Restaurant hide-and-seek is the game Scott and I played when we headed to Jones & Sons in Dalston last weekend. In late October they packed up shop and moved just around the corner to a much larger venue which is located off Gillett Square, and boasts a separate bar area as well as a private courtyard for alfresco dining.
It’s an unassuming little place and incredibly easy to walk past as it’s only sign post on the main road is just a small menu. However, the restaurant itself is beautiful and it plays homage to its old surroundings and home – it’s kept some of the industrial ex-warehouse features and the space is kept deliberately minimalist and is completely flooded with natural light.
When Scott and I arrived the restaurant was completely packed full of people taking full advantage of the bottomless brunch offered, but we still managed to grab two seats at the bar. The bar itself is made of marble (and is made for getting that perfect Instagram shot), however the stools sit far too low making it quite difficult to eat.
Whilst Jones & Sons is known for the famous bottomless brunches, Scott and I decided to simply order from the menu. I was feeling a bit peek-ish from the following night so decided to kill my pounding head with a Bloody Mary – and boy, it did the trick. The drink was perfectly balanced, bright red and just the right thickness.
I went for the Eggs Royale – an English muffin, topped with smoked salmon, two poached eggs and lashings of hollandise sauce. Since a couple of failed attempts of a hollandise sauce at home I can really appreciate a good one, and at Jones & Sons theirs was the perfect consistency and not too tart from the vinegar and lemon.
Scott opted for the Full English which came with all the trimmings – a fried egg, black pudding, bacon, sausages, mushrooms, tomatoes, baked beans and toast. Now it’s not that I’m a slow eater, I just don’t believe Scott breathes when he eats as the plate was demolished in seconds flat.
Jones & Sons is definitely the place to come for a boozy brunch, but maybe not so perfect if you’re already nursing a hangover as it’s full of twenty-year-olds taking full advantage of the unlimited drinks.
Jones & Sons, 2G, stamford works, 3 Gillett St, London N16 8JH