New menu at Jezebelle in Guildford, Perth

Yesterday Jezebelle announced their new Spring tapas menu, and it couldn’t have worked in better with my feeling for not wanting to cook on a Friday night.

As usual the place was bustling on a Friday night, it’s a popular venue for cocktails alongside their menu of shared plates. As we hadn’t made a booking, we ended up sitting at a high bar table down the back of the restaurant. Note to self: make a reservation next time!

Once we were seated we proceeded to look over the new menu (which I had thoroughly stalked hours before online, check it out here) and of course the wine list. It’s funny when we go out for dinner, the wine list is always given to Mr. Spittoon and they always go straight to him for the order. He then looks blankly at them and I jump in. Obviously, I hide my wino appearance well!

The wine choice was pretty easy, it’s a compact menu and since I was after something to celebrate #GrenacheDay I narrowed it down easily. We ended up going for a bottle of GranRojo ‘Rojo’ 2010 Garnacha from the Valeapenas, Spain for $39. The sommelier came over to pour it and gave us some insights on the wine which was absolutely lovely. Read my tasting note here.

Now for the food ordering. As per usual we over ordered, but hey YOLO! You only live once!

Here is what we went for:

  • Rye, tomatillos, house made fresh cheese $6
  • Marinated olives; gordal, sicilian, lingurian, wild red $6
  • Bravas, smoky tomato, crème fraîche $10
  • Pork belly, peanut & chilli, fennel, orange $24
  • Beef short ribs, chilli & bean stew, tortilla, sour cream $28

I really love how they have definitions down the bottom of the menu to explain what things like bravas and tomatillos were (see the menu here), as we both had no idea! All up the food was lovely.

The rye dish was tasty and awesome value for money. The wild red olives, to die for! The bravas, spanish potato chips with paprika seasoning, where sooo good with the sauces however our only critique here would be to have the chips a bit crispier. The pork belly…. well… the BEST crackling either of us have ever had. And the short ribs were cooked to perfection with plenty of beans and tortilla wraps to eat it with.

You would think we stopped there, we should of stopped there. But I couldn’t help myself though and we ordered the Spanish donuts for desert – buñuelos, choux pastry puffs, chocolate, vanilla custard for $14 alongside a glass of the lovely Talijancich 1961 Solero Muscat for $19 (we had this recently at Stewart’s and loved it, read my tasting note here) and a glass of Sanchez Romate Moscatel ‘Ambrosia’ for $16. Read my tasting note here.
Jezebelle Menu, Reviews, Photos, Location and Info - Zomato
The donuts and wine choices weren’t the best matches. However, each in their own right were truly divine. I was dreaming about those donuts in my sleep last night I swear!! An awesome way to end a lovely evening of eating, drinking and chatting. I think we’ll definitely be back soon!

Check out my other posts on Jezebelle below or click here to visit Jezebelle’s website.

Rockcliffe Wine Dinner at Jezebelle, Guildford – Perth

Rockcliffe wine dinner at jezebelle in Guildford

I just loved the electrifying fizz of the two put together…

Jezebelle is a trendy little tapas type bar in the historic town of Guildford, a 20 minute drive from Perth City. Recently Jezebelle have teamed up Rockcliffe wines from Denmark, West Australia to hold wine dinners. These wine dinners are aimed at showcasing how food and wine can harmoniously and mouth-wateringly marry together. Wine and food matching is not an easy feat and the trial and error process can be exhausting, however Jezebelle & Rockcliffe will take care of that for you!

Rockcliffe wine dinner at jezebelle in Guildford
The dinner I attended was on Thursday the 30th of May. The evening begins around 6pm and finished approximately 9:30pm. The ticket price is a very reasonable AU$80 which included 10 wines (a glass of sparkling to start with following by about a 55ml pour of 8 different wines), 9 delectable tapas presented like works of art, a gorgeous host (big thanks to Phillipa!)  to guide you through the wine and food matching throughout the night and of course a great setting with plenty of fellow wine and food appreciators so you can mingle and chat the night away.

The restaurant is set up with long tables so you can chat easily and freely over your delectable delights. I have been to Jezebelle on various occasions, for breakfast (big favourite!! Read my review here), for lunch and for cocktails & tapas. I have never been a fan of the interior design of the restaurant, I am thinking maybe because every time I have been it was during the day however when having dinner at Jezebelle I actually thought the interior design felt at place. It seemed very suave and cosy, however the chairs didn’t get any more comfortable sadly.

