Restaurant review: Jones the Grocer, Holiday Inn Downtown

Get on board with this superb grape and cheese night as Jones the Grocer ups the ante with a new location and premium house beverages.

cheese and grape

Words: Tamara Clarke

In terms of casual dining, Jones the Grocer is likely the crown jewel of Abu Dhabi and it just keeps getting better.

Known for its eclectic mix of retail products, which range from gourmet coffee to exotic pastries, Jones is mixing things up even more with themed nights. We stopped by its newest location inside Holiday Inn Downtown to tuck into an extensive selection of fresh cheese varieties paired with antipasti delicacies and unlimited glasses of grape and oh, what a time it was!

The vibe 

The restaurant is spacious with several distinct seating areas ranging from club chairs placed around small wooden tables to counter-height tables and chairs to a more traditional dining room set up, which occupies the most space.

That comfortable, yet upscale Jones vibe that we’ve all come to know and love is felt through and through with low lights, natural elements and the electrifying glow of the brand’s tagline – Gourmet food for everyday living – radiating from the back wall.

We select a table in the main dining area across from the open kitchen where the chefs are hard at work putting together cheese boards that look as good as they taste.  

Overflowing platters

After careful deliberation between the artisan cheese platter and the artisan charcuterie platter, we concede and go with the chef’s choice.

In a matter of minutes, the Jones Luxury Sharing Platter is placed in the centre of the table overflowing with Persian feta, white truffle honey and burrata perfectly paired with truffled veal salami, waygu pancia, baby artichokes, fresh fig, capeberries and cerignola olives. The presentation was impeccable – the type of dish you can’t wait to devour. Warm sourdough with fresh leaves, cherry tomatoes and balsamic dressing is served on the side. 

The server approaches, presents the bottle and fills a quarter of the glass for tasting. We sniff and swirl to our delight and sink into this generous spread. We chat and nibble and sip until we’re completely satiated with little room left for anything else except a cup of coffee, which is brewed at the table in flasks and cylinders for a magical culinary twist to end the meal.

Join the club

If one night per week isn’t enough, you can join Jones the Grocer’s cheese club and get special discounts as well as early bird access to exclusive cheese and beverage pairing events. Members receive a personalised membership card and club folder especially designed to store cheese notes and recipes.

Savings include Fromoger’s choice of monthly cheese and accompaniments at member-only pricing, 10 percent off on all cheese and cheese accessories as well as home delivery on hamper and cheese orders. 

Need to Know

We say: Get onboard   |   AED 358 for two, subject to terms of grape and cheese night promotion   |   Holiday Inn Downtown, Sheikh Zayed The First Street   |   Every Tuesday 7pm-10pm. 02 615 6440,

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