Jamie’s Ital­ian (TST)

HK Magazine - - DINING -

Ital­ian. Shop 412, 4/F, Ocean Cen­tre, Har­bour City, 17 Can­ton Rd., Tsim Sha Tsui, 3758-3333. The Hong Kong out­post of Jamie’s didn’t get off to a rip-roar­ing start, with cri­tiques rang­ing from the in­ter­minable queues to the lack­lus­ter fla­vor and ex­e­cu­tion. Two years on there’s a sec­ond lo­ca­tion in the mix, and we’ve heard that the kitchen has made im­prove­ments to sal­vage its cooked rep­u­ta­tion—this we had to see for our­selves.

HIT The TST lo­ca­tion boasts a tav­ern­like vibe with ex­posed ceil­ings, dark leather ban­quettes and graf­fiti mu­rals de­pict­ing Hong Kong’s yesteryears. We started with the salmon su­per food salad ($188), a new item fea­tur­ing strips of beet­root-cured salmon, broc­coli and grains. This beefed (or should we say “beet-ed”) up salad was a hearty starter and the beet­root cure added a sweet, earthy fla­vor and a dazzling pink-orange shade to the fish. The mus­sel & squid spaghetti nero ($188) was swim­ming with ten­der oc­to­pus chunks, mus­sels, and soft toma­toes that still held their sweet­ness.

MISS The Gen­naro’s Ital­ian Sausage pizza ($178) was a let-down as the cheese had formed a thick crust on top of the dough, and we couldn’t de­tect the bal­samic onions and olives listed on the menu. Skinny fries ($48) were de­li­cious, but the por­tion size was skimpy.

BOT­TOM LINE The kitchen seems to have worked through its ma­jor of­fenses, and there are def­i­nite gems to be had— but we’re still wait­ing for the chefs to re­ally hone the de­tails be­fore we’ll make Jamie’s a reg­u­lar on our rota.

Open Mon-Fri 8am-11pm, Sat-Sun 11am-11pm. $$

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