Jamie's Italian Islington

Restaurants, Italian Angel
  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • 3 out of 5 stars
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The menu’s assessment – ‘It’s all authentically Italian, but unmistakably “Jamie” too’ – is bang on. The vivacity and personality of the cooking makes the culinary megastar’s most successful concept an appealing choice; the stylish casual setting and menu breadth make it a clever one. Dining in a group? Rest assured everyone will find something they want to order. Whether or not the experience quite lives up to expectations is another matter, but at least it’s cheaper (and larger) than the original Fifteen trattoria. First disappointment was the house rosato from Sicily – for once the flavour dial seemed to have been turned down to zero. We couldn’t fault the scrumptious bread basket, however, and the iced crudités were a pleasant way to ramp up the vegetable quota of the meal. From the children’s menu, a tomato and fusilli pasta bake was unappetisingly dry. But crab spaghettini with capers, fennel, parsley, chilli and anchovies was on a par with more exclusive establishments. There are some nice ideas on the dessert list (a signature trifle of strawberry jelly, fresh berries, custard and glazed meringue, for example), but ours tasted mass-produced, which perhaps by definition they are. There’s only so much Jamie to spread round, after all.



Venue name: Jamie's Italian Islington
Address: Angel Building
Cross street: 403 St John Street
Opening hours: Meals served noon-11pm Mon-Sat; noon-10.30pm Sun
Transport: Tube: Angel tube
Price: Main courses £10-£22. Set meal (noon-6pm) £15 2 courses
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3.3 / 5

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Jamie's Italian in Angel hosts one of the largest bars across the chain. They sell delicious cocktails served with free bar snacks and by bar snacks, I mean small tasters of delicious food. I've had bruschetta as well as olive and cheese stuffed balls in the past. The cocktail list has something for everyone, my favourite being the Jamie's Mojito which has the addition of Prosecco. Who doesn't like a bit of fizz added to their cocktail!? It's a short distance from Sadlers Wells too, so if you are looking for pre-theatre cocktails then this is the place to be. The only downfall of the bar is that sometimes your drinks can take a while to come to your table, mainly due to the fact that they are also pouring drinks for people in the restaurant. I've never eaten lunch or dinner at the Angel restaurant, however I have eaten at many other Jamie Italians across England and I don't have a bad word to say. I imagine this one will be just as good if you fancy a bit more than drinks and nibbles.

Tara P

It's all a bit hit and miss... The bar is a pleasant place with a buzzing atmosphere on weeknights from local parties. The service can be slow, and the drinks tasty if overpriced. The free bar snacks do add to the experience (the tapioca is divine). 

I've only tried the restaurant once, but it reflects the three star review: Fine for the everyday, but may disappoint for a slightly more special occasion.

Marian Mulady

Sat 13th April very slow service at lunch time meant a scramble for theatre at 2pm,not an unusual event surely? Waiting staff charming so I think that the problem lies in the kitchen.Annoying for the customer and hitting the profits on deserts and coffees.