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Me & Mother Jones in Kingston, awful, just awful

By Masquara - 26 February 2013 51

I had lunch at Me & Mother Jones with two friends and it was talked up in advance. What a disappointment.

The service was so abysmally slow (we arrived on time at 1 pm; ordered 1.10; main course arrived at 2.00 pm).

Now, at MMJ you are talking restaurant prices – including $7.00 a glass corkage for a beer! But what we got was not just only cafe food, but very poor food. My (very small) vegetarian lasagne was $19.50. Lasagne itself was OK, in a separate little pot thing. But the overall dish and the presentation was a joke. Said pot of  lasagne (would be moderately passable in a cafe at, say, $14) was mostly ricotta and too many layers of thick lasagne pastry. And the “chef” (actually, no chef would do this) had unaccountably decided to accompany this uber-cheesy dish with an uber-cheesy salad and nothing else. The “salad” was a clump of lumps of mozarella doused in olive oil, with a few small bits of herbiage interspersed, a very few. Such a cheese-fest was very unappetising and quease-inducing. Green salad was warranted and there wasn’t a hint of acid to cut through the milk fat and olive oil. The presentation was nothing short of weird: all trendoidly sitting on a slab of red hardwood – with nothing like the border that would have held the olive oil on a plate. So I sat with the olive oil dribbling toward me on the plate and threatening to drip into my lap.

My companions fared worse. They both ordered calimari in batter, and it was not only dry and overcooked, but had been fried all clumped together. The calimari was overcooked, that is. The batter, being clumped together, was largely uncooked. It was so bad they couldn’t eat it.

You would think a waiter worth his salt would notice the bad food, apologise, and put things to rights.

Dessert was another miss. What sort of outfit  serves a creme caramele in a thick pastry?

So – slow, bad service, bad food, and overpriced. No wonder it is getting cr*p reviews online on sites like yelp. Seriously: don’t risk going to Me and Mother Jones.

What’s Your opinion?


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51 Responses to
Me & Mother Jones in Kingston, awful, just awful
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Holden Caulfield 10:12 am
26 Feb 13
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I heard the chef is a cyclist and figured they’d have some fun with you.

And not sure what “Mother” has to do with anything, you might want to listen to this song and see if you can join the dots.

That said, I’ve only been there once and it didn’t quite match the better, if not spectacular, results from stablemates Urban Pantry and Public. Perhaps the lads need to cool it for a bit and stick to aiming for quality and not quantity.

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Gantz 10:19 am
26 Feb 13
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It’s not a great place, charging $25 for a cheesburger. I’d prefer to walk 5 minutes to Grill’d or another 5 to Brodburger and face the wait time to eat something far better and save $12.50

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dpm 10:23 am
26 Feb 13
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Corkage for beer? Man, I don’t get out enough to know about these things! 😛

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Madam Cholet 11:28 am
26 Feb 13
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Obviously this is one of the new places that has sprung up in Kingston that I have not yet been to. Will dutifully avoid. Gosh, you’d want to get it right in this town with RA about!

As an aside, went to Soju Girl at the weekend. Now that is a place to add to your list. Fabulous food, service, wine list, environment. Ticked all boxes. Not cheap, but worth it and obviously why it was full already when we left at about 7.30pm.

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rosscoact 1:15 pm
26 Feb 13
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We found the food ok in taste but too small for VFM. If you’re paying $20 for egg on toast breakfast you want it to be a little bigger than the palm of your hand.

We won’t be coming back.

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karmatraveller 1:37 pm
26 Feb 13
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Me & Mrs. Jones?

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astrojax 2:08 pm
26 Feb 13
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karmatraveller said :

Me & Mrs. Jones?

mrs jones and i? myself and mademoiselle jones?

do the staff choose to be couiffed by rhubarb and me?

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Solidarity 2:17 pm
26 Feb 13
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Mr. Jones & Me?

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FarrerGirl 3:15 pm
26 Feb 13
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Madam Cholet said :

Obviously this is one of the new places that has sprung up in Kingston that I have not yet been to. Will dutifully avoid. Gosh, you’d want to get it right in this town with RA about!

As an aside, went to Soju Girl at the weekend. Now that is a place to add to your list. Fabulous food, service, wine list, environment. Ticked all boxes. Not cheap, but worth it and obviously why it was full already when we left at about 7.30pm.

+1 for Soju Girl – fantastic food – really good for group functions.

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Ben_Dover 4:02 pm
26 Feb 13
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Me and Mrs Jones, we got a thing going on
We both know that it’s wrong
But it’s much too strong to let it cool down now

We meet ev’ry day at the same cafe
Six-thirty I know she’ll be there
Holding hands, making all kinds of plans
While the jukebox plays our favorite song

Me and Mrs, Mrs Jones, Mrs Jones, Mrs Jones
Mrs. Jones got a thing going on
We both know that it’s wrong
But it’s much too strong to let it cool down now

We gotta be extra careful
That we don’t build our hopes too high
Cause she’s got her own obligations and so do I
Me, me and Mrs, Mrs Jones, Mrs Jones, Mrs Jones
Mrs Jones got a thing going on
We both know that it’s wrong
But it’s much too strong to let it cool down now

Well, it’s time for us to be leaving
Iit hurts so much, it hurts so much inside
Now she’ll go her way and I’ll go mine
But tomorrow we’ll meet the same place, the same time
Me and Mrs Jones, Mrs Jones, Mrs Jones

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gb12390 6:04 pm
27 Feb 13
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Isn’t it Me & Mrs Jones?

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FioBla 7:16 pm
27 Feb 13
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Oh, I thought you were reading the left wing rag Mother Jones.

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banco 7:20 pm
27 Feb 13
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Agree it’s terribly overpriced for what it is.

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Masquara 8:26 pm
27 Feb 13
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gb12390 said :

Isn’t it Me & Mrs Jones?

Ha! Didn’t know my subconscious would allow such a sexist “mot”. A mother of a debacle of a place but yep, MRS Jones.

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KB1971 9:32 pm
27 Feb 13
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Madam Cholet said :

Obviously this is one of the new places that has sprung up in Kingston that I have not yet been to. Will dutifully avoid. Gosh, you’d want to get it right in this town with RA about!

As an aside, went to Soju Girl at the weekend. Now that is a place to add to your list. Fabulous food, service, wine list, environment. Ticked all boxes. Not cheap, but worth it and obviously why it was full already when we left at about 7.30pm.

This is a restaurant review from someone that thinks because a group of cyclist stole their cashmere jumper they left behind in a room makes all them out to steal anything that is not tied down.

I think I may go there & see what it is like because I am sure it will be opposite to what the OP says it is.

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