Thursday, 28 February 2013

Made by Jonty's Review

It was a beautiful day, crisp and warm. I found myself in the hunters bar area, full of students, arty stores and plenty of eateries. Jonty's bright red paint called out to me, my stomach grumbled a response and my feet lead me inside. This is the second time I've been in, not much has changed.

There is a massive black board, feturing the menu of the day. It's not crowded, probably twenty-ish dishes ranging from beef hash with jalapeno cornbread and fried egg, lamb mozzarella burger, sweet potato fries and other enticing goods. Oh and when you go in, the counter is beaming with some very beautiful looking cakes, very tempting.
The staff are chatty, attentive and casually dressed. I prefer it when front of house wear normal clothes, gives the place more character and charm.

I'm seated upstairs, near a large window, observing the activity on the street below. There's exposed brickwork, kid acne on the wall and a good selection of cookbooks. In fact I own four of those cookbooks, and those speakers! I feel very at home, well apart from all the yummy mummies chatting around me. It is midday  on a weekday though, I'm guessing weekends here are filled with trendy young people.

The dish that caught my eye was the "7 hills eggy bread with maple syrup, streaky bacon, banana, yes banana and spicy salsa" The description made me smile and then salivate. I love salty and sweet together so this seemed perfect. A short wait later and it had arrived. Thick cut bread,(I would have left it in the egg slightly longer, personally) drizzled with sweet smokey maple, complimented by the well cooked bacon, caramalised long sliced of banana and a tomato coriander salsa. It was good. Very good! Bacon and banana together is a new taste combination for me. I've heard a lot about it, but never ate it. I'm not bothered about the salsa, but then again I'm not a fan of tomatoes. To me, it is perfect without the salsa, satisfying and probably very good for a hangover.

Eggy bread at Jonty's

Unfortunately I'm far too full to sample their sweet things, I'll be back again if only to try their raspberry chocolate ganache cake with a coffee. I've heard one of their baristas is particularly good.

Food 9/10
Service 10/10
Value 8/10