Reviewed by Amanda Hayes
Jamboree is easy to find on Blackfriars Road and situated very close to Southwark Tube station but as it’s a ten minute very scenic walk from Blackfriars station over Blackfriars Bridge we decided on the longer route taking in the views of the river as we walked.
On arrival we were greeted warmly and offered a choice of seat either in the busier bar area or the restaurant area with views of the kitchen. My son always likes to watch the chef at work so we decided to sit right by the kitchen and see our food being prepared.
The menu has a selection of foods from around the world with favourites such as steak, salmon and burgers and each is teamed with an appropriate beer and cocktail which I thought was a nice touch.
I chose Goan fishcakes (India) with mango yoghurt dip as a starter, and my husband had the crispy calamari with Wasabi mayo (Japan). Both were full of flavour and had generous portions for the £6.50 price tag whilst the chunky tomato and white bean soup (USA) was another on the list that caught my eye.
The main menu has a selection of dishes from around the world such as chargrilled rib eye steak (UK) and Miso Salmon (Japan) together with salads from USA and Israel. The review only included the option of burgers as a main course so my husband chose Raging Bull, 100% Argentinian beef with chimichurri sauce and smokey onion rings and I chose the Jerk chicken burger. The chicken burger came with plantain crisps but as standard you can choose to swop your side with any other side option and I exchanged the crisps for peanut coleslaw which I really liked the sound of. The burgers, £13.95 each, came stacked high mine with cheddar cheese and rocket on a lightly toasted bun, and the beef with sauce and salad. Mine had slightly more sauce than I would have liked but the chicken was moist and had just the right amount of spice. My husband really enjoyed his beef burger stating it was nice and meaty but that the onion rings were a little greasy for his taste.
There is a small kids menu consisting of beef burger or chicken burger with fries or pasta, each costing £6.95. My son decided on the four cheese tortelloni as he is a massive pasta fan, on arrival it looked great with its large parmesan shavings on top but the display was lost on him, and the strong taste seemed a bit much for a young child’s meal.
To accompany the meal my husband had the recommended Argentinian beer Quilmes, which was very smooth and crisp and arrived perfectly cold. I decided on a cocktail, Babylon from the Caribbean, which contained rum, pineapple juice, mint, lime and soda. When it arrived it was full of fresh mint and topped up with crushed ice, looking really stunning, and the taste did not disappoint.
For dessert I decided on the toffee ice cream and my son and husband decided to share a chocolate brownie and ice cream sundae. The toffee ice cream was delicious but seemed small at only one scoop for £5.95. When the sundae arrived it was a brownie with a scoop of ice cream on top, I went to say that was not what we ordered, as brownie was also on the menu, but the waitress said sundae as she handed it out. We are still not sure if we had been given the wrong dessert or if it was just a very disappointing sundae!
There are loads of positives about Jamboree, the atmosphere was very good, the tables were well spaced so it didn’t feel crowded and the music was as it should be, background music, not so loud that you have to shout across the table to speak. We did have a couple of little niggles with the food but overall had a very pleasant evening in understated and comfortable surroundings and would not hesitate to return again.
For more information or to view the menu visit www.jamboree.co.uk.
Jamboree Foodfest & Bar, 46 Blackfriars Road, London, SE1 8NZ