Review of Jones Family Project
Jones Family Project is churning out high quality British meat cooked in their Josper charcoal oven. Their menu is mix of land and sea, with daily specials and seasonal dishes on offer.
Divided into two floors; top floor a buzzing cosmopolitan bar and in the basement the main restaurant area and private dining space. On arrival the restaurant was pretty empty but within half an hour hoards of diners arrived. A business meeting behind us, a date in the corner and yes I spotted another food blogger instagramming their dinner – a mixed bag of customers for a rainy Tuesday night.
Front and centre is a long New York style bar lined with every alcoholic tipple which sits alongside the open kitchen. Pockets / booths adjacent to the bar are perfect little huts for a small group.
We sat in the corner and was greeted by a super smiley waitress who explained tonight’s specials;
Thai style baked salmon with fragrant ingredients and a belly of tuna dish.
First the wine, with over 20 types of wine to choose from we went for a bottle of New Zealand Sauvignon Blanc – crisp and dry with tropical fruitiness and hints of sour apple and pear tones.
Choosing the starter was quite hard for me, having just come back from Brighton and eating such fresh seafood I wasn’t sure if East London could offer the same high standard. I cheekily asked for the truffled macaroni cheese side dish as a starter and boy I was not disappointed. Served sizzling to the table in a oven dish the bronzed speckled cheesy topping was enticing. The pasta was cooked perfectly smothered in a rich, indulgent and luxurious creamy sauce with the truffle flavour delicately perfuming the dish. A filling side that would be great as a main.
My gentleman companion ordered the red curry spiced crispy squid with a chilli mango sauce and lime mayo. The spiced curried coating was very salty and completely overpowered the squid. The chilli mango was a light sauce and not very spicy and we couldn’t pick up any sour elements in the mayo. For me it was a disappointing starter the squid was limp and too much of a huge portion
On to the meat feast mains;
For my main I ordered rump of Dorset spring lamb served with Pommes Anna, salsa verde, slow roasted tomatoes & charcoal grilled spring onions. Quite possibly the best lamb dish I have ever had! heavenly pink in the middle the meat was so tender my knife cut through it like butter. The herby, tangy vibrant green salsa verde drizzled over the lamb acted has an excellent mint sauce alternative. The flakey delicate layers of the pommes anna were like a filo pastry crispy and thin. The spring onions were sweetened and smokey from being charred but no burnt after taste.
My gentleman companion went for the rib eye steak, succulent and juicy cooked to medium rare perfection. Bursting with natural meat flavour, the chargrilled outer coating gave a BBQ taste to the steak with a slight ccaramelization from the burnt fat. Spectacular!
No sides come with the steak but the extra fries were slightly dry and wrinkly but the corn on the corn lollipops were sweet and spicy thanks to the chipotle butter.
Jones Family Project are strong contenders for being one of London’s great steakhouses. Definitely the quality of the meat played a huge part in it’s fantastic flavour, and the charcoal oven added that extra oomph and distinctive smokiness. Its downfall are it’s high prices, £27 for steak with no sides is a lot espcially if you are targeting a family audience, but even for date night it pushed the purse strings.
The service was excellent as was the wine. Overall we had a lovely evening and would return but only for a special occasion.