I have been fascinated with Jamie Oliver and his kitchen ever since my first visit to a Jamie’s Italian in Westfields. So when a new flagship restaurant opened doors in central Stockholm, it was only a matter of time to give it a try.
We went to Jamie’s Italian in Stockholm just a couple of weeks after the grand opening, on a whim, after a long day of shopping. ‘Reservation?’, asked the smiling headwaiter, and we shook our heads in denial. ‘Well, we have some nice tables by the kitchen, follow me please’ she beamed at us while moving at a brisk pace away from the spacious empty tables overlooking the busy main street. Let me tell you, by the kitchen is not the place to be if you are planning on a calm and relaxed dining experience. It is warm, and it is noisy. Basically it is a front-row seat to any Hell’s Kitchen episode.
A moment later we were already requesting another seating alternative, and we were finally escorted to a corner table in the main hall of the restaurant facing some serious meaty decoration. Much better. Although I couldn’t help but notice that all tables for two were in a close proximity of one another leaving little to no space for privacy at all. Let’s just call this a peculiar interior design choice and move on to the exciting part.
We started off with some spinach croquettes and a squash and ricotta bruschetta…
… followed by Jamie’s famous mushroom risotto featured in the Jamie at Home book…
… and finally, a generous piece of lemon cheesecake arranged with berries which left me speechless.
You already know I will be heading back to Jamie’s Italian really really soon. And if you happen to be around Stockholm, you should definitely do the same. The address is Humlegårdsgatan 23. Just be sure to book in advance.