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Maggie Jones - good food, pre-dot-com prices, but skip the house wine

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Maggie Jones - good food, pre-dot-com prices, but skip the house wine

magnolia | Nov 24, 2000 05:33 AM

Had "Thanksgiving" with a group of Americans at Maggie Jones...and took it upon myself, for your sakes, to taste everyone's dishes.

Starters: a bit retro - avocado with prawns, creamed soups; and several choices with the word 'jug' or 'pot' (jugged hare, potted prawns, etc.) Many variations on the theme of quiche. Surprisingly fresh artichoke & asparagus (thought the latter was way out of season but they managed to find some!)

Mains: Extremely generous portions of meat and poultry - cooked exactly to specification. Thick, juicy un-mad Sirloin; crisp, not-too-fatty duck a l'orange; excellent rack of lamb, almost 'en croute' w/garlic & rosemary...even kedgeree (ordered by contrarian friend) though not as good as I've had elsewhere - thirstifyingly heavy on the smoked fish and not enough rice to balance it.

Puddings: unremarkable but we were possibly too stuffed to appreciate them anyway

House wine: you get what you pay for, in all senses

Service: very accommodating to people who arrived early and were hungry; who were picky about this or that; or who arrived late and ordered by phone...

Bill: a happy surprise - we rolled out of there for £35 a head!

I'd say this is a great place for a comfort meal or for a group, or even with kids. Decor: dark and cozy, with rustic farmhouse tables and hanging baskets. Upstairs is what looks to be a communal table...where everyone seemed to be extremely jolly, despite having just met.

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