Me & Mrs Jones is located on the corner of Kennedy & Giles Street in Kingston. The picturesque location, complete with pretty flower boxes, a charming red picket fence and signage reminiscent of the mid-1920s when the building first opened. The fit out attempts to take you back in time. The building is from 1927 and the owners have tried to retail as many of the historical aspects and architecture integral to the Kingston area.
The private function area exposes original brickwork, cracks and all. Local newspaper clippings cover parts of the wall adding to the nostalgic feel.
Most parts to the fit out where either custom made or locally sourced. Their website says the recycled floor is from a North Queensland barn and the table tops made from Australian recycled hardwood (blackbutt and tallowwood). My favourite part are the tiles. They are mustard, green and brow and they are from Europe.
The light features are another standout interior design item. They’re caged light fixtures from an old underground mine (rewired to Australian standards their website adds) and the massive clock from a Czechoslovakian railway station (check out the time and guess why the clock is stuck on 6.30 pm on one side).
Like almost every venue these days, the kitchen is open and fresh herbs grow for easy access while cooking. The kitchen is headed by Daniel McConnell, who worked at Sydney’s Quay Restaurant under the famous Peter Gilmore.
Aside from Penny University, this is probably my second favourite fit outs at the minute. Unfortunately I didn’t get many photos of the interior as there were SO MANY people dining I really didn’t want to intrude. But you’ll just have to go check it out for yourself.
They have a pretty unique and innovative menu serving breakfast, lunch and dinner. I’ve been for dinner before I did enjoy it so knew I’d have to come back for breakfast.
I ordered the Spanish Eggs ($18), which was fry up of chorizo, smoked spec, roast capsicum, olives, roquette and scrambled eggs, served with romesco sauce and linseed toast. Everything was good except my bread was a bit cold and it took them 15 minutes to bring me butter (also fridge-level cold).
Mum ordered the Smashing Persian ($16), which was smashed avocado, Persian feta, toasted pepitas and poached eggs on organic linseed toast, with fresh lemon.
I was told the avocado was fluffy and flavoursome, the toasted pepitas added the perfect crunch and the Persian feta to die for.
The man at the table ordered the largest breakfast i’ve seen in a while; The Irish ($17). Fried eggs with black pudding, smoked tomatoes and bois boudran on house made potato bread.
Even he couldn’t get through it all. I snuck a few potatoes and they were so delicious. He said it’s his favourite breakfast in Canberra so you can’t really beat that feedback.
Other great looking breakfasts included the Truffled Mushroom Omelette ($18): A truffle infused omelette of wild mushrooms, baby spinach and gruyere or the Breakfast Quesadilla ($17): filled with scrambled eggs and manchego, served with sides of smashed avocado, braised black beans and house made hot sauce.
The coffee was also pretty good, not stand out but very enjoyable.
I also tried their Chai frappe which was really a disappointment. Hardly any chai flavour, just sweet and watery.
The service was a little weird. Very friendly staff, overly so, but not much follow through. As mentioned my butter took 15 minutes to arrive, and our coffees at least 30. They seemed to have a few people working the same tables so it was a little confusing who you should be asking.
Overall I enjoyed Me & Mrs Jones for breakfast, I would like to go back & try some of their other meals.
Let me know your thoughts in the comments.
Perfect for: casual weekend brunch or lunch, or a trendy dinner in a venue that has vibe.
Address: 26 Giles Street Kingston, ACT 2604
Open: Mon – Fri 7am – late, Saturday 8am – late, Sunday 8am – 4pm
Phone: (02) 6162 3355
Get them on: Facebook & Instagram.
Don’t forget to hashtag #dinewiththemacadames and #canberrawiththemacadames if you go to this restaurant, we love to see you exploring Canberra.
You might also like Penny University in Kingston.
Anisa – The Macadames. xx