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Jamu: A great place to feast and eat heartily, according to the Malaysia culture. Dining is always best done together with those who hold great value in our busy lives, so it’s a blessing that we’ve found a venue with the perfect vibe and menu to allow this to happen in the heart of Richmond. Jamu was brought to my attention by players of the football team which I strongly support, Hawthorn Hawks. Co-owner James Frawley & Isaac Smith know the importance of coming together, and it’s on the footy field that they do it with flair. They’ve teamed up with Evelyn Lau, and created something easily described as ‘dining magic’. The interior echoes the fusion theme in the kitchen, with a mixture of copper, mesh and custom designed solid timber tables that are a nod to both local materials, and Asian style. A well-executed culinary experience, headed by Calvin Wong in the kitchen, is inspired by the blend of Asia’s rich sweet, spicy, sour and salty flavours. From express lunch menu items, through to the ala cart menu with shared plates, large plates, and desserts; it’s an experience that certainly affords us the opportunity to feast. Stand out dishes include the Cone Bay Barramundi, and the O'Connor Angus Hanger MBS2+ Rendang, which was intensely flavourful and rich. The drinks menu is just as impressive, showcasing a range of wines including several vegan options, beer, and cocktails. Find Jamu at 1 Palmer Street, Richmond.

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