As we walked into the new South Bank Complex we passed the newly built Stokehouse that has had critics' toungues wagging and was tempted to have late lunch there. But, we had already made a booking at the also new South Bank Jetty, the brother of the Jetty in Bulimba.
We were with a large group of 12 and were seated at a tall table to the right of the restaurant with high and slightly uncomfortable chairs. The room was softly lit which created a relaxing mood. The dark timbers, metal surfaces and natural stone made the room stylish and modern. To our left were comfortable looking lounges that overlooked the footpath. This was a popular spot for relaxed couples who sat with a cocktail in their hands watching the world go by.
We were given a menu that looked a little different from past restaurant experiences. There was the usual entree and main section but there was also an in-between section. I thought this idea was great for people who want to try a couple of dishes rather than large mains or a couple of small entrees. I opted for an entrée and an in-between.
For entrée I ordered the fried squid salad, coriander, chilli & lemon
I wouldn’t call this dish a salad as there were barely any greens, and just simply deep fried calamari with mayo. But don’t get me wrong it was downright delicious!
Mum had the Bbq pork rice paper roll, pepered calamari, nahm jim dressing & toasted peanuts
Dad opted for the same as me.
When it came to the in-between I couldn’t go past the Wagyu beef burger with Swiss cheese, bacon, gherkins, onion jam, tomato relish & chips.
The beef was juicy and succulent and the cheese melted on top of the beef which gave it a strong cheesy taste. The other ingredients gave it flavour and a difficult battle to fit into my mouth.
Mum chose the ocean trout fish cakes, green beans, basil, mint, chilli & lime. It was good but mum's fish cakes were in my mind, better.
Dads choice was the char grilled black angus skirt with anchovy butter & pomme frits (potato chips in English).
To quote from my dad “It is delicious”.
Then we moved to those comfy lounges I was talking about earlier. For dessert I ordered the pavlova with summer fruits. Dad ordered the orange and ricotta fritters with .
Both were pleasant and I enjoyed the lightness of the pav and the zest of the fritters.
In fact, I was glad we didn’t ditch the Jetty and eat at Stokehouse because the afternoon was relaxing and the Asian inspired food was at its best!