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Sustainable Dining at Jar Kitchen, Drury Lane, Covent Garden

I love the idea of starting a business with your best friend, and that’s exactly what Lucy Brown and Jenny Quintero when they opened Jar Kitchen on Drury Lane in Covent Garden. A homage to fresh local ingredients, sustainability and minimal waste.

Even the decor is upcycled with the eponymous jars used as plant pots, sugar containers and even cocktails glasses. It’s a teeny space and super cute with bare wooden floors, specials on chalk boards and an open kitchen at the back.

It’s Saturday brunch and the small space is packed to the rafters with people in pursuit of bottomless prosecco and crushed avocado, the current Millenial brunch classics.
Well it was be clearly rude not to order prosecco when it’s bottomless (for only £15) but there are also the options of an endless stream of bloody Marys or mimosas. Plus you’re welcome to switch drinks throughout. The chalkboard advertised a the ‘beer of the day’ which was Mr S’s choice, he’s expecting something exciting and artisan so was a little disappointed by a beer in a can. 
The Saturday Brunch menu is fairly simple with three choices for starter, main and dessert. The heirloom tomato salad with olives and yellow courgette dressing was a lovely light and refreshing starter – I’m a huge fan of the simple tomato salad. While the chorizo dish packed a real flavour punch and we loved the pea, mint and parsley sauce. I would have personally preferred the texture of crispy potatoes but overall it was a very enjoyable dish. In regards to portion size, Mr S was already worried he’d have to stop for a Nandos on the way home, but I find that’s often the way with bottomless brunches – and we did still have two courses to go. Plus I read on the Jar Kitchen blog that portion size is also managed to reduce waste. 
The chicken corn tacos were a little disappointing and were lacking in flavour despite the jalapeños and pickled red onion. Plus in terms of size, we felt like it was more like three canapés on a plate than a proper main course. Despite the smallish portions it’s safe to say the prosecco was generous and glasses were constantly topped up around the room.

Better was the smashed avocado with poached eggs on sour dough, we chose the option of gin-cured salmon on top. It’s a dish that needed seasoning to taste but the eggs were perfectly cooked and the salmon flavoursome and firm.

Desserts are an absolute must at Jar Kitchen and the baked chocolate mousse with blueberries was our favourite thing on the menu. The promise of mini doughnuts is a hard one to pass up so I recommend that you don’t and just enjoy those heavenly bites dipped in salted caramel.

I really wanted to love Jar Kitchen as it’s such a cute cosy space and I love the fact that it’s the culmination of a dream of two best friends so I was sad that a few of the dishes fell a little short. I do find that this can be the case with London’s bottomless brunches and with three courses for £20, the value is undeniable.

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Jar Kitchen
176 Drury Lane
London
WC2B 5QF

0207 405 4255

I was invited to review. 

  • I’m sad that it fell short for you! It’s one of my favorite restaurants in London.

    • Oh that’s good to know! I think I need to go back for lunch / dinner. Brunches can be a let down.

      • Ah, that makes sense – I’ve only ever been for dinner (maybe 3 or 4 times?) and have enjoyed it every time.

  • It’s a shame you had a mixed experience. Some of it sounds lovely though x

    Jenny | LuxeStyle

  • The doughnuts and baked mousse both sound lovely. I know what you mean about some of the brunches, they do seem to be a little “meh” sometimes, but £15 for the bottomless prosecco is a steal!

    • It’s true!! I have found one or two that don’t compromise. For example Timmy Green in Victoria is excellent!

  • Dissapointing it didn’t quite live up to expections, but that is a great price for bottomless prosecco!

  • It’s certainly good value for money – hopefully they will take your comments on board and add a little more seasoning to their dishes. I love the idea of £15 bottomless Prosecco though!

  • That is quite the bargain! Those doughnuts look aaaamazing! x

  • Such a shame the food didn’t hit the mark

  • I totally see what you mean – but it’s a shame that it was lacking slightly!

  • Shame some of the dishes were a disappointment seeing as they all look so pretty on the plate! Very good value and I do like the idea of minimizing waste, though not necessarily at the expense of a full belly! Love AP xo

    Andrea’s Passions

  • I agree, on bottomless brunches where the food isn’t unlimited often the menus are lacking. I bet this place is much nicer a la carte!

  • Totally off-topic, but I think ivory/white color really flatters your complexion, Angie.

  • Miu

    I love that they are trying to be sustainable! Is there also a bottomless option for the desserts? They look so good! 😉

    Miu

  • Binny Shah-Patel

    It is such a fine line sometimes and I do feel some restaurants ruin it with their bottomless brunch menus!

  • Aftab – Fresh And Fearless

    It certainly sounds like fantastic value for money but if the dishes didn’t live up to the expectations it is rather disappointing. 🙁