Readers Choice 2017 - Modern Australian

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1 Palmer Street,
Townsville QLD

Type
Licensed Restaurants in Stylish Surrounds
Price
$$$$$
Cuisine
Modern Australian including regional produce
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Best breakfast of all time

Food
  • 3/4 Stars
Setting
  • 3/4 Stars
Service
  • 3/4 Stars
Value
  • 3/4 Stars

Jam corner on Palmer - dining alone I got to sit and watch the traffic; although you can hear the traffic - it's right there at the lights sitting outside, it's a people watching spot. Inside certainly has that romantic or good group feel. You can still hear the music and the feeling is just right. Entree - Scallops fennel chestnut cream finger limes Main- Salmon whole grain gnocchi cauliflower and Gris cream almond pickled daikon Food great the scallops left you feeling you wanted a dozen more and the salmon although not pink in color was very good. Drink - The Blossom cocktail. The first went down very calmly with out much effect - the second certainly made up for it. Dessert - well settled with a glass of red and cheese which I'm having now Hopefully I'll sleep well tonight. Staff are friendly not overpowering but certainly keep an eye on you. The gentleman with the lovely accent and balding top is an absolute love. As I arrived relatively early and stayed a while it was great to not feel pushed out. My only thing, as the power box for the lights sits in the outdoor table area it would be great painted. For some reason I feel Audrey Hepburn era/style no idea why I think that it paint the box. My only other thing is they placed the alcohol glass on the wrong side of the table and no coaster..... I recommend anyone to head there prices reasonable and dress up or go relaxed.

Food
  • 4/4 Stars
Setting
  • 4/4 Stars
Service
  • 4/4 Stars
Value
  • 3/4 Stars

Missy runs a great front of house. Welcoming, cheerful and informative advice re wines and food matching. Great presentation and innovative dishes, lovely balance and lots going on with combining flavours and textures. Great to be back!

Food
  • 4/4 Stars
Setting
  • 4/4 Stars
Service
  • 4/4 Stars
Value
  • 4/4 Stars

Have been keen to try Jam Corner for a while as frustratingly they are closed on Monday evenings which is when I visit Townsville, however I was there on a busy Tuesday evening, decor and atmosphere is very nice here and the service received was of a high standard. For starters I had the crumbed olives which were pretty tasty with the Aioli dip, I would have liked a few more. There were also some small Ligurian olives on this plate which while did taste very good were hard work given the amount of flesh you got after the stone was removed! The main dish I selected was the Chicken Ballottine on fregola and barley risotto. The chicken was cooked great and the textures and general taste of this this dish were excellent, BUT sadly I was left with a rather unpleasant, lip tingling after-taste which for me ruined what could be a stand out dish. Perhaps the herbs and spices were just not right or been cooked off enough. Redemption appeared though in the Jam and Peanut Butter dessert. Other than the greenery of cress/parsley sprinkling (making I must say it's third unwelcome appearance of the evening) this was truly a delicious dessert. Fantastic textures and flavour combinations, a great high note to finish on. Finally I was less than pleased of having to pay a surcharge for any form of Credit payment, at these prices and this level of restaurant should really not be doing this, especially when using American Express bill wallets. Hopefully I will get another chance to eat at Jam Corner when I'm next there not on a Monday, yes the food was good, but really it has a little to go to make it the top level I was expecting.

Food
  • 3/4 Stars
Setting
  • 3/4 Stars
Service
  • 4/4 Stars
Value
  • 3/4 Stars

Food
  • 4/4 Stars
Setting
  • 4/4 Stars
Service
  • 4/4 Stars
Value
  • 4/4 Stars

Every time that we've gone to Jam Corner for either a meal or a coffee, we are treated with such respect and fantastic service. We are regulars and they even know our coffee order from memory. you will not find a better restaurant in Townsville. Matt has done a fantastic job

Food
  • 4/4 Stars
Setting
  • 4/4 Stars
Service
  • 4/4 Stars
Value
  • 4/4 Stars

Food
  • 4/4 Stars
Setting
  • 4/4 Stars
Service
  • 4/4 Stars
Value
  • 4/4 Stars

