Keep up with the Joneses

Kirsten Lawson

Me and Mrs Jones has opened on a corner spot in Kingston, and you get the feeling this place is destined to be as busy as the string of other relaxed eateries with inter-related ownership – Urban Pantry, and Public at Manuka, Belluci’s at Manuka, Dickson and Woden, and Cream in the city, all owned in various combinations by the trio of Omar Muscat, Socrates Kochinos and Michael Nager.

Mrs Jones (also with Daniel McConnell from Urban Pantry as chef and Simon Spence front of house) occupies a corner spot on Giles and Kennedy in Kingston – and corner real estate is clearly what these guys are after.

The menu is pretty accessible, with loads of burgers before 6pm, and after that, pastas ($26-$27) and cafe-style mains such as za’atar crusted lamb rump, with eggplant, harissa chickpeas ($35); and duck confit, sweet and sour ($36).

The breakfast menu includes a dish of smashed avocado, persian feta and poached egg on toast ($16) – all the rage at the moment.

The wine list is succinct and appealing, with good variety by the glass.

Open 7.30am Monday to Friday, until late, and 8am on weekends (closed Sunday nights), 6162 3355,