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Review: Jones & Co

Ashleigh Went

Some dinners are just that – dinners. Nice in the sense that you don’t have to cook or clean up, with some nice food and perhaps a glass of wine.

Other nights are the kind you’ll remember for months or years to come: sparkling conversation, wonderful food, superb service, and delightful ambience (not to mention a few cheeky cocktails and vino).

Our night at Jones & Co was certainly the latter.

My partner James and I arrived at 6.30pm at the restaurant, on the corner of Giles and Kennedy Street in Kingston, to find a reasonable crowd for early on a Tuesday night. One thing I have to say is that from the moment we stepped foot inside, service was impeccable. Staff were very attentive – making recommendations, asking how the food was – they really couldn’t be faulted.

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We were seated right by the window and left to peruse the menu.

The fit out of Jones & Co is really beautiful. It’s trendy but not in a hipster, industrial kind of way: it’s got a cosy vibe, nice lighting and while we enjoyed the music and ambience, you can still hear each other speak.

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On to the menu – before I tell you about the food we ordered, let me preface with this: James and I are what you would call hardcore carnivores. So while there is a large selection of starters including a raw bar with oysters and sashimi, our eyes were fixed firmly on the Jones & Co Meat Board.

It arrived with a selection of meats. The highlights for us were the pork belly terrine and wagyu bresaola, and we loved that it came with grilled sourdough, sour cherry jam in its own darling little jar, as well as pickles and olives.

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For mains, we were torn, as there are so many delicious choices, but ultimately we settled on the slow braised lamb shoulder. We asked the waitress how hefty the serving was, and she informed us that with 1.5 kilos of meat, it’s really recommended for three or four, but could serve two very hungry people. Safe to say, we finished every last morsel.

It was amazing – crispy on the outside, meat falling from the bone and served with a rich red wine and pepper berry reduction. We ordered the truffled mash and raw beetroot salad with minted yogurt for sides and they accompanied the dish perfectly. The mash was creamy with the most delicate truffle flavour, and the crunchy raw beetroot cut through the richness of the lamb and potato.

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Next came perhaps my most favourite phrase at all, “would you like to see the dessert menu?”. Would we ever.

We shared the Dark Chocolate Pavé and the Caramel Popcorn Mousse between us. The mousse was lovely, but the pavé was the standout. Peanut butter and espresso are two of my favourite foods, so the peanut butter snow and espresso mousse ticked all my dessert boxes. I loved that there were so many textures too – creamy mousse, gritty roast hazelnut and smooth dark chocolate.

The cocktail menu is impressive as well. The bar staff were happy to make recommendations and whisked up some impressive concoctions, including a Kyoto Sour with sake and a drink that I can’t recall the name of that tasted like a grown up version of peach flavoured sour gummy worms.

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If cocktails aren’t your thing, the wine list is extensive and features a range of wines from the Canberra region – including a lush Sangiovese that our waiter recommended to partner the lamb shoulder.

Whether you’re having a date night, a night out with the girls or even after work drinks, I’d highly recommend Jones & Co. We’d go back in a heartbeat and with a private function room, it’s somewhere I’d certainly consider for a party or celebration.

In fact, we’re actually planning on heading back this week to try their oysters that are on offer for just $1 each between 5-6 each weeknight. It’s the cheap and cheerful yet luxe way to round out a(nother) perfect date night!

The author dined courtesy of Jones & Co., however, her opinions remain her own. This is a sponsored article, for more information on sponsored articles, click here

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Ashleigh Went

Ashleigh Went has a passion for all things health and wellness. She’s currently furthering her studies in nutrition, but also has a Bachelor of Communication and is a qualified fitness instructor with over five years experience working in a gym. Among other things, she’s a lover of great food, coffee and fashion. She can usually be found shopping for activewear, in the gym or updating her Instagram @wentworthavenue More about the Author

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