My spouse and I decided to do some last minute Christmas shopping and as we hopped out the car we noticed Yorkdale Mall had opened up a new restaurant…not just any restaurant, but JAMIE OLIVER! Food Network’s star.
I’ve been watching Jamie Oliver for years, even before I knew how to cook like a pro. I always wanted to taste Jamie’s food, so I was gungho when I saw this new restaurant at my favorite mall in Toronto.
Now, you might be wondering…Why an Italian restaurant? Jamie is British. Well…Jamie is a lover of Italian food and its traditions. In Jamie’s words..”When I tasted the menu at Buca (…in Toronto), and found that we had the exact same ideas in mind, I knew I had found the right guys to kick start this exciting project with.”
When we walked into the establishment we were instantly greeted by a hostess. The place was relatively packed. There was a forty five minute wait for a table, so we opted to sit at the bar. I was pleasantly surprised how attentive the service was even at this disadvantage. Besides, It was pretty entertaining watching the bartenders do their thing.
In the evening, the ambience is very laidback and intimate. The décor is rustic with wood paneling running throughout the restaurant.
This was pretty cool. Huge legs of prosciutto and bundles of grape tomatoes hung around the deli station, which can be seen in its glory at the bar.
In the back of the restaurant, you can find an open kitchen where all the cooks are bustling in action.
For the main, I initially wanted the Rabbit Ragu…but it was sold out. So, I opted for their famous Prawn Linguine. It was delicious. The pasta was swimming in a spicy reddish orange broth. My spouse and I agreed that this dish would have been better with crusty bread to soak up the flavorful broth. I will definitely recommend this dish. But if you don’t like spicy dishes I will suggest you tell the chef to tone it down a notch.
We ended the meal with an Italian dessert called Panna Cotta. It had a light, creamy cheese cake consistency with a sweet raspberry compote pooling on top. This was my first having this dessert and I liked it. The perfect dessert to bring a good meal to an end. Not at all heavy.
I ordered a cup of Americano to watch it all down.
Over all, the experience was great. The service was very attentive. A cool place to bring family and friends.
Price: Moderate (small servings are available)