Jones The Grocer - A Review
Jones the grocer is situated in the ground level of the iconic Dusit Thani hotel and serves an impressive and delicious array of food and drinks. I was there to review the place and indeed had an unforgettable evening enjoying some of their fresh cut meats and peppy drinks.
About Jones The Grocer
A haven of all things beneficial from the land down under. Jones the Grocer aims to tickle the fancy of food enthusiasts with natural ingredients culled from different parts of the globe. Since 1996, the Australian-based café provides customers a gourmet experience that promises innovation to the ever evolving café scene. From tea leaves, to cheeses, to coffee beans, Jones the Grocer welcomes guests to a contemporary artisan café 24/7.
We were served by an attendant named Micheal from the African Subcontinent. His service was impressive and he also helped us in making the informed choices based on our individual taste preferences. The other waiters too were prompt and personable.
I went for the classic Chivas Regal while my dining partner chose an Iced Passion Fruit Mint cocktail. I took a few sips of it and felt it was well-prepared and quite refreshing.
We started off with our usual pub regulars Parmesan & Truffle fries and Sweet Potato fries.
The Parmesan and truffle fries were hot, fresh, crispy and loaded with lots and lots of cheese. It smelled wonderful and tasted as amazing as it looked. It was quite similar to the delicious fries we tried at The Tap House
The Sweet potatoes
After Coco on 8, this is the second best sweet potato fries we've tasted in Dubai. Extra crisp and hot out of the stove, it made a great accompaniment to the drinks on the cold winters night.
For Appetizers I went for the meaty Jones Charcuterie board and my dining partner went for the Jones Classic Cheeseboard
Jones Charcuterie Board
The Charcuterie board comprised of a nice selection of cured veal chariza, smoked turkey, wagyu beaf and smoked duck slices. It was served with cornichons, caperberries, olives and fresh bread. The quality of meat was good and the Charcuterie board kept us engaged till the main course arrived. The bread was pretty fresh and I enjoyed it with a variety of meat and cheese served.
The Jones Classic Cheeseboard
A cheese lovers delight – the Jones Classic Cheeseboard platter came in a combination of aged, firm, soft and creamy cheeses. It was served with Jones lavash bread and quince. My dining partner told me she almost felt surfeit at this one that we had to wait for a while before ordering the main course.
The Main Course
For the main course we went for Grilled Spatchcock Corn Fed Baby Chicken and Freekah Salad.
Grilled Spatchcock Corn Fed Baby Chicken
This dish was the highlight of my dining experience. The juicy, flavorful chicken with an irresistibly charred crisp skin tasted out of the world. The chicken was marinated overnight in buttermilk, fresh oregano and garlic and it was served on a bedding of quinoa peppered with pomegranate, blistered corn salad, avocado slices and Chimichurri sauce. The overnight marination gave the chicken its tender and luscious form and the buttermilk left a slight tangy-sour taste. This dish is my personal favorite and highly recommended.
Freekah and Roasted Vegetable Salad
My dining partner who was surfeit with the cheeseboard went for Freekah and Roasted Vegetable salad instead of a main course. She noted that the salad with rich and bursting with flavor. I tried a couple of spoons and loved it too. It had beetroot cuts, pumpkin, red onion, spinach, goat cheese, lemon dressing - just the perfect melange of ingredients to make it taste awesome.
In dessert we had a Mini Indulgence platter – an assortment of 6 jones mini tarts and pastries including macron and a delicious mini cheesecake. It was a perfect finish to an amazing meal.
VerdictAwesome milieu, great selection of finger food, beverages, and impressive service.