Jones the Grocer has moved their original store in Woollahra to the space vacated by Justin North's failed Becasse empire in the food court on level 5 of Westfield Pitt St Mall. Jones the Grocer bought the Becasse group after it went into voluntary administration, which included Becasse Bakery, Charlie and Co Burgers (which have both been retained), and also the fine dining restaurants Quarter 21 and Becasse. Louis Vuitton Moet Hennessey has a 50% stake in Jones the Grocer through L Capital, the private equity arm of LVMH. It helps to be backed by investors with deep pockets, which Louis Vuitton Moet Hennessey most certainly have!
|Dining area at Jones the Grocer|
|Grocery section - so many fancy things for the budding home chef :)|
|Look at all those cured meats :9|
|Wine and cheese, anyone?|
I love the set up. Since my first trip to Japan, I have fallen in love with food halls on the basement levels of Japanese department stores. This reminded me a bit of that although on a much smaller scale! The space has a relaxed feel about it and the area was nice and spacious. And did I say that I love open kitchens, because they have one!
|The aforementioned open kitchen|
|Mango and Blood Orange & Cardamon cordial ($5)|
|Salt & pepper squid, yuzu mayonaise, Thai herb salad dressed with tamarind, chilli & lime sauce ($18)|
|Soft herb risotto with fresh asparagus, taleggio & black truffle oil ($16)|
|Linguini with forest mushrooms, grana padano, truffle oil & earthy herbs ($26)|
|Slow cooked beef short rib with roast eye fillet, mushrooms & red wine sauce ($35)|
Saving the best for last! I find that the best items on the Jones menu are the desserts. Although I didn't try it on this occasion, the citrus panna cotta with strawberries, basil, and candied almonds is good and worth trying (click here for the thoughts on the panna cotta and other items on a previous visit).
|Warm sticky date pudding with salted caramel sauce & vanilla bean ice cream ($12)|
|Young coconut rice pudding with mango and almond crunch ($12)|
Jones the Grocer is a good place to go for a casual meal. There are lots of tasty options and I found the menu to be reasonably priced. I also found the service to be friendly and helpful when you need ideas on what to have. And Jones is conveniently open for breakfast, lunch and dinner too.
I dined as a guest of Jones the Grocer. Thanks to Cav Con for arranging my visit.
Jones the Grocer
Contact no: 02 8072 7755