Jaime’s Italian – Melrose Arch

Jamie's Italian Menu, Reviews, Photos, Location and Info - Zomato

I’m a frequent visitor to Melrose Arch and always stop for a bite to eat at Tasha’s but seeing a new restaurant I had to try it!

Jaime’s Italian is a  restaurant by famed chef Jaime Oliver, although how much input he actually has had is uncertain. I always feel slightly cheated by restaurants like this as they use a famous persons name yet there is no indication he’s ever set foot in the restaurant. It’s essentially just a chain for which he has created recipes and donated his name.

The restaurant looks impressive with seating outside on the pavement allowing to you to experience the passing buzz of Melrose Arch. Inside the seating space has been divided into an upstairs and downstairs area. There is an almost industrial feel to the decor with an open pass area that allows you to see the chef’s at work. A separate little station showcases the fresh pasta being made. All together very impressive however I found it a little dark so opted to sit outside. The seating outside was not very comfortable consisting of  metal ‘ garden furniture ‘ chairs with very deep backs and tiny cushions.

The waiters were helpful and prompt. Although not extensive, the menu consists of enough variety to please all. You will find your typical pastas and pizzas ( Which looked amazing with crispy bases and vibrant toppings) but we decided to share a few of their starter/ bar food options.

I had read in a review that the crunchy Italian nachos were a winner so decided to try those. We  also ordered crispy squid and on the recommendation of our waitress the ultimate garlic bread. I must admit, I had expected more for this restaurant especially in the food department. In the kitchen one can see chef’s in their professional whites cooking up a storm. This teamed with the name JAIME OLIVER promises great things but the offering we recieved was lack lustre and overpriced. The Italian nachos ( ravioli stuffed with mozzarella, veggie parmesan and ricotta, deep fried and served with a spicy, sicilian tomato sauce) were almost devoid of filling. The garlic bread was just that. I expected something unique and different but instead got something  I could make at home or pick up at the grocery store.

Crispy Italian Nachos
Crispy squid with aioli
Buttermilk rolls with veggie parmesan, garlic butter and rosemary

No meal is complete without sweets. Seeing as it was a hot summery day I opted for a light dessert of strawberries steeped in elderflower and lime served with a sorbet and phyllo wafer. the sorbet was light and refreshing with great flavour but honestly at R65 there was no value for money.

The drinks menu is quite impressive with a selection of apertivo’s to warm up the palate, nnon-alcoholic and regular cocktails, Wine and digestifs to finish off. Some of the Apertivo’s looked amazing but with nothing less than R65 a glass and going all the way up to R115 I have it a skip.
I love the vibe of Melrose Arch but this is definitely not one of my favourite restaurants. I may come back to try the pizza but with at least half a dozen really great restaurants in the vicinity, I won’t be rushing for seconds.
Overall rating  3/ 5

Shop 00513

Building 13

High street

Melrose Arch

010 007 4646


Voodoo Lily Cafe – Melrose

Voodoo Lily Cafe Menu, Reviews, Photos, Location and Info - Zomato

Voodoo lily cafe and deli is a gorgeous little spot on a corner of Melrose, busy with pedestrian traffic. It has a lovely European vibe. After reading zomato reviews I was very excited to try out this restaurant which has so many intriguing little features including an extensive banting menu and treats for your pets.

Note however that the menu has changed since it has been posted on zomato with increased prices.

Service was not always on the ball with a fairly long wait for our food. But this can be forgiven because of the fantastic vibe. Great music playing, the sun shining and all the bustle of a weekday in the suburbs. What more could you ask for!

I had the  sharkys poached eggs . A meal of poached eggs on avocado and bacon with feta and a side serving of hollandaise. I asked for the eggs to be scrambled and was happily obliged. I found the meal to be very filling and couldn’t finish it all! The bacon was extremely crispy adding a great texture to the food and the feta was soft, creamy and salty. Just divine!

My mom also ordered a banting breakfast. Jono’s breakfast consists of 2 poached eggs with mushrooms and guacamole. She added the super crispy bacon to her meal. The only imperfection on this plate was slightly overcooked eggs.

We couldn’t leave without trying the banting cupcakes which the chef was still busy making. By 11am we had our hands on two of these tasty morsels. They were absolutely amazing and give you the impression of a decadent chocolate cupcake while in fact being a guilt free treat. They are made with beetroot which gives them a unusual taste but not unpleasant and the icing is an amazing cream cheese. No after taste of artificial sweetener here!

Voodoo lily has recently started selling the new Pierre Jourdan ice lollies which come in two varieties, brut and tranquille.  I can just imagine a summers afternoon spent people-watching while cooling down with one of these.

This cafe is so multifaceted it makes you want to come back for more. A quiet weekday lunch, a busy Sunday breakfast with the dogs in tow or all you can eat sushi on a balmy evening. Voodoo lily caters for them all.
I will definitely be back to check out their lunch offerings and for another cupcake or two!

Overall rating 4.5/5

011 442 6965

+27 82 829 4437

64 St Andrews Street, cnr Wrenrose Ave




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