We’d heard about this place for a while and it was a relief to finally make it recently. When you see the words ‘Steak’ ‘Bar’ and ‘Grill’ we are always interested over here at London’s Dinest and we weren’t disappointed. Recommended by many, it’s not hard to miss The Jones Family Project but if you’re having difficulties it’s opposite the Hoxton Hotel!
Once we’d arrived at the restaurant we were greeted by a friendly waitress (always a good thing if there’s no wait for this; there wasn’t). We were told we could have some drinks while our table became ready as we hadn’t reserved. The bar upstairs isn’t the biggest but it is a beauty. Dark walls, friendly staff and a lovely bar. The cocktail menu here is pretty extensive so make sure you have a look through the entire menu before ordering! We went for a couple of Diplomatico Old Fashioneds and some champagne cocktails, all were lovely. It wasn’t long before our table was ready so we headed downstairs to the lively restaurant.
Steak is relatively simple to describe and here it comes from their Josper charcoal oven. The meat is sourced from the famous Ginger Pig and we have no complaints when it comes to that. The seafood menu changes constantly and once we heard of the salmon special it wasn’t long before we’d ordered our meals. To start we had the Jones’ charcuterie board spiced crispy squid and the Jones’ fillet steak tartare, both of which were excellent. The steak tartare especially was one of the finest we’ve eaten in a fairly long time. The squid had a lovely kick to it and the bitter lime hints added to a lovely start.
For mains there was a rib eye steak, the salmon special and a chuck burger topped with slow-cooked oxtail. These three were big hitters and we’d have happily eaten more had we not been so full. Accompanying these were truffled macaroni cheese and some greens. The former of these was quite easily one of the best we’ve had as a side dish – it could easily be a main dish on its own. The steak was cooked perfectly, the burger would be at home in any burger restaurant and the salmon was fantastic. The staff here are really friendly and it’s great to see a big wine list accompanying such a great menu.
Unfortunately this time we had no room for dessert but we can imagine they are great. If you’re looking for a lively restaurant that’s a lot of fun with excellent food to match then head on over.
The Jones Family Project
76 Great Eastern Street, London, EC2A 3JL