So let’s move onto the actual wine dinner! Check out this gorgeous menu:

Rockcliffe wine dinner at jezebelle in Guildford menu
I have to admit the wine pairings were exceptional and it was great having all 3 tapas and the 3 wines at the same time for each course so you could play around with the flavours of the food and flavours of the different wines. My favourites of the night had to be the Tiger Prawn Taco (the guacamole was insane!) matched with the 2013 Riesling, the Beef Fillet with PX
Shallots and Blue Cheese Butter matched with the 2008 Shiraz and I just loved both the Baked Camembert & Quince as well as the Panna Cotta & Sherbet (this was a match made in heaven with the Sparkling Shiraz for me, I just loved the electrifying fizz of the two put together!). Check out my mouth-wateringly enticing photos here.

Rockcliffe wine dinner at jezebelle in Guildford first course

I actually have to admit I loved all the courses. My only qualms would be that some of my tapas were a touch cold when I got them, would have loved them to be a bit warmer but hey I still loved them. I also would have liked to have had different wine glasses, I know this is my wine snob side coming out, but I truly believe a decent glass can take a wine to that next level of enjoyment.

Jezebelle Menu, Reviews, Photos, Location and Info - Zomato

I will be popping up tasting notes in my 365 Wines in 2013 facebook album, please note there was absolutely no spitting tonight so all my notes are based on the full wine-food-atmosphere experience (that’s the best kind isn’t it?!). I definitely have taken away some new wine and food matching skills and I am looking forward to trying these new delicious combos on friends and family, watch out guys!

PS: Good news everyone, Jezebelle will be hosting a Spanish Wine & Degustation Evening as well as a French Wine & Degustation Evening over the next couple of months. For information on events at Jezebelle please click here. And for more information on Rockcliffe wines pleas click here.

Weekend Breakfast at Jezebelle – Guildford, Perth, Western Australia

Can I have Champagne with breakfast?

I love breakfast. It’s a meal, which is totally acceptable to be either sweet or savoury. And breakfast is the perfect excuse to sip on wine at such am early hour of the day. Whoever came up with the idea of a Champagne breakfast is a total legend in my books!

So when I heard about Jezebelle‘s breakfast philosophy, I just had to check it out. A Q&A (found at the back on the menu) revealed the following:

Q: Can I have Champagne with breakfast?

A: Absolutely, it’s 12 o’clock somewhere isn’t it?

Simply put, you say “Champagne”, I say “where?”

Jezebelle is located in Guildford on James Street (opposite the well known Alfred’s burger bar), an easy walk from Guildford train station. As you walk in, you have a small bar to the right, the front counter with coffee making facilities and then to your left and stretching to the back of the building is the main dining area.

I have to admit I’m not fussed on the interior. Dim the lights and I’m sure it would feel a bit like a brothel in Eastern Europe. Not that I know what ones of those is like! It’s like they are going for a funked up vintage decor with the animal print (pornstar) covered uncomfortable chairs and stringy curtains to improvise makeshift walls. Since they are a breakfast-lunch-dinner establishment I presume from the decor that they are targeting themselves more so at the nighttime dinner crowd. However I don’t see why as having now dined twice from their lunch/dinner tapas menu and now also their breakfast menu I think breakfast is definitely their forte.

On the breakfast drinks menu they have all your normal coffees and juices but also some ‘Breakfast Bubbles’ & ‘Bubbles with Orange’ options. I opted for an AU$18 glass of H.Lanvin & Fils NV (non-vintage) Champagne, yes I know, my boyfriend is the luckiest man having a girl with expensive drinking taste! Read my full tasting note here.

To match my 9am Champas I decided to go for the Jean-Pierre Sancho rye, grilled mushrooms, scrambled eggs & ricotta for a decent price of AU$14. My beverage was pricier than my meal – talk about priorities! My food was excellent, the scrambled eggs were divine, not being a huge fan of my eggs this way, I am definitely now a convert! They were buttery yet still eggy and they just melted in the mouth. My only critique of the meal would be that the mushrooms were seriously lacking flavour. They were large and voluptous but tasted like a sponge more than anything.
Jezebelle Menu, Reviews, Photos, Location and Info - Zomato
Overall I had an awesome breakfast at Jezebelle, it was a fantastic way to start my weekend. I can’t wait to go back again so I can try the buckwheat pancakes with bacon & maple syrup (AU$14), or the hot smoked salmon cake, poached eggs, wild rocket & avocado (AU$16) or the ultimate Jezebelle brekky: two free range eggs, bacon, tomato salsa, hot smoked salmon potato cake, mushrooms, chipolatas & toasted sourdough (AU$24)… Dammit it, I admit it, I want to try the whole lot!

Check out the Jezebelle Breakfast menu here (please note some items may differ slightly from the in store menu) and if you have any questions feel free to ask them on the Jezebelle Facebook page or website.

Happy Champagne breakfast all!