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Published October 19th 2014
So close but just not quite great
It's amazing how many restaurants out there seem to be satisfied with being just 'okay'. There's nothing really wrong with them, but they're not going to blow your mind with culinary goodness anytime soon either. The Jetty Oxford is one such restaurant that has left me feeling a tad underwhelmed.
Don't get me wrong, there was nothing specifically wrong with it at all. The restaurant itself is lovely, well decorated and manages to exude a reasonable amount of ambience. The location is right - set at the quiet end of Bulimba's trendy Oxford Street and right on the river. The menu is fairly comprehensive and offers meals to suit most tastes without being overwhelmingly large. Even the staff are lovely. Still, there is just something missing.
My partner and I went to The Jetty on a Saturday night with another couple. We had booked an outside table but, whilst the City Cat Terminal upgrades are occurring, this is not the most ideal setting - unless of course you have a thing for the industrial aesthetic of construction fencing. We asked to be moved inside and the staff were more than happy to accommodate our request.
We didn't opt for starters, instead heading straight for the main meal section of the menu. Unless you are sharing, or in for the long haul I would personally not bother with the starters as the main meals are very generously sized. Two of us went for the mud crab lasagne served with a prawn and saffron bisque. It was tasty. The bisque sauce was lovely but the lasagne itself seemed to be lacking in seasoning and was somewhat lacking in flavour. The mud crab pieces on top of the lasagne were sweet and delicious but were served cold, which I personally found to be a bit of an odd combination with the rest of the piping hot dish.
The men of the table went for meatier options - selecting the Wagyu beef burger and the Scotch fillet steak. My partner is a bit of a burger-holic and he said it was pretty good on his scale but the chips were a little on the cold and soggy side which is never a good thing. The steak was ordered rare and came as such which is a big plus. I often find that a good measure for judging a restaurant is how they cook their meat. There were no complaints from that side of the table so I'm gathering that was one test that The Jetty did pass.
Our dining companions decided to indulge in the bittersweet chocolate fondant served with a hot Lindt chocolate sauce and espresso ice cream. The both said it was delicious and the presentation of this particular dish was very well executed. We, on the other hand, chose to bring out our inner coffee snobs and test The Jetty's caffeinated options. I went for a mocha and my partner his usual vanilla latte. The mocha was quite well made but a little cold for my liking and the vanilla latte was apparently drinkable but not great.
I feel that this sentiment is a good summation of the food offerings at Jetty - alright but not great. Yes, The Jetty has a lovely location but I feel that when a restaurant demands upwards of $30 per main the expectation is that the meals will be well above average. No one left hungry and we were all happy enough with our meals but would I be rushing back to the Jetty? Probably no time soon.
I also agree with this we went to the jetty in southbank and found the top dollar prices a little steep for the serving size and the taste. the pork belly I had was far too chewy and fatty which was really disappointing since good pork belly can be like dying and going to heaven on a plate.
Yes, sadly, I agree too. My friend and I had gnocchi there a while ago and I kid you not, we had 5 pieces each. We paid almost $30 each and left starving! We stopped at another cafe on Oxford st for dessert on the way home.
For some reason, I have made return visits (mainly for coffee) and while none have been as bad as the "gnocchi incident", I usually leave slightly underwhelmed.
We went there with some friends last year & won't return. The 6 of us were squeezed around a small uncomfortable table outside & had to wait one & a half hours for our main meals. When the food arrived it was very average for the price. However, the place always looks busy for some reason. If you look at the reviews on Trip Advisor, there are a lot of people who have said the service & food are not up to scratch. Shame as it is in a great location. Thank you Pj for the honest review.