Restaurant photos by Gary Edwards (www.vpcreative.co.uk)
Situated on the frontline of the Puerto Banús marina, Jacks Smokehouse (previously named Jacks American Brasserie) has reopened its doors with a new name and a great updated look.
Even though the menu is more or less the same as before with dishes that Jacks have become so famous for over the years, there are also some new additions. During our latest visit, the prices seemed extremely reasonable and the portion sizes were very generous.
We were treated to large tempura king prawns, chicken jalapeño poppers and crab cake to start with, then a rack of ribs and Argentinean rib eye as a main course – all cooked beautifully with fabulous flavours. Our waiters were warmly friendly and attentive to our needs.
The decoration is the most obvious change. There is now a glamorous large circular bar in the middle of the restaurant taking centre stage, where the bartenders mix and shake their cocktails, with a rather ornate chandelier suspended above it. The cocktail menu is more interesting than most, with a slight twist on the traditional cocktails you normally come across, and all at reasonable prices under €10.
To give the restaurant a chic and urban look, the walls have been stripped back to expose the natural brickwork and there are television screens mounted on them with pictures of Marilyn Monroe and Elvis Presley to give a true American feel. Every evening they have a DJ playing who is situated in his own booth at the rear of the restaurant to create an upbeat ambience while you dine. There are a variety of different tables for dining: whether you want a table in a private intimate corner, upstairs overlooking the marina or right in the middle of the action, there is one to suit everyone, making this venue ideal for a romantic evening or a large party.
As the name suggests, Jacks Smokehouse prides itself on its true smoky flavours, thanks to a newly-purchased smoker that gives the meat a deep and authentic American taste. As you would expect from an American restaurant, ribs and steaks are a main feature on the menu but there are also salads and pizza if you are not partial to meat. If you can fit in a dessert, they are all homemade and very indulgent.
Muelle Ribera Local 23-25, Puerto Banús
Open every day for breakfast, lunch and dinner
Tel. (+34) 952 813 625 / www.jacks-smokehouse.com