Jokers on Ryrie is one of those places that’s been a constant in Geelong over the years. In saying that, this was the first time I’d ventured in, after walking past countless times.
I was expecting the place to be packed, however there was only one table taken when we walked in at about 7pm. As we were there on a Friday night there was some discussion as to whether the Night Market had been a more attractive proposition on a warm Friday night. Usually the restaurant is a lot busier during the evenings.
The staff will come to collect your order, but head to the bar to order and collect your drinks. Expect a lot of the usual bar food on the menu, with a few extras thrown in. There is also a page of offers for those who are heading to a movie after eating. Check it out if you’re planning on heading across the road to the cinemas, as it could save you some money.
The prawn and scallop curry comes served with rice. A few of us tried this one and all agreed the dish was tasty. I really liked the flavours of this dish.
No complaints about the chicken parma or chips tonight, but I’m told the salad dressing was a little too acidic.
I’m told the red duck curry was a good choice and I liked the presentation of this dish. Simple yet effective.
The calamari in this dish was cooked well, and was soft to eat and not chewy at all. It definitely needed the lemon and I had to add some salt to the dish.
We were all fairly happy with our meals, they were a decent size and decent price. Don’t be put off by the plain exterior of Jokers, the quality and presentation of food surprised me. Definitely worth a visit if you’re after pub food in the city or if your group can’t decide on what to eat, as the menu has pretty much all bases covered.
Jokers on Ryrie
211 Ryrie St, Geelong
(Corner of Yarra and Moorabool Streets, opposite Mc Donalds/Village Cinemas)
Open: Monday-Sunday lunch and dinner.