Homegirl London’s Restaurant Review: Jar Kitchen. Homeboy and I were invited to try the raw lunch menu designed especially for the Evening Standard Food Month. We loved our meal at this super cute eatery located in the heart of theatre land on Drury Lane. If you’re looking for places to eat lunch near Covent Garden, pre-theatre meals near Drury Lane or date night restaurants in London, do give Jar Kitchen a try.
“Super cute restaurant situated in the heart of theatre land with an inventive menu and friendly staff,” Homegirl London
Jar Kitchen Menu
The owners of this adorable eatery are Lucy Brown and Jenny Quintero. They offer up an ever-changing menu featuring European cuisine using British ingredients. As I mentioned, we were there to check out the raw menu which is very reasonably priced at just £20 for three courses plus a glass of natural wine (created to celebrate the Evening Standard Food Month). The menu features three starters including lamb carpaccio with anchovies, chargrilled artichoke and mustard. Homeboy selected the black cod served with rose petals, chia seeds and strawberries. He told me that it was absolutely delicious. The pairing with strawberries isn’t something he would think of himself but it totally worked so we were off to a great start. I wonder if it’s a coincidence but he’s bought strawberries for breakfast for two days running now!
Raw Black Cod Starter
Meanwhile, I went for the vegetarian option of watermelon with cauliflower, peas and brunt cucumber which was served on top of a yellow courgette paste. The cauliflower was crunchy and worked well as a combination of flavours. Top marks for inventiveness and a delightful presentation.
The meat main option was a raw beef summer roll with horseradish, cherry tomato, mustard seeds and rocket. Homeboy couldn’t wait to tuck into his salmon tartare with pink peppercorns, blood orange and fennel salad. He raved about the pink peppercorns and thought they really made the dish. Note to self, buy pink peppercorns!
Salmon Tartare Main
I loved the kimchi with avocado, cucumber and raw flatbread. The flatbread was amazing and I’ve never eaten a raw version before so that was a first. I always enjoy kimchi and am a big fan so this dish was ideal for me. We also tried a side of heritage tomatoes with basil which were fresh and juicy.
Who could resist the desserts? We tried both, the wild elderflower sorbet on top of a champagne gel with orange crunch. The other alternative was labneh with peaches and lavender. Both looked totally gorgeous, decorated with edible flowers and tasted fabulous. Yummy, we were completely full and headed off to the Apple shop in Covent Garden so I could buy myself a MacBook Pro. So all in all it was an amazing day!
If you’re visiting this restaurant after the Food Month promotion you can expect to find an express two course lunch menu for £16 or three courses for £19. This will include starters like prawns with white asparagus or beetroot ravioli. Mains will range from healthy grain salad to sea bream with petit pois and cos lettuce. Mini donughts and a raspberry panna cotta might also be featured if you’re lucky! If you’re visiting the vicinity to take in a show, pop in for a meal. You will find something to tempt you whether you’re a meat eater, fish lover or vegetarian. I hear the bottomless brunches on Saturdays are very popular which is worth remembering if you’re on a shopping spree.
Jar Kitchen Interiors
This small restaurant is situated on Drury Lane in the heart of the theatre district. It’s quite a small space but they manage to seat fifty people across two levels. Upstairs you can sit by the window on cushions which is a great spot. Towards the back you will see a semi open kitchen behind the bar counter. Downstairs are more tables which is ideal for a private dinner party. To the rear are the toilets, I headed in the wrong direction and opened up the broom cupboard! I had a giggle to myself and so did the people seated nearby!
Décor wise, the interiors are painted a very dark colour which gives a dramatic backdrop. A lovely little jar of fresh flowers is placed on each table which is a nice touch. You’ll see a few jars dotted around, hence the restaurant name. The tables and seating are spaced far enough apart to give you privacy. It’s a great place to visit for a cosy date night or a lunch meeting with a friend.
Jar Kitchen Information
To find out more about the restaurant go to the Jar Kitchen Website. The restaurant address is 176 Drury Lane, London WC2B 5QF. The closest stations are Coven Garden (Piccadilly underground lines) and Tottenham Court Road (Central and Northern underground lines). They are closed on Sunday and Monday. Tuesday to Friday they open 11am until midnight. Saturday opening times are 10am until 4pm. Check online for different serving times for breakfast, brunch, lunch, pre-theatre and dinner menus plus kitchen closing times.
Author: Homegirl London. Photographs: Courtesy of restaurant and Homegirl London. Thanks: Emma Taylor for organising the meal and forwarding photography plus information. Thanks to Homeboy for dining with me. Disclosure: My meal was paid for by the restaurant.