This restaurant is courtesy of my husband. We were off to sanctuary cove for the weekend with our beautiful friends for our husbands birthday’s. So after a bit of research we found Jonez on food, which I think so far this year is the best restaurant I have been to hands down and there have been a few.
This delightful little BYO (bottled wine) restaurant is at the marina at Sanctuary Cove. It offers casual dining with 5 star food and service. There is an Alfresco area with beautiful views of the harbour or of course you can sit inside in the very relaxed stylish dining area. The chef Gary Jones was awarded a Michelin star in London and is the Gourmet traveller restaurant of the year winner Perth. Gary has owned several restaurants in the past San Lorenzo Perth, Jones Restaurant Melbourne and he is the former executive chef of Michael’s Riverside Restaurant in Brisbane. (Which all you locals out there would know was an outstanding restaurant).
Anyway enough about the Chef lets go onto the food. Not sure where to start really, we did not have one bad dish and the service was exemplary.
We decided not to start with any bread as we saw one of the plates come out and it was a huge serve and we thought after seeing the desert menu we needed every opportunity to squeeze that in.
So we went straight to the entrée’s. We had tempura garlic prawns, pan seared Canadian scallops with fragrant spiced sweet corn, spinach and coconut and a tasting plate of duck with an Asian influence with a crisp Peking duck spring roll, rice paper roll and a piece of caramelised duck breast. I had the duck as did my husband and we were blown away, this beautifully plated duck dish was amazing. The flavours could not be faulted with the crispy spring roll which I saved until last, the duck breast which was cooked so it was still deliciously pink in the middle and a fresh rice paper roll to follow. However when the prawns came out I was a little envious as they were quite possibly the biggest prawns I had ever seen in a perfect tempura batter. The scallops then followed with a perfect caramelised crust on them sitting on top of little mounds of spinach and coconut. Needless to say after we had finished entrees we were very excited as to what was going to follow for the mains.
The mains came out and it was almost two meals on one plate. The boys had grilled Flinders Island Lamb Cutlets with a rosemary and garlic jus but at the other end of the plate was a delightful little hot pot of lamb shanks with potatoes and onions. The lamb was cooked perfectly and the hot pot just melted in your mouth, or should I say mouthful as that was all I managed to steal off my husband who was not giving up any more of his lamb. Not to worry he was a little sorry when my pasture fed Cape Grim eye fillet appeared covered in a almost purple, thick shiraz sauce that had a sweet little disc of mashed potato wrapped in bacon and then at the other end of my plate was a short rib bolognese (amazing) and some lovely greens. I succumbed and let him have a bite under sufferance. Usually I have menu envy and always want what he has, but not this time my friends. My friend Noela had the special of the day which was a salmon fillet with prawn champ, sautéed greens and a scallop veloute, from all accounts this was amazing, I was way too busy with my eye fillet to even try some. The meals were perfectly portioned as we managed to have our entree and mains and could still move onto desert (only just mind you)!!!!
Now last but not least the deserts. It was a tough decision and I was torn between the trio tasting plate and the double lemon tart which I was intrigued by, but fear not my husband came to the rescue and ordered the double lemon tart Yahoo!! Well when the tart arrived it was a lemon tart with just the right amount of zippy lemon flavour with a little lemon ice block I guess you could call it on the side which made your eyebrows jump but cleansed the palate perfectly in between mouthfuls of the delicious creamy tart. On top of the ice block was a little cloud of meringue with some lemon curd off to the side PERFECT!! Noela had the Valrhona white chocolate crème brulee with raspberry pearls and a honey madeleine, which was divine. Right consistency for a brulee and silky smooth and the little raspberry pears gave it just enough zing to cut through the richness of the brulee. Now the showstopper the trio tasting plate, which is what I had which was perfect for me as I often struggle to make a decision when it comes to menus, so this had everything I wanted to try on it. So they called it a trio but when it came there were 4 little surprises and when we asked what the 4th piece was our delightful waiter said just bite into it, it is a little surprise for you. So we had a mini brulee, a mini valrhona chocolate fondant, a mini waffle ice-cream cone with tonka bean and the 4th little surprise was a delightful chocolate covered truffle YUM!!
Ok I think you can figure out by the amount of words I have put down that this restaurant is AWESOME and you have to go!!! Sanctuary Cove is only a 45 min drive from the Western Suburbs of Brisbane so what are you waiting for.