Food
  • 4/4 Stars
Setting
  • 4/4 Stars
Service
  • 4/4 Stars
Value
  • 4/4 Stars

When are you coming to Darwin? I have just moved to Darwin from Townsville. When I go out for a meal with my partner we look for simple and elegant food which looks like it has been prepared with passion. I like going to the local pub for a quick meal, but I LOVE going out for dinner in a restaurant that has style without intimidation, wait staff that are friendly, knowledgable, but not over bearing and food that when presented looks like it was made just for me and not mass produced. Jam is that place for me and if ever it moves to Darwin I will be there on opening day. I am a fussy eater and if I had any advice it would be don't let the menu scare you, I have never been disappointed and this Chef has got me trying flavours I thought I would never try, let alone go back again for. My biggest problem is I have to buy 3 courses because it is all divine. Jam thank you for bringing simple elegance back without overstated opulence. I miss you.

Food
  • 4/4 Stars
Setting
  • 4/4 Stars
Service
  • 3/4 Stars
Value
  • 4/4 Stars

This is my first review, so bare with me!
My friends and I dine at Jam Corner at least once a week and wouldn't go anywhere else - why would we?! With a seasonally inspired menu, I am guaranteed amazingly fresh, perfectly cooked and beautifully presented food whether there for breakfast, lunch or dinner. I do love that nothing is a hassle and the Chef is more than happy to cater to my occasional special requests (thanks!). The menu and presentation of their food, to me, shows obvious intelligence, creativity, passion and dedication coming from the amazing Chef. I am always excited to try new things and see what flavour packed work of art will be bought to my table. I am by no means a "foodie" but I know good food and great value for money, and Jam Corner have found that perfect balance.
The elegant setting and decor of the dining room creates a calm, relaxed ambience and you could be forgiven for thinking you are sitting in the middle of Melbourne. Coupled with the attentive yet inobtrusive staff, Jam Corner is the whole package.

Food
  • 4/4 Stars
Setting
  • 4/4 Stars
Service
  • 4/4 Stars
Value
  • 4/4 Stars

Favourable situated overlooking the city and the river, the Jam Corner is the epitome of european chic. Predominately black grey and white with contrasts in texture created by pressed metal around the bar and fabulous touches of damask wall paper and some very original cane based light shades. The dining chairs, one single piece of elegantly curved wood, add warmth and style as do the bench seats and cushions around the windows with several booths available. An ornate black mirror and a large white iron chandelier complete the look, To the side a stunning dining room very elegant and private. Alfresco area very inviting. The function centre, which occupies the top floor has lavish decor of grey and black with brilliant reds featured in the wall paper, drapes and cushions. This restaurant is dedicated to providing a seasonally inspired menu, of locally sourced, organic food, where possible. Our selections from the dinner menu were, Oyster au naturale and kataifi wrapped with harissa and Yarra Valley pearls. Then Townsville half shell scallops, truffle potatoes, chorizo & salmoriglio, both dishes very memorable. Our mains were, Pepper crusted Huon salmon on a fennel risotto with Schezwan calamari and red wine reduction and Western plains pork belly, crackle, green apple, pumpkin cream hazelnut & vincotto, (the crackling was superb). Both dishes were prepared and presented to perfection and totally unforgettable. Dessert was of 4 flavours of winter chocolate petit fours, sticky date pudding / apple crumble / lemon pudding / iced cherry and chocolate souffle. To take four popular desserts and encase each one in dark chocolate was inspired, and totally delectable. The menu was accompanied by a small but selective wine list. We finished with the outstanding Piazza Doro Di Manfredi coffee. Add to the fabulous food, friendly and knowledgable service and relaxing ambience, this would have to be at the top of the list of our best dining experiences.

Food
  • 4/4 Stars
Setting
  • 4/4 Stars
Service
  • 3/4 Stars
Value
  • 3/4 Stars

I tend not to post everytime I eat out and as ive eaten here in excess of ten times over the last two months it would be too much for me to write and you to read. Ive just popped in today for a coffee and saw that they had changed the lunch time specials and just couldnt resist, im so glad im weak when it comes to food. The scallops, which were cooked to absolute perfection were served with a rich potato carbonara, at fist when you look at it the portion looks small but once you start eating it you cant rush because it is quite simply so tasty and rich you want it to last. Accompanied by a lovely glass of white wine, I had the Affogato with Baileys to follow which was a lovely end to the meal. Yet again, another lovely meal, served by lovely staff. Great place.

