I, like most Sydneysiders, have enjoyed many a fun night out tearing up the dance floor at the Orient Hotel, The Rocks! Although I loved the original Orient with all its quirks, a refurbishment was definitely overdue. After a few months of renovations, Mrs Jones, the new gemstone of The Rocks, launched in May just in time for Vivid.
Tucked upstairs at the Orient Hotel, with a hidden entrance off Kendall Lane, and with views of Sydney’s oldest neighbourhood, Mrs Jones serves up delicious cocktails, amazing mains and must-try desserts. The intimate lounge, dining and bar area spills over a terrace with massive glass panels walls, creating a jewel box overlooking the laneways of The Rocks. The interior design, by Kate Formosa, blends elements from the maritime history of the hotel with nods to an 19th century conservatory featuring lush greenery.
Mrs Jones is the namesake of Jane Jones, the licensee of the Orient in 1897, a woman well known throughout the Rocks at the end of the 19th century as the no-nonsense publican of the neighbourhood’s most imposing public house. The newly created terrace bar of Mrs Jones actually sits within the space where she once lived on the first floor.
Sydney Social 101 recently visited Mrs Jones to check out the refurbishment and try out the new menu. With a strong paddock to plate tradition and with warm hospitality at its heart, we knew we wouldn’t be disappointed.
To get started, cocktails are always a must! Tommy Donnison (Café Sydney and Merivale) has the top job of bringing the Mrs Jones cocktail story to life. Donnison has put together an extensive list including signatures such as The Fizzy Jones with Tanqueray, Pomme Verte, Baileys, lime juice w/ soda and the Purple Haze with Ketel one, Crème de Cassis, lemon juice, Crème de Cacoa, Vanilla syrup, blueberries, and egg white, sitting alongside a collection of classics. Delish! Mrs Jones bar also features an extensive wine and beer menu so there is a drink for everyone.
Now onto the food! We started our culinary journey with the bushetta of ripe mixed baby tomatoes, buffalo mozzarella and basil on crunchy sour dough, topped with syrupy balsamic. For mains we had the juicy and perfectly crispy pork belly with roast beetroots, fried potato, apple sauce and roasting juices. We also tried the melt in your mouth and extremely flavorsome pan fried Barramundi served with kipfler potatoes, broad beans, herb salad, parsley and lemon butter.
For dessert we decided to try both a sweet option and a cheesy option (I always find it so hard to choose between sugar and cheese!). The sweet option was the super gooey and rich dark chocolate brownie with double cream and a sprinkling of honey comb. Drool! The cheesy option was a cheese board with South Cape brie, quince paste, muscatel grapes and crispy lavosh- the perfect combination. The balance of a sweet and a savory dessert was the perfect end of the meal and sent us into a cheesy and chocolaty food coma!
Mon- Thurs: 11:30am-11pm
Fri – Sat: 11:30am- 2:30am
Sun: 11:30am- 10pm
For more information visit www.mrsjonesbar.com.au