Jamie’s Italian (147 The Street Westfield London E20 1EN)Cuisine: Italian
Food ordered [03/22/12]:
- pear and walnut salad with gorgonzola & sticky balsamic £3.75
- crunchy salad with shaved root veg, chili, lemon & mint £2.25
- honeycomb cannelloni £10.95
- seaside risotto £8.95
I had never been to this restaurant before and dined with my mother. The restaurant itself was rather dimly lit for my taste but had quaint wooden furnishings. The service was less than memorable although not faulty in any particular way.
The pear and walnut salad was an interesting version of a Waldorf salad. It had the traditional juxtaposition of high and low notes of the fruit and nuts but was given a bit more substance from the gorgonzola. The gorgonzola added a very nice creaminess to the salad definitely rounding out the dish. It was definitely the highlight of the meal for me. Obversely, the crunchy salad was uninspiring. It was similar to a coleslaw but had far too much carrot and vinegar to be appealing.
Pear and walnut salad.
The honeycomb cannelloni contained three types of cannelloni which were, as far as I could tell, mushroom, pumpkin, and spinach. Out of the different types of cannelloni, I really only enjoyed the spinach one. The mushroom and pumpkin ones were too heavy. The dish itself was covered in quite a heavy white sauce, and far too much of it.
Lastly, I come to the risotto. I have to admit, I was expecting a lot from the dish having never eaten at any of Jamie Oliver’s restaurants and having ordered something fairly classic. The risotto itself was great— it was both velvety and had a certain lightness to it. Other than that, the seafood aspect of the dish was lacklustre. The pieces included were rather bland and appeared to have been added afterthefact to the risotto rather than cooked with it.
Overall, there were good elements to the dishes which we ordered but overall, my expectations weren’t completely fulfilled.