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Published October 24th 2015
Tasty Spanish Tapas Bar
Jah Bar, Jah Bar Tapas Bar & Restaurant, Tapas
Jah Bar Dee Why Beach - Photography by Seafarrwide


If you love dining at Dee Why Beachfront, then you will be excited to know the new Jah Bar has just opened this week. Last year Dee Why enjoyed the Crazy Donkey Greek Tapas Restaurant, now the same space has been taken over by Jah Bar.

Jah Bar, Jah Bar Tapas Bar & Restaurant Dee Why, Tapas
Jah Bar Dee Why Beach - Photography by Seafarrwide


Dee Why Beach is known for its great cafes, restaurants and bars. With commanding ocean views, long beach walks and great surf, it's also the perfect location for people watching. A popular location all year round, with all the charm of a beachfront village without the intensity of busy Manly. Jah Bar Owner and Chef Colin Bond has nailed it with his new tapas bar and restaurant.

Jah Bar, Jah Bar Tapas Bar & Restaurant Dee Why, Tapas
Jah Bar Dee Why Beach - Photography by Seafarrwide


Jah Bar Tapas and Wine Bar already has a huge following in the heart of Manly, so why not open another at Dee Why Beach. All food is sourced locally and ethically, using the highest quality of seasonal sustainable produce. Concentrating on using GMO-free food, the freshest seafood and all meats are hormone and chemical free coming from the green pastures of Cowra.

Jah Bar, Jah Bar Tapas Bar & Restaurant Dee Why, Tapas
Jah Bar Dee Why Beach - Photography by Seafarrwide


I dropped by a day after they opened and took a couple of day photos to show the fabulous location and ocean views. After a quick chat to the Manager, I decided to give them a couple of days to get into the groove and return one evening.

Jah Bar, Jah Bar Tapas Bar & Restaurant Dee Why, Tapas
Jah Bar Dee Why Beach - Photography by Seafarrwide


Word had spread in three days, already the place was full with happy patrons. The new space is bright and airy. Open plan with a long stylish bar finished in rustic timber, marble and mirrored tiles. A high communal bench table invites people to mingle, comfy banquettes line the eccentric mosaic walls covered in tiny colourful Spanish houses.

Jah Bar, Jah Bar Tapas Bar & Restaurant Dee Why, Tapas
Jah Bar Dee Why Beach - Photography by Seafarrwide




The high bar cornering the oven is a great spot to enjoy tapas washed down with your tipple of choice while watching mouthwatering roasted flat bread come out of the piping hot wood fired oven.

Jah Bar, Jah Bar Tapas Bar & Restaurant Dee Why, Tapas
Jah Bar Dee Why Beach - Photography by Seafarrwide


The place was buzzing. Jah Bar offers a special Happy Hour Tapas Menu Monday - Friday 12 pm - 7 pm - Tapas for $10, Cocktails $12, Anything on Tap $6.50 and House Wines $6.50.

Jah Bar, Jah Bar Tapas Bar & Restaurant Dee Why, Tapas
Happy Hour Tapas Menu - Image SFW


I love the concept of Tapas, sharing food in several plates, not rushing, enjoying the social interaction of conversation bringing people closer.

We arrived before 7 pm, even though it was a busy night, the owner Colin Bond took the time to chat to us explaining the different menus, suggesting we might like to try the Happy Hour Tapas Menu. It all looked delicious.

Jah Bar, Jah Bar Tapas Bar & Restaurant Dee Why, Tapas
Peruvian Salad $10 - Happy Hour Menu - image SFW


I particularly love fish and noticed the Kingfish Tacos. Colin explained that it was a superlative sashimi grade Kingfish which was cured for 2 hours in Tequila and lime juice. I was keen and oh my I wasn't disappointed. It had to be the best kingfish I had tasted in a long while. Crunchy taco shells filled with a mix of fresh coriander, lime and avocado onion jam with tenderest tastiest kingfish that melted in my mouth.

Jah Bar, Jah Bar Tapas Bar & Restaurant Dee Why, Tapas
Fish Tacos - $10 - Happy Hour Tapas Menu - image SFW




Next I chose a plate of Croquetas and a plate of Sweet Potato. The Croquetas were coated in a fine crispy crumb, filled with field mushrooms and soft gooey pecorino cheese along with a side of truffle aioli. I could have eaten 3 plates of these cheesy babies and no doubt would have popped my jean's top button.

Jah Bar, Jah Bar Tapas Bar & Restaurant Dee Why, Tapas
Croquetas & Sweet Potato - Happy Hour Tapas Menu - images SFW


There were all sorts of dishes coming out of the kitchen gliding temptingly past us. The beauty of tapas is you can just graze on nibbles of food or just have a few plates as starters then go for a larger dish, possibly the Seafood Paella. If it's too hard to decide, you can choose a set menu which will take you through to dessert.



Jah Bar, Jah Bar Tapas Bar & Restaurant Dee Why, Tapas
Seafood Paella - Jah Bar FB


Of course don't forget dessert, maybe a nice Cheeseboard, Sticky Date Pudding, Crema Catalana, Rice Pudding, Affogato or Churros Sandwich.

Jah Bar, Jah Bar Tapas Bar & Restaurant Dee Why, Tapas
Desserts - Images - Jah Bar FB - collage SFW


If you are a wine lover you will be pleased with the list. A jug of Sangria of course and a good selection of Australian wines, wines from Spain, Chile and Argentina. Beer drinkers can enjoy some 4 Pines and Nomad Ales on tap $8, bottles of Dad & Daves #1 #2, Estrella Galicia, San Miguel and Hillbilly Organic Cider $8.

I love a bar that you can sit at, maybe have a yarn with the bartender or watch talented mixologists designing cocktails. Jah Bar is just the place. You can also eat at the bar, which is ideal if you are dining alone or want to sit close for a quiet chat. I sometimes prefer it to the traditional table setting - facing each other across a table.



You will love Jah Bar day or evening. Friendly staff, fresh delicious food, fast service and a fun atmosphere - just what Dee Why Beach needs. They are so new, that there isn't a Dee Why Jah Bar Facebook or Website yet, if you want to know more just turn up or give them a call. Or check out Jah Bar Manly to get more details on type of food and wines.

Jah Bar, Jah Bar Tapas Bar & Restaurant Dee Why, Tapas
Jah Bar Dee Why Beach - Photography by Seafarrwide

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Why? Tapas lovers
When: 7 Days (12pm - 10pm)
Phone: (02) 8021 2189
Where: Shop 1, 23 The Strand, Dee Why NSW 2099
Cost: $40 plus including drinks
Your Comment
wow, that looks really nice. on my todo!
by Christina Brandalise (score: 3|3082) 1483 days ago
The Peruvian salad looks wonderful.
by Bryony Harrison (score: 4|12479) 1483 days ago
The restaurant in the images looks like it's giving customers a true taste of Peru... love Paella :)
by RC (score: 3|1221) 1046 days ago
It is only a tapas restaurant, not a Spanish tapas restaurant!! Sorry but Peru is mot in Spain!!
by v_vir (score: 0|4) 1480 days ago
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