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Meet the Chef

With 30 years’ experience, Matt Merrin operates two iconic Townsville venues- Bridgewater Q and the award winning JAM. Matt is renowned in the region as a chef who is passionate about, fresh seasonal produce & showcasing the best of the region Matt protect managed the design & fit out of Bridgewater. Offering an unparalleled dining experience in Townsville. Contemporary open plan design, river and city views, a boast of sleek modern interiors and coastal Australian design features.

Restaurant menu

Chef Matt Merrin
  • Average price $55 Special request
Handmade gnocchi, cep cream, peas, pickled cauliflower, grana
Prawn tortellini, house smoked salmon, bisque cream, pearls, elk
Aleppo-style BBQ chicken, walnut, lemon + mint, cranberry muscat, muhammara labneh

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Ratings & Reviews

based on 383 reviews
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Quality of food :9.1/10
Service :9.3/10
Setting :9/10
  1. Angeline K.
    Angeline K.
    • 9 reviews

    Lovely experience with good selection of drinks

  2. Alan P.
    Alan P.
    • one review

    Great service from really friendly and professional staff. who couldn't do enough for us. The food was on a set menu for an event but was very good.

  3. Rachel T.
    Rachel T.
    • one review

    We went last night for our anniversary. The food was amazing. I highly recommend the fried zucchini flowers and duck breast. The atmosphere was ambient and surprisingly quiet for how many people were dining at the same time. We can’t wait to go again.

  4. Donna D.
    Donna D.
    • one review

    Wonderful night out, best meal we have had in Townsville in many years

  5. Colin B.
    Colin B.
    • one review

    A lovely night to relax and enjoy great food and close to the city center. Great idea to have a set meal so you could sample a cross section of what was on offer.

  6. LISA A.
    LISA A.
    • one review

    Friendly staff, efficient service and absolutely yummy food! The chair however was a little uncomfortable as the bottom had sagged, but the overall atmosphere made up for it

  7. Laurie M.
    Laurie M.
    • one review

    This restaurant is an excellent setting, food is excellent and well presented, the waiters did an excellent job, pleasant and attentive. However I felt the waiter was a little to persistant and sometimes intrusive in his endeavour to please. The food was excellent however I felt a lack of value for money as it simple lacked quantity.

  8. Kate Y.
    Kate Y.
    • 2 reviews

    Never disappointed with this restaurant, the food is consistently delicious, staff are always welcoming and friendly and you are guaranteed an interesting selection of gourmet dishes. My favourite restaurant in Townsville

  9. Leon P.
    Leon P.
    • one review

    Most favouritest place in town! Would frequent once to twice a week! Amazing breakfasts, beautiful setting and super professional staff at excellent prices.

  10. Sally S.
    Sally S.
    • one review

    Best breakfast in town. Great service, amazing food and great ambience. Love the staff as they are alway so attentive and friendly. Thanks for another amazing brekki.

  11. Paul W.
    Paul W.
    • 14 reviews

    Great meal as usual. The duck was cooked really well.

  12. Kim M.
    Kim M.
    • one review

    Felt very welcomed service excellent food good just had to wait for a while to be brought to to the table otherwise great wonderful customer service

  13. Ross B.
    Ross B.
    • 6 reviews

    Great service with a smile, they were very genuine in the welcome and thanking us for our custom,

  14. Paul W.
    Paul W.
    • 14 reviews

    Great breakfast and pleasant service as usual. Always a pleasure to eat there. Coffee was well brewed and served quickly. well done. Thankyou.

  15. Murray F.
    Murray F.
    • one review

    An excellent dining experience. The staff were awesome, the wine/drinks list was very comprehensive, and the food was excellent with lots of fabulous flavours. We would recommend Jam to everyone.

  16. KAYE G.
    KAYE G.
    • 5 reviews

    Looking forward to showing JAM off to friends from UK and also to celebrate 50th wedding anniversary. Lunch booking. The 2 bottles of wine selected from the wine list were not available and neither was one of the beers requested. Water always on table but in previous visits, wait staff always kept glasses filled. Barramundi chosen by 2 diners, but disappointed as they felt if was a little dry. This was quite a surprise as we usually have top notch dining here.

  17. Kelly M.
    Kelly M.
    • one review

    Perfect Lunch spot with a great food and lovely service!

  18. A A.
    A A.
    • 289 reviews

    Great food and Service . Consistently a High Achiever. You will have an enjoyable meal.

  19. Jacqui F.
    Jacqui F.
    • one review

    Such amazing service - just incredible food - dining here for breakfast I know that I won’t need to eat for the rest of the day - all I can say is this place is the only place I would eat breakfast

  20. A A.
    A A.
    • 246 reviews

    Saturday night, 1st night i Townsville. Booking meant we were taken straight to a table. Small menu but great and fresh.

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How to get to the restaurant

1 Palmer Street, 4810, South Townsville (QLD), Australia

About the restaurant

Pump up the Jam The name Jam Corner may well conjure up images of cardigan-clad Women’s Institute matrons bottling for the local fete, but clearly that’s not the case at this popular Townsville eatery.

Chef Matt Merrin and his team have a trophy cabinet full of awards to prove that their approach to dining is spot-on. Claiming to serve ‘Townsville’s best coffee’ Jam Corner kicks things off with a seasonal breakfast menu featuring fare such as Queensland avocado on wholegrain sourdough with whipped marinated Danish feta, cinnamon pancakes with butterscotch pears, and savoury fried tofu with lap cheong, scrambled egg and ginger caramel.

For lunch and dinner they move on to tapas with more-ish sounding Thai prawn and ginger rolls, or the degustation option with 5 courses which changes with the seasons. They even have a dedicated vegetarian menu which is not just the normal menu with the meat removed – vegos actually have four entrée and three main dishes to choose from. No wonder it’s a hit with locals and visitors alike. Best dish: Bangalow pork belly, apple & wasabi gel, pressed apple



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