I’ve enjoyed Jamie’s Italian in Sydney four or five times so when we noticed Jamie’s Italian Kuta Beach being built on our March 2015 visit I convinced The Hubs we had to see how it compared. We were achingly close to being one of the very first diners then but it was not to be. During our February 2016 visit the new kid on the block only had a few months of trading under her belt but featured high on our list of ‘must do’ restaurants. We dined for lunch on a blisteringly hot day and Jamie’s Italian Kuta provided welcome relief. Read on for all the details …
Jamie’s Italian Kuta Overview
Jamie’s Italian Kuta is part of an international chain of restaurants by celebrity chef Jamie Oliver, the first of which opened in Oxford in 2008. Kuta beach is Jamie’s newest opening and takes the global total to 40+. The concept at Jamie’s Italian is “good food for everyone no matter what” and providing an accessible and affordable place where everyone feels comfortable. The traditional ingredients used are meticulously sourced from Italy and beyond before being loving prepared by staff trained to exacting standards to ensure the same consistent global menu.
Jamie’s Italian Kuta consists of three distinct dining areas each with their own unique characteristics. The light filled front alfresco courtyard, a downstairs wood heavy room and the larger upstairs main dining space surrounding the kitchen. We chose to sit upstairs which had an industrial feel due to the black exposed pipework and functional furniture. I particularly loved the lighting and the frosty blast of air-conditioning was a welcome relief from the searing heat of the street. Thoughtful touches throughout let you know that nothing about the design is haphazard and each element has been carefully considered.
We had a hard time deciding because everything on the menu at Jamie’s Italian Kuta appealed. We decided to order the garlic flatbread while we further debated our choices. The perfect blend of crispy base, rough chopped garlic and delicate herbs was delicious. I could seriously eat this every day of my life. I had to ask for a menu adjustment to the Florentine Pizza we finally chose from the daily specials because I am egg intolerant. The Hubs was devastated but sucked it up like a trooper. This was by far the best pizza I have ever had in Bali; almost perfection on a plate. My only complaint is that I would have liked them to sprinkle some more spinach and prosciutto in the middle where the egg would normally have been.
Location: Jl Pantai Kuta, Banjar Pande Mas, Kuta Bali Indonesia
Opening Hours: Daily from 12pm – 11pm.
Average Cost: I paid approx AUD $60 for two courses for two people with drinks.
Contact Details: Phone +62 361 762118.
If you are looking for great Italian in Bali, Jamie’s will not disappoint. The experience was on par with my Sydney visits and I can see Jamie’s is trying to ensure a consistent experience around the globe. I loved the space that has been created and the fact there were choices for seating. Prices are equivalent to what you would expect to pay in Australia but run high by Bali standards. I wouldn’t hesitate to return and I might be tempted to ask for the Florentine pizza again even if it’s not on the menu 🙂
If you liked this you should check out my other Bali restaurant reviews and my epic list of 110+ things to do in Bali. If you’ve been Jamie’s Italian Kuta or any of the other restaurants around the globe I’d love to hear your thoughts in the comments below.
Until Next Time …
Disclaimer: This post is not sponsored. I paid for my meal at Jamie’s Italian Kuta in full and as always, all opinions are my own.
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