For some reason, previous to our visit, we had only heard fleeting comments about Jones & Sons. However, since dining there last week, we simply can’t understand why Dalstonites haven’t been raving from the rooftops about said establishment. Maybe they want to keep it all to themselves? If that is the real reason, we can certainly see why, especially where Mondays are concerned. We’d even go as far as to say that The Boomtown Rats may even reconsider their views on the most dreaded day of the week after sampling the Monday night fixed price menu. It involved a selection of truly delicious dishes, created using quality ingredients and all at a fraction of the price.
With two courses available for £19 and three courses for just an extra £2, you’ll be surprised to find dishes such as Scallops, Pea Puree, Crispy Bacon with Shellfish Reduction and Home Smoked Wood Pigeon Breast with Blackberries and Hazelnuts. It really is an exceedingly good sounding menu.
At prices like this, we of course went in for the three course option. Starting with the Scallops and a superb dish of Battered Courgette Flower stuffed with Goats Curd on a bed of Tomato and Honey. Both being a serious treat for the palate and a great opener to the evening’s feasting.
Having despatched with the starters, we turned our eyes to the cocktail list to find a tasty tipple to sip whilst waiting on the mains. Another great thing about Monday’s at Jones & Sons is that it’s also 2-4-1 cocktails too! We of course indulged in a few to put the menu through it’s paces. It’s a great little list with our favourites being the Grey Lady – House Infused Early Grey Gin, Lemon, Sugar & Egg White, The Hemingway – Rum, Lime, Grapefruit, Maraschino & Sugar and of course the crowd pleaser, the Negroni.
The mains arrived and once again we were blown away at the quality of the dishes. The Butcher’s Steak was fantastic, really succulent, extremely tender and beautifully charred to give a smokey flavour. As if it wasn’t indulgent enough, we decided to add on a side of Lobster Macaroni Cheese, as it just sounded too good to ignore. Other options on the night consisted of Roast Pork Belly with Cauliflower Puree & Roast Apple, Whole Fish of the Day and even a Half Lobster!
If you’re easily susceptible to food comas, you may want to think twice about the Steak and Lobster Mac & Cheese pairing. It’s one rich combo that packs a real satisfying punch. We were close to waving the white flag on pudding but then came to our senses and realised that just wasn’t an option. With dishes like Honey & Thyme Roasted Peaches & Ice Cream, Eton Mess and Puffed Up Chocolate with Blackberries and Early Grey Ice Cream, we’d have been stupid to overlook a final course. The Puffed Up Chocolate took our fancy. Essentially a chocolate soufflé, and perfectly executed with molten chocolate goodness awaiting beneath the sponge top. As for the Earl Grey ice cream. It seems like this tea is the new ingredient for Autumn, as we’ve found it an increasing amount of recipes, whether it’s food or drink. Needless to say, the ice cream hit the spot and was a perfect cooling contrast to the hot soufflé.
So to recap. Beautiful Scallops followed by an exquisite Butcher’s Steak, rounded off with a lovely little indulgent soufflé, all for £21? We The Food Snobs will be coming back for sure! The Monday night fixed-price menu at Jones & Sons is a real triumph and is a must for any East Londoners that are serious about their food. What’s more, they take bookings here so you can get this perfect date night spot in the diary in advance.
Let us know what you think and most importantly, enjoy!
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