Jamie's Italian

Price guide: Mid-range

Unit LG 69/70, Davids 2 Shopping Centre , Cardiff, CF10 1GA

Price guide: Mid-range

By Dave Jenkins, your Cardiff expert

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#13 of 20
expert-rated restaurants in Cardiff
Expert overall rating:4.3 out of 5
Food and drink:
4.4
4.4
Ambience:
4
4.0
Service:
4.2
4.2
Location:
4.3
4.3
Value for money:
4
4.0
Recommended for:
Families with teenagers, Families with younger children, Foodies, Stag / hen parties, Art, Design and architecture, People watching, Shopping, Trendiness

Expert review of Jamie's Italian

Jamie Oliver adds to Cardiff's ever-growing collection of Italian restaurants.

Italian restaurants are in abundance in Cardiff but thanks to Mr Oliver’s ubiquity, this is one of the most popular. If you’ve been to any of the other restaurants in this franchise, you’ll know what to expect; a lively, vibrant atmosphere and food cooked to high standards.

Food and drink: 

The name says it all. Jamie’s passion for Italian is exposed to the max as the menu showcases a range of regional dishes. From freshly made pasta to antipasti served on cute tins of tomatoes via the all Italian wine-list, Oliver’s celebration of a nation is well executed.

Recommended dishes: 

A bowl of crunchy polenta chips is a must when considering starters. The pasta dishes are well worth your attention, especially the mushroom panzerotti, although I would advise a side of seasonal vegetables or a green salad as they are on the stodgy side.

Ambience: 

It’s large, it’s popular, it’s loud... There are other Italian restaurants in the city for seclusion, privacy and romance, this one is all about having fun with friends and enjoying the lively atmosphere.

Service: 

The young staff serve with plenty of enthusiasm. Even though there’s a queue outside during the evenings, they never seem to rush you.

Location: 

Part of the new St Davids 2 complex in the centre, it’s one of the prettiest pedestrianised areas of the city.

Price advice: 

Jamie’s name is reflected in the price. Most dishes come at a small or large option for a tapas style meal or just one main dish. Expect to pay £10.50 for most large pasta dishes and £6.85 for antipasti with meat. They do a great Shiraz for £17.45

Tables to book: 

You can't book a table unless you're a party of eight or more. Expect to queue up outside for a spell or a wait at the bar until a table is free.

Other useful branches: 

Jamie’s Italians are dotted around the country, but this is the first in Wales.

 

More information on Jamie's Italian:

Price guide:
Mid-range
Type:
Restaurant
Food:
Italian
Address:
Unit LG 69/70, Davids 2 Shopping Centre , Cardiff, CF10 1GA
Telephone:
+44 29 2002 7792
Website:
http://www.jamieoliver.com/italian/cardiff
Serves:
Lunch, Dinner
Opening times:
Open Mon to Sat 12pm-11pm and 12pm-10.30pm on Sun
Accepts Credit Cards:
Yes
Reservations:
Not possible

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