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“Some very good points” 3 of 5 stars
Review of Banjo

Banjo
8 Beresford Street, St Helier, Jersey JE2 4WN, St. Helier JE2 4WN
+ 44 1534 850890
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Ranked #31 of 174 Restaurants in St. Helier
Price range: $23 - $55
Cuisines: British
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Good for: Families with children, Bar scene
Dining options: Breakfast/Brunch, Reservations, Late Night
Description: Banjo, a European-style grand brasserie located next to the Market in a restored 10,000 sq ft former Victorian Gentlemen's Club, is the biggest Jersey Pottery venue to date, with two restaurants and a bar, as well as three private dinning and conference rooms for parties, weddings and corporate events. There are also four beautifully decorated bedrooms for overnight stays. The design of Banjo is inspired by some of the most stunning urban brasseries and bars from around the world whilst retaining the best features of the historic St Helier building that was purpose-built for entertaining
Jersey, Channel Islands
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“Some very good points”
3 of 5 stars Reviewed February 5, 2013

We visited Banjo for a leisurely lunch and I must admit, the renovation of the old Victoria Club has been very well done. I didn't like the bar at the back as it was sterile and lacked atmosphere however, the Brasserie where we ate was fine. We were seated in a window banquet and enjoyed it. The restaurant on the left as you enter looks to be the better option. Wine was reasonably priced by the glass and the bottle, service was generally very good and attentive and the atmosphere was upmarket and buzzy for a Monday lunchtime.
Food was something of a disappointment for me but others were more pleased, maybe I chose wrongly. It was typical Potteries Fayre! I had the coconut prawns with chilli dip for a starter and there was more covering than prawn and they were rather sweet, I wouldn't have them again. My wife had the Scallops with a curry sauce and said it was delicious but it should have been for £11.50p for a starter. Our friends had the Pate, generous and the beetroot and goat's cheese starter that was OK.
Our mains were varied. I had the Fritto Misto that was rather greasy with heavy batter, my wife and our friend had the Crab Cake starter as a main and said it was very nice and the other member of our party had the Belly Pork which was decidedly the best option.
All in all, I found the food somewhat average for Jersey but the venue very nice indeed. We are returning in a few weeks time and I have already decided it will be the Scallop Starter and Belly Pork for me. It will be interesting trying it in the evening rather than the lunchtime but unlike some restaurants in Jersey, I am not terribly excited about returning but will give it another try.

  • Visited February 2013
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
    • 3 of 5 stars Food
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St. Helier, United Kingdom
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5 reviews 5 reviews
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“Gorgeous!”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 4, 2013

Been to banjo twice now, decor and ambience is absolutely gorgeous! Even the bar is stylish. Service has been excellent on both occasions and food is superb and well priced. Only let down is the price of the drinks especially the wine list. Though Cocktail list is fabulous and not too badly priced. Well worth a visit and look forward to going back.

  • Visited January 2013
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
    • 4 of 5 stars Food
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Jersey, Channel Islands
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“Love it!”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 3, 2013

I've dined at Banjos on three occasions now, once in one of the private rooms on the first floor and twice in the Brasserie, and it's been excellent every time. Very good customer service, love the decor and theme, food has all been delicious, cocktails - fab! And all such good value. I cannot fault it, and look forward to going again soon!

  • Visited January 2013
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
    • 5 of 5 stars Food
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“Stylish”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 2, 2013 via mobile

Went for dinner with 6 others, meeting up in the bar beforehand. Service efficient, rather dark for reading menus! We ate in the dark dining room, again a bit better lighting would have been appreciated, there is another much lighter room. The restaurant was full sadly with wooden floors the noise level was high which at times made conversation difficult. The decor is stylish and interesting.

The selection of dishes on offer was excellent and the portion sizes were fair. The crab cakes had an excellent flavour, the frito misto batter was heavier than it should have been, the chips were light and crispy. The thali was a good mixture of tastes and textures and the prawn curry was commended by those who had it. The duck confit with beans and lentils received praise. A good selection of dessert was offered but we were all too full. A good selection of fair priced wines, expresso coffee excellent.

A visit to the toilet area is a must! A steep descent into the cellar but there is a lift! Overall an enjoyable experience, pleased that the period features have been kept. Would recommend a visit.

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“Nice new venue for St Helier.”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 29, 2013

Went with a party of 7 Sunday 27 Jan '13 for a birthday party. Very nice venue, beautifully refurbished to a high standard. We arrived at 1.30 and left at 8.30p.m. after a long lazy lunch. The food was very good, steak tartare deserves a special mention, but everyone agreed they were very happy with the food. Pricewise I thought it was good value for what you got. So very happy and would go again. Only two small gripes, I would agree with the lady who said that it would be nice if your coats were taken rather than have to take them from the bar through to the dining room yourself and hang them from the back of your chair, would expect it but perhaps it was just small detail missed in the first month of opening. Only other thing was the smoking area, which is pretty rough, where it is is not a problem, but it looks thrown together and scuzzy, and that’s it new, would have thought it would be tidy at least.

  • Visited January 2013
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
    • 5 of 5 stars Food
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