Occupying a stylish nook overlooking Rundle Mall, Jamaica Blue in the Myer Centre is Mona Lamshed’s passion project of the last five years, during which time the venue has accumulated an impressive number of awards for the quality of the food they produce and the business itself. Best breakfast and best coffee are amongst the nominations they have received in addition, and it’s no surprise based on our experience this week.
Hailing from a substantial career in hospitality and fine service aboard the yachts of the well-heeled in the Caribbean, Mona’s vision has been to stay true to the ethos of excellent service and flavoursome offerings. The Jamaica Blue brand offered her the chance to share her passion with they flexibility of choice within the wider brand menu to present an experience that’s unique to the Myer Centre location.
What sets the Myer Centre venue apart is Mona’s personal stamp on the menu selections, choice of local suppliers, and making (including baking) in house wherever possible. The colourful, fresh menu items are selected to cover every preference, making a mid-shop stop easy with the pickiest of eaters. Everything is clearly labelled to make healthy choices easy, and the kitchen is happy to be flexible to accommodate any dietary needs.
I decided to go for a brinner (breakfast for dinner) vegan option of gorgeous roasted truss cherry tomatoes, avocado, wilted spinach and tiny mushrooms, served with a balsamic glaze. The avocado was absolutely perfect and a generous serve, and the mushrooms were cooked to perfection (I can be a bit picky if they are under- or over-cooked). It would be great to see a few more veg based (which can easily be adapted to vegan) formally added to the list, but the flexibility of the kitchen was very much appreciated. I also ordered a kiwi green smoothie that was fabulous and a perfect celebratory alternative to a glass of wine if you’re partaking in Febfast. I finished up with a decaf soy latte, which I know doesn’t sound like coffee at all but was full flavoured and delicious and great for a late nightcap.
My dining buddy had the squid salad and particularly enjoyed the fresh in-house created dressing, and the lemon sugar cupcake that followed the end of his meal.
Jamaica Blue Myer Centre is a great spot for a quiet break above the mall for some people watching and a bite to eat, or even just a coffee and a chat.
Review by Sarah List