In the East End of London It’s hard to find a steakhouse which doesn’t involve queuing out of the door, sitting on a wooden bench or breaking the bank for quality food. Although there’s nothing wrong with these types of joints, sometimes you fancy something a little more luxurious whilst still being cool. I’d heard Jones Family Project in Shoreditch wouldn’t let me down so took the boyfriend for a midweek date night.
We started with a drink in the snazzy bar area. They had quite an extensive list of G&Ts, I fancied something sweet so the bar man recommended a Hayman’s old Tom – so refreshing, and filled with berries topped with fever tree tonic. Mike went for a classic whisky sour, I took a sip and it could definitely have put a few hairs on my chest!
We were led downstairs to the gorgeous hidden dining room. Their soft lighting and jazzy furnishings made it feel we were in an exclusive members’ club. The chilled atmosphere and welcoming servers instantly made us feel relaxed.
A bottle of Portuguese house red was whisked over and was perfect for the red meat feast we were about to get stuck into.
We agreed this was our ideal menu. Hence why we got a little carried away.
To start we decided to share 2 dishes. Perfectly crisp risotto cakes were packed with a delicate cheese and tomato filling. So much taste from such little parcels. They sat on top of a tangy tomato pesto sauce. I loved the pretty presentation which was wiped out pretty quickly after the photo was taken.
One of my favourites was up next, salt and pepper squid. The light batter left them non greasy, letting the fresh squid flavours burst through. Dotted around the plate were pieces of spiced watermelon and super light pork crackling, which sounds a little odd but the mix just worked.
Jones Family Project takes pride in sourcing all of their meat from the Ginger Pig in North Yorkshire. This is clearly reflected in the quality of the meat. It’s always a comfort when the staff can go in to so much detail about each cut and the difference in taste.
My partner Mike loves steak so was spoilt for choice. He was after a juicy, sizeable type of beef so went for the sirloin, which was absolutely huge. I can vouch that it was so juicy, after sneaking a bite. The slithers of fat and charred edges made it truly melt in the mouth. The cute pot of creamy béarnaise was smothered over the top post picture. When ordering steak you must order chips, I’m sure this is the rule. A gorgeous crispy portion of triple-cooked chips arrived alongside, with fluffy centres and crunchy edges.
I was keen to see what else Jones Family Project had to offer besides their famous steak. I went for the most beautiful plate of venison. The dark meat was sliced into chunky portions and had such a rich dense flavour. It was decorated with swede purée, soft cabbage and a red currant jus, I just couldn’t get enough, easily cleaning the plate.
The carbs just kept on coming. The indulgent mac and cheese was heavenly. Our truffle potato dauphinoise was divine and a bowl of fresh seasonal greens finished the spread perfectly and made us feel slightly healthier. For dessert I opted for a very trendy de-constructed lemon meringue pie. Wow, this portion was insane. I wasn’t complaining but felt awful having to leave half as I simply didn’t have room. You could tell it was freshly prepared to order with the meringue still warm, yet crunchy on top. Mike went for the rather indulgent chocolate brownie. Again, another crazy-sized portion, you definitely wouldn’t leave hungry here. It was accompanied by a coconut sorbet and salted caramel sauce. Salted caramel is probably the best thing ever.
We had such a lovely evening at Jones Family Project. The dishes were superb while the whole team were friendly and professional. I can see myself returning for Friday drinks with the girls or a Sunday roast with the family very soon. A fab place to eat, drink and relax. Whatever you fancy, Jones Family Project has it all covered.