Jamie’s Italian @ VivoCity, Harbourfront Walk

Jamie's Italian, SingaporeJamie's Italian, Singapore

For James’ 20th birthday, I booked a table for two at Jamie’s Italian, located at Singapore’s VivoCity. I’m sure the man behind the establishment needs no introduction – Jamie Oliver is a celebrity in his own right. The interior – a sprawling, charmingly lit restaurant overlooking the harbour and Sentosa Island – appeared to be completely booked out, with an overwhelming number of people seated at every corner of the restaurant. This was a Tuesday night, too. Talk about popular!

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Many things can be said about the busy restaurant. The establishment is hip. The establishment is cool. In this way, it is very Jamie Oliver. Modern, trendy music thumps loudly in the background, warm lights give the place a cosy glow, bespoke furniture litters the restaurant, oozing rustic charm. When we arrived, everyone looked to be having a good time, imbibing their alcohol and munching on hot food. We were excited to have our meal at Asia’s first Jamie’s Italian.

Amalfi Lemon & Basil Iced Tea

Amalfi Lemon & Basil Iced Tea (SGD$5.50/glass, $15/jug)

Jamie's Italian Polenta Chips

Famous Polenta Chips (SGD$7.50)

For the most part, we were impressed by what we ordered. For our entrées, we chose their Famous Polenta Chips (SGD$7.50), fried to a crisp and topped with rosemary and parmesan, along with Jamie’s Walnut Salad (SGD$9.50), a gorgeously-presented mix of trevisse, chicory and baby beets paired with the most amazing walnuts we’d ever tasted and a sprinkling of sweet balsamic.

Jamie's Walnut Salad Jamie's Walnut Salad

Jamie’s Walnut Salad (SGD$9.50)

As a recent advocate of all things vegetable in general, I enjoyed the crunchy salad very much, although James wasn’t too fond of the bitter chicory and was much more interested in the polenta chips instead, and rightfully so because those chips were delightful. Crisp and subtly gritty on the outside, yet extraordinarily fluffy and tender on the inside, each delicately flavoured cube of fried cornmeal we bit into was heavenly.

Land & Sea Risotto Land & Sea Risotto Land & Sea Risotto

Land & Sea Risotto (SGD$22/small, $32.50/large)

Our mains, while decent, were met with a little less zeal. Although the Land & Sea Risotto (SGD$22/32.50) was the stuff of comfort foods, what with it being flavoured with white wine and littered with an amalgamation of spicy Italian sausage, pancetta, mussels, clams, black olives, baby tomatoes, freshly cut chillies and field mushrooms, it was also a little too salty for my liking. That didn’t stop me from devouring the entire plateful though. I very much enjoyed the juicy mussels, the sinfully crisp pancetta and the sharp zing that the cut chillies imparted on the hearty risotto.

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Tagliatelle Bolognese (SGD$15/small, $22/large)

The Tagliatelle Bolognese (SGD$15/22), consisting of a ragù of beef, pork, herbs, Chianti and parmesan with crunchy, herb-infused breadcrumbs, looked simple and unpretentious. James noted its subtle, not-too-overpowering beef flavour, and while the dish was a little dry overall, he maintains that the pasta was nice, apart from the fact that the strands kept sticking together.

Dessert Dessert Epic Brownie

Epic Brownie (SGD$11.50)

We finished off the dinner with an Epic Brownie (SGD$11.50) for dessert, which we loved so much that we could probably eat it every day for rest of our lives and not get sick of it. The warm, gooey brownie was accompanied by a generous scoop of melty amaretto ice cream and a handful of perfectly caramelised amaretti popcorn. Being James’ birthday, the dessert arrived with a lit candle, which was very thoughtful of them.

Jamie's Italian, Singapore

On the whole, we had a really good night. Jamie’s Italian makes for a nice, casual place to unwind at the end of the day. If we ever do return for a future visit, James has expressed interest in trying Jamie’s Italian Burger (SGD$27.50), characterised by a body of “wagyu steak with smoked mozzarella, pancetta, sticky balsamic onions, tomato, pickles & chillies”, and I would love to have a taste of Jools’ Favourite Sicilian Tuna Fusilli (SGD$14/21), which a lot of people seemed to be ordering and features “albacore tuna slow-cooked with tomatoes, garlic, herbs & cinnamon with crunchy, herby breadcrumbs”.

Jamie's Italian, Singapore Jamie's Italian, Singapore

1 HarbourFront Walk
VivoCity, #1 165-167
Singapore 098585
Opening Hours: 12pm – 10pm (Sun – Thu) | 12pm – 11pm (Fri + Sat)
Official Website | Restaurant Menu

James' 20th Birthday

11 thoughts on “Jamie’s Italian @ VivoCity, Harbourfront Walk

  1. I am glad to see you enjoyed it! I have to say I tried it at Birmingham in England and I wasn’t very pleased. Maybe I put my expectations to high… everything looked very nice! The restaurant, decoration, menus, the food also was very well presented although the thing that matters the most – flavor and food quality – did not impress me at all! I would like to try another though because you seemed to enjoy it! Maybe it was just that one..! ^^

    1. I’m sorry to hear you weren’t impressed by the restaurant in Birmingham. Unfortunately, as with most franchises that try to expand too rapidly, it was only a matter of time before quality turned into quantity. These restaurants have the potential to do very well. Let’s just hope they take the chance to do better to keep customers consistently happy and their food consistently good!

      1. True story! I hope you’re right and I can’t wait to try a good one! :) because just like you said I also believe they may have a lot of potential judging by Jamie’s cooking so hopefully I will get to try another sometime!

  2. I am excited reading this as one Jamie’s Italian just recently opened here in Canberra, Australia and I have been planning to go and try it out. Hopefully it’ll be as good as what you experienced. Great photos, and happy birthday, James! x

  3. I was slightly less than overwhelmed when we went, but your dessert sounds great! so was my tiramisu order actually :D I think I shall return at tea-time for some sweets..

    1. The brownie was pretty much like a thick, warm chocolate mousse, so dense and gooey and fudgy. It seems the place does dessert well! Good to know for future visits! ;)

  4. Aw yay! Happy Birthday James (a little belated now but it looks like you both had a wonderful time!). Hm, a Jamie’s Italian opened in Perth a couple of months ago also. Lots of people have commented that it’s ‘average’ and not a worthy representative of the Jamie Oliver standard which is a real shame. I haven’t been there yet but I’d like to eventually venture out when the crowds die down. Love your photos xx

    1. We did have a wonderful time, thank you! I think people make the mistake of unfairly assuming that just because a restaurant is under a celebrity chef’s name, the food they serve will be exactly how one would expect the celebrity chef to make it. Oh well!

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