Jamie Oliver restaurant opening in Dubai

Celebrity chef to open restaurant in Festival City this year Comments

Dubai based Al Futtaim Group Real Estate has struck a deal with British celebrity chef Jamie Oliver to open his first international restaurant in Dubai, the developer behind Festival City has confirmed.

Jamie's Italian, a 290 seater restaurant, is scheduled to open in late November at the Festival Centre Canal Walk in Dubai Festival City.

The celebrity chef already has fifteen outlets in the UK and this will be the first international Jamie’s Italian restaurant since the first outlet opened in Oxford in May 2008.

Philip Evans, director of commercial and retail leasing at Al Futtaim Group Real Estate (AFGRE) said: "We are pleased to announce another first for Dubai and UAE, in opening Jamie's Italian which further enriches our culinary offerings. The restaurant will be located at Festival Centre's Marina Pavilion."

Faisal Jawad, chairman of Jawad Business Group, the master franchisee for the GCC, said the Festival City outlet would be the first of many in the Middle East as it plans to “develop many restaurants over the next several years in the region.”

Oliver’s arrival in Dubai follows hot on the heels of Gordon Ramsay, Gary Rhodes and Marco Pierre White, who have also successful launched branded restaurants in the emirate.

By Arabian Business staff
Time Out Dubai,

User reviews:

Posted by: Venus on 15 Feb ' 12 at 10:08

I will never ever come back to this Restaurant!!! The service is really bad. Main Course was served after an hour as well as the dessert. I just ordered boiled chicken and beef sauted in tomotoes-- what's so difficult about that? Cake for dessert which they don't even have to bake-- ready, just to be sliced. Total bill is AED299 and it is not worth it.

Posted by: Jochen on 04 Mar ' 11 at 08:07

after all the negative feedback and being a fan of Jamie, i had to try it for myself at my birthday and .....
seems the bad reviews helped, we got Parmesan offered!

had the itlaien burger, was delicious, despite you would think there are chips along the burger but they had to be ordered separate.

still no alcohol availabkle nd the tiramisu was also not available (still interim you could make one without alc.... just as good).

restaurant interior also looks good, it is worth going there. the more go, the busioer they are t he more training they get, it can only get even better.

Posted by: Lizzie jackson on 03 Mar ' 11 at 17:08

We visited jamies restaurant in festival city, which was hard to find on 26th Feb, 7 of us including our 3 children. We were firstly got told rudly via a phone call we could not eat outside! We we arrived we were the only ones in!!!
Menu choice poor, asked for the pizza menu, in jamies intalian restaurant, after walking past the stone bake oven, we were told they do not do pizzas as the waiteress told us they are American and not Italian TOTALLY UN TRUE
Menu Choice very poor, olives not ripe.
Would he eat at this restaurant with his children???? Our answer is a big NO

Posted by: Olivier BRUTTIN on 26 Feb ' 11 at 09:38

A great disappointment: Went to the restaurant on a Friday for a family lunch. The overall experience was pretty bad. First the waitress had such a strong foreign (Russian?) accent that we had to ask her to repeat several times the explanations on the menu. She presented the specials as if it was a boring text she was reading.
When The other waitress came to bring cutlery for the kids but forgot to take out their "grown up" cutlery, we had to remind her and she seemed surprised or annoyed.

We ordered pasta for the kids, the squid salad, a mozzarella, tomato and basil salad and a vongole pasta

The Bolognese pasta for the kids was flat, no flavor. Waiter did not propose parmesan cheese, we had to ask. It came with side salad (fo kids). Now, when you do a side salad for kids, try at least to chose greens that kids would not dislike (peppers for example) and cut them in a way they dont have to use knives or so. Make it "kid friendly"...

The squid salad was minuscule and absolutely nothing to be pleasantly surprised about. Squid was tasteless, just grilled and lukewarm...

The mozzarella, tomato and basil salad was…. Surprising: 6 or 8 baby tomato halves, a tiny bit of mozzarella and microscopic basil leaves. The salad went down in 4 mouthfuls and there was absolutely nothing special about it

The vongole pasta was good, although lots of capers in it (which were not mentioned in the menu…)

Once again, waitress did not propose parmesan cheese.

When we asked for bread the waiter told us that there was a Italian bread basket (which in fact was a tiny square recipient with 4 or 5 small pieces of bread stuck in it). We ended up being charged for that, but the waiter (purposely?) omitted to mention that this was not indeed complimentary when we asked for it…

Then the dessert: we ordered a Tiramisu and got the answer that it was not available since the liquor license for the restaurant was not yet granted. Now, you either mention there is liquor in the tiramisu in the menu (for our Muslims friends) or do a tiramisu without liquor (yes, it is just as good) or tell the customers right away when you present the dessert menu, without waiting for them to order.

Finally, the bill, 293 AED, we could have had a much better experience elsewhere.

This is a place we will not come back, for sure.

Conclusion: Jamie’s food looks better on TV, maybe he should stick to TV shows!

Posted by: Dee on 30 Jan ' 11 at 07:54

Maincourse for a sirloin steak 8oz with a bit of rocket on the side, no potatoes AED 130. Many things on the menue (including most of the deserts) where not available. A can of coke AED 18. As a fiend mentioned " never ever again". Very disppointing indeed.

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