Weekend bites: Little Miss Mexico and Jolleys Boathouse Restaurant

Little Miss Mexico

Little Miss Mexico
Little Miss Mexico outdoor pop up bar

Hola! Remember this little place on Grenfell Street early last year during the fringe season of mad March? It was the hot spot pop up bar and place to be and I never got around to visiting it due to it’s massive long lines and then, it was over. They shut up shop for almost a year but alas, the doors have reopened and I finally made a visit with The Stranger for a quick drink and a snack or two on a hot summers night! (Hope you’re all keeping cool in this blistering heat wave!!)

This outdoor pop up bar serves Mexican street food along with their beverages of cocktails, rums, tequilas and beer. We settled on the following from their menu:

Little Miss Mexico
Carnita taco; $6.00
Nachos $12.50
Prawns salad; $12.00

The taco was quite large with a mound of slow roasted pork, sweet pineapple salsa and topped with pickled onions. Mmmm~ tasty snack but we had to bite into it fast before the tortilla got soggy and broke apart from the juices of the filling. Nachos are a favourite crowd pleaser. Lightly toasted corn crips with a sprinkle of salt, each one heavily dunked and slathered with a beef mince with guacamole, sour cream, salsa saprema and cheese – oh and the pickled jalapeno slices packed some heat, tang and juicy crunch to each moutful too. Last but not least, a mountain of prawn salad; lightly grilled deshelled king prawns marinated in chilli and lime and served with a papaya salad, cucumber, coriander and tequila dressing. Food was plentiful and flavours were relatively good however, we did both find that the tequila dressing in the prawn salad left a bitter and somewhat unpleasant aftertaste after each mouthful.

Overall, a pretty chilled out relaxing bar with colourful deco and a lively atmosphere. I think more summer nights will be spent here with some friends over a margerita and another serving of nachos.

Little Miss Mexico
188 Grenfell Street
Adelaide SA 5000

Opening hours
7 days 12pm-1am

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Jolleys Boathouse Restaurant

Another Jolleys visit but this time, it was a weekend lunch date at $65.00 per person for 2 courses or $85.00 for 3 courses.

We chose the former with one of us ordering an entree and the other a dessert, both of which was to share. πŸ™‚

Jolleys Boathouse Restaurant
Miso glazed Patagonian toothfish (Glacier 51), pickled vegetables, turnip leaf and lemon curd

Never heard of a toothfish before? Understandly. According to Wikipedia, the fish is found in the sub Antarctic waters between depths of 45m and 3,850m in the southern Atlantic, Pacific and Indian Oceans and Southern Ocean. Oh… and it’s a pretty ugly looking fish too!

It is often referred to as the ‘wagyu’ of fish – and I love me some wagyu, so I suggested we give the toothfish a go for our entree dish.

So. Good.

Its white flesh and large flakes were fatty, rich and creamy with a sweet sticky miso glaze on the exterior. The fish was delicious and melted away with each bite. The accompaniments complemented the fish extremely well with colour, flavour and textures but I would have been extremely happy and satisfied with the fish alone! The menu at Jolleys changes often and seasonally but if by chance you are dining there amd it’s on the menu… get the fish!

I was really looking forward to ordering one of my favourites from Jolleys, their ‘tea smoked duck‘, this time with accompaniments of stir fried Chinese greens, pineapple, star anise and ginger caramel but just as our waiter was taking our order, she was informed that the tea smoked duck was no longer available. Cue ‘nOOooooooOooooooooo~‘. So another fish dish was ordered.

Jolleys Boathouse Restaurant
Harissa spiced flathead fillet, quinoa, feta & mint salad, tahini yogurt and pomegranate dressing

A bright and colourful plate was presented. The fish fillets were moist and well seasoned with a vibrant colour of orange from the Harissa spices, the accompaniments were light and fragrant with the textures well welcomed.

Jolleys Boathouse Restaurant
Peanut and caramel semifreddo with chocolate mousse

We finished packing our stomachs with a peanut and caramel semifreddo with chocolate mousse. Sweet, salty, cool and crunchy, all on the one plate. Yummy!

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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2 comments for “Weekend bites: Little Miss Mexico and Jolleys Boathouse Restaurant

  1. January 14, 2014 at 1:05 PM

    G’day Dee! Always look forward to see what you review next!
    Enjoyed your down to earth, genuine view on foods and places!
    Cheers! Joanne

    • dee
      January 14, 2014 at 4:57 PM

      Thanks Joanne! πŸ™‚

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