The first Jamie Oliver restaurant in South Africa opened December 2016 in Melrose Arch Johannesburg. I had no choice than to give it a try. Even from the outside, expectations are provoked. The vibe is chill and the waiters are upbeat and friendly. For a starter we had the Artisan bread basket with a flavourful olive tapenade and the fried squids- with hints of chilli. Some of us even considered taking the squids for the main course as well. But we knew there was more to come. For the main meal, having pasta was recommended, after all it was a Jamie’s Italian, although my palate decided on the chargrilled lamb topped with capers, sticky balsamic onions, toasted pine nuts and his Salsa Verde. I am glad about my choice, but so was my food camaraderie with the Bolognese, Ravioli and Porcini Fettuccine (for me the pasta winner). Tummies full but taste buds not yet fully satisfied, it was time for dessert. We had three different deserts, but it doesn’t matter what we had, my mother had the chocolate brownie and that is what I urge everyone to try. It was my intention to see Jamie’s restaurant out of curiosity and future conversation but it seems like it might turn into one of my habitual dining choices. Thank you Jamie for bringing your kitchen all the way to South Africa and well done to the SA team- you are doing well.
Rumour has it, there will be a few more restaurants opening in SA- the next one is said to be opening early this year in Cape Town.