Jones the Grocer

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.

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???????????????????????????????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.

IMG_8998The 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.

IMG_9006The 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):

IMG_9001The 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.

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Jones the Grocer
Level 5 Westfield Sydney
Cnr Castlereagh & Market Streets
Sydney, NSW 2000
(02) 8072 7755
www.jonesthegrocer.com

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