We were invited along to Jezebelle in Guildford to try out their menu which while still in the tapas style has a number of new or changed dishes on the list. It is right in the heart of the James Street strip in an old restored building just across the road from hamburger joint, Alfred’s Kitchen.
As I said the menu is tapas style – with both small and large share plates – while the wine list has a range of local, Australian and international wines, some by the glass. It is nicely set up with some quite funky furniture, with the chairs surprisingly comfortable for such a trendy design. There is also a pleasant little courtyard area out back under shade and on the footpath out front tables, chairs, and umbrellas making it a popular spot for coffee.
We were offered a range of dishes so we could get a good overview of what was on offer and while we could not finish everything came away pleased with the quality, presentation and value of the dishes we did try.
Starting off with olives, charred bread, pickled chillis – mildly spiced but tangy Guindilla – and a quite lovely whipped sundried tomato butter – the latter is really worth trying – our taste buds were ready for what came next.
Bola de paella were fried balls of rice, prawns and chorizo, crisped skin, juicy filling, topped with glossy saffron aioli – these were very well turned out and recommended.
Along with them, croquetas de jamon, potato croquettes pimped up with chorizo, and with a spicy paprika and capsicum salsa – hit the spot.
The empanadas with crumbly pastry and a filling of minced chicken and mushroom were served with tomato salsa – again a well presented and enjoyable dish.
A particularly well presented dish – very colourful – came next – esparragos envueltos en jamon – crunchy asparagus stalks, wrapped in ham and splashed with tomato salsa – another generously sized and satisfying dish.
Finally, toasted bread topped with a mix of blue cheese, confit garlic, anchovy and roasted cherry tomato – great combo of flavours, salty, sweet, garlicky and earthy – excellent – and again generously sized.
That was all we could comfortably manage but know from previous visits the garlic prawns are well worth trying, as are their quesadilla. We have also tried a couple of desserts before – churros and crema Catalana and these still make an appearance so maybe next time!
Jezebelle always has something to please, both by way of food and drink, in a welcoming environment (with new FOH host Amy both charming and helpful) – attractively set up and for the warmer days a very pleasant outdoor area at the back.
Disclaimer: We were the guests of Jezebelle and the food and drink we tried was complimentary.