Kitsch Is Back With A Bang At The Rather Brilliant Jones Family Project

It’s official- the 70s are back. From the runway to interiors, it seems that nothing has remained untouched by the trend for 70s design, bar perhaps, our food. But that is all set to change with the latest pop-up from The Jones Family Project. Running until November 2015, you can share the ultimate retro experience with up to 7 friends, making this a perfect kitsch evening out.

The exclusive nature of the event means you need to get in there quick, and I urge you to do so, as it really is a blast from the past. The Jones Family Project has transformed one corner of their downstairs restaurant into 1970s dining room, complete with a fabulous kitsch Formica cocktail bar, porcelain flying ducks and raffia clad Chianti bottles, it really is like stepping in to a very stylish time-warp.

Mercifully however, the food is thoroughly modern take on those 70s classics like vol-au-vents, prawn cocktail and sole Veronique, so fret not if your memories of 70s cuisine are more cheese and pineapple hedgehogs than fine dining. The set menu costs £39 per head excluding wine, and I can honestly say that everything was brilliant.

Kicking things off were canapés which were smart and fun, with a deconstructed devilled egg as the centerpiece. Starters were remakes of 70s favourites, prawn cocktail with piquillo pepper hollandaise and a steak tartare burger with a truffle sabayon- both were delicious. Main courses were the star of the show for me, with a richly flavoured and tender coq au vin, delicate and flaky sole Veronique, decadent truffled macaroni cheese and a fabulous Ginger Pig fillet steak with peppercorn sauce.

Every single dish was brilliant and had been adeptly brought up to date by the very talented chef Cristiano. If that’s not enough, your retro fabulous experience is rounded off with a tasting platter of the quintessential 70s desserts; black forest gateau, Eton mess and my personal favourite, a dulce de leche profiterole.

The Jones Family Project has taken 70s food and expertly twisted it to suit modern palettes, creating an evening of nostalgia that is fun even if you weren’t old enough to be rocking flares. Luckily, should you wish to whack the retro threads out, you can get 10% off your bill (and serious kudos from me if you don a white three-piece suit)- so get the platforms out, grab your friends and boogie on down to The Jones Family Project.

Naomi Blair


The Jones Family Project 

78 Great Eastern Street

Phone +44 (0)207 739 1740

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