OK, OK so Jamie Oliver isn’t opening a beach bar with Luke-Dale Roberts in Kommetjie (we wish!) – yesterday we got caught up in the craziness of April Fool’s Day and shared a fabulous prank that was started by Inside Guide. BUT that doesn’t mean that the prank wasn’t created out of truth. You see, Jamie Oliver really is heading to Cape Town to open a restaurant and it sounds like it’s going to be quite something. Here are 5 things you need to know about Jamie Oliver’s real restaurant in Cape Town.

1. Our beloved Jamie might not be moving to Cape Town but it looks like he is gearing up to open a branch of his world famous, Jamie’s Italian right here in the Mother City. The chef is already running 30 restaurants worldwide with branches of Jamie’s Italian in Canada, Australia, Dubai, Ireland, Hong Kong, Russia, Singapore, and Turkey.

Jamie's Italian Cape Town

Jamie’s Italian Saint Petersburg – an example of what Capetonians can expect from Jamie’s Cape Town eatery.

2. So far two locations have been highlighted as the most likely spot for the Italian eatery – most foodie experts like The Whale Cottage and InsideGuide have reported that the Cape Town branch of Jamie’s Italian will be at the V&A Waterfront. There have been a few rumours floating around about the restaurant being in Bree Street but word is that Jamie’s Italian will be opening at the V&A Waterfront when Sevruga’s lease expires.

3. The restaurant will be open for breakfast, lunch and dinner 7 days a week and diners can expect the menu to offer urban casual dining. Judging from the other Jamie’s Italian restaurants around the world the menu will offer delicious, healthy Italian food at an affordable price. Here’s hoping that we can look forward to dishes like the Famous Prawn Linguine (fried garlicky prawns, fennel, tomatoes, chilli & rocket), Jamie’s Italian Burger (juicy prime beef with mortadella, balsamic onions, tomato, melted smoked mozzarella, pickles & chillies) and the Epic Brownie (warm fudgy brownie with vanilla ice cream & caramelised popcorn).

Jamie's Italian Cape Town

Jamie’s Italian Sydney – oven dried tomatoes cooked with basil, garlic and creamy ricotta bruschetta

4. In true Jamie style the menu will make use of the freshest of ingredients, sourced locally and imported directly from Italy to offer diners the very best of South Africa and authentic Italian cuisine.

5. The restaurant is most likely to open before the end of 2015. Word in the foodie industry is that Sevruga’s lease expires before the end of this year and that Capetonians can look forward to a Jamie’s Italian in Cape Town by Christmas.

Jamie’s Italian in Westfield, Stratford City

Jamie’s Italian in Westfield, Stratford City

Of course, all this is speculation at this point but it looks like all signs are pointing to Cape Town having its own slice of Jamie Oliver in the near future! South Africa is a big market for Jamie and we already know the chef loves South Africa and Cape Town.

Keep reading WomenStuff for more news and developments on Jamie’s Italian in Cape Town over 2015!