We have been to Jezebelle a number of times and dropped in again on the weekend for a drink and bite to eat – the menu designates itself as tapas style – 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 – anyway we grabbed a table by the window looking out onto James Street and ordered a glass of Spanish rosé – La Purisma Estio while we looked over the menu.
The wine, a blend of mourvèdre, shiraz and tempranillo, was bright pink with aromas of raspberries and strawberries – savoury and dry on the palate – and got us in the Spanish mood.
We decided on three smaller dishes and one from the larger share plate section – a quesadilla came as a couple of tortilla sandwiching scamorza cheese, basil and tomato, and quartered. It wasn’t a large dish, but it was tasty, light and a good appetiser. We also had sliced chilli on the side – mild but it did give an extra dimension.
Next our mushroom doughnut – moist and fluffy with a truffle and mushroom mix filling was delightful – earthy flavours along with salty creamy labne complementing those.
The barbeque pork taco, tortilla filled with very tender pork, came with guacamole and a mildly spiced jalapeno mayo – full of salty porky flavours – well turned out dish.
For me the final of our choices was the best of the day – a bowl of tender, smoky, zesty squid tentacles – very well cooked, keeping a little firmness and the seasoning was just right – garlic aioli to dip and potato bravas rounded it out. Definitely one to try again.
Jezebelle always has something to please, both by way of food and drink, in a welcoming environment – attractively set up and for the warmer days a very pleasant outdoor area at the back. Well worth a visit.