Diner’s Diary

Jamie’s Italian in Causeway Bay is a fresh destination for happy hour snacks and drinks

Jamie Oliver’s Hong Kong Island restaurant serves up deep-fried ravioli ‘nachos’, spicy hot pizza, chilli fries and gelato, all washed down with some inventive cocktails

PUBLISHED : Wednesday, 06 July, 2016, 7:30am
UPDATED : Wednesday, 06 July, 2016, 7:30am

Looking for happy hour options in Causeway Bay? Jamie’s Italian might fit the bill, where the special menu features nibbles and drinks for HK$50 each.

We were invited to sample a few drinks and dishes. Our verdict was mixed, but on the whole they are good value for money.

We started with a Kowloon Peak cocktail featuring vodka, lychee liqueur and orange juice topped with beer in a steel mug. The beer taste overwhelmed the drink, with some aftertaste of the orange juice.

Another drink is the Taste of Provence, a concoction of white rum, house-made lavender syrup and coconut water topped with soda and decorated with lavender petals.

To go with our drinks, we quite liked the chilli fries, skinny fries tossed in a house-made spicy paprika, chilli and fennel rub. They were the favourite snack of the evening, and definitely had a spicy kick.

Oliver has created his own version of Italian nachos by stuffing ravioli with mozzarella, ricotta and parmesan that were then deep-fried and accompanied with a spicy Sicilian tomato sauce. The cheese filling in the middle seemed to have evaporated when we bit into them, but they were crunchy and fun to snack on.

Jamie’s Italian in Causeway Bay recently got its pizza oven installed like its Tsim Sha Tsui counterpart. We ordered the Hong Kong Hot (HK$185), and were warned it was very spicy, but when we tasted it, it was hardly flaming hot.

The pizza featured crushed tomatoes, Cheddar cheese, fennel salami, small spicy meatballs, pickled chillis and buffalo mozzarella. The spicy meatballs were just mild, and the pickled chillis didn’t require a fire extinguisher on standby.

We were quite full, but had a bit of room for gelato (HK$88), and tried a scoop each of vanilla, salted caramel and chocolate. The latter was a dark chocolate flavour, and we had the gelato garnished with honeycomb, nuts and seeds.

2/F, Soundwill Plaza II, 1 Tang Lung Street, Causeway Bay. Tel: 3958 2222