Canary Wharf has too many branded restaurants, and Jamie’s Italian is destined to become the country’s most popular restaurant in this category. I found the service over the top and too American and the menu descriptions cringe-worthy, amid a number of other toe-curling features – but if you ignore all this, the food is OK and reasonable value for money.
Unit 17, 2 Churchill Place, E14 5RB, Tel. + 020 3002 5252, www.jamieoliver.com/italian
Opinion – Foodsessed on Jamie’s Italian in Canary Wharf:
Jamie Oliver doesn’t disappoint at his rustic Italian chain where everything from sharing starters to heavenly desserts. The huge bowls of steaming pasta is between clever, tasty and high quality; the celebrity chef’s trademark chirpiness infuses the service. The prices are affordable, both of which help to make the long waits for a table and loud crowded atmosphere a bit more bearable.