Jones the Grocer took over the prime restaurant spot on Level 5 about a year ago with a luxury grocery offering, bakery and restaurant – and I've been jonesing to get there to see how the space has changed.
|Restaurant dining area at Jones the Grocer, Level 5, Westfield Sydney|
The well-spaced restaurant area behind the food "emporium" is a particularly warm and inviting setting with the feeling of a posh home highlighted by a long open kitchen and dark timber furniture.
Seats by the window have the added benefit, or distraction, of looking across into a gym where classes take place while you eat and drink.
|Shiraz and Pipsqueak apple cider|
There are, rightfully, a lot of Australian options on the drinks list and the food menu follows with a modern Australian bent (read: a bit of Asian, a bit of Mediterranean, a bit of this and that – all tempting and delicious-sounding).
|Angel hair pasta with blue swimmer crab, chilli, rocket, garlic and grana padano|
The thin angel hair pasta noodles, almost resembling vermicelli, were a good, light carrier for the quintessentially Australian yet Italian flavours.
|Salt and pepper squid, yuzu mayonnaise, Thai herb salad dressed |
with tamarind, chilli and lime sauce
Both entrées were very generous in size and at the height of freshness; embracing a modern Australian ethos with flavours from around the world.
|Duck leg confit with French lentils, apple and spinach salad with grape seed dressing|
The duck was probably one of the best renditions of confit I've had: crisp skin, perfectly rendered, and soft, yielding flesh that was not too salty, paired classically with braised lentils.
The leafy, dressed salad with apple matchsticks – admittedly, presented all over the top of the duck – added a required sweet and tart lightness to the overall dish.
|Free-range slow roasted pork cutlet with carrot puree, poached prune and shaved cabbage pangrattato salad|
There was a sad lack of crackling, with a rubbery, fatty rind of skin attached to the thick pork cutlet instead although the pork was at least juicy and tender.
|Stir fried broccolini|
|Glazed lemon tart with confit citrus and creme fraiche|
We also had a trio of sorbets as another dessert with refreshing renditions of each passionfruit, raspberry and mango sorbets.
I'm not sure if it is intended, but there's an air of 'something for everyone' at Jones the Grocer. Even the kids menu was impressive and clearly not an afterthought; hence, quite a few tables of families with young children.
And then there's food for take-home purchase, the bakery offerings and an impressive cheese cabinet that has me jonesing to get back for more.
Food, booze and shoes dined at Jones the Grocer as a guest, with thanks to Cav Con.