Jamie’s Italian opened July 2013 in Vivocity, Singapore with much anticipation from the local foodies, and notoriously long queues. While there has been a recent avalanche of celebrity chefs setting up chi chi restaurants in Singapore where one meal can easily cost a week’s salary, Jamie Oliver’s restaurant – in line with the chef’s affable personality – is positioned as a casual Italian restaurant catering to the masses with affordable prices and fuss-free cuisine. I like the place enough to have visited it a few times. I usually visit really early or as late as 9pm to avoid the horrendous queues.
Started in 2008 on George Street, Oxford with his friend and mentor Gennaro Contaldo whom Jamie met in the kitchen of London’s Neal Street, the successful chain has since grown to 30 outlets in UK alone, with a growing international market in Dubai, Sydney, Russia and – the newest kid on the block – Singapore. For me, I am just happy to get a taste of the cute chef in my country.
I have always enjoyed my visit to Jamie’s and will return again. I like the relaxed atmosphere, friendly staff who make you feel at home, the taste of fresh ingredients, and most of all – simple, unpretentious food.
Jamie’s Italian Singapore
Address: 1 Harbourfront Walk, Vivocity #01 165-167, Singapore 098585
Tel: 6733 5500
Website/Online booking: http://www.jamieoliver.com/italian/singapore/vivo-city
Online reservations are for tables of up to 7 pax. Call the restaurant for large group bookings.
Opening Hours: Mon – Thu: 12:00PM – 10:00PM; Fri – Sat: 12:00PM – 11:00PM; Sun: 12:00PM – 10:00PM