An evening at Jacks Smokehouse in Puerto Banús
Many people will no doubt be aware of Jacks restaurant in Puerto Banús. Previously known as Jacks American Brasserie, it first opened its doors back in 1999 and soon became a firm favourite with locals and visitors to Marbella.
It enjoys an enviable position on Puerto Banus’s frontline overlooking the iconic marina and it has now been relaunched as Jacks Smokehouse – an idea based on Metro Group head chef Lorenzo Otterburn’s visit to Las Vegas.
When we were asked if we’d like to try out this new experience and give an opinion, we were of course delighted to accept. We couldn’t wait to see the changes that have been made and sample the new menu.
When we entered the newly refurbished restaurant, we were immediately struck by how much larger it seemed. The decor is typical of a New York loft, modern and contemporary, with plenty of ambient qualities. Despite its size, it has an intimate feeling due to some very clever and elegant lighting.
The central bar is a real focal point. And behind it, the resident DJ played a good selection of music from a suspended cage. This really complimented the atmosphere and didn’t detract from the conversation of diners.
There is an extensive menu, which was a little different from what we were expecting. It is well thought out and will meet a wide range of tastes. Importantly, it includes vegetarian, spicy and gluten free options.
We spent some time studying the menu before making our choice, whilst enjoying a glass of the house wine. We were tempted by the cocktails on offer, but decided on this occasion to stick to the wine.
No smokehouse would be complete without a great selection of burgers and hot dogs. The choice includes Wagyu Japanese beef, classics and bean me up for veggies to name just a few.
There is a selection of salads, including smoked duck, seared tuna and goats cheese and they all sounded very appetizing.
The mains and grills on offer included 12 hour smoked ribs, chilli, fajitas, 28 day dry aged longhorn New York strip, Irish fillet and Argentinian rib eye along with Gourmet Pizzas and a tempting selection of sides.
We decided to kick off with tempura prawns and smokin’ skins. The prawns came with a spicy Asian dip and were huge, resting on a fresh salad of lettuce, peppers and guacamole. The tempura batter was light and melted in the mouth – just as it should. The skins literally oozed with melted cheese and crispy bacon and came with a delicious sour cream chive dip. The skins were amongst the best we have tasted.
We then decided to try the Argentinian rib eye steak and one of the gourmet pizzas. The rib eye was the best we have tasted in quite some time and it was cooked exactly as we requested. Perfect! We ordered portions of fries and onion rings as sides. The onion rings were amazing. If you want to know just how amazing, you will have to try them for yourselves.
The four cheese pizza with caramelized onions oozed with flavour and the toppings justified the use of the word gourmet. Our side order of coleslaw was delicious and very obviously homemade.
The one disappointment for us was that we weren’t able to try one of the delicious desserts on offer. We were both too full up. But, the table next to us managed to get to them and they looked amazing. A good excuse for us to return and perhaps start with a dessert!!
Christina, our waitress, was delightful and could not have been more helpful. Indeed all the staff were friendly, attentive and in no way intrusive.
Also worth a mention is the upstairs area which provides a fabulous view of the port. It’s quite a large area and is suitable for parties and events.
We must say, we thoroughly enjoyed our evening at new Jacks Smokehouse and we will be regular visitors. We recommend you try it!!!