52-62 Old Princes highway
03 9769 3546
When someone mentioned ‘Slippery Jacks’ as a place to get some lunch, I thought it must be some kind of truck stop with a name like that. Slippery Jacks is in fact a new(ish) restaurant in Beaconsfield, that’s quite popular with locals.
Inside, the decor is pretty modern. It’s not a bad fit out, there are lots of dark and rich colours which make it a good night time destination. There are some rustic looking wine barrels with modern galvanised stools set up out the front. For dining, there are some cosy tables set up, as well as another area to the side for those who are just after drinks. I haven’t been passed on a Saturday, but I’ve heard it can get quite busy.
The first time I visited was back in April for lunch. We ordered a couple of entree’s, thinking they would be lunch sized. They were not. We ended up ordering a pizza as well. Everything we ordered was good, and fresh.
The second time was for dinner. I ordered the blue grenadier. Yes, this is a vegetarian blog, but there aren’t really any other good options to choose from. While there wasn’t anything wrong with the dish, it didn’t really stand out.
The desserts were better. The cheese platter was quite generous for the price. I really wanted to order the deconstructed apple crumble and see what a post-modern dessert looked like, but I was tempted by the chocolate tart with berry compote.
The chunky chips were pretty damn good. Don’t go past them as a side dish.
The staff were very friendly and helpful both times I visited. THey really didn’t leave anything to be desired in terms of customer service. I’ve read on other reviews that they push the drinks, but I didn’t find this at all.
The thing about eating in the outer suburban fringe is that choice is limited. Sure, there are plenty of places to eat around Berwick and Beaconsfield, but a lot of them do suck. Slippery Jacks would have to be the pick of the bunch.
Would I go back? Yes, simply because it’s decent food as well as close to a lot of my friends and family. Its advantages are mainly geographic. Should you go if you are a vegetarian? Well, maybe not.