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Published January 18th 2015
Modern Australian cuisine amongst 19th century colonial char
If you happen to have 3 young children, you'll know what I mean when I say that my wife and I need the occasional night out away from the kids. Our favourite way to unwind and recharge the parental batteries is a good meal in a nice unique restaurant.
Most of our local restaurants unfortunately don't do justice to our limited dining opportunities, so my wife and I usually head into Brisbane (or its inner suburbs) to get our finer dining fix. While we are rarely disappointed, I have often thought that it would be nice to have a great dining option a little closer to home.
Little did I know that this great local dining option was right under my nose the whole time.
Jimboomba House restaurant is located at 105 Johanna St, Jimboomba on the grounds of Hills International College and Golf Course. My social golfing adventures had brought me to this very golf course a number of times over the years, never once realising that the charming colonial style Queenslander beside the pro-shop was actually a restaurant.
19th century colonial Queenslander, Jimboomba House
When friends of ours mentioned in passing what a great meal they'd had at Jimboomba House the previous weekend, we immediately resolved to take our next 'date night' to this restaurant.
Our first visit to Jimboomba House was on a Wednesday night. The restaurant is contained in a pleasing, well maintained 19th century Queenslander built around 1845 and believed to be one of the oldest buildings in South-East Queensland.
We shared the indoor dining area with a small smattering of fellow diners making the restaurant quiet without being eerie. We arrived without a booking, but were immediately seated in a nice quiet corner and presented with the menus by a friendly staff member. Perusing the menu presented a small problem – too much choice. The dinner options included steaks, lamb, pork, chicken, duck, fish, pastas and a huge range of gourmet pizzas among others.
With the help of a Corona and a glass of house dry white, our choices were eventually made and orders taken. Within a short time (the advantage of a quiet weekday night) we were presented with our entrée to share - ricotta and salmon dumplings with a mildly spicy plum dipping sauce. The dumplings were crisp on the outside, but softer and dense inside. The salmon flavor was mild and complemented nicely by the plum dipping sauce - my only reservation being they may have been a little too filling.
Both mains were excellent. The chicken breast was perfectly moist and well matched with the potato bake and honey mustard sauce.
My steak was large, tender and delivered medium rare as requested. I also enjoyed the creamy potato bake as something a little different to the more common sides of chips or mash. My only (very) small disappointment was that the steamed vegetables were a little average - almost like they were included as an afterthought to make me feel less guilty about consuming the neighbouring potato bake.
Overall, the mains were large and the meat was great quality - exceptional value for around $25 each.
After a little time to relax and enjoy the distinctive post meal contentment that good dining brings, we ordered sticky date pudding (to share) for dessert. The pudding was no world-beater, but rich and pleasant. Washed down with tea and a cappuccino, it was a fine end to a very enjoyable dining experience.
Beyond the standard dining menu, Jimboomba House also offers take-away pizza, breakfast on Saturday and Sunday Mornings, 2 for 1 pizza and pasta on Wednesday nights and discount steaks on Thursday nights.
Overall, Jimboomba House provides high quality, affordable, all round dining that is unmatched in its local area. And all this in a charming 19th century Queenslander.