I tried to book online for Jamie’s… well okay I left it a bit late, but couldn’t get a booking for Sunday lunch, however the website said that some tables are reserved for walk-ins, so we just turned up and were told that the wait time was 45 minutes. This was not a major problem as the restaurant is in the heart of Perth and you can easily while away an hour browsing the shops or visiting a nearby coffee bar. We returned after 30 minutes only for my phone to ring to let me know that a table was ready.
The restaurant is large, busy, and warehouse style with a huge chandelier in the middle, quirky napkins that look like Jamie tea towels, and wooden plank tables.
Our waitress was a delight – she enthusiastically explained all 4 ‘specials’ to us and quickly organised some non-alcoholic ginger beer mojitos.
For starter we chose to share a crab and avocado bruschetta. This was really nicely done, served on a plank, the bread was sourdough topped with a lovely crab mash with apple, mint, chilli and lemon. If you were hungry you would probably want this whole starter to yourself, but it suited us as a share option.
For mains we both chose the special of pork belly with crispy crackling, served with salad leaves and roast potatoes. This was really nice, the pork was succulent and fell apart and the crackling was crispy and tasty.
For dessert I chose the tutti-frutti lemon meringue pie with limoncello and crunchy pistachio brittle. This was a lovely big serving, nice tart lemon offset by the sweet fluffy meringue and complemented by the crunchy nut brittle.
My companion chose the chocolate brownie with amaretto ice cream and caramelised popcorn – this was a luscious dark chocolate fix and the amaretto ice cream was superb. A very yummy dessert.
The toilets here have old fashioned Victorian style cisterns but alas no chain – I think that the cisterns are there for decor, the flush is push-button, but they were quirky nevertheless.
The meal was very nice and I would love to return to try some of Jamie’s pasta. The bill was quite reasonable too – not as expensive as you may expect. Some of the waiters are from Essex – which reminded me of home, so maybe I have a soft spot for this place. It is definitely a favourite in Perth, if you don’t mind waiting for your table.
UPDATE – we have now visited Jamie’s a few times and generally had great meals. Sadly the last visit was lacklustre and did not deliver. I understand that the chain is going through management changes – maybe this is why.