• Roxii Hoare-Smith

Jamboree Foodfest & Bar London Review

Do not read this if you are hungry.

I recently visited Jamboree Foodfest and Bar in Southwark/Blackfriars and I can guarantee that this post is going to give you food envy. Sorry.

Jamboree is located on Blackfriars Road, just steps away from Southwark station and then you have Blackfriars and Waterloo/Waterloo East really nearby. So it’s within easy access which is a key for lazy Londoners.

We began the evening with the cocktail each and I was SO surprised at the size of the cocktails. £7.95 is a good deal for a cocktail in London nowadays (you can expect £12 to be the cheapest option in some places!) so I didn’t expect it to be very big. I was pleasantly surprised, look at the size of them! They were absolutely delicious and such good value.

I went for the Babylon which is described as ‘A Caribbean evening in a glass. Chilled, fruity and loooong.’ It’s also a bit of a twist on the classic mojito with a little of pineapple for a fruiter flavour.

Natalie went for the Tulum Tower, a passionfruit mix with hints of Tequila. I had a taste and loved it so much that I ordered myself one as well! You can view the cocktail menu here.

I loved Jamboree as soon as we entered. The restaurant has a chilled, relaxed vibe with a great choice of music – I particularly remember ‘Hips don’t lie’ and Nick Jonas ‘Levels’ playing. The staff are great too, so chatty and friendly! They were there to help and for a chat when you needed it. Having great staff really makes a place and it’s one of the reasons I would definitely return to.

Jamboree celebrates world flavours and holiday vibes. It’s the perfect place if you have a taste for travel. To start we shared Goan fish cakes and Bruschetta both priced at £6.50 and both equally as delicious. View the starters menu here.

There is a wonderful line-up of juicy global burgers on offer. The names of the burgers are inspired by their country of origin, such as the ‘Raging Bull’, made with 100% Argentinian beef or what we went for, the traditional ‘Morris Major’ (pictured) with the most amazing treacle onion relish. Other burgers include ‘The Yucatan’ which is veggie friendly and has a Mexican twist, or there is the ‘Maryland’ which offers a soft-shell crab and pickled cucumber. I loved the look of ‘The Jerk’, which is served up with a side of crunchy plantain crisps.

Then each burger is paired with a beer or signature cocktail which I think is such a cool idea! There’s the rum-based ‘Matador’ cocktail to match with the ‘Raging Bull’ or a ‘Curious Brew’ ale to go with the ‘Morris Major’.

You can view the burger menu here.

The decor is funky and fresh and matches the great personality that the staff and the food has to offer.

If you read my reviews regularly you will know that I always go for a brownie. I went for the Warm chocolate hazelnut brownie (£5.95). Just like everything else we enjoyed that evening I was not disappointed in the brownie, just myself that I was way too full and only managed half of this absolute dream!!! The ‘Posh toffee’ ice cream was incredible too. Natalie went for the Chocolate brownie & ice cream sundae (£5.95) which is pictured below. There is always a sharing option available priced at £7.95. View the desserts menu here.

Food is served at Jamboree between 11am and 10pm, and the bar’s open until 1am. A take out service featuring the burgers and a pick of salads will be launching soon.

Jamboree Foodfest & Bar

46 Blackfriars Rd



0207 6332615


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