Restaurant Reviews: Jamie’s Italian

Head over to this Vivo eatery for breakfast that suits both junior and you.

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Address: #01-165 VivoCity, 1 HarbourFront Walk

Opening hours: Saturdays and Sundays – 9.30 am to 11.30 am

Stoked to hear that this eatery — which saw notoriously long lines when it first opened — was launching a weekend breakfast menu, we dashed down to VivoCity to check it out. With indoor and outdoor playgrounds, train rides and plenty of kidcentric stores, it sounds like the perfect weekend-morning jaunt.

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          Request a table close to the full-length glass windows, furthest away from the entrance, to take in a great view of the waterfront promenade in air-conditioned comfort. Then, order a morning brew, $4 to $5.50 each, to sip while you scan the menu.

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          For a hearty breakfast, get The Works, $19.50. Essentially an Italian big breakfast, it boasts sausages, streaky bacon, eggs done your way and cherry tomatoes roasted on the vine. A vegetarian version, $16.50, is also available. Though the food is simply done, it’s super-fresh.

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          If you prefer to share something with junior, the American-style bacon & banana pancakes, $14.90, are a good choice as the sweet and salty flavours combine wonderfully. Another breakfast classic to sample is the scrambled eggs with salmon, $15.50 — the eggs are done to perfection and the salmon is fresh and moist.

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Tot-O-Meter: Kids are on their best behaviour when their tummies are full and they are happily engaged. Jamie’s Italian achieves high scores on both counts. The attentive staff quickly brought my sons colouring materials as well as a 3D image viewer with slides featuring the items on the menu. As they amused themselves, my husband and I could take our time to make our selections from the extensive menu — which really won us over! Your tyke can chow down on a mini-version of The Works, $12.50, though mine couldn’t get enough of the traditional English breakfast of soft-boiled eggs with toast soldiers, $9.50. After your meal, hop on VivoCity’s mini-express train for a ride (its route starts just around the corner from the restaurant). Costing $6 per person (free for an adult accompanying a child under 90cm), the 15-minute-long journey takes you around the waterfront promenade. Your peewees will love it! 


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