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“A breath of fresh air for Dubai foodies”

Jones the Grocer - Al Manara
Ranked #538 of 9,663 Restaurants in Dubai
Price range: $7 - $27
Cuisines: Australian
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Dining options: Breakfast, Late Night, Delivery, Reservations
Description: jones the grocer is a food emporium stocking a range of specialty products, walk-in cheese room, charcuterie and deli, all of which are amongst a contemporary cafe. Established in 1996 with the flagship store in Sydney – jones the grocer now has 22 stores across Australia, New Zealand, Singapore, Thailand, Qatar, Bahrain and the UAE.
Dubai
Level 5 Contributor
34 reviews
21 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 53 helpful votes
“A breath of fresh air for Dubai foodies”
Reviewed December 25, 2012

Heard so much about this steal and concrete standalone restaurant/coffee shop/organic grocer/cooking school/delicatessen, I had to try it out for myself. I visited Jones on a busy Saturday afternoon and was asked to wait for 40 minutes. Despite the inconvenience, I managed to pass my time browsing at their infinite line of pastries, freshly baked breads, listening in on the head chef creating quite a commotion with his Masterchef style directions and chatting away to friends outside.
The anticipation was really high by now, so we we finally got seated we wanted to sample the biggest selection we could muster in the hopes of "triangulating" the best Jones had to offer, and decide if it is worthy of all the hype.
So among the 3 of us we opted for Medium Scrambled Eggs on Toast, which was seriously perfectly fluffy and delivered exactly what you'd expect from eggs. We followed that up with Seafood Linguini which was not particularly memorable, but decent nevertheless, it needed more chillies in the mix to lift it. But the next item to arrive on our table: the Wagyu Burger with mushy onion topping and Jones' special sauce in a fresh bun was truly a revelation. Full melt-in-your mouth quality bites that were extremely hard to share. Add to that the olive oil fries, ordered separately and the organic passion fruit concoction in the absence of branded sodas, was hard to beat. On the downside, the orders took a while and it was hard to get our waiter's attention. The deserts are good, but not as great as a Time Out reviewer made them out to be unfortunately. Overall, I genuinely recommend Jones the Grocer, but I also urge you to chose your dishes carefully and there's lots to chose from, but not everything is as good as those 3 star dishes we chose on this particular visit. But I salute them for their originality of concept and for choosing Dubai as their location, we're definitely better off for it.

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English first
Level 5 Contributor
68 reviews
36 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 36 helpful votes
“Breakfast favourite”
Reviewed December 14, 2012

Positives: really tasty food, excellent service, swift in the mornings, always a great atmosphere. The will adapt the menu within reason to cater for amounts and sharing. You can also buy the food as it is a grocers.
Negatives: Location facing SZR is not the best. Sometimes really busy but I would count that as a positive also.
Overall: I keep coming back which says it all.

  • Visited December 2012
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Perth, Australia
Level 4 Contributor
44 reviews
16 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 17 helpful votes
“GREAT ATMOSPHERE - AMAZING FOOD”
Reviewed December 11, 2012

Excellent, well priced menu. Loads of choices, great service. I just keep going back there!
Can be a bit difficult to find, but if you put the coordinates into your GPS, you'll be fine. Definitely worth it. Close to The Mall of the Emirates and close to Dubai Mall - not far from Jumeriah Beach.
Great gourmet food products available for sale as well.

  • Visited December 2012
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Dubai, United Arab Emirates
Level 6 Contributor
95 reviews
44 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 26 helpful votes
“a different joint”
Reviewed December 11, 2012

Went there with the family last Friday and was impressed with the atmosphere and the food. Great joint for a lazy coffee or a proper meal. Different from the usual places in Dubai and a place I would want to go back to again. The service could be better, but couldn't they all!

  • Visited December 2012
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Thank ka21
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Kuwait
Level 5 Contributor
52 reviews
21 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 30 helpful votes
“Overrated”
Reviewed December 11, 2012

To be quiet honest, friends recommended the place for me and said they had one of the best burgers in town (Wagyu Burger) and they did, but other than that, nothing else was that good, everything else was just plain OK...the atmosphere was great, staff was friendly....some of thier signature drinks werent available....

  • Visited December 2012
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