Get a Slice of Americana in the Heart of Soho


The restaurant: Jackson + Rye

Location: 56 Wardour St, Soho, London W1D 4JF

First impressions: Located on Soho’s busy Wardour Street, Jackson + Rye makes for a welcome break from one of London’s busiest areas. As soon as you step in you feel like you have been transported to Manhattan thanks to the dim lighting, plush leather seats and prohibition-style décor. The first thing you notice is the impressive bar which is stocked with every tipple you could ever wish for. The staff were efficient yet friendly and sorted us out with a drink while we waited for a table. So far, so good. The corner table we sat on meant both of us managed to get a comfy seat; which as we all know is always a big deal.

What we ate: After numerous visits from our extremely helpful waiter Stefano, we finally settled on a cheese burger with a side of creamed corn grits, shoestring fries, truffled mac and cheese and corn bread with greens which were, you guessed it, creamed. The food arrived quickly on warm plates and fortunately, we were not disappointed. The burger, which we were asked for medium rare, was, in a word ‘delicious.’ The crunchy topping of the mac and cheese was the perfect balance to the sauce and made an ideal accompaniment to the toasted corn bread.

The grits, which I was terrified to try, were surprisingly tasty. Similar to porridge but savoury and with the crunch of fresh sweetcorn, this is the American equivalent of tomato soup. In other words: pure comfort food. It would have been rude not to sample a dessert so we opted for the peanut butter cookies with milk ice cream and chocolate sauce. The cookies melted in your mouth and had a hint of peanuts rather than being too overwhelming. All in all, it was a great way to round off a very indulgent dinner.

What we drank: As we were in an American restaurant beer seemed the best option. We opted for an unfiltered lager and a bottle of Goose Island India Pale Ale. Thanks to the glass tankards, they felt oddly refined and were the perfect accompaniments for the hearty food.

Verdict: This is definitely somewhere we’d return to and is just as suitable for a business lunch as dinner with your other half.

What to wear: Jackson + Rye is nicely relaxed but up the ante with some vertiginous heels from Ted Baker.

The damage: Expect to spend around £60 for a meal for two with mains, sides, desserts and a few beers.

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