I’m not sure how much I like the word ‘cute’ to describe something, but the Jar Kitchen truly is cute, in the best sense of the word. Its a tiny, cosy restaurant, with pretty dark blue walls, plenty of light (if you sit upstairs) and – you could have guessed this from the name – an apparent ‘jar’ theme in the decor.
The lights hanging from the ceiling are made from jars, each table has a bouquet of flowers in a jar, tea lights decorating the room sit in jars. You get the picture. And while it may sound naff it’s actually not; perhaps if you didn’t really think about it (or if you were unobservant) you might not even notice the presence of said jars.
Jars aside, we loved the food. It’s rare these days to eat at a restaurant in the Covent Garden/Soho area which isn’t sharing plates. And I do love a traditional three course meal. Which I don’t have to share. Here we had the ceviche and stuffed courgette flower to start (both excellent, but if I had to choose I’d go with the courgette flower). Then I had the mixed grain salad with pulled lamb and pomegranates and Rob had the monk fish with bulgar wheat. If you want a light option then I strongly recommend my salad – an almost Ottolenghi-style dish, perfect for a warm Friday evening. To finish we had a creme fraiche cheese cake and the chocolate ganache with banana ice cream. We could have licked the plates. Overall, the food was uncomplicated, unpretentious, hearty and amazing value.
We had a bottle of the house red and the total bill came to £75. That’s a complete bargain for what we had. The staff were friendly, the atmosphere was relaxed and it just had a lovely feel to it. So, whether you need a quick pre-theatre bite or a drawn out romantic date – I’d definitely give the Jar Kitchen a go.
76 Drury Lane, London WC2B 5QF
Photos the Jar Kitchen’s own, the Instagram photo is mine.