Kember & Jones Fine Food Emporium
- Telephone 0141 337 3851
- Seasonal times Christmas: Mon–Sun 9am–6pm
- Bar open Mon–-Fri 11am–-10pm; Sat 11am–10pm; Sun 11am–-6pm
- Food served Mon–-Fri 8am–-10pm; Sat 9am–10pm; Sun 9am–-6pm
- Average price £13.50 (lunch); £13.50 (evening meal)
- Website www.kemberandjones.co.uk
Undisputedly one of of Glasgow’s best cafés, who grind their own coffee, and bake their own exceptionally good bread and cakes.
This review is taken from the current (2016) edition.
The rise and rise of Kember & Jones is a well-known success story of the thriving Hillhead area. The impeccable cooking and uncompromising quality of ingredients makes this café consistently lauded, with wide culinary influences including Sweden, Spain and Morocco. Everything about the enticing, compact space feels meticulously chosen, from the recipe books and craft beers adorning the shelves to wide dining benches. A best-seller is a salad topped with nicely browned goat’s cheese which, like all of the salads on the menu, will leave you satiated for hours. Another dish well worth sampling is the chorizo and manchego cheese salad, replete with al dente potatoes and sun-blush tomatoes. Also on the menu are large sharing platters, daily specials and a vast and varied selection of homemade cakes, including macaroons, and the good coffee is home-roasted, too.
- High point: Superb cooking
- Low point: Expect to queue for a table
- Notable dish: Sharing platters
It’s no surprise that one often has to wait for a lunchtime table at Kember & Jones - its virtues are many. They roast their own coffee and they bake their own bread, and most of what is on the menu is available to buy from the deli, such is their faith in the quality of the produce. The platters are a lovely way to try as much as possible – a real celebration of taste and texture. The Spanish version has slices of Serrano and chorizo alongside almonds, figs, cheeses and quince jelly. You may have tried all the parts, but to get ‘best in class’ varieties beside each other on the same board makes a lunch fit for an Iberic prince. Sandwiches and salads are balanced and big on taste, while sweet things like brownies (properly rich and gooey) and Scandic-style parsnip and orange cake bring up the rear. It’s a buzzing, chatty favourite with many West Enders (and some local celebrities).
- Provides: Vegetarian options (at least ¼ main courses), Children's portions, Children's high chairs, Wheelchair access, Free wi-fi
- Capacity: 38
- Largest group: no bookings
- Open since: 2004
- Number of wines sold by the glass: 8
- House wine: £14.50 per bottle