Excitement is growing around the opening of famed British chef Jamie Oliver’s first Italian restaurant in Queensland after confirmation the brand will be coming to Brisbane. The television chef has confirmed his Brisbane Jamie’s Italian restaurant, to be opened in the upmarket Rowes Arcade in the Queen Street Mall, will be the biggest in Australia.
Jamie’s Italian is already a major international success story, with more than 30 restaurants having opened across the globe since the first opened in Oxford in 2008. There are already three Jamie’s Italian restaurants in Australia: in Sydney, Canberra and Perth.
A fourth will open in Adelaide later this year, bringing the total number to five after Brisbane.
The restaurant is not Jamie Oliver’s only connection with Queensland.His Jamie’s Ministry of Food, a program that teaches the public about healthy cooking and nutrition, has hit several Queensland towns, including Ipswich.
While each restaurant is different in design, Inside Brisbane will take a look at what’s on offer interstate to provide a taste test of what to expect when it throws open its doors in Queensland.
Five things to look forward to:
1. There is a whole antipasti menu with tantalising options that range in price from $6 for a fennel and orange salad to $14.50 for baked swiss brown mushrooms with crispy “music bread” and smoked buffalo mozzarella. Think simple offerings packing punch in flavour.
2. A large pasta dish sits at around the $25 mark. Options include simple baked lasagne made of slow cooked beef and pork with squash, herbs and wine, wild rabbit tagliolini and tagliatelle bolognese.
3. Unusual ingredients include black truffles and beetroot cured salmon.
4. Usually includes a meaty mains menu with offerings ranging from veal flash steak to Italian farm sausage.
5. The 240-seat restaurant will also feature an 80-seat bar.