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Jones the Grocer, Melbourne Emporium

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by Mars DP (subscribe)
Budding bibliophile, gastronomically inquisitive, late twenties. Presently living in Melbourne. Fond of rambling (in words and on foot).
Published August 17th 2014
Delicious food and the gourmet ingredients that make them
jones the grocer, emporium
Jones the Grocer sign above the pastry display

Jones the Grocer has come to the city! This purveyor of fine gourmet products lovingly crafted by artisan suppliers, both local and international, has long been a fixture in the Chadstone Shopping Centre and Doncaster Westfield. Doubtless many foodies in the Melbourne CBD are happy to see a location open right in the commercial heart of the city.

Emporium's Jones the Grocer consists of two sections: a shop offering a variety of gourmet and artisanal foods, and a stylish café with a delicious menu and bakery.

Fine gourmet foods from Jones the Grocer
Fine gourmet foods on display at the Jones the Grocer shop.

Jones the Grocer interior
The cafe interior of Jones the Grocer Emporium

The café offerings are fairly standard fare (see the photo of a menu below). The prices are a bit on the high side, but still well within the normal range for cafésin the city. Various breads and pastries fill the display cases next to the entrance. Hungry and on the go? Takeout can be ordered at the counter.

Jones the Grocer menu
A couple of pages of the menu at Jones the Grocer

I ordered a flat white and the Scotch steak with mushroom sauce. The coffee was decent, and served fairly quickly. The steak was a little overcooked; I'd ordered it medium and it was nearly well done. I quite enjoyed the mushroom sauce, however. If I had to make a criticism, it would be on the slow service; I had to wait a long while to be seated, even though most of the tables were empty. But it may have been that my arrival coincided with a burst of busyness for the staff. Once I was seated, they were very attentive and prompt to respond.

Scotch steak with mushroom sauce
The Scotch steak with mushroom sauce.

Overall, it was a pleasant dining experience. The high ceiling gives the café an airy feeling, encouraging shoppers to relax and enjoy casual conversation with friends. The Emporium location is smaller than the one in Chadstone Shopping Centre but still offers many delicious options, whether you are dining in or purchasing ingredients for a tasty home cook,
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Phone: 61 3 8609 8104
Where: Store 101 Level 1, Emporium Melbourne, 287 Lonsdale Street, VIC
Cost: $4.00-$25.00
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Hey Mars DP, great article and no wonder with all those awards. Good on you and just wanted to say thanks for making reference to mine :) Cheers and all the best. See you around the traps :) Jen
by Jen (score: 3|2386) 1885 days ago
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