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Jamie's Italian Covent Garden

Leicester Square

Jamie Oliver has got everything right at his chain of mid-priced restaurants designed to compete with the likes of Carluccio’s, Giraffe and Strada. It certainly leaves those last two in the shade. At our latest visit to the Covent Garden branch, someone knocked a nearly full bottle of red wine off a neighbour’s table and the staff couldn’t have been nicer about it. They supplied colouring sheets, crayons and retro View-Masters (with picture menus) to the kids, and didn’t get flustered when we changed our order three times.

What’s really a very large space is divided artfully by a central bar, bread station, welcome point and meat bar (featuring cured meats hanging from the ceiling). There’s also a second basement floor and an unusually large number of alfresco tables front and back.

We chose small portions of pasta so that we could try the enticing antipasti too, but you can also order pasta dishes in main-course sizes; in addition, there’s a choice of fish or meat dishes, such as steaks, fish stew and whole roasted sea bass. Prawn linguine and a spring vegetable pasta dish were both full of flavour. Crispy polenta chips sprinkled with rosemary, sea salt and parmesan, and a courgette flower stuffed with four cheeses offered interesting tastes and textures. The children wolfed down their burger and spaghetti bolognese too. No wonder the place is packed.

Venue name: Jamie's Italian Covent Garden
Address: 11 Upper St Martin's Lane
Opening hours: Meals served noon-11.30pm Mon-Sat; noon-10.30pm Sun
Transport: Tube: Covent Garden or Leicester Square tube
Price: Main courses £9.85-£15.95

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Alex S

Went there with my girlfriend after seeing the fantastic Full Monty. Great welcome; superb food and brilliant staff. And, . . . . . .sane prices.

Loved the napkins. Clever touch.

Go back ?

You bet.


Four of us ate at Jamie's Italian last night - what a disappointment! My white wine was warm so I asked for a cold glass, only to have another brought at the same temperature so I gave up. The crispy squid was simply oily squid and the main was little better. At £50/head there are many very much better choices in Covent Garden.


Loved it! Went on a Wednesday evening. Had to wait approx 25mins. You leave your name, and they give you a pager when your table is ready-cool. So we had time for a beer outside. It was busy, but the service was v good. I had fried squid to start-v yummy! The squid ink pasta-superb, but a bit short on seafood in it. 1litre carafe of house red was fine for us. Everyone else thought it was a good experience. Nice one Jamie :-)


disappointing. not the greatest tastes and not the greatest food....just average and less (Pasta with Rabbit - the meat was really non tasty...like badly cooked chicken) lots of hype, full of people, really nice staff, good atmosphere....but food average and below