Pudding Performance

Jackson & Rye has been on my Restaurant to-do list since the beginning.

After a bit of a family museum crawl (Horst at the V&A for Chez and I, Ming at the British Museum for Mum and Dad), we headed towards Soho to make our reservation.

Jackson & Rye has an old-school American feel to it, with a menu to match.

I have to admit, we had some serious trouble choosing. 

I could go everyday for a month and eat something different every time, it all sounded that good.

Diet cokes all round.

As you can see New Years Resolution number 7 is going really well... Maybe I'll stick to Lent.

And a virgin Mary for Mumma, who, with my Dad, is suffering her way through dry January for the twentieth year.

After much 'umm-ing' and 'ahh-ing', like father like daughter, Dad and I chose the 'Farmer's breakfast': Maple slab bacon, fried eggs, sausage patty, country style potatoes, spring onion and grilled toast.

Now I know this is a bold claim, but this was the best cooked breakfast I've ever had.

I would go through and list every reason why it was so incredible, but that would take far too long so just take a look at it instead. (Focus on that bacon- ooooh yeah.)

Plus the butter looked adorable. It's the little things.

Mum and Chez opted for the giant Reuben sandwiches with fries.

Luckily neither of them could finish so I got to sample some and it comes highly recommended from all of us.

As you may be aware, pudding is my favourite time of day.

I cannot have a meal without eating something sweet immediately after.

Luckily for me, Jackson & Rye more than fulfilled my sweet-toothed needs, with a bit of theatrics thrown in.

First up, the 'Melting Chocolate Sundae', described as 'milk ice cream, chocolate brown brownie with butterscotch sauce'.

It was so much more than that.

All of the goodies were encased by solid chocolate, which cracked and collapsed into a gooey puddle when the waitress drowned it in warm butterscotch.

I would go back just for this.

We also chose the toasted marshmallows with blood orange sorbet and chocolate sauce.

I wasn't really sure how this would all come together but I'm a marshmallow fiend so was happy to give it a whirl, and I'm so glad I did.

Ready for some more drizzle action?

...Yes, we demolished the lot.

I cannot recommend Jackson & Rye enough.

First of all, you can book.

The service was some of the best I've had in a while, as was the food, and there was so much attention to detail in every element of the experience.

When the bill came, we were very pleasantly surprised. 

It doesn't quite qualify for my budget eats series, but it comes pretty close depending on what you order. And there's a huge difference between cost and worth.

I'll be going back ASAP for pancakes. And maybe a Reuben...