Jamie's Italian Aberdeen
The restaurant occupies the first and second floors of the Union Street frontage of the old Esslemont and Macintosh department store. This was a retail landmark in the city and is a listed building.The design respects the original building, and restores the windows, cast iron structure and wooden floors. The exterior has been repaired and cleaned and the original mosaic signage retained.
Aberdeen is the most northerly of Jamie's Italian restaurants and is known as the “Granite" or “Silver" City. The greyness of the stone buildings, North Sea, and Scottish weather is something we wanted to contrast with a warm and sunny interior.
The restaurant reflects the scale and grandeur of E&M in its glory days. A patterned Terracotta screen surrounds the staircase and forms a vibrant and dynamic centrepiece to both levels. The idea of fire and sun is further explored with the open kitchen, bar and antipasti counter. The palette of materials has been selected to create a welcoming and cosy interior.