Jamie's Italian

Price guide: Mid-range

1 George Square, Glasgow, G1 1HL

Price guide: Mid-range

Jamie's Italian

By Mike MacEacheran, your Glasgow expert

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#19 of 30
expert-rated restaurants in Glasgow
Expert overall rating:4.1 out of 5
Food and drink:
4.1
4.1
Ambience:
4.4
4.4
Service:
4.1
4.1
Location:
4.7
4.7
Value for money:
4.1
4.1
Recommended for:
Couples, Families with teenagers, Families with younger children, First-time travellers, Singles, Celebrity spotting, Shopping, Sightseeing, Trendiness

Expert review of Jamie's Italian

TV chef Jamie Oliver comes to Glasgow city centre with affordable Italian comfort food.

Is there anything Jamie Oliver can’t do? Fresh from wooing global audiences with his TV shows, cookbooks and campaigns to change the eating habits of school children, this restaurant has become a mainstay of the Glasgow dining scene after only opening in July 2010. Located in the city’s old General Post Office (GPO) building on George Square, the restaurant is in an incredibly convenient location for shoppers, partygoers and sight-seers. Even though I love his creative food, I really dislike his trademark catchphrase “pukka”.

Food and drink: 

Good old fashioned Italian dishes with Jamie’s trademark culinary touch are the hallmark of his first restaurant in Scotland. Prosciutto, pear and pecorino salad, breasola and rainbow beet salad, lovely buffalo ricotta ravioli, scallop and squid ink angel hair and wild truffle tagliatelle. There’s a great selection of vegetarian and rabbit dishes too.

Recommended dishes: 

As a ravenous meat eater (apologies to the vegans and vegetarians) I love tapas style meat platters, which have a selection of English wild boar salami, truffle salami and levonetto tondo, a small lightly spiced salami. As for the main courses, I’d point you in the direction of a rabbit ragu pappardelle or Jamie’s signature spaghetti Bolognese.

Ambience: 

Great views across the square and a walk in only policy mean that though you may have to wait for a table at peak times, its frenetic and buzzy as any proper Italian kitchen should be.

Service: 

Hard to tell as it’s so new but expect big things from the staff over the coming years.

Location: 

Overlooking George Square, its location makes it a magnet for tourists and locals alike.

Price advice: 

Starters from £3 to £6 and mains from £6 to £16. Desserts are around £4.

More information on Jamie's Italian:

Price guide:
Mid-range
Type:
Brasserie, Café, Restaurant
Food:
Italian, Mediterranean
Address:
1 George Square, Glasgow, G1 1HL
Telephone:
0141 404 2690
Website:
http://www.jamieoliver.com/italian/glasgow
Serves:
Lunch, Dinner
Opening times:
Mon-Sat, noon-11pm. Sun noon-10.30pm.
Accepts Credit Cards:
Yes
Reservations:
Not possible

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