Restaurant Review: Jones The Grocer, The Gate Shopping Mall, West Bay
INFO: Open Monday to Sunday 8am to 11pm; Jones The Grocer, The Gate Shopping Mall, West Bay, 4407 7175, www.jonesthegrocer.com.
Still relatively new on the Doha dining scene, Jones the Grocer is an Australian cafe that is just as popular now as it was when it first opened. But it was the announcement of a brand new menu that persuaded us to brave the lunchtime masses.
As you can’t book in advance you have to take your chances with everyone else and hope you won’t have to queue for too long. Luckily, although chocka, we didn’t have to wait to get a table.
The place is seriously buzzing, filled with chatter and the exposed pipes and rustic loft interior feel like you have walked into a trendy cafe in Sydney.
There are still some old favourites on the menu such as the turkey and brie baguette and the fish and chips but over half of the menu contains new and delicious sounding dishes.
I take my time in ordering, tempted by so many of the new choices such as the pan-seared snapper, linguini with salmon and crisp sesame spiced chicken.
After some deliberation I opt for tomato soup with olive bread croutons and basil scented goats cheese to start and the roast chicken multi-grain sandwich before settling back to people-watch and sip on my refreshingly cool, but not too sweet, pear and blueberry cordial with sparkling water.
I don’t have to wait long. The soup, the perfect consistency, is hearty and warming. The subtle taste of goats cheese gives it an interesting twist while the peppery kick gives it flavour without overwhelming the tastebuds.
Thankfully, there was just enough soup to satisfy without being too filling leaving room for the super-delish chicken sarnie. The multi-grain bread is lightly toasted and the mashed avocado makes the bread soft on the inside into contrast to the crispiness on the outside. I would like to know where they buy their avocados from because in five years I haven’t found any as tasty. This is a real gourmet sandwich.
The vanilla panna cotta that I order for desert comes in a dainty glass and is layered with pretty stripes of strawberry jam which taste similar to the syrup you find on a strawberry cornetto.
Top marks all round for Jones who have somehow managed to improve on what was already so fab. I am already getting ready to venture back - so many new dishes and so little time.
On The Menu
Jones’ famous wagyu pie served with a leafy salad
Fresh macaroons QR4 each or 3 for QR10
Jones’ nicoise salad
Pan-seared sirloin steak 225g served with creamed truffled potato and onion confit
Vanilla panna cotta