Not having ventured to Jacobs Well for over 15 years, I was surprised when I was told about a great Irish Pub, with really good food and views in the new development of the Calypso Bay Marina. It was time to return and see what the Jacobs Well area had to offer.
From Brisbane, take the M1 South to Exit 49 and then it's a 15 minute drive following the signs to Jacobs Well and Calypso Bay. Some of the surrounding residential area is still under development, but upon reaching the marina where Harrigans is situated you can't help but be impressed by the bay views and beautifully landscaped gardens. What we also noticed was the serenity of the area, something not always associated with a Saturday afternoon at the pub. Hopefully this will be a feature that isn't completely lost once the residential area is completed.
The size of the venue doesn't hit you until you walk into the main entrance, with multiple tables for dining inside and out and an impressive feature fireplace which would certainly add to the ambience in the cooler months. Upon exploring further, we also found a children's area with games and a large function room.
On the Saturday we visited, there was a jazz band playing as part of their "Jazz and Seafood Saturdays". It was a great band and the music volume was at the right level where you could enjoy it but also still hear yourselves talk.
Taking our time to order from their varied menu and daily specials board as we couldn't decide, one of the staff kindly let us know that a large group was about to put in their lunch order so if we didn't want to wait too long we may like to order sooner rather than later. We started with the Turkish bread and house dips – for only $7.90 we were given three thick pieces of bread and a selection of small dips – one serve was plenty for two people to share as we wanted to save room for our mains.
While the rest of the group ordered steaks, I opted for "Harrigans Seafood Wonderland" – their version of a seafood platter. For just under $26.00, I received a platter of all sorts of delightful seafood morsels – seafood skewers, a small piece of salmon, calamari, fresh prawns and prawn twisters accompanied by a salad. Although a little different from what was described on the menu, I thoroughly enjoyed this dish and thought it was excellent value for money.
The others in the group all enjoyed their steaks, again being very good value for between $26.00 and $30.00 depending on your preference.
As the afternoon progressed, we all decided dessert was in order. The lemon citrus tart I ordered was beautifully presented, and although quite sweet and not as tart as I normally prefer, it was still delicious. There were also favourable comments on the Eton's Mess (a combination of meringue, fruit & cream) and sticky date pudding.