I recently visited Perth for a week, and while I was there I made sure I got to check out the Jamie's Italian that opened up since I was last there. I love Jamie Oliver's cooking and I was super excited to eat at one of his restaurants. As Australia's food capital, I cannot figure out why my new home of Melbourne hasn't had a Jamie's open. I want it to happen, please.
HONEYCOMB CANNELLONI 3 WAYS
There were so many dishes on the menu that I could have chosen from with my vegetarian diet, it was amazing. I'm not used to being so spoiled for choice and it took me ages to decide on my main. In the end I opted for this cannelloni because it's been a while since I had a good one of those. I am so glad I chose it, as it was an absolutely beautiful dish. The sauce was flavoursome and tasted like a true Italian cannelloni should. The pasta al dente. The stuffing was perfect. I myself am not Italian, but I was with my best friend, who happens to be a full-blooded Italian and quite the critic of outsiders' takes on her homeland's cuisine. She loved it.
JAMIE'S "FAMOUS" POLENTA CHIPS
I've had some pretty bad polenta experiences, and some okay ones. These polenta chips happened to be the first and only time I've ever really enjoyed polenta, because they were done to perfection. Crunchy outside, soft on the inside, garnished with some yummy parmesan and herbs. My one criticism would be that they could have had a bit more flavour added to them.
CHOCOLATE AND VIN SANTO POT
One word: texture. The mousse section was so smooth and silky, I was in heaven. However, it was really rich. This would have been okay in itself*, but there happened to be a giant hunk of ice-cream on top, followed by a good inch of whipped cream, before the super-decadent mousse was to be found. We couldn't finish it. The flavour was a nice mix between the sweetness of the chocolate and the bitterness of the (alcoholic) Vin Santo.
JAMIE'S "SPECIAL" TIRAMISU
I love Tiramisu. It's one of my absolute favourite desserts. Restaurant-standard tiramisu has never let me down, so I'm sure my opinion of this is rather useless, but I'll give it anyway. I loved it. I thought the orange was a lovely twist on the old classic, and I would basically just eat this dish over and over again if I could.
To round up, Jamie's Italian was a great experience. I'd love to go back and try out more of their lovely, and extensive, menu. I think I might make it a ritual for whenever I visit Perth.
*Rich desserts are the best.