Jolleys Boathouse Restaurant, Adelaide

Fancy schmancy date night with the stranger at Jolleys right beside the banks of the Torrens river. We secured a late dinner time slot (8pm) and got seated right by the windows, too bad daylight savings had yet to roll around so it was rather dark outside to really savour the views.

We both perused through the menu online (does anyone else do this? Hehe!) before we arrived so we had an idea of what we were treating our taste buds to that evening.

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Complimentary bread
Shaved Mayura Station wagyu, buckwheat noodles, enoki and seaweed salad and red dragon sauce; $19.50

This dish was presented on a slab of pink salt rock with little mounds of buckwheat noodles, enoki and seaweed salad covered with a shaved slice of wagyu (just look at the marbling!) and finished with dabs of red dragon sauce. A burst of flavour with each mouthful, amazing.

jolleys boathouse restaurant
Caramelised pork belly, green mango, chilli and peanut salad, nam jim; $19.50

Vibrant and colourful with a mix of tender fatty meat, crunchy fresh julienned green mango, shaved cucumber slices, shredded carrots and peanuts and a kick of heat from the chilli.

jolleys boathouse restaurant
Crisp skin barramundi fillet, roast carrot mash, oxtail sauce and caramelised shallots; $38.00

A light main of well cooked barramundi with a moist and juicy flesh paired with sweet carrot mash and caramelised shallots. The shaved carrot pieces on top of the dish gave the dish a welcomed crunch and freshness however the oxtail meat in the sauce was dry and chewy and I didn’t think it was necessary.

jolleys boathouse restaurant
Char Grilled 350gm Cape Grim scotch fillet (grass fed); $42.00

The Stranger got his steak fix with fingerling potatoes and Café de Paris butter. Unfortunately for him, his medium rare steak came out more towards the medium end of the scale with all the juices pooling out to one side of the plate (our table was on a slant!) once the steak knife pierced through the meat. It must have not been rested long enough and hungry bellies didn’t want to wait for another reorder. Not surprisingly, the meat was dry and slightly tough but at least the accompaniments of mustard and dijonnaise made it somewhat better.


Jolleys Boathouse Restaurant
1 Jolleys Lane
Adelaide SA 5000
P 08 8223 2891

Opening hours
Mon-Fri Lunch from 12pm, Dinner from 6pm
Sat Dinner from 6pm
Sun Lunch from 12pm, Dinner from 6pm (open seasonally)

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6 comments for “Jolleys Boathouse Restaurant, Adelaide

  1. Ann
    October 15, 2013 at 8:59 PM

    Dry and slightly tough @ $42!! I would definitely have told the kitchen!

    • dee
      October 16, 2013 at 8:48 AM

      It would’ve helped if the stranger told me when he took his first bite, instead he just kept nomming away. Hehe >.<

  2. October 16, 2013 at 8:20 AM

    I totally check the menu online too!!!

    • dee
      October 16, 2013 at 4:36 PM

      The irony of it all, when I get to the place, I sometimes still don’t know what I want!! Haha

  3. October 21, 2013 at 2:28 PM

    It’s been a few years since I visited Jolley’s Boathouse now, loved it at the time. Been wanting to go back, hope they still have their parfait for dessert!

  4. October 21, 2013 at 9:20 PM

    Jolley’s used to be very good around 10-12 yrs ago. I stopped going there around 2007 as the quality was much down compared to the earlier years. Looks like they are down and still down on the tough and dry steak.

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