10 Feb Jamu, Richmond
Jamu is one of Richmond’s newest, and most exciting eateries to appear in a while. From the team behind nearby cafe A Thousand Blessings, Jamu presents Asian cuisine with a modern, seasonal touch. In the kitchen, you might spy Kha Nguyen of Masterchef fame.
Part of a new urban precinct, Jamu’s suave, beautifully designed interior features plenty of slick black, contrasted with wood and flourishes of copper. High ceilings and an undercover outdoors area add to its flexibility as a venue.
The Crispy Eggplant is oh so delicious – its caramelised, almost banana-like flavour tinged with chilli vinegar sauce makes it a highlight.
The menu features mostly dishes designed for sharing. A popular item is the Hiramasa King Fish Ceviche with tamarind, pineapple and rice paddy herb. Shallots give it some extra crunch and salty kick and bite. Raw Beef arrives with a smoked egg in the centre, and is dressed with chilli oil. The creamy Laughing Cow cheese found underneath adds notes of sourness, and crispy rice around the circumference brings crunch.
The flavoursome and tangy chilli sauce of the crunchy Soft Shell Crab is mopped up nicely by crispy fried mantou, but our favourite of the mains is the succulent and juicy Pork Hock with pineapple and tamarind caramel, which comes with some unexpected crispy bits of skin.
The Milo Sorbet is a textural dessert of chocolate custard, milk granita and cereal-like chocolate-flavoured bits scattered over it. If you’re more adventurous you might try the Taromisu with taro crumb and small cubes of palm seed layered underneath.
Jamu may have opened up quietly late last year, but their food is worthy of discovery, and most certainly worth the short hike up from Bridge Road.
Disclaimer: I was invited to Jamu as a guest, however, opinions expressed here are purely my own, and are based on my experience at the time
2 Dyer Street
Richmond, VIC, 3121
0431 261 221