Jackson + Rye: stick to brunch
|Jackson + Rye: Scrambled eggs|
I've been to JR twice now - once for brunch before Christmas and again for dinner this week. Based on what I've eaten I'd probably stick to brunch. I'm quite fussy with scrambled eggs and can think of nothing worse than dry, overcooked, lumpy ones. I requested runny eggs at JR and got exactly that with the oddly named Prison Eggs (which don't seem to be on the website menu anymore, although saying that, the all day menu lists the buttermilk chicken served with both a spicy coleslaw AND fries but actually you have to order the fries separately). My eggs were mixed with jalapeños, borlotti beans and spring onions giving it great texture and more than a bit of pep. At £6.95, it's a cheap start to the day but it's obvious from the somewhat muted colour of the eggs that we're not in gorgeous Machiavelli egg territory here (check out Raoul's or the Golborne Deli for the sunniest eggs in London).
|Jackson + Rye: Buttermilk pancakes, bacon|
At dinner, crab cakes and fried buttermilk chicken both disappointed. The former were a little like fish fingers in flavour with the crispy exterior showing a (un)healthy nod to the deep fryer. The latter were two strips of, albeit tender, breast meat served is a semi flaccid batter. I really wanted super crispy chicken on the bone rather than the flavourless oversized chicken nuggets that I got. Perhaps I just like something to gnaw on. I liked the buttermilk tang but it could have been so much better with some seasoning in the batter. It's really a dish you could make more interesting at home for less than the £11.95 asking price (plus £2.95 for those fries).
|Jackson + Rye: Shrimp & Grits, Buttermilk Fried Chicken, Crab Cakes, Melting Chocolate Sundae and Frozen Soufflé.|
Given the accessible pricing, this probably isn't food that's meant to wow, but the place feels within touching distance of being good. I wonder, though, if it will always fall short or elements will be tweaked as JR matures. This wasn't the slice of Americana that I was hoping for but that doesn't mean I won't return. I was able to get a table without a reservation on both visits and the location is great, with the view out onto the passing parade of Wardour St which was one of Satsuma's selling points too. You're just more likely to find me there in the morning.