Jamie’s Italian may have a stripped-down industrial look, which is now very much in vogue, but its heart and soul are in the right place. The moment you step into India’s first Jamie’s Italian, you cannot miss the buzz and the conviviality all around you. These are early days and curiosity is at its peak, but I get the feeling that the restaurant will keep clocking numbers — its food is accessible, the seating intimate and informal, the pricing comfortable, and the constant activity in the open kitchen accentuates the sense of anticipation. Jamie Oliver is a great believer in comfort food, and in the supremacy of ingredients, and you can see the philosophy at work in the 120-seater restaurant, where you are encouraged to sit on the benches to partake of a community-style meal. Start with funky chips and arancini (Sicilian rice balls — they brought back memories of my last visit to Sicily), share a misti funghi pizza, choose between Jamie’s sausage pappardelle and our famous prawn linguine, which comes packed with the goodness of San Marzano tomatoes, (or have both) with polenta chips on the side, and make sure you don’t leave without digging the baked cheesecake. You will go back with the feeling of wanting to come back soon.
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