Jones the Grocer, Sydney CBD

Guest blogger edition 

When you take the express escalators on Pitt St mall up to Level 5 of the CBD Westfields, you will find Jones the Grocer.  

It is an interesting concept with one section of the restaurant being a gourmet grocery store and the rest is a refined dining environment. 

Having visited the restaurant a few months earlier, we had the opportunity to try it out again (see initial observations here)

We arrived at the restaurant at 6.30pm on a Tuesday night.  The place was mostly empty (what you would expect at most eateries during the mid week) but there were a few tables filling up later in the night. Perhaps they hadn’t expected patrons so early, but there was no one at the front counter to greet us when we arrived even though the restaurant was mostly empty. After standing around for a few minutes like lost puppies, someone eventually noticed us and sat us down at our tables.

We were fortunate to be seated next to the window which gave us a great view of the pedestrian traffic along Pitt St mall.  We could also see across the mall into the Virgin gym where people more motivated than myself were punishing their bodies whilst I was stuffing mine. I felt a tiny bit guilty but not for very long :P

The menu for Jones the Grocer was relatively short but the options that were there sounded quite appealing. I was informed by the waiter that they are in the process of updating their menu for the summer season which would introduce some new items to the menu. 

We ordered the Australian Spring water and some organic sparkling juices as drinks to start off with.

We started with entrees, ordering crab pasta and the BBQ quail. 

The servings of these entrees were huge! The pasta dish in particular probably could have passed for a main given the proportions! The ingredients used tasted fresh but unfortunately I thought they lacked seasoning (the waiter offered salt and pepper, but I like to think that generally the dish should have decent flavour without having to add salt + pepper).

Complimentary olives and sourdough (very nice olives)


Angel hair pasta with blue swimmer crab, chili, rocket, garlic & Padano ($19)


Barbequed free-range quail with spinach & apple salad & bois boudran sauce ($21)



For mains, we had the roast barramundi and the slow cooked beef short rib. 

Roast wild barramundi with crushed potato & sauce antiboise ($32)


The barramundi was very nice – super crispy skin and well seasoned. The potatoes were also nicely roasted and crispy and delicious. Unlike the prior visit, the sauce was on the bottom of the plate and did not sit on top of the crispy skin (which made it soggy). They have tweaked the dish for the better since the last visit and it definitely shows! 

Slow-cooked beef short rib with roast eye fillet, mushrooms  & wed wine sauce ($35)


Unfortunately I felt that the beef ribs suffered from the same comment made on a previous dish from the last visit – not enough sauce! 

The menu says ‘red wine sauce’ however the droplets you see in the photo was the only sauce on the plate.  This detracted somewhat from the dish, but the components themselves where really nicely cooked.  There was a lining of fat to the ribs that had been slow cooked to perfection and the mushrooms were also delicious.  Definitely a comfort food which I would love to eat on a cold winters night.

Although we were already pretty stuffed at this stage, we finished the night off with a lemon tart and a coconut rice pudding. Both were amazing and again, huge portions. 

Young coconut rice pudding with mango & almond crunch ($12)


The coconut rice pudding was sooo fragrant and delicious with the mango adding another level of flavour and the almond crunch adding just the right amount of texture. A very nice dessert and something that is not your run of the mill chocolate fondants or crème brulees.

Glazed lemon tart with confit citrus & crème fraiche ($12)


In summary, Jones the Grocer is a great concept, combining gourmet groceries with a menu of fresh items including those which are available for purchase in the grocery section. 

The dishes have definitely improved since last time, with the standouts being the Barramundi and Rice {udding dessert. I am looking forward to their new menu to see what other ideas they have in mind! 

The Food Book dined as a guest of Jones the Grocer and Cav Con


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2 comments:

  1. Ooh the young coconut rice pudding sounds intriguing! I have a massive obsession with coconut at the moment. lol

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  2. Hi Helen, yeap it is something different than your usual desserts - you should try it!

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