Last week I had the pleasure of catching up with some old work colleagues at The Jar Kitchen, which sits at the northern end of Drury Lane. If you’re after a place to take shelter from the hustle and bustle of Covert Garden, but still want to be close to the action, then this quaint cafe is your answer.
Blink and you’ll miss it, but once found it will entice you in with it’s homely glow from candles flickering in recycled jars that deck the space. It’s the perfect spot for both a date night, as the intimate restaurant on the ground floor seats only a few, or larger parties can make themselves comfortable on the lower fool.
Stepping down into the basement we were seated at a reclaimed wood table. We pondered over the menu for a while, as picking any dish from the menu here is such as hard task as you’ll want everything.
Sofia when for a small plate of Kings Prawns served with chilli, garlic and coriander, with a side of triple cooked chips. Angelina went for the pork served in a jus with chard and hazelnut. And I, choice the hake with fennel, samphire and an beurre noisette. I was pleasantly surprised to see they do use plates here, rather than forcing you to eat out of jars for gimmicks sake.
My fish simply fell apart, it was cooked beautifully – in my opinion a different sauce would have gone better as it felt too rich for the dish and took away from the flavour of the hake and samphire.
We opted for desert, as although our dishes were tasty, we still had room for more. My yoghurt panna cotta topped with figs, walnuts and honey was divine. It was light and delicate, and finished off the meal perfectly. Sofia and Angelina both went for the ‘death by chocolate tart’ which neither of them could finish – they were warned.
I’ll definitely be heading back to try their conift duck leg croquettes and to take advantage of their pre-theatre set menu; two courses for £16.50 or three for £20, bargain.
Jar Kitchen, 176 Drury Lane, WC2B 5QF