I’m a big fan of casual dining chez Oliver. Jamie’s Italian has firmly dethroned Carluccio’s on our visits to Kingston. So it was with some excitement that I headed to Jamie’s new venture Union Jacks in the jazzy, new Central St Giles Piazza to try his British take on pizza – the flatbread. In truth, it is pretty hard to tell the difference between a flatbread and a pizza, aside from the very British ingredients used in Jamie’s take, but no matter.
The menu was packed with delicious offerings from an Old Spot (roast shoulder of pig, quince and bramley sauces, Cropwell Bishop, Watercress and crackling), Chilli Freak which boasted 6 different chilli varieties (one for Mr White) to the more traditional Margaret – Tomatoes, Lincolnshire Poacher Cheddar and Basil. We couldn’t decide which we fancied so opted for a Woodman, and a Stargazer, with a side of coleslaw, and shared. The Stargazer had a tomato base and was topped with Cornish sardines and fennel. Delicious. Sadly, it’s no longer on the menu but am sure that it will make a comeback as the seasons change. The Westcombe Cheddar, pickled red onion and field mushrooms gave the Woodman a really British in flavour. If anything it could have done with a bit more cheese. The Rainbow Coleslaw was delicious – crunchy and flavoursome with not a spot of mayo in sight. Just as Coleslaw should be.
The decor is funky, not dissimilar in feel to Jamie’s Italian, with a wood-fired oven in full view. The atmosphere was quite quiet for a weekday lunchtime in area of offices but I expect it will be packed before long.