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    Jamie Oliver's Italian

    ...open now in Siam Discovery, ground floor. An uneven dining experience, unfortunately: The fresh crab, avocado and lime juice on lightly toasted rye bread was an excellent bruschetta starter. Crispy squid served hot with a tangy seafood tartar sauce is also recommended.

    The mains, however, left something to be desired: mussels on linguine has all the ingredients to tempt diners except when the linguine and mussels have been previously cooked and stored and not thoroughly reheated before serving: Pala does a far superior rendition for less money. The delightfully fennelized Italian sausage pizza brought me back to my grandmother's kitchen, though she would have thrown out the overly chewy crust. One good point: the pizza wasn't drowned in cheap mozzarella, but served with an interesting green that I thought may have been watercress.

    SD had the tiramisu for dessert (disappointingly ordinary) while I had the mixed berry pavlova with honeycomb (seen him prepare this on TV)...interesting textures brightened by the berries and honeycomb, but the total effect was...meh...

    The checkbin came to B3,000 with 4 glasses of a very good Montepulciano red (B230 the glass) and water. All in all, Pala offers a better, cheaper and fresher menu (admittedly, with smaller portions) and a decidedly less hi-so clientele. However, we'd stop in at Jamie's again to try other menu items... if we happened to be in Siam Discovery...
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    While I like his books and TV shows, his restaurants are always getting slated here in the UK hence never had the desire to enter one. Grossly overpriced seemingly being the main complaint.

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    Cheap Fuck.

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    Quote Originally Posted by tomcat View Post
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    The checkbin came to B3,000 with 4 glasses of a very good Montepulciano red (B230 the glass) and water. All in all, Pala offers a better, cheaper and fresher menu (admittedly, with smaller portions) and a decidedly less hi-so clientele. However, we'd stop in at Jamie's again to try other menu items... if we happened to be in Siam Discovery...
    3000 baht with wine in a shopping mall and he's still not happy.

    Stay classy.

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    Quote Originally Posted by hallelujah
    Stay classy.
    Tom is nothing but class....

    Thanks for the review, Tom. What was on the menu that might tempt you and SD back?

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    seafood linguine (served to other diners steaming so at least it looked freshly prepared)
    any of the other antipasti on offer
    a whole baked local fish (I don't think sea bass) with tomatoes, olives and other stuff
    the seafood salad a pair of Japs were enjoying at the next table
    more of that delicious Montepulciano

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    Quote Originally Posted by CSFFan View Post
    Quote Originally Posted by hallelujah
    Stay classy.
    Tom is nothing but class....

    Thanks for the review, Tom. What was on the menu that might tempt you and SD back?
    Yeah, I can see.

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    As mentioned, JO has been scaling back and relaunching restaurants for years now because of initial failures.

    I suppose he's calculating that the more far flung his places are the more likely it is that his celebrity status will pull people in...if the food itself cannot.

    Or it could be true as they claim that it's down to BREXIT.

    https://www.theguardian.com/business...alian-barbecoa

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    or his twin in CM

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    Surely by the law of averages you should be making at least one or two posts per week that make sense?

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    Nice review, thanks.

    But it's just crying out for some pics.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Luigi
    But it's just crying out for some pics.
    Agreed.....

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    No pics of hi so fuck food ?

    #moron

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    Quote Originally Posted by 12Call
    No pics of hi so fuck food ?

    #moron
    What a way to encourage people to contribute.....

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    *sniff*...fortunately, I'm used to it...

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    Still no pics ?

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    Me 'n U:



    Better than the usual Singha shite:



    Crab and avocado bruschetta:



    Cannelloni:



    Bolognese:



    Panna cotta:



    The damage:


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    I ain't the biggest fan of Jamie Oliver tbh, and if I was in the market for Italian foid I'd much prefer to find a local family owned Italian restaurant where the focus is on quality and the chefs know their shit.

    Jamie's Italian is just gonna employ min wage cooks with no knowledge or passion.

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    My preference would have been to go to one of the many Italian restaurants around Thong Lor/Ekkamai, but the other half wanted to try Jamie's out.

    It was ok. I expected it to be quite poncy, but the atmosphere was fine and the food was decent enough.

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    How was it, Hal?

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    What was the service like ?

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    Quote Originally Posted by CSFFan View Post
    How was it, Hal?
    As above, it was fine. The staff were quite friendly and attentive and although the portions look quite small, they were fair sizes at what I would call reasonable prices for the centre of Bangkok.

    I don't recall the menu being that extensive (3 or 4 pizzas to choose from), but there's enough to satisfy most. One slight disappointment was the absence of a cheese selection; it was probably the first Italian restaurant I've been to that didn't offer a nice bit of stinky blue at the end.

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    For $100 USD, the food would have to be perfect for me. I don't spend that kind of money even in America. If it can't be served cheaper than USA, it ain't worth buying in Thailand.

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    been to the one in hk...nothing special. would not go to such a pricey chain in thailand. youre bound to be disappointed by the lack of skills.

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