Jabiru – Cafe, Restaurant and Bar

Disclaimer: The following post is a review of my dining experience as invited guest to an invite-only event by Jabiru and Lume Marketing. I am not financially compensated for this post. My opinions are my own.

 

Post Office Square has seen quite the revitalisation over the last year and Jabiru opened in December last year to offer city goers a relaxing spot for breakfast and lunch in the new city oasis. I was invited to an exclusive dinner tasting from their current menu, with a couple of new dishes that will be showing up soon.

Jabiru Intimate Dining Experience

Jabiru Intimate Dining Experience

Jabiru shares their moniker as a small town located in the Northern Territory, surrounded by Kakadu National Park. And as homage to its namesake, Jabiru‘s interior includes copper (a nod to the copper mines that inhabit the rural town) and graceful curves of their unique central lighting fixture overhead inspired by Aboriginal artwork. Surrounded by the abundance of natural building materials, Jabiru‘s relaxed atmosphere draws those looking for the unconventional and unusual.

Their menu isn’t limited to one culture or another, but rather seeks inspiration from the kaleidoscopic tapestry of nations that makes up the nation. Fish and chips? They’ve got it. Pad thai? Yup, it’s there too. It might seem confusing at first, but instead of trying to pigeon-hole Jabiru, just roll with it.

Jabiru Intimate Dining Experience

Chinese New Year handmade pork and prawn dumplings

Jabiru Intimate Dining Experience

I’d like to think I’m a bit of a dumpling expect, having eaten my fair share of them and being Chinese. So while I would probably prefer to call these Chinese New Year handmade pork and prawn dumplings ‘fried wontons’, I am throwing everything in and calling them some of the best fried dumplings I’ve had in Brisbane. Jabiru did not skimp on the prawn ratio, so the succulent filling had a bounce and flavour that held its own. Dipping sauce not required.

Jabiru Intimate Dining Experience - Coconut crumbed fish fillets with lemon myrtle aioli

Coconut crumbed fish fillets with lemon myrtle aioli

Jabiru Intimate Dining Experience - Coconut crumbed fish fillets with lemon myrtle aioli

Then there was the quintessential fish and chips. Many Australian establishments have their own interpretation of this classic and Jabiru‘s answer came as crisp-on-the-outside and fluffy-hot-on-the-inside coconut crumbed fish fillets. The fish came in smaller strips, meaning there was a lot more crunch for your buck. And no one would judge you for picking them up with your fingers to dunk them in the subtle lemon myrtle aioli for a generous coating.

Jabiru Intimate Dining Experience - Coconut crumbed fish fillets with lemon myrtle aioli

Jabiru Intimate Dining Experience - Pulled pork sliders with spicy apple slaw

Pulled pork sliders with spicy apple slaw

There are sliders. And then there are S-L-I-D-E-R-S. Jabiru‘s pulled pork sliders are definitely the latter. The melt-in-your-mouth pulled pork was slow cooked for 8 hours and coupled with a fluffy white bun and creamy apple slaw (not sweet and definitely not spicy), these sliders would be more rightly labelled as a burger. They were THAT massive and extremely satisfying. These are priced at AUD$16 and are available for lunch. If you’re over the Franken-burgers fad and aiming for good ole simplicity, these sliders would be a contender for the hunger pangs.

Jabiru Intimate Dining Experience - Pulled pork sliders with spicy apple slaw

Jabiru Intimate Dining Experience - Rosemary crusted lamb cutlets with sweet onion "4 Pines" stout reduction

Rosemary crusted lamb cutlets with sweet onion “4 Pines” stout reduction

If you’re like me and rarely have lamb cutlets, make an exception for the rosemary crusted lamb cutlets. The share board arrived piled high with these prime cuts on a bed of chats and rocket. Lamb cutlets are not usually my thing, but these were juicy with a perfect little strip of fat hugging the meat and bone.

Jabiru Intimate Dining Experience - Falafel and red quinoa salad with roasted almonds, Persian feta, pomegranate with honey and tahini dressing

Falafel and red quinoa salad with roasted almonds, Persian feta, pomegranate with honey and tahini dressing

However my OMG-vote went to the falafel and red quinoa salad. This would be my go-to Jabiru dish, particularly in the summer time. Just look past the fact I love everything about chickpeas and believe me when I say this dish would be for everyone, even the dedicated carnivores. Unapologetic for its lack of meat, this salad was a challenge to conquer. I started easy on the refreshing salad greens and bright jewels of pomegranate, but after the first tentative bites, I found myself unwilling to stop digging my fork in deeper until my bowl was immaculately clean. Was it the perfect little chunks of falafel? Or the crunchy sprinkling of toasted almonds? Or perhaps the creamy salty feta?

Whatever the secret to the Jabiru‘s killer salad, I know it’ll have me coming back. Soon.

Jabiru Intimate Dining Experience

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Disclaimer: The following post is a review of my dining experience as invited guest to an invite-only event by Jabiru and Lume Marketing. I am not financially compensated for this post. My opinions are my own.