Jones & Sons

23-27 Arcola Street, E8 2DJ
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Mon: 10am-5pm; Tue-Thu: 10am-11pm; Fri-Sat 10am-Midnight; Sun 10am-8pm

Once a Victorian textile factory, more recently Arcola Theatre, this new Dalston spot draws all attention to the open plan kitchen in the back where the stage used to be. From my seat I can watch the show unfold in the house-shaped kitchen, surrounded by an otherwise scaled back – exposed brickwork, industrial lighting and large wooden bar – interior. Trendy but by no means pretentious, everything that leaves the stage in Jones & Sons and lands in front of me this evening speaks for itself. Seared scallops with parsnip puree and perfectly cooked fish dishes, a wonderful selection of bread and the best veg crisps I have ever tasted – it’s sophisticated yet laid-back Modern European fare in generous portions. Make sure you leave room for pud – the treacle tart gets top marks. /Farah Dib