Food
  • 3/4 Stars
Setting
  • 3/4 Stars
Service
  • 3/4 Stars
Value
  • 3/4 Stars

Have visited this place sereral times now, for breakfast, lunch & dinner. Each time the staff are friendly, efficent and attentive without interupting your meal. Lunch time special $29 for two course & a glass of house wine is a must, fantastic value and well cooked food. The coffee is is gorgeous and the deserts really are to die for. You get the impression that they really care about what they do and the staff seem to have bought into this value to. Food is well presented and well cooked. Out of around 10 visits + in the last 4 weeks ive not had a bad thing to say about it and will keep going back.

Food
  • 3/4 Stars
Setting
  • 3/4 Stars
Service
  • 3/4 Stars
Value
  • 3/4 Stars
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JAM Overview

Effortlessly combining style with innovation, JAM continues to make its mark on Townsville's dynamic restaurant scene. A well-loved riverfront crowd pleaser, this versatile venue constantly buzzes with the steady hum of diners popping by to wine and dine in the elegant space furnished with wide mirrors, soft lighting and intimate dining booths. JAM’s seasonal menu presents breakfasts such as white chocolate pikelets with lemon curd and vanilla ice cream, as well as lunch and dinner options like rare roasted venison with smoked beetroot puree, sorrel, kale, jamon crumb and creamy mash. Herbivores are also well-catered for with an extensive vegetarian menu, while JAM’s awarded wine list offers more than 100 choices from small Australian producers to international champagnes and wines.

JAM Menu Sample

North Queensland barramundi, prawn and pea croquette, grains, chips and muhammara aioli.

JAM Functions

Caters for up to 120 Guests
  Wedding, Conference, Corporate Function, Product Launch, Dinner Party, Cocktail Party, Birthday Party, Christmas Party, Engagement Party, Hens & Bucks Night, Charity Event
  Finger Food, Cocktails, Canapes, Set Menu, Degustation
The elegant private dining room “Luxe Room” is perfect for gatherings seating up to 18 guests. Luxe Room - Business occasions, pre-wedding family dinners, engagement dinners, birthdays & anniversaries Our function room is located on the first floor with large balconies overlooking Townsville’s city skyline and river. Bookings available for breakfast, lunch or dinner, we can tailor menus for all occasions. Our food has a very strong focus only using the best seasonal produce.

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JAM Opening Hours

 MTWTFSS
Bfast 
Lunch  
Dinner  
Late       

Seasonal variations may occur.

JAM Features & Facilities

Seats: 120

  • City Views
  • Water Views
  • Customer Carpark
  • Air Conditioning
  • Fully Licensed
  • Private Dining
  • Functions
  • Alfresco dining
  • Vegetarian Options
  • Disabled Access
  • Degustation Menu
  • Gluten Free Options
  • Bar
  • Wireless Internet
  • Child Friendly
  • Romantic
  • Organic Options
  • Vegan Options
  • Catering
  • Loyalty card

Payments Accepted

  • Visa
  • Mastercard
  • Diner's Club
  • American Express
  • EftPos
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Other Awards & Media

  • JAM Restaurant receives TOP GONG at Restaurant Industry Awards

    JAM Restaurant has won the Contemporary Australian Restaurant -Informal category at the 2017 QLD & NT Savour Australia Restaurant & Catering Hostplus Awards for Excellence. Business owner and Restaurant & Catering Australia (R&CA) member Matt Merrin says, it’s great to see Townsville continue to shine and come out on top from a field of restaurants across Queensland, I’m really proud of my team. The Restaurant and Caterers association host annual awards to recognise our industry, Kieran ...

    JAM Restaurant receives TOP GONG at Restaurant Industry Awards
  • Gourmet Traveller Wine List Award

    Australia's 2016 Wine List of the Year Awards