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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