30pm; Fri/Sat noon–11pm; Sun noon–10.30pm.
- Average price £12.95 (set lunch); £15–£25 (evening meal)
- Website www.jamieoliver.com/italian/
Jamie Oliver’s eponymous Italian restaurant chain, serving rustic classics from a grand location in George Street’s Assembly Rooms.
This review is taken from the current (2016) edition.
Jamie’s is to Italian restaurants what James Corden is to American primetime TV: a cocky English cultural-imposter who should be really annoying but is actually quite good. Ok, he’s done the time in Italy, he’s written the book and he can count Gennaro Contaldo among his mentors – and it’s this commitment to the cause that shows in the menu. Innovative ingredients sit among more traditional dishes; meat or vegetable sharing ‘planks’, ‘Italian Nachos’ (fried ravioli stuffed with cheese and served with a spicy tomato sauce), a crispy squid coated in such a delicious salty-peppery crunch that it could be served twice the size and still leave you wanting more. Homemade pasta dishes include the classics, as well as a lemony crab spaghetti with capers, chilli and fennel; while other mains feature chicken cacciatore, turkey Milanese and harissa-spiced aubergine that must have popped over on holiday from North Africa. Among the desserts, drunken sour cherry frangipane is the star; and they mix up a very respectable espresso martini too.
- High point: Fresh ingredients, excellent dessert
- Low point: Sizeable venue means service can be a little slow
- Notable dish: Crispy squid
- 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: Various
- Capacity: 250 (196 internal, 54 external)
- Largest group: 50
- Open since: 2012
- Number of wines sold by the glass: 16
- House wine: £17.50 per bottle