One of my good foodie friends Kulinary Adventures of Kath had at last finished her stint at university – five years of law over and dusted and we decided to celebrate appropriately with a nice foodie visit to Westfield’s Jones the Grocer.
Jones the Grocer is on the top floor, the food level, back where Quarter Twenty-One used to be. They sell a variety of sandwiches, pastries and coffee at the front outside, but inside it’s a gorgeous deli with artisan cheeses, pasta sauces, lavosh and other goodies…and most importantly, their restaurant.
The monochrome colour scheme of the restaurant is quite masculine in taste, with more expansive seating than I had thought there was room for. We two girls were seated near the back, where the large windows overlooked the next building, in which there was a gym. The view of lots of people puffing away during their lunch hour on treadmills probably wasn’t the most appetising view, but luckily I had my back to these healthy people. Especially with what I planned to order…
Of course I had already looked on their website online, but there wasn’t a menu uploaded. I was in a beef-y mood and so asked the waiter what he would recommend – the eye fillet or the wagyu burger? He enthusiastically recommended the burger, saying that ‘it has everything’, and so I decided to go on his recommendation.
The food took some time to come out, but when it arrived it was well worth it.
The Premium 100% Australian wagyu burger with bacon, gruyere, truffle mayonnaise, pickles, mustard and caramelised onions on a house-baked bun with Jones chips ($22) arrived with great anticipation on a board and I was a little stumped on how to eat it on such a narrow surface. Kath recommended the old-fashioned, messy way – with my hands. At least I had the grace to cut it in half first. An innards shot is always required.
The wagyu mince patty was meltingly tender and a perfect medium. With the bacon, melty gruyere, tart pickles, mustard and a gorgeous whiff of truffle from the mayonnaise, it was one of the most amazing things I’ve ever tasted sandwiched in between two fluffy buns. I hoovered up this baby with the only difficulty being the capacity of my stomach. The house-baked bun was baked ’til glossy – obviously it had had an egg wash over the top to make it nice and shiny with a healthy scatter of sesame seeds.
The chips were searingly hot when they arrived but amazingly crunchy and well-seasoned. Unfortunately the tomato relish that came with the chips was cold upon arrival… I think it would have been nicer had it been at least warm.
Kath, meanwhile, was happily tucking into her Soft herb risotto with fresh asparagus, taleggio and black truffle oil ($19):
The risotto was perfectly cooked – not gluggy or starchy in the slightest, with a generous amount of shaved taleggio cheese and the dish literally wafting the aroma of black truffle oil across the table to me. It was a perfect hearty winter dish but yet somehow the dish felt quite light.
A gorgeous deli-style restaurant and I’m sure I’ll be back some other time to re-visit the place and perhaps pick up a few deli products while I’m at it.
Jones the Grocer
Level 5 Westfield Sydney
Cnr Castlereagh & Market Streets
Sydney, NSW 2000
(02) 8072 7755