Are you a Brunch fan? I definitely am. I love lazy Sunday mornings and then going out for a nice big brunch. Eggs are usually a must, sometimes croissants, crepes, avocado, salmon, bacon and cold meats make an appearance and then on special occasions all my dreams come true and we go to Jackson and Rye.
I have a friend that works in the Chiswick restaurant so we decided to try and now I just want to go every day.
It was a lovely weekend and even though I was quite tired I waited with anticipation until the time for my reservation. When I got there, I was instantly greeted by a really nice waitress that sat me down in a corner by the window where I could look at the people walking by. I love Chiswick on sunny weekends! She explained to me all the specials of the day, burger, fish, cocktails; all sounded very appetising. The interior was beautiful, it took me back to an American brasserie with the fans on the ceiling and the country music (I am a big country music fan so I was quite happy!).
The menu had so many different options, from pastas and steaks to pancakes and poached eggs and everything in-between. I wasn’t sure what to order and what I was hungry for, but in the end I did not regret what I had as it was all delicious. I started with a little appetiser of mini truffled arancini balls with creamy parmesan cheese, I then ordered buttermilk fried chicken with fries and a side of mac and cheese and s’mores for dessert. I was hungry!
The arancini balls, risotto balls with truffle and a parmesan cheese sauce on the side, were very nice. I’m not a huge fan of truffle but it can really complement some things and here it really did. It wasn’t overpowering and wasn’t too salty either (as it can sometimes be) and the sauce balanced all the flavours very well, though I wish it were a bit more cheesy.
The chicken was spectacular. I am always a bit worried when ordering chicken in places as it can be quite dry and tasteless but this was just amazing. The skin was crispy and had a bit of spice, the chicken was juicy and flavoursome so I wasn’t disappointed. The Mac and cheese was really good, cheesy, creamy and delicious. They have another mac and cheese which is truffled and I’ve heard amazing things about, so that is next on my list of things to order when I go back.
The s’mores were scrumptious, the cookie at the bottom was a bit too hard which made it a bit difficult to eat but it was everything I expected; the marshmallows were toasted and the melted chocolate on top made it even more delicious. I just wanted to be by a fire pit toasting marshmallows.
I didn’t have any drinks as they ran out of the juice I wanted and I didn’t fancy any alcohol but the bar does look like the perfect place for a cocktail after work and some nibbles.
The service was good and quick but it wasn’t busy so that might change if it was extremely busy. I tend to avoid restaurants at super busy times, it frustrates me. The waitress was very helpful explaining things to me as I can be a bit picky with sauces and things that aren’t normally on menus like mayo on a burger (that just upsets me).
All in all I had an amazing time, ate lots, to the point where I couldn’t eat until dinner and I was beyond happy. I find American places can be a bit hit and miss but Jackson + Rye has pleasantly surprised me and being so close from home I will definitely go back!
They have opened 3 restaurants so far in London (Soho, Richmond and Chiswick) but they are thinking of opening more so if you stumble across one, try it. Believe me, you won’t be disappointed!
Have you been to Jackson + Rye? What did you think? Let me know in the comments below or tweet me at @hungrylitteone.
Please Note: I was offered brunch free of charge by the restaurant. However, the opinions expressed in this post are my own and have not been influenced by the free meal.