While exploring around Rotterdam, my friend and I stumbled across the Rotterdam Market Hall (Markthal) and WOW, was it ever eye catching! Rotterdam has lots of uniquely designed buildings, but this one has to be my favourite. The market is filled with every type of food you could possibly imagine. After walking through the whole market, we decided to try Jamie’s Italian for lunch as I’ve been a fan of Jamie Oliver’s work for as long as I can remember.
It wasn’t overly busy, we were told it was because it was a Monday and were given one of the best tables by the window overlooking the Reuzenrad Skyview Attraction (which is a large Ferris wheel, with enclosed pods).
Our server was chatty, and gave us a huge rundown of the menu. He knew each dish exceptionally well, and that absolutely impressed me! The menu was large, so large in fact that it was actually difficult to make a decision, which isn’t a bad thing in my books! After much deliberation, I decided on the Creamy Spaghetti Carbonara and the Ultimate Garlic Bread.
I make carbonara all the time at home, in the traditional way where there is no cream, only egg yolk, parmigiana and pepper, so when this super creamy carbonara was placed in front of me I was nervous that the cream would overpower the dish. However, I was pleasantly surprised by the flavour, the added lemon zest took the carbonara to a whole new level of yummy.
The Ultimate Garlic Bread was wonderful! For starters, the bread that was used had a texture so different that what I had expected. It was cut into pieces, allowing the garlic butter to touch every slide of the bread, as was the rosemary. I’ve never thought of rosemary being a good addition to garlic bread as the flavour is strong but Jamie’s Italian mastered it!
Overall, I was very happy with Jamie’s Italian, rating wise it’s a 4/5 stars. Great place for lunch. I would definitely go back!
Until next time,