Jamie's Italian (Covent Garden)

St. Martin's Courtyard, Upper St. Martin's Lane, London, WC2H 9DL - View on a map
Telephone: 020 3326 6390

Jamie's Italian (Covent Garden) Restaurant In London
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Overall 6.8
Food 7.5
Service 5.5
Atmosphere 7.5
Value 6.5
Based on 2 reviews

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Fay Maschler - 3/5

Thursday, July 29, 2010 - Crispy squid 'with really garlicky mayo' and courgette fritti 'with the creamiest whipped chickpea, anchovy, caper and parsley dressing' were both meticulously fried in clean oil without a whisper of greasiness. A bit more salt would have galvanised the dressing. 'Beautiful' bucatini carbonara with the addition of courgette ribbons to the egg, cheese and pancetta sauce fulfilled its description except that spaghetti would have been nicer than wormy bucatini. Immaculately trimmed lamb-chop lollipops were a marvel...Jamie has demonstrated that a mid-price chain can be lovable and gratifying.

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I've simply had my best Italian food in London here (despite Jamie not being Italian) -- it was delicious. The menu is unique and contains a lot of carefully-crafted choices.

The service was friendly, and the atmosphere (downstairs especially) quite pleasant. The prices are only slightly above the average Italian restaurant in the area. Tipping is at your discretion. Beware that this restaurant doesn't take bookings and is very crowded, so you might have to wait to get a table.
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Everett - View all reviews by this user
Overall rating 9 stars
Food 10 | Service 9 | Atmosphere 9 | Value for money 9
Wednesday, October 15, 2014

My first visit here as a guest of my friend, who lives locally, was an embarrassment for her, me and I hope the restaurant staff.

The service was amateurish, young people who didn't listen to the order, got so close to you it was embarrassing, and didn't seem to be working to the same system as their colleagues. One actually said they didn't all use the same numbers for the tables!

My friend had been before and had problems with orders, but it was resolved, our incident was not so well handled- the kitchen had run out of ingredients for my carpaccio salad but sent the dish out anyway, without telling the waiters. The young man serving us was at a loss how to deal with it, and no-one else seemed interested. I was allowed to order another dish which was calamari, very average, some of it very tough. I was then offered a sweet on the house, but not my friend!

We waited an age for the bill and ended up standing near the counter, amongst the crowd waiting to be seated, as my friend paid the bill. A brief apology was given as the waiter walked away.

The only positives from this experience was a very helpful woman on the door who booked us a table an gave us a bleeper to call us back when it was ready, only 10 mins later.

My friend's salad was very nice, but she was told she had to pay for the parma ham she asked not to be served with it as she is vegetarian!

The wine excellent.

Unfortunately a restaurant needs efficient staff to back up the food. Whoever is doing the staff training there needs to go back to school themselves. For the record, I do work in catering.
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Ruth Malcolm
Overall rating 4 stars
Food 5 | Service 2 | Atmosphere 6 | Value for money 4
Saturday, July 19, 2014

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