When I received an invitation to an early Christmas party at Jamie’s Italian, I could not have been more excited. I had a lot of fun at my previous visit to Jamie’s Italian for their pizza-making party, so I knew from prior experience that Jamie’s Italian hosted fantastic food parties. I looked forward to sampling the dishes that would be found on Jamie’s Italian upcoming seasonal menus.
The party kicked off with a cooking demonstration by head chef Ashley Lim. His first dish was the Pan-Roasted Norwegian Salmon. It was a treat seeing a professional chef take us through his process of pan-frying the salmon, making the sauce, and plating it in front of our eyes.
Chef Ashley Lim teaching us how to cook Christmas dishes offered at Jamie’s Italian.
He also showed us how to cook Lobster Ravioli, a dish resplendent with mussels and tomatoes. This delectable pasta will be available on their New Year’s Day Set Lunch.
Main courses you will find on the Christmas Day Lunch Semi-buffet and New Year’s Day Lunch Semi-buffet were served in the style of hors d’oeuvres, neatly arranged on planks, with flagged skewers to pick them up with. It was not only well-presented, but also delicious; the Norwegian salmon was fresh and sweet. I loved it so much I ate three pieces.
Pan Roasted Norwegian Salmon.
Another tasty item from the lunch semi-buffets was the Tomahawk Pork Chop. Meaty and well-marinated, there was also a juxtaposition of texture with a piece of crispy crackling on top. The last meat I got to try was the Festive Roast Chicken. Like the others, the meat was cooked just right, full of juice and flavour.
Tomahawk Pork Chop.
A popular favourite of the night (also on the lunch semi-buffets) was the Truffle Porcini Arancini, a battered ball with a risotto filling served on fonduta.
Tomahawk Pork Chop, cut and served on a plank in bite-sized morsels.
Truffled Porcini Arancini.
No dinner party is complete without desserts. Jamie’s Italian had two great choices for us to try: Gennaro’s Tiramisu, and a sweet and Sticky Toffee Pudding. Both were lovely desserts, but I personally favoured the tiramisu, grabbing two portions.
The last activity of the night was a plank-decorating competition. Three contestants had to arrange the best-looking plank filled with sliced cheese, meats, fruits, and dip in five minutes. The winner would get a Jamie’s Italian Christmas Hamper (worth $300-600++) filled with premium kitchen ingredients and Jamie Oliver’s cookbook.
The prize hamper for the winner of the plank decorating competition.
Chef Ashley gave us an example of a professionally plated board, and also introduced us to ‘music bread’, a pastry so-named because the sound it makes when it cracks was musical (kind of).
Chef Ashley arranging his plank.
My plus one for the night, Derek, was one of the contestants. With Jamie Oliver’s visage behind him, he put together a beautiful plank.
Derek arranging his plank with a bit of help from Chef Ashley.
Although he didn’t end up winning the competition, Derek was proud of his creation, and so was I.
Derek, proud of his plank.
At the end of the day, we enjoyed the delightful menu we had been given for the night. We look forward to Christmas when everyone will get to enjoy the treats that Jamie’s Italian has in store.
Thank you Jamie’s Italian for the invitation!
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*The Christmas Day and New Year’s Day Lunch Semi-buffet is available from 11am to 3.30pm at *$100++ per adult and $50++ per child (12 years old and below). For every paying adult, one child gets to dine on a Jamie’s Italian kid’s meal for free. The New Year’s Eve Set Dinner is available from 6pm at $148++ per person.
*The Christmas and New Year’s Day Set Lunch is available from 11.30am to 3.30pm at *$80++ per person. For every paying adult, one child (12 years and below) gets to dine on a Jamie’s Italian kid’s meal for free. The New Year’s Eve Set Dinner is available from 6pm at $148++ per person.
** Add on free-flow house red and white wines, Prosecco, draft beer and soft drinks at an additional $45++ per person.*
You can also order a range of Christmas hampers: The Epic Jamie’s Italian Hamper ($300+) with wines, beers and more; the Indulgent Jamie’s Italian Hamper ($350+) offers gourmet goods such as “Sorensina” Pecorino Romano and Grated Mullet Bottarga; the Great Jamie’s Hamper ($600+) boasts a black olive pâté spread, balsamic vinegar from Modena, a bottle of Prosecco, and a Jamie Cooks Italy cookbook. Orders can be sent in to firstname.lastname@example.org between 19 November 2018 and 6 January 2019.