The feted celebrity chef Jamie Oliver has a chain of Italian restaurants and the eponymous Jamie’s Italian has recently opened in Edinburgh. We haven’t tried it in the evening but I went in for a quick midday lunch with my wife and daughter, when I was between meetings.
It’s quite a large space in the Assembly Rooms in George Street, decorated in dark red with no natural light (hence photos below are flash). There are tables on two levels with the lower level also including a central food bar, where salads, bruschetta, etc. are prepared. The restaurant was fairly quiet when we went in at 12.30 but by one o’clock it was almost full.
We all just had a single pasta dish – Wild Rabbit Tagliolini, Sausage Papardelle, and Penne Arrabiata. Mine was the sausage – Italian sausage, which had a pronounced fennel flavouring with red wine and served with ‘crunchy, herby breadcrumbs’. It was good as were the tastes I had of the other dishes.
It’s hard to judge somewhere from such a brief experience – the pastas were better than standard Italian average and certainly comparable with those in the better Italian restaurants. They were not overpriced. The restaurant had a very good atmosphere and friendly and helpful service. Certainly worth an evening visit and a more extensive menu exploration.