Jolleys Boathouse Restaurant
1 Jolleys Lane, Adelaide
08 8223 2891
Jolleys Boathouse Restaurant is an award-winning Adelaide icon with a history as colourful as its paddleboats on the river Torrens.
In the 1880s Captain Jolley built the boathouse as his workshop for rowing skiffs. In the 1950s it was transformed into informal tearooms and a kiosk, and shortly after a dining area opened. The current owners, Barry and Sue Matthews, purchased Jolleys in 1987. As an architect by trade, Barry saw potential in the old rowing club and started renovating the building into what it is today. The restaurant re-opened with a focus on providing diners with great food, delicious wine and excellent service.
Tony Carroll joined the team as Head Chef and co-owner in 2005. He trained at the Gleneagles Hotel in Scotland before working at London’s Michelin-starred restaurant The Oak Room. He fell in love with the Australia at a stop off in Sydney during a cooking stint on the luxury cruise liner The Queen Elizabeth II. He then worked all over Australia before opening his first restaurant at the Werribee Mansion in Melbourne. Since Tony settled in Adelaide and took on the role of Head Chef, Jolleys has been awarded consecutive one-star ratings in the highly regarded Gourmet Traveller awards.
The menu offers a la carte dishes, shared platters and a tasting menu option. While the menu is always evolving, you’ll find plates like caramelised pork belly, alpaca carpaccio with roast pears, blue cheese and walnuts, kingfish sashimi with green chilli coconut Thai basil and finger lime, or pan-fried pumpkin gnocchi with pine mushrooms, chestnuts and burnt sage butter.
The kitchen staff use local produce whenever possible, sourcing wagyu from Mayura station, lamb from the Barossa and oysters from Coffin Bay. The oysters are a house specialty, with three different varieties being sourced: Pacific, Kumamoto and Angasi. They are always shucked to order and kept in temperature-controlled fridges.
Make sure you leave room for dessert or you’ll miss out on treats like the sticky black rice pudding with pineapple and coconut, and the chocolate and caramel fondant with hazelnut ice cream. The thoughtfully put together wine list features an array of local and international options sure to tempt every customer. A selection of whisky, cognac and dessert wines are also on offer.
With its white washed walls, polished timber floorboards and floor-to-ceiling windows overlooking the river Torrens, Jolleys is the ideal place to sit back and relax while watching the ducks, joggers and paddleboats go by.
Jolleys proximity to both the Adelaide Festival Centre and Adelaide Oval makes it perfectly placed for a meal before the theatre or football.
Thanks to its relaxing views and serene atmosphere Jolleys has the feel of a country lake house but is only walking distance to Adelaide’s city centre, the bustling East End precinct and Victoria Square.