Howdy folks and welcome to this weekend’s edition of ‘The Breakfast Club’! On todays agenda – an absolute classic in my eyes – jones the grocer.
I have spent a considerable amount of time at jones since it opened back in 2011. My first breakfast experience there was with my mum on the day of the Standard Chartered marathon a couple of years ago. It was packed full of breakfast-deserving athletes. And there we were munching down a plate of glistening eggs benedict having only achieved waking up so far that day. I felt guilty for a micro-second, but then decided to ignore the sea of fitness fanatics and simply enjoy eating my delicious morning feast.
I got a text from my mother dearest this morning at 7:30am asking if I wanted to go for coffee. I know what you’re thinking. SEVEN THIRTY ON A FRIDAY???!!! Well believe it or not – I was wide awake. I used to be able to doze until around 10 on a weekend, but these days I find myself opening my eyes at around 7. And then that’s it. I’m up. Dozing doesn’t really happen anymore. Am I getting old?
So up I popped, and across to Jumeirah I sped to meet my breakfast date. I love jones, and since it’s just around the corner from where my mum lives, it made perfect sense. We managed to arrive a few minutes before it opened for the morning, so got first choice of seating. We selected a little table next to the window. I like seeing the sunshine.
Mum’s on a bit of a health-kick, so went for the fresh fruit salad, which came with a passion fruit dressing and a little dish of low-fat yogurt. The feedback on the the melon ripeness was very positive. I quite often find melon here to be on the verge of going off. You know – when it’s beginning to go a little mushy around the edges and tastes a little tangy. Well I’ll have you know that this melon was fresh and wonderful. According to my source, that is.
I felt the need for something a little heartier. I’m not much of a breakfast person during the week (shock, horror), but I do love to treat myself on a Friday morning. I chose poached eggs on sourdough toast. It came with a side salad, grilled tommy, and a sprinkling of comté cheese. The eggs were cooked to absolute perfection, and the toast wasn’t too thick. I quite like sourdough bread – definitely something I would like to try making in my kitchen soon. I wasn’t completely convinced by the side salad aspect, but it was overall a highly enjoyable start to the day.
We both enjoyed the coffee – a Flat White for myself and an Americano with hot milk for the mothership. Both cups came with little teeny tiny biscotti slices. A pleasant crunch to complement the first caffeine intake of the day!
And finally – the cost. Very reasonable at AED 100 for breakfast plus coffee for two people. I’ll be back for sure.