From me, the highest recommendation to scoot on out to Maroubra Junction and dine at Kitchen by Jamie. I like food with a story, and I’m charmed by this one, as years ago, Jamie and Daniela invited me (and some friends) over to their place for the concept ‘Dine with…’, a sort of dinner party with a professional chef. It combined wonderful food that you couldn’t make yourself with the comfortable feeling of home.
That same feeling has been transferred to their new restaurant, that feels both high-end and polished, but also like hanging out with friends or family. It was all the more comforting that we stopped by for Sunday lunch when there are the Sunday roast specials. We couldn’t resist.
Possibly the largest Yorkshire pudding that I’ve ever seen, a very rich gravy, perfectly crisp roasted potatoes, carrots, green beans and for me: roast pork (delicious, tender, perfect) and for husband: roast beef (tasty, he said).
Our vegetarian guest had homemade gnocchi, the first time she’d tried it, and was impressed with it, as well as the generous sprinkle of almonds. The dishes we had did remind me of my first meeting with Jamie and Daniela. The food is beautiful and of a quality that’s clear a professional is in charge here (he describes his cuisine as combining British and French). It’s beautifully plated on gorgeous plates. But it’s also not fussy or complicated food, and the real emphasis is on food that is perfectly tasty.
We managed to get through the desserts too (that came with the roast dinner). A rocky road brownie, replete with marshmallows and dried fruit; and one of the best sticky date puddings I’ve ever had. The food really is wonderful and the hospitality unbeatable. Do go check it out!