Jimmy Wah’s

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Jimmy Wah’s

Address: 1724 Gold Coast Hwy,
Burleigh Heads, QLD, 4220

Trading hours: Wednesday-Monday 12:00pm-2:30pm and 5:30pm-9:30pm 

Phone: 07 5659 1180

VIETNAMESE | FINE DINING

Positioned in the heart of the beachside suburb of Burleigh, Jimmy Wah’s is a modern Vietnamese restaurant serving up good food and great service. It is highly recommended to book a table although walk-ins are most welcome. One of my favourite people took me here for a Wednesday dinner. A cool atmosphere with polished concrete floors, oak benches and tabletops, chairs padded in olive green and a large hand-painted Jimmy Wah from Good Morning, Vietnam planted with his signature grin.

Kingfish Sashimi

We began the night with the Kingfish Sashimi served with crispy fried onions, Thai basil, and a finger lime and coconut dressing ($16). This was THE dish of our night. It was amazing – flavours layered together carefully to create a delicate starter. Though we went for something modern to kick off our dinner, they serve the classic bành mi ($5/$12) and rice paper rolls ($10). 

For mains, we shared a main size Pho Bo ($10/14) a much beloved Vietnamese noodle soup dish, Jimmy’s version consisting of beef sirloin, brisket, oxtail stock, green onion, rice noodles, bean sprouts, coriander. It was very dark in colour though and not visibly appealing to the eye. It did however have a pleasant aroma and I did really enjoy this pho! Again with the layers – the flavours not muddled. 

We also shared a King Prawn Curry featuring shrimp paste, straw mushrooms, and snow peas ($34) with steamed rice ($4). This was unfortunately mediocre and even more so due to the spectacular sashimi.  We agreed it was tasty but had no wow factor.  My mother is a talented cook and anyone else who understands Viet/Thai curries would be able to make something similar if not the same curry.

Despite our criticism, I’d say it ticks the boxes for key components of Vietnamese cuisine: light, fragrant, not overly spicy and the balance between sweet, sour and salty – combinations co-owner and head chef, Jake Cooley learned during his Southeast Asian travels. 

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Pho Bo

Jimmy Wah’s would be suitable to most – much of their menu caters for those dairy and gluten free, but they do only have limited vegetarian options – more which can be done at your request however. The full menu can be found here. There are still a heap of great options so if you find yourself stuck, simply request the staff to “Feed me”, where a selection of Jimmy’s best menu items are put together for you for $59.

If the food isn’t enough to get you going, the cocktail list featuring traditional Vietnamese flavours just might.  It includes fun drinks like the Bubble Mai-Chai Tea ($15) – spiced rum, mango, coconut milk, tapioca pearls and the Pink Dragon ($16) – gin, grenadine, lychee liqueur, raspberry.

I wouldn’t consider the layout of the restaurant the most family friendly… However, it does its job as a modern fine dining restaurant and would consider it a quality destination for date night or a night with the ladies.  I’m a fan of the 60s and 70s jams that fill the space providing the soundtrack of the military during that time, and the staff dressed classily to the Vietnamese motif inspired by traditional rice field workers clad in white linen shirts and grey culottes.  You may not be able to greet Jimmy Wah’s ‘Good Morning’ 😉 but Good Evening, Vietnam.

Overall experience: 7/10

Photos: Jimmy Wah’s and Monique Pueblos

Know Your Enemy By Tasman Anderson Review

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“We’re going burning.” Australian writer, journalist and author, Tasman Anderson’s first novel, Know Your Enemy is a really good read! It was fast-paced, high action, and engaging – a top job for a debut novel!

Nicole is desperate to leave Silverlake, the small town she’s spent her whole life in, and her plans for escape and her future career are all falling into place. But when the local heartthrob Aiden points out the one thing holding her back, Nicole’s response sets off a chain of bad decisions that leaves her second guessing everything she ever knew about herself.  Does Nic have what it takes to survive in this unknown world, or is she letting her desires ruin her life?

To be honest, my favourite character was Libby; with Aiden being a close second (one to add to the fictional crush list). Not too often I find myself loving the ‘best friend’, but Libby played an essential role in my eyes and her character developed really well. Anderson did a fantastic job at creating believable characters with no two people exactly alike. As a teenager with big aspirations myself, I could relate to Nicole and sympathised when her and the group were in trouble.

I enjoyed the style that Know Your Enemy was written in and appreciated the use of tension and showing and not simply telling, which was effective. However, I guessed the ‘plot twists’ that arose throughout the book including the ‘major bombshell’. Although I tend to enjoy chick-lit and dystopian, I do like a good dose of mystery and action and was eager to finish the novel. I don’t know much about cars but I loved the detail especially when it came to the upmarket drives! Based on my knowledge, there hasn’t been a story like this published yet so it was great to read a fresh storyline that included common yet important themes such as whether the truth really sets you free. I would recommend it to high schoolers looking for something fun and intense but don’t mind a little teenage drama and romance. Anderson’s, Know Your Enemy is an exciting YA read and I do look forward to reading her future works. I would rate it a 3.5/5 but round that off, it becomes 4 stars.

Rating:

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