Just when I thought I was becoming tired of the Greenbelt restaurants comes now Mr. Jones. It was certainly nice to meet “him” that warm Thursday afternoon, looking every bit like the hip diner I can hang out for hours and hours in. Hmm, I wonder if they have free wifi ~ my attention seems to have been focused on all the food awaiting us.
With two appetizer rounds, a sampling of three main courses, dessert and an ice-cream filled drink, the tasting that awaited us was particularly heavy. I should have skipped lunch 😀
We were in Mr. Jones coz it collaborated with Red Ribbon and my favorite food magazine Yummy for a special tasting menu composed of house favorites and some concoctions from the Yummy test kitchen. I can’t wait to bring my family to this diner as they like milkshakes, waffles and the whole lot of ’em. And the decor is just so comfy-chic and welcoming.
What was served on the table:
The resto’s much-raved about US beef ribcap tapa and garlic overload (P295). I am mentioning this first, but this was actually served last 😀 Mr. Jones is an American-style diner, all right, but their fresh take on the local tapsilog is most recommended by those who’ve been here. The serving is generous, and the meat is tender because of the thin, sukiyaki-style cut. Pair this with garlic chips, atsara, vinegar and eggs, any style, and one is easily transported to the tapsilog heaven of our dreams.
Another house bestseller is the sinful array of appetizers called The Threesome (P395). Neatly placed in tall sundae glasses, the trio consists of truffled egg salad with black caviar (!?), red cabbage coleslaw with shrimps and caper berries, and macaroni salad given the added oomph with Canadian-style double smoked bacon, diced pineapple and apricots.
Firming up Mr. Jones’ reputation as a gourmet diner is their Wicked Truffled Mac n ‘ Cheese (P375). This is not your usual mac n’ cheese as it is made with three kinds of macaroni, four cheeses, double-smoked bacon, portobello mushrooms, green peas and finally drizzled with precious truffle oil. I am not a huge mac n’ cheese fan but I was thinking of my son as I gave this a try. It’s one of his fave dishes!
For the seafood lover is this Melted Old Bay Crab & Dory Thermidor served in two kinds of sauces: hollandaise and mornay. Also comes with wilted spinach, herb rice pilaf and sliced lemon. Thumbs up!
What would a highly satisfying meal be without the perfect dessert like this Mini Black Forest Mud Pie? Their line-up of other sweets is highly recommended.
Special mention to Yummy for coming up with two special dishes for the occasion. Note: the reason why I always buy Yummy is that I always try to replicate their recipes in my kitchen and they unfailingly turn out good 😉
The milkshake called Yummy Funky Monkey is a rich drink made of banana, nutella and well, ice cream. For other choices, the resto has a long list of milkshakes to drool over if you’re not conscious about your weight 😀
I loved the Yummy Buffalo Drum Pops which used chicken drumsticks instead of wings. They were ginormous and paired perfectly well with the sour cream dressing.
BURP! I wonder how I was able to take all that food into my system. But then again, it pays to eat for two! Nice to meet you Mr. Jones! we’ll be back…