Friday, February 26, 2016

Jamie's Italian at Harbour City (Hong Kong, CHINA) ★★☆☆☆

It's nice to get a day off once in a while and I took the advantage of the opportunity to go do some shopping at Harbour City without the weekend crowd. But first, time to pick a spot for a quick lunch. Épure would be a nice fit but unfortunately that did not fit the bill for a quick meal so we ended up going to Jamie's Italian instead.

Didn't know they have this "Jamie's Super Lunch" offer on weekdays from noon to 6pm. It's a seriously good deal with 2-course starting at $128 and 3-course at $148 (only $20 more for dessert! WOW...). The deal looks too good to turn down.

Fritto mistocrispy fried fish and squid tossed in fennel spiced flour with garlic and lemon aioli. This tasted a lot like our own deep fried seafood "typhoon shelter" style (避風塘海鮮). Some of the crispy fried fish were a little fishy but the squid was OK. I like the garlic and lemon aioli though.

Truffle tagliatelle - handmade pasta in a luxurious, silky black truffle butter with aged parmesan, nutmeg and shaved black truffle. One of the house specialty supposingly. But the pasta wasn't done properly as half of it was still hard and undercooked. This was a complete fail especially considering that it's supposed to be a special dish here. 

Penne carbonaracrispy pancetta, sweet leeks and creamy parmesan sauce. Another pasta but this one was a main dish. I don't know how one could fail making a carbonara but this one also didn't get a passing grade from me because of one simple reason. I can make a BETTER carbonara than that at home! Yes! The parmesan sauce was really bland and even with the pancetta and shaved cheese, couldn't save the day.

Gennaro's chicken club sandwichsoft seeded bun stuffed with chargrilled marinated free-range chicken, crispy pancetta, spicy 'nduja mayo, fontal cheese, tomato and rocket leaves. A very busy dish with a lot of ingredients and out of the four savory dishes, the only one that managed to pass. The charcoal grilled chicken fillet was pretty nice and so were the soft-seeded bun, spicy mayo and fontal cheese.

Raspberry rippled pavlovalight and gooey meringue with whipped cream, macerated raspberries and smashed honeycomb. For $20 more, it's a huge bargain but pavlova is pavlova right? Not much surprises there.

Orange blossom polenta cake - light and fluffy polenta cake served with creme fraiche and pomegranate. This was as good as advertised. Light, fluffly, spongy and not too much acidity (from the orange). Easily the best dish of the meal.

I have been to Jamie's Italian on a number of occasions and often found them to be a fairly reliable source for some hearty comfort food so this was a big surprise for me. I did sense that because it's a set lunch, the cooking could be done by some of the less experienced chefs and that could explain all the hit-and-misses. If not for the two desserts, I am sure the food rating would be much much lower.

Food Rating: 3.5/10
Price: $$$
Address: Shop 412, Level 4, Ocean Centre, Harbour City, Tsim Sha Tsui, Hong Kong
Closest Metro Station: Tsim Sha Tsui
Tel: +852 3758-3333

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