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403 St John Street
Jamie Oliver’s passport may be British, but it was a passion for Italy that made his name in the first place. Appropriately, Jamie’s Italian represents the pukka boy everyone fell in love with in
populist restaurant form: youthful, streetwise and slightly madcap, but impressively committed to modern regional cooking. That’s not to say it’s always perfect – some readers recommend it for
‘refuelling’ purposes only – but at its best this chain whips the competition with quality ingredients, ace cocktails, an all-Italian wine list and a procession of neat new ideas. Where else will
you find Italian ‘nachos’, truffled turkey milanese or Mike the Woodman’s mushroom fritti alongside classic linguine vongole, burrata salad and Amalfi lemon curd slice? The no-bookings policy
remains an issue, so be prepared to queue.
From: 31 December 2018
To: 31 December 2018
From: 19 November 2018
To: 30 December 2018
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403 St John Street
Old Street Tube Station 530m
Old Street Station 550m
City University 679m
Sadler's Wells Theatre and Lillian Baylis Theatre 810m
Mon-Sun 12N-11pm (Sun -10.30pm)
Food & Drink:
Rate & Review
Food + drink: 4
The answer to “where shall we eat tonight?” is so often Jamie's in Angel that we should really have our own sponsored
Food + drink: 2
I popped here to grab a bite before going to Sadler's Wells and maybe I shouldn't have bothered.
It was a Tuesday night, the staff place guests in the same areas (for convenience ?) so the atmophere was quite dark and buzzing (whilst other parts of the restaurant were very empty). We ordered bar snacks and they were a little boring.
The risotto balls were a tad dry and not lush nor cheesy (the way I like them), the quid was fine and a bit soggy (which I guess doesn't make them fine) and our polenta chips were rubbery.
I was expecting a bit better.
Food + drink: 1
When we arrived, there were several empty tables but we were told we had to wait for 20 mins at the bar that had some very average drinks. We eventually waited for over 30 mins. There were still several empty tables when we were shown to ours, yet people waiting at the bar – a cynic might think they were trying to get people to spend money at the bar. The loud music and general noise levels made this unpleasant anyway, but then the food came. Starters of fried squid and mushroom were very average and my fish arrived covered in a terrible pesto & garlic-sauce – it was not edible and that taste of garlic will stay with me for a long time… Two in our party of three could not eat more than a few bites of our food but the waiter showed no sympathy and offered no apology. I guess he is used to these reactions. There are several better Italian restaurants a few minutes walk away on Upper Street where you are treated with respect, can reserve a table and eat very well at very decent prices (e.g. Antonio's) – don't believe the hype that comes with this place. Stay well clear.
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