New? The bottomless brunch is new but Jar Kitchen opened at the start of last year.
Where? 176 Drury Lane, WC2B 5QF www.jarkitchen.com
On the menu: The bottomless brunch has a set menu with sides – you have brunch classics like granola and smashed avocado, alongside the likes of ox cheek and cheddar croquettes and pork belly with Baharat spiced baked beans, tamarind chutney and poached eggs.
First Impressions: When we visited on a Saturday morning, Drury Lane was surprisingly quiet, unlike Covent Garden just around the corner where the heaves of tourists congregate. That was to say it was quiet apart from Jar Kitchen. Out of the way of the masses, it was still bustling, with tables filling up quickly – you want to make sure you arrive early enough to get a spot or be prepared to wait.
The Look: From the outside it doesn’t look like much but inside it’s an Instagrammer’s dream. Split over two levels, wooden floors and worn wooden tables are joined by dark inky grey walls punctuated with metal baskets holding green ferns. Keeping in line with the name, lights are in hanging jars whilst chalkboards announce the cocktail of the day. Although the space is relatively small, large windows and mirrors expand the room and there are always two small tables to spill out onto when the sun shines. I would say it needs a couple of touch ups here and there as things were a little scuffed and some things looked a little tired.
What We Ate: You can choose from two courses (£32) or three courses (£35) so naturally we opted for three courses. Granola was served in – you guessed it – a jar; nutty, toasted almonds with thick yoghurt, sweet crunchy granola and tart rhubarb. Wanting something more savoury to go with my Bloody Mary (of course it was in a jar), I opted for the ox cheek and cheddar croquettes. They were a little on the small side and could have a done with more ox cheek, but they were good – I just hoped for a little more. Sourdough was smothered with smashed avocado and spiked with lime and chilli, we decided not to go with the house-cured Earl Grey salmon but on reflection this was probably a mistake, so we suggest you do order it – otherwise you just have a single piece of toast with avocado. A beautiful mixed grain salad was finished with earthy roasted Chantenay carrots, fresh yoghurt, pomegranate, almonds and tender slow roasted lamb shoulder. We ended with warm, fresh, doughnuts sprinkled in cinnamon which we happily dunked in salted caramel – well it’d be rude not to.
What We Drank: Spicy Bloody Marys served in Kilner Jars and plenty of Prosecco, the staff were very good at keeping everyone topped up.
Go With: Your best friends, your date, your friends from out of town – it’s the sort of place you could easily spend the morning catching up, reading the papers and of course drinking plenty of Bloody Marys.
Final Word: For fun, friendly casual dining then Jar Kitchen is definitely worth checking out – it’s one of those places that you want to add to you repertoire so that when a friend asks for a place to go in Covent Garden, you can say ‘well let me tell you about Jar Kitchen…’.