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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.

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Guest86 1:20 pm 09 Sep 13

actually you lot, I am a 22 y/o female who lives right next to the place and i like going here for a drinks and tapas with my friends.

I guess from the comments that I’ve been quoted from, that it has just backed up what i said about the negativity on these types of forums.

ill continue to go there anyway..and for those who care…its a similar vein to places like Suburban in Dickson

Mysteryman 9:01 am 17 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

Yes, we should all be so appreciative of being overcharged and under served.

Deref 8:43 am 17 Aug 13

Thanks for the warning. It sounds like one of those places that you go to (if you go to it) once.

Blen_Carmichael 8:29 am 17 Aug 13

khepri said :

They also charge a Sunday surcharge despite not having separate menus, after calculating $42 for a rather terrible breakfast (for 2), and then they added on another 10% it just got a bit ridiculous. I tried telling them that they can’t really do that in the ACT anymore but the staff member didn’t seem to get it!

Up until recently I too thought that practice was illegal, but apparently not anymore:

Restaurants, cafes and bistros that charge a surcharge on certain days do not need to provide a separate menu or price list or have a separate price column with the surcharge factored in. However, the menu must include the words “a surcharge of [percentage] applies on [the specified day or days]” and these words must be displayed at least as prominently as the most prominent price on the menu.

http://www.accc.gov.au/business/pricing/displaying-prices

DrKoresh 4:40 am 17 Aug 13

poetix said :

Pork Hunt said :

poetix said :

johnboy said :

Let’s not get into disappearing up our own rectums with allegations of sock puppetry.

We moderators do block the most egregious examples.

I love that word egregious. I must try and use it somehow.

Find a word that rhymes with it?

I don’t regard rhymes are more prestigious than free verse. (Only nearly works for those favouring septic pronunciation, god damn them.)

I could offer a soft-rhyme, but it would just be facetious :p

DrKoresh 4:38 am 17 Aug 13

khepri said :

They also charge a Sunday surcharge despite not having separate menus, after calculating $42 for a rather terrible breakfast (for 2), and then they added on another 10% it just got a bit ridiculous. I tried telling them that they can’t really do that in the ACT anymore but the staff member didn’t seem to get it!
Next time I’m walking the 20 steps down to 2 for Joy – better service, better food, better prices.

Hang on! There’s something significant about 10% of $42, something very important to my people! But… I’m too stoned to figure it out.

khepri 12:53 am 17 Aug 13

They also charge a Sunday surcharge despite not having separate menus, after calculating $42 for a rather terrible breakfast (for 2), and then they added on another 10% it just got a bit ridiculous. I tried telling them that they can’t really do that in the ACT anymore but the staff member didn’t seem to get it!
Next time I’m walking the 20 steps down to 2 for Joy – better service, better food, better prices.

imarty 8:06 pm 16 Aug 13

Well if people are going to revive old threads I’m going to add my 2 cents worth and swim against the tide here.
We went there for lunch back in January not long after it opened, being summer we thought inside would be good but their no booking policy meant we would have to wait a little while.
We were happy to do this however after hearing the really bad accoustics due to the sparse industrial styled space we opted for outside. This was not a problem and we found the service to be very upbeat, friendly and accomodating.
As for the food, my young fella wanted a burger but this was not available in a kids size however they accomodated us (it was still pretty big!) and the rest of us were quite satisfied with our meals, the service was outstanding initially, there was a service change midway through the meal and we ended up with a different waiter which is were the service dropped a bit.

Overall we were quite happy and enjoyed our meals, I can understand comments about the size of the meals however quality beats quantity in my book and quality of ingredients and execution on the plate meant that they delivered on our expectations.

Pork Hunt 8:04 pm 16 Aug 13

poetix said :

Pork Hunt said :

poetix said :

johnboy said :

Let’s not get into disappearing up our own rectums with allegations of sock puppetry.

We moderators do block the most egregious examples.

I love that word egregious. I must try and use it somehow.

Find a word that rhymes with it?

I don’t regard rhymes are more prestigious than free verse. (Only nearly works for those favouring septic pronunciation, god damn them.)

I see what you did there. 🙂

Deref 7:28 pm 16 Aug 13

Jim Jones said :

Deref said :

Have you seen my wife, Mr Jones?

Yes.

Cute, eh. 🙂

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