The Jones Family Affair is an independent restaurant specialising in steak and cocktails in central London moments from Trafalgar Square and the National Gallery, sister site to The Jones Family Kitchen. We went along to try their Sunday lunch menu.
Pickled Beetroot & Feta with Mixed Leaves & Pinenuts
A zingy, fresh start to the meal but with an earthy hit of beetroot and the tang of feta; this was a good, well-balanced starter with plenty of punch and a good choice given the generous portions to come.
Roast Sirloin of Aberdeen Angus Beef with Roast Potatoes, Maple-roasted Parsnips & Carrots, Seasonal Greens, Yorkshire Pudding & Gravy
Good roasties (actually much crunchier than they look here, check out the ones in the picture below!), which seems to be one of the hardest things to get right in restaurant Sunday lunches. The vegetable sides were excellent; roasted carrots and parsnips with some caramelisation helped along by a maple syrup glaze but still plenty of texture. Freshly-cooked seasonal greens, on our visit a mixture of sugar snap peas, beans and Savoy cabbage, were another welcome touch, as was the hearty gravy. One slight disappointment was the beef itself, which I had requested rare and arrived closer to medium; however, it still had a soft texture and was clearly a quality piece of beef, with good flavour.
Roasted Corn-fed Chicken (half); sides as for the beef, above
A generous portion of chicken, with all the good stuff accompanying it as for the beef. This was a really tasty plate of food and any family deciding to abandon the preparation and washing-up of a home-cooked Sunday lunch would be pretty happy sitting down to this.
Pear Tatin with Madagascan Vanilla Ice Cream
We so nearly didn't order dessert but boy, I'm so glad we did. This was the absolute stand-out dish of the meal. I don't have a sweet tooth but this was fabulous; beautifully presented, great contrasts, every texture perfect and utterly delicious. Hats off to the pastry chef!
Surprise your home cook with a Sunday off and give the stylish Jones Family Affair a try - but whatever you do, leave room for dessert.
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