Situated in the heart of multicultural Melbourne suburb Richmond, JAMU is a restaurant where eating heartily and feasting as one is encouraged. Serving up a selection of raw dishes, snacks, sharing plates and larger individual plates alongside a tasting menu, popular dishes include Cone Bay barramundi, wagyu, and half a ‘chook’ garnished with honey, cumin and coriander seeds with a side of ginger and spring onion sauce.
Owned by professional Aussie rules footballers James Frawley and Isaac Smith—along with Evelyn Lau, founder of Richmond restaurant A Thousand Blessings—JAMU is inspired by a mixture of backgrounds; something that is reflected in their Asian fusion menu and the elegantly tonal interiors that move around this impressive industrially-edged space.
The trio state that the “intent was to create a backdrop for the vibrant, colourful, and loud food that is served; hence the atmosphere is somewhat dark and moody… serving as a canvas for the real hero: the food.” Indeed, the design at this 70-person restaurant features a brooding combination of copper, mesh and custom-designed solid timber; local materials that bring diners back to Australian roots whilst creating fusion through the use of uncompromising forms.
Both indoor and outdoor seating make this an ideal all-year-round venue and, with a drinks list that perfectly complements the food on offer, JAMU is jamming to ensure itself as your new hotspot in buzzing Richmond.