We went The Jones Family Project as we wanted to experience this family-run business based in Hoxton. As they were in the process of changing menus, we decided to go with taking a snapshot from the past and future.
Whilst we made our menu selections during chatting to the friendly Anna (Anna Watts, one of the owners) and Cristiano (executive head chef and also co-owner/founder) to get an insight into the new dishes, as well as being taken on a tour of the premises, we sipped on cocktails of a rum negroni (with a refreshing addition of grapefruit – from the current cocktail menu) and a peashoots pisco mojito with pisco aba, lime juice and honey (from the new cocktail menu soon to arrive). It reminded us of pisco sours we had enjoyed whilst on holiday in Peru.
Loved the art by Fanakapan in the private events entrance on Rivington Street – with his creation of a Mad Hatter’s Tea Party, pots with elegant character by Fian Andrews, and the general design and decor of the restaurant. A wonderful, bright and airy space with the novel additions of tree dotted around. They even had gnomes behind the bar – by Tusch und Egon.
We tucked starters of lightly spiced squid and crispy aubergine involtini (from the current menu), mains of baked salmon, Jones’ Chuck burger and creole spiced chicken with a lime mayo and vibrant salsa (from past and future menus), and desserts of orange tart and brandy bread and butter pudding.
The baked salmon was enjoyable but we would have preferred the original seabass on the current menu, as salmon has too strong a flavour for this lighter dish. However, loved the heat from the creole spices on the chicken which went perfectly with the lime mayo and the palate cleansing salsa. Also, the burger was juicy and complemented by the pickles. Even though we were stuffed by this point, we had a duty to our readers to soldier on and we dived into our dessert which were very moreish – and a great end to the meal.
We could not leave without trying two more cocktails from their new summer menu, so we opted for the basil and lavender mojitos. They are light, fragrant and have floral notes and are perfect to bring the summer in!
Thank you to Anna, Cristiano and team for looking after us so well, and for excellent cocktails and food. We had a lovely time and will be back again very soon, especially to give your new cocktail menu a proper workout!
For more of the delights from their Spring/ Summer 2014 cocktail menu:
78 Great Eastern Street