With their consistently good food and friendly, efficient service – Me and Mrs Jones has become my ‘regular’ haunt. Whether it’s dropping in to grab a takeaway coffee or sitting down to a meal, I struggle to find fault with this place.
Me and Mrs Jones was the first restaurant in Canberra I tried. Unfortunately it set a very high bar for every other restaurant in Canberra and I found myself being continually let down. So I’ve given up and now I just keep coming back here. It helps that my children’s pre-school is less than 5minutes away!
The menu is diverse, you can grab anything from pastries and macarons, to brioche French toast, jaffles and burgers. But these are old school burgers – you know, the kind you used to buy at your local corner shop growing up? The ones that you struggle to get in your mouth. Yes. Awesome.
And for those who feel the need to be fancy, you can do that too. Menu items such as ‘Crispy twice cooked duck legs, nori coated sticky rice, ginger and shallot caramel, sesame greens and banana sambal’ or ‘Grain fed beef eye fillets, caramel eschallots, spinach puree, roast king brown mushrooms, black garlic and sticky grains’ are sure to impress the most discerning of palettes.
But there is another reason Me and Mrs Jones is a stand out for me. It’s the way they haven’t shoe-boxed themselves. On any given day you find mums with bubs in prams, sitting next to business types in suits and solo bloggers, like me, occupying the window benches. And the staff just roll with it all in their stride, just as happily catering to my chatty toddler as they would the expensively older couple on the table next to us.
Oh, and did I mention they are always open? Canberra’s small country town psyche of having so many of their eating establishments closed on a Monday… or at random other times during the day, drives me nuts. Well, rest assured, when you want something to eat – Me and Mrs Jones will take care of you. Not only are they open from 7am until late every weekday and from 8am on weekends, they also serve food all day. Not always their entire menu but there is food always available. Really helpful when you can’t always eat at standard times.
My only gripe with Me and Mrs Jones? In the extensive wine list they only have three Canberra region wines. With the Canberra region boasting the highest concentration on wineries in Australia, not to mention award winning wineries, I can’t understand why they don’t flood their wine list with local wines… and beer too.
Child friendly? While you won’t find high chairs or free toddler activities, the staff are more than welcoming of well-behaved children and there is enough variety on the menu to satisfy the tastes of any child.
Average price: breakfast $9-18, lunch $15-29, dinner $26-69; coffee from $4
Location: Kingston, ACT