Originally Published on Urbandesis.com on 13/11/2015
The name Jamie Oliver needs no introduction. One of the most famous chefs in the world, Jamie Oliver is an advocate of cooking meals from scratch, and of sourcing sustainable and free-range products. In 2013, amid overwhelming hype, Jamie Oliver opened his first restaurant in Singapore – Jamie’s Italian at Vivo City. Just 2 years later, in August 2015, Jamie Oliver unveiled his second restaurant in Singapore, which is now feeding hungry crowds at Forum Shopping Mall.
A few weeks ago, I visited Jamie’s Italian Forum and it was buzzing during the weekday lunch hour. The restaurant is stylish and cozy and seems to be a great place to visit any time of the day. It showcases a smaller, curated menu of Jamie’s Italian favourites and introduces a mouth-watering selection of hand-made artisan pizzas. Morning coffee and sweet Italian artisan pastries are also served here from 10 am daily.
We started off with the Superfood Salad, topped with a slab of feta cheese (you can also choose to add Smoked Salmon or Grilled Chicken). The Superfood Salad is a healthy concoction of lentils, quinoa, black rice, fennel, parsley, mint and roasted beets dressed in sherry vinegar and olive oil. These are topped with char-grilled avocado, a dollop of cottage cheese, tender stem broccoli and a drizzle of harissa and finished off with a sprinkle of pomegranate seeds and Jamie’s in-house seed mix. This delicious salad is a great way to start your meal – it compensates for the over-eating you’re inevitably going to do. Highly recommended!
The salad was followed by Lamb Chops Scottaditto (S$44++), which use a Tuscan method of cooking meat under a brick. The tender, juicyand flavourful chops are garnished with toasted chopped nuts, and pickled tarragon and mint. Served alongside is a lemony yoghurt drizzled with chilli oil, and super thin sliced red onions pickled in vinegar – akin to the Indian way. The chops are served with Polenta Chips on the side, which are a best seller at Jamie’s and can also be ordered separately. continue reading