New restaurant Joe’s Kitchen has opened up down Coney Street in the former home of Café Rouge.
They describe their offering as feel good food day and night, from gourmet burgers to superfood salads.
I’m not sure there’s much ‘gourmet’ about the food here but if you’re looking for a good basic menu with a mix of healthy options and traditional comfort foods this could be for you.
The best part about the restaurant is probably the décor – it’s a relaxed, warm building that seems very family friendly with board games, books and colouring sheets stacked on the shelves.
The restaurant apparently takes its inspiration from Borough Market – which is one of my favourite places in London.
They describe the food as casual and down to earth – “as if your friend who knows their way around a kitchen made it”.
From breakfast to dinner they do all the favourites including hash, pancakes and eggs to sandwiches, pastas and salads.
Joe’s will be open from early to late but personally, I think that I’ll be more likely to visit again for breakfast or lunch than dinner as I found their evening menu a bit unexciting, especially for the vegetarian in our party.
For our visit we were huddled round a tiny table clearly too small for 4 people, although in a way I guess that sort of added to the charm.
We tried the gin specials – Bloom with strawberry and rose and another with juniper berries which were both nice.
To start we enjoyed mozzarella bocconciniwo warm mozzarella pieces, hand coated with panko crumbs served with slow roasted tomatoes and rocket, finished with walnut pesto and balsamic vinegar which we enjoyed.
We also sampled the goats cheese, orange & beetroot saladJoe’s house salad mixed with beetroot slices and orange segments, topped with goats cheese and a maple dressing which was an interesting dish but a little bland and under seasoned.
Then avocado & tomato sourdough – two slices of sourdough topped with chopped tomato, avocado, walnut pesto and basil, drizzled with balsamic vinegar which was very tasty.
My personal favourite was the padron peppers with chipotle mayo which were delicious. All of these starters were priced between £4 and £6.
For mains we tried the veggie burger which was sweet potato and red pepper patty, piled high with our bruschetta mix of avocado and tomato, topped with melted Emmental cheese. This was pretty nice but I would’ve loved some chilli in there!
The sausage and mash – three Gloucester old spot sausages, creamy mash, caramelised onion gravy and seasonal veg was OK – the mash was lovely and creamy but the sausages weren’t great.
Finally the superfood salad – herb and citrus infused mixed grains with beetroot, apples, peppers, pomegranate seeds and rocket topped with halloumi was tasty and fresh. All of these mains would set you back around £10-£11.
Puddings are available for around £5-£6 and include all the traditional favourites – sticky toffee, bread & butter and profiteroles.
We should mention that we visited Joe’s Kitchen when they first opened during their training period so they’re still finding there feet a little. The staff were all very friendly and the service was good.
3 Coney Street
For more information visit the Joe’s Kitchen website.
Photographs: Liz Cage