You may be as surprised as the rest of us to learn that Queen Street Mall, in Brisbane’s CBD, hosts a restaurant offering an array of healthy, #cleaneating options. What is this place you ask? JoJo’s restaurant, located on the corner of Queen Street Mall and Albert Street.
The restaurant is owned by Stefan Ackerie (as in Stefan’s hairdressing, yep same dude!) so the brightly coloured walls and decor is expected! JoJo’s originally opened in 1980 to cater for Stefan’s stylists and his clients at his hair dressing salon but it understandably grew some popular demand. Now seating 200+ guests the restaurant flaunts its signature wrap-around balcony, providing the perfect seat to enjoy fresh food, people watch into the plaza or get lost in the city’s surrounds.
It has an elegant vibe with welcoming and friendly staff along with a killer menu! The four different kitchens in the restaurant have experienced chefs that create authentic and healthy options. From salads and light meals to the classics (steaks and a selection of fish), the menu is sure to please yourself, friends, family and co-workers (plus there is thoroughly labelled dietary information!). If you’re a vegetarian, vegan or have any other dietary requirements or allergies the staff are more than happy to alter meals to suit different needs – something we all love to know!
If you’re strapped for cash, JoJo’s offers a great starter menu with most of the items being under $20! Most recommendable were the lamb skewers, cooked to precision with a side of tzatziki to impeccably compliment the lamb! This was the perfect entrée or if you’re only feeling peckish, a great share plate.
However, if a more hearty lunch or dinner is your forte, the freshly caught Barramundi on a bed of boc-choy and steamed broccoli along with jasmine rice and mushrooms is a winner. The chefs have created this dish with Thai inspiration and the flavours are something not only your taste buds will enjoy, but your body will love you for it too! It’s healthy and satisfying and is ticking all the boxes!
To compliment the menu, a freshly squeezed green juice goes down a treat. Green isn’t your thing? JoJo’s also has a selection of freshly squeezed juices including a tropical combination and even a Vitamin C Flu Fighter for this dreadful season.
The classy, yet funky, restaurant is primarily casual dining but JoJo’s is happy to cater for business functions or larger group bookings. The staff and chiefs will happily assist in any way they can. Next time you’re in the city and in need of a good lunch, pop into JoJo’s, you wont regret it!
Until the next foodie adventure,
@eatlotstravelfar for KBSugarfree
Address: 1st Floor, Cnr Queen St Mall & Albert St, Brisbane QLD 4000 (Google Map)