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Published August 6th 2013
Welcome to the Jam
Just off Gouger St on the corner of Wright St and Field St is Jam the Bistro, a stylish modern eatery.
I've been meaning to try eating at Jam, since I live just a street away from it and because it looks really good from the outside. I also notice that on Sundays, they have lamb roasting on a spit outside. Unfortunately, I didn't visit them on a Sunday so I missed out.
I liked the simplicity of the interior of the Jam; clean with white walls and the occasional red splashed on to give it a clear contrast of colour. I went during lunchtime so the place was lit brilliantly with natural sunlight due to the wide glass windows of the Jam.
There's a little hole in the wall where you can peer into the kitchen and see the chefs cooking. They've proudly framed their awards and newspaper clippings around this window.
The waiter who was serving us proved to be really friendly; he patiently tried to give my partner and I suggestions as we indecisively stared blankly at the menu. We finally ordered the blue swimmer crab cakes and one of their specials.
The waiter described this as a dish for meat-lovers; it's an omelette with prosciutto, bacon, and chorizo. The taste and flavours were definitely there; the freshness of the ingredients made it all very savoury. However, we found that the portion was on the small side and was not enough to fill my partner up for lunch.
Our waiter said that the dish I ordered wouldn't be very big, as I told him I didn't want something very filling. He was right.The blue swimmer crab cakes with grilled SA king prawns, spiced avocado and romesco is artfully presented and packed with delicious taste, but is on the meager side. This looks like it should have been an entrée dish but it is classified almost laughably as a 'large plate' on the menu.
Overall, I liked the atmosphere and vibe the Jam gave out and I did enjoy the fresh flavours of the dishes. However, I probably would not come back as the whole dining experience was expensive for such tiny serves of food.
Agree too on small serves for dinner - however breakfast is totally different - amazing value! Huge breakfast serves. Service there seems to be very hit or miss. I really want to like this place but it's inconsistent.
hmmm the quality of the food far outweighs the value for money aspect. Maybe if you want value for money go to fast pasta!
The food here is insanely amazing. Definitely one of the best eateries in town.