Me & Mother Jones in Kingston, awful, just awful

By 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.

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51 Responses to Me & Mother Jones in Kingston, awful, just awful
#1
Holden Caulfield10:12 am, 26 Feb 13

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.

#2
Gantz10:19 am, 26 Feb 13

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

#3
dpm10:23 am, 26 Feb 13

Corkage for beer? Man, I don’t get out enough to know about these things! :-P

#4
Madam Cholet11:28 am, 26 Feb 13

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.

#5
rosscoact1:15 pm, 26 Feb 13

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.

#6
karmatraveller1:37 pm, 26 Feb 13

Me & Mrs. Jones?

#7
astrojax2:08 pm, 26 Feb 13

karmatraveller said :

Me & Mrs. Jones?

mrs jones and i? myself and mademoiselle jones?

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

#8
Solidarity2:17 pm, 26 Feb 13

Mr. Jones & Me?

#9
FarrerGirl3:15 pm, 26 Feb 13

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.

#10
Ben_Dover4:02 pm, 26 Feb 13

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

#11
gb123906:04 pm, 27 Feb 13

Isn’t it Me & Mrs Jones?

#12
FioBla7:16 pm, 27 Feb 13

Oh, I thought you were reading the left wing rag Mother Jones.

#13
banco7:20 pm, 27 Feb 13

Agree it’s terribly overpriced for what it is.

#14
Masquara8:26 pm, 27 Feb 13

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.

#15
KB19719:32 pm, 27 Feb 13

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.

#16
KB19719:33 pm, 27 Feb 13

KB1971 said :

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.

Sorry, a group of cyclists apparently stole…….

#17
Masquara9:58 pm, 27 Feb 13

KB1971 said :

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.

If you think you are occupying some high moral ground, KP, allow me to remind you of a statement of your very own:

“He better not go to te pub with it like that, he will get bashed & rightly so…….”

#18
KB19716:45 am, 28 Feb 13

Masquara said :

KB1971 said :

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.

If you think you are occupying some high moral ground, KP, allow me to remind you of a statement of your very own:

“He better not go to te pub with it like that, he will get bashed & rightly so…….”

Link?

#19
Guest861:15 pm, 16 Aug 13

I think its a lovely place to go for a coffee late morning, or a cocktail after work in the sun.

And really, the food is good too.

Prices are too high? Welcome to Australia 2013 where, yes, things are expensive.

I wish Canberrans would be a little more positive and encouraging and appreciative

#20
poetix1:31 pm, 16 Aug 13

I wish people would point out when they bump an old thread. I almost accused Masquara of going back to the place where she had a bad experience previously!

She wouldn’t have liked that.

#21
Jim Jones1:33 pm, 16 Aug 13

Guest86 said :

Prices are too high? Welcome to Australia 2013 where, yes, things are expensive.

$7.50 corkage for a beer? $20 for a tiny vegetarian lasagna? That’s not expensive, that’s recockulous.

#22
Pork Hunt1:35 pm, 16 Aug 13

Guest86 said :

I think its a lovely place to go for a coffee late morning, or a cocktail after work in the sun.

And really, the food is good too.

Prices are too high? Welcome to Australia 2013 where, yes, things are expensive.

I wish Canberrans would be a little more positive and encouraging and appreciative

And your connection to the above business is?

#23
Jim Jones1:47 pm, 16 Aug 13

Pork Hunt said :

Guest86 said :

I think its a lovely place to go for a coffee late morning, or a cocktail after work in the sun.

And really, the food is good too.

Prices are too high? Welcome to Australia 2013 where, yes, things are expensive.

I wish Canberrans would be a little more positive and encouraging and appreciative

And your connection to the above business is?

Gardener responsible for the astroturf I suspect.

#24
Avy2:28 pm, 16 Aug 13

I hope RiotAct screens for sockpuppets.

Anyway, we ate at this restaurant about a month ago and our opinion was identical. Though the staff were friendly, the food was far too expensive for what we received.

#25
neanderthalsis2:31 pm, 16 Aug 13

I ate there a while ago; food was passable but in portion sizes designed for already anorexic hipsters trying the shed a few kgs to get into even skinnier skinny jeans. Atmosphere was hipster/industrial, not conducive to conversation. Service was sullen and slow. I’d rank it with Wagamama for overhyped and underdone.

#26
DrKoresh2:47 pm, 16 Aug 13

Avy said :

I hope RiotAct screens for sockpuppets.

Eh, it’s not the mods job to become internet sleuths, and most sock-puppets are transparently obvious anyway. I just hope it wasn’t the owner jumping in to defend their business, because they gained nothing from reviving an old thread like this.

#27
DrKoresh2:53 pm, 16 Aug 13

Jim Jones said :

Guest86 said :

Prices are too high? Welcome to Australia 2013 where, yes, things are expensive.

$7.50 corkage for a beer? $20 for a tiny vegetarian lasagna? That’s not expensive, that’s recockulous.

I can open my own beer thanks, what’s the point in BYO if you’re paying a corkage fee that costs more than a beer does? When I go out to BYO establishments, I can perhaps be persuaded to part with a modest corkage fee, but it has to be $5 or less and cover me for the entire 6 pack, not per beer.

#28
Avy3:04 pm, 16 Aug 13

DrKoresh said :

Avy said :

I hope RiotAct screens for sockpuppets.

Eh, it’s not the mods job to become internet sleuths, and most sock-puppets are transparently obvious anyway. I just hope it wasn’t the owner jumping in to defend their business, because they gained nothing from reviving an old thread like this.

How do you know what they gained? Or is it ‘obvious’?

#29
Holden Caulfield3:05 pm, 16 Aug 13

Will be interesting to see how business goes when the Ottoman’s new venture opens (on the currently empty corner near the IGA). Although, that could still be a while away yet.

#30
SockEPuppet3:06 pm, 16 Aug 13

DrKoresh said :

Avy said :

I hope RiotAct screens for sockpuppets.

Eh, it’s not the mods job to become internet sleuths, and most sock-puppets are transparently obvious anyway. I just hope it wasn’t the owner jumping in to defend their business, because they gained nothing from reviving an old thread like this.

Won’t someone think of the sock-puppets?

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