Jolleys Boathouse Restaurant, Adelaide

I was looking forward to T’s birthday dinner at Jolleys Boathouse especially knowing that their food is impeccably tasty along with their friendly attentive service from my first visit almost a year ago.

We arrive on time, get seated by the window overlooking the Torrens river and soak in the warm relaxing atmosphere. Our waiter runs through the specials of the night and give us some time to peruse through the menu. Being the indecisive bunch we are, we took our time and started off with beverages first before finally settling on our preferred mains.

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2009 Innocent Bystander pink moscato; $37.00
Complimentary bread
King George Whiting, cauliflower puree, mushrooms, broccolini, duck prosciutto and basil; $36.00

Our bottle of pink moscato was splendid! It was smooth, sweet and once consumed left no after taste or the bubbly fizz that is often left on the tongue.

The fish was cooked to perfection, moist, naturally sweet and seasoned well. The accompaniments were packed full of flavour and textually contrasting. Unfortunately, I did come across a few bones here and there but had no problem sorting them out (mum and dad taught me well on how to eat fish with bones intact!).

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Pan fried potato gnocchi, braised lamb shoulder, tuscan cabbage and winter vegetables; $28.50

Soft pillows of delightful goodness topped with freshly shaven parmesan!

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Crisp fried tea smoked duck, choy sum, blood orange and tamarind caramel; $38.00

I remembered from my previous visit that the tea smoked duck was absolutely divine and recommended that someone should try it. C gave it a go and surely, it was a hit! The charred skin was a bit too dark for her liking, but aside from that, the flavours were amazing. The sweetness from the blood oranges complimented the intense flavour of the tea smoked duck, a balanced and refreshing dish, I got to steal a bite… DELISH!

Serving sizes were just right with enough room for dessert:

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Vanilla and rhubarb crème brulee, green apple sorbet; $16.00
Passionfruit pavlova and pure cream; $16.00

The creme brulee was a favourite amongst us all, most notably the green apple sorbet! Smooth, sweet, tangy, cold and just delightful. There was a battle with the three spoons for the last scoop of this concoction that sat on a bed of chocolate crumbs – yumyum.

The pavlova is one of C’s favourite dessert. It had a crispy outer shell with marshmallow gooeyness on the inside paired with passionfruit curd and fresh cream. A sour tangy spoonful of passionflower curd was the perfect element to cut through the intense sweetness from the pavlova. T and I struggle to soldier on with the pavlova so we happily eat the passionflower curd on its own. 🙂

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Window overseeing the kitchen that patrons can peek into before entering the restaurant doors

Fantastic high quality food, exceptional service and beautiful company. Happy birthday T! xx

Food: 4.5/5
Service: 4.5/5
Value: 4/5
Ambience: 5/5


Jolleys Boathouse Restaurant
1 Jolleys Lane
Adelaide SA 5000
(Corner of Victoria Drive and King William Road)
P 08 8223 2891

Opening Hours
Mon–Fri Lunch from 12pm, Dinner from 6pm
Sat Dinner from 6pm
Sun Lunch from 12pm, Dinner open seasonally

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2 comments for “Jolleys Boathouse Restaurant, Adelaide

  1. Ann
    August 18, 2011 at 1:03 PM

    That tea smoked duck sounds amazing D. I hope it’s still on the menu when I get around to visiting Jolleys.

    • dbites
      August 21, 2011 at 9:02 AM

      I think it should be since it’s the same one I ordered on my previous visit which was a year ago. 🙂

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