An unpretentious eatery serving healthy, affordable food in Knightsbridge? It’s not wholly impossible, as Jaks demonstrates.
Jaks is comfortably nestled amidst the plush bars and furniture shops of Walton Street, its cosy interior providing a relaxing haven for Knightsbridge shoppers, not to mention respite from the swankier venues nearby. That is not to say Jaks isn’t sleek enough to fit in with its SW3 surroundings, as the neatly arranged tables and candlelight demonstrate.
This café-style eatery sees a mixture of tourists and locals, with families stopping by during the day for lunch and groups of friends arriving in the evening. Ordering is done at the counter where the food is displayed, adding to the informal, jovial ambience.
Jaks offers healthy yet highly appealing dishes, the emphasis being on Mediterranean fare that is prepared using locally sourced ingredients. Colourful dishes of moussaka, dolmades, chickpea and quinoa salads and tabbouleh pose behind the glass counter. The lemony marinated artichokes with sweet roasted red peppers, the baked aubergines stuffed with tomato and the hearty chicken pie with mushrooms and melted cheese are all worth a try. Salads are herby and flavoursome, an intriguing raw cabbage salad is garnished with zesty apple and parsley and the barley salad is surprisingly filling. It’s not all diet-conscious however, as the indulgent desserts include cappuccino cake, tiramisu and banana cake. A large slice of rich strawberry cheesecake is generous enough for two, and best of all, desserts are made freshly on the premises.
Since opening three years ago, word has spread around the neighbourhood of this place's tasty roasted coffee, but if you want something stronger, a selection of wines and beers are also available. You can also tuck into suitably healthy fresh juices the staff will happily whip one up upon request. Furthermore, Jaks has opened its very own late-opening bar just a few doors down at number 87.
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Expect to pay around £15-£20 a head for a substantial meal, making Jaks ideal for those looking for a thrifty bite to eat in this upmarket area.