Lunch at Jamie’s Italian with Bron and Max


On Saturday Bron suggested lunch at Jamie’s Italian in the Canberra Centre. Max, Bron’s son also came along. Earlier in the day Max had suggested he would capture a photograph of his dish so that I could blog about it.

We’ve been to Jamie’s Italian before but in the evening. It was good then and we were expecting a similarly good experience.

On arriving we were greeted with a friendly smile from our waiter who stayed with us throughout the meal. Kids get treated specially at Jamie’s Italian. They receive a mug with crayons, a piece of paper with a line drawing for colouring and a 3D view finder which contains images of the kids’ menu. The good thing about the kids menu is that it isn’t chicken nuggets and chips or similar food you find in other restaurants. There were lots of families there with kids eating good looking meals. It’s good to see kids are considered as well as the adults are.

Bron captured a photograph of an interesting lighting feature in the middle of the restaurant.

Lighting at Jamie's Italian

Lighting at Jamie’s Italian

Max chose the hotdogs and chips. He went ahead and captured an image of his meal with his iPad. Maybe Max will one day have his own food blog.

Max's hot dogs and chips at Jamie's Italian. Image captured by Max with his iPad.

Max’s hot dogs and chips at Jamie’s Italian. Image captured by Max with his iPad.

Max was pretty happy with his meal.

 

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Bron decided on the Black Angel Spaghetti with the squid ink pasta, scallops and anchovies. She also got a fennel and orange salad.

Squid ink pasta, scallops, garlic, chilli, anchovies, wine and capers

Squid ink pasta, scallops, garlic, chilli, anchovies, wine and capers

Bron said her spaghetti was delicious.

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I went for the strip steak cooked rare.

350 g pasture-fed Aussie Black Angus bone-in strip loin served with wild mushrooms and peppery endives with summer truffle butter and shaved Tuscan black truffles

350 g pasture-fed Aussie Black Angus bone-in strip loin served with wild mushrooms and peppery endives with summer truffle butter and shaved Tuscan black truffles

Wild mushrooms and peppery endives served with the 350 g pasture-fed Aussie Black Angus bone-in strip loin with summer truffle butter and shaved Tuscan black truffles

Wild mushrooms and peppery endives served with the 350 g pasture-fed Aussie Black Angus bone-in strip loin with summer truffle butter and shaved Tuscan black truffles

The steak was cooked perfectly and just to my liking. The truffle butter with shaved summer truffles was divine.

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For dessert Max chose the chocolate brownie with amaretto ice cream and popcorn. Bron also had a bit of the dessert and mentioned a few times how good the chocolate was. Sorry I didn’t capture an image.

Jamie's Italian dessert menu portion

Jamie’s Italian dessert menu portion

The restaurant was quite busy and the turnover of customers was high. The restaurant is well staffed and the customer flow goes well. We’d happily recommend Jamie’s Italian to anyone wanting a good quality meal for a reasonable price.

Jamie’s Italian Canberra

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Brisbane high rise and food glorious food


The last few days have been fairly busy and on Thursday and Friday I had to be in Brisbane for an important meeting.

On Wednesday I forgot my lunch and after a frantic morning I was in a café and spied a Chiko roll. I haven’t had one in years. My maternal grandfather‘s brother told me many times when I was young that our family had somehow been involved in the invention of the Chiko roll. At the time they owned a Chinese café at a truck stop in Rocklea in Brisbane. They used to sell these super large spring rolls mostly composed of cabbage and chicken. They sold them as chicken rolls. Mum and her brother have confirmed this story for me. They claim someone got the idea for the Chiko roll from my grandparents chiekn rolls at the Golden Pagoda in Rocklea. The Golden Pagoda was destroyed in the great flood of 1974 and the loss destroyed my grandparents and immediate family. They never really recovered.

Later that afternoon a work mate said she was going out to get some chocolate and I asked her get me some. I love my work mates. They know me. Look at what came back 🙂

Check out the size of the block.

That night I didn’t feel that hungry but had some chicken thigh meat thawing (and no I didn’t eat all that chocolate in one sitting).

The chicken burgers were tasty, you can see I used an English muffin for one and a hamburger roll for the other.

The next morning I woke up early for a 0620 AEST flight from Canberra to Brisbane. I like that the Qantas Club has breakfast.

On board the flight I had another breakfast.

I spent Thursday night in my hotel room working. The view of the Brisbane River from the twenty-fifth floor was pretty good.

I went and bought a couple of hot pies and an apple crumble to get me through the night.

In the morning the view was better. I left Brisbane in 1995 to live in Darwin until coming to Canberra in 2007. Brisbane city has certainly grown.

Look at the huge tree. they are amazing. I love them.

I indulged in a Starbucks breakfast of toast and a caramel mocha with cream.

So on the way back to Canberra I spent time chatting with a work mate and eating.

The pork buns here were crap. They are from the Sydney Qantas club and rubbish. You want to see a nice barbecue pork bun go to the Dumpling Inn. Check out the image here.

The soup was a spicy Mexican lentil dish.

On Saturday we went to Costco to buy some food. I hadn’t had lunch. I tried a Costco hot dog. It wasn’t that good.

For afternoon tea we went to Ricardo’s Cafe at Jamison and had a caramel praline mousse.

Last night Bron and I cooked dinner together. I cooked a steak with an onion dijon sauce and Bron cooked the cauliflower blue cheese gratin. The gratin was amazing. I ate two. I wanted more.

Bron cooked a caramel chocolate tart and a lemon tart for dessert. They were out of this world. Bron is amazing.

Caramel chocolate tart

Lemon tart

This morning we went light and had a poached egg before our big lunch.