Helping Brisbanites find the perfect food-fix
I had heard about Jam Jar opening up in my favourite suburb of West End, located next to Lock ‘N Load. It seemed that everyone had heard about it but none of my friends had been there (yet) so I decided to have a (very) late breakfast one Sunday afternoon, followed by an evening gathering a month later.
Jam Jar is like a little farm home – the decor is raw but painted, with backyard-wooden benches and high, slanted ceilings. There’s an old upright piano out the front, a small corridor leading to the back, glimpses of greenery outside and cool art on the walls. It’s small, intimate and great for a gathering. The high roof creates a sense of space and openness during the day while night time ensures you will be dining and drinking by cosy candlelight.
Sharing is caring and this place encourages that sentiment whole heartedly with a food menu made up of ‘smalls’ and ‘middles’ rather than full sized, personal meals for dinner. Despite being on the smaller side, the food is delicious and worth every cent. Order the chorizo, green pea & manchego croquettes with romesco sauce if you’re particularly hungry. The style of feeding ensures you take it a little slow and savour every mouthful before powering through the menu.
*The breakfast menu comprises Jam Jar ‘spins’ on traditional meals such as sweet potato cakes with eggs benedict – however, everything is a successful blend of flavours and, in some cases, an improvement on old favourites.
The rustic-clad service is a mixture of attentive and thoughtful but rushed and busy however, everyone is personable and friendly both face-to-face and on the phone. Nobody seems to mind a last minute booking-change, or if you sit there all afternoon with only coffee on your bill. Your waiter will even bring you a menu, without question, if you’re still there by dinner time.
Be aware – Wednesday to Friday offers only dinner and breakfast is available only on the weekend.
My food will cost: smalls $3-$6; middles $16-$26; *breakfast $14-$32; sides $6; desserts $14-$16;
My beverages will cost: coffee/tea $4; non-alcoholic $4-$6; cocktails $15-$17; beer/cider $6-$13; wine per glass $7.50-$10.50
Good for: late breakfast / weekend brunch / catch-ups / gatherings
Yum: jam jar benedict; croquettes; polenta cake; pork belly
My wallet says: Everything seems to be a little bit cheaper than I expected
* Note: The menu has changed since I last visited in April, from mains to serving only share plates. I will be visiting again during the evening this week and will double-check the breakfast menu and pricings.
p: +61 7 3844 3395
a: 138 Boundary Street West End (next door to Lock N’ Load)
ot: mon-tues closed; wed-fri 1700 – 2300; sat-sun 0800-2300;
how do i get here?: http://jp.translink.com.au/
Date of Visit: Sunday 15/04/2012
Revisted: Thursday 31/05/2012