The place was buzzing in a good way (although I did miss the striking red Vespa that used to adorn the entrance of the festival city branch). Our meal started off with a bang – we all absolutely loved the butter-milk fried crispy soft shell crab with chilli, pickled red onion and sea fennel salad. The smashed avocado and yuzu lime salsa added a hint of tartness that made it such a coercive dish. Its not often you find a stellar soft shell crab on a menu, I highly recommend you order it when you’re there.
Mum especially loved the lush creaminess of the Tallegio cheese and Spinach Croquettes with basil mayonnaise, reminiscent very much of how us Goan make them too. Not oily, golden crisp and delightful. The appetizer portions were perfect for sharing. I was sad to hear there was no wood-fired oven (hence, no pizza).
Us adults turned kids as we wolfed down a portion of posh chips with truffle oil and fresh grated Parmesan. Its amazing the lengths we’d go to for the combination of fried potatoes and truffle. I even had to fight off Mum for the last chip (yes, don’t put it past me).
No trip to Jamie’s would be complete without me ordering a portion of their prawn linguine, turned out very popular on our table too.Its amazing how a simple dish can be taken to the next level by simply ensuring the pasta is freshly made. Its almost the perfect marriage, the flavors penetrate the pasta so much better. The rest of the family (Mum, Dad and M) loved their lamb chops with a yogurt dressing.
The fresh pasta really elevates the simplest flavors – our crab spaghettini tossed with capers, chilli, fennel, parsley, anchovies and a generous squirt of lemon was also done perfectly. Fish in a bag – local catch of the day with mussels, clams and tomatoes was fabulous too, I just wasn’t too thrilled over this deliciousness being poured over cracked wheat ( not a fan).
After all that carb-fuelled indulgence, we all barely had any room left in our tummies. But couldn’t bring ourseles to leave without a sweet treat. So four dessert spoons attacked the warm fudge-y brownie with amaretto ice-cream and caramel popcorn. The entire experience of dining again at Jamie’s was fun, the staff warm and attentive. We’ll be back again too. Now if only Mr. Oliver could make a trip to Dubai, I’d be happy to line-up at the doors!
Location: Jamie’s Italian, Jumeirah Beach Hotel, Dubai