Jackson + Rye Brasserie City presents a modern fusion of French fare and American dishes served in an elegant London setting. The elegant setting, to be precise, is inside the former Bank of Korea on Old Jewry, not far at all from St Paul’s Cathedral or Southwark Bridge. This, the City branch of Jackson + Rye Brasserie aims to provide memorable dining experiences thanks to Franco-American dishes crafted by passionate chefs, as well as warm and attentive New York-style service. Stylishly decorated and excellently located, reserve now for breakfast, lunch or dinner.
Two cuisines not often brought together in London are French and American, but the team behind London’s Jackson + Rye Brasserie have done just that. This, the City brasserie, bar and grill on Old Jewry, is modern and yet manages to simultaneously radiate feelings of New York and elegant France via decor that’s sleek and service that’s friendly and conscientious. Inside this Jackson + Rye Brasserie – now somewhat of a London dining institution – you’ll find a statement centerpiece bar that succeeds in creating quite a buzz, as well as all-day menus consisting of French brasserie dishes and American favourites.
Whatever time of day you visit City’s Jackson + Rye Brasserie, a sense of fun awaits, aided first by the gourmet snacks that serve to accompany a handcrafted cocktail. These go as far as brisket croquettes served with horseradish, crème fraiche and pickled red cabbage, as well as truffle and polenta Hush Puppies. After that, for breakfast think buttermilk pancakes with caramelised banana or fresh berries, huevos rancheros or avocado royale with a damn fine hollandaise. Lunch and dinner is where the Franco-American-inspired fusion comes into its own. Try classic meat dishes of beef carpaccio with walnut and celery salsa, garlic aioli and shaved parmesan; bavette steak served with classic sides of homemade triple-cooked or shoestring fries; or seabass fillet with samphire, brown shrimps and crab butter. Everything at City’s Jackson + Rye Brasserie is home cooked with passion, making it one of our favourite restaurants not just around Bank, but all of London, too. Reserve a table now.
Jackson and Rye - Bank was a lovely place to attend a business breakfast, the coffee, the food and the staff were all lovely. We will definitely be coming back. Many thanks to all at Jackson and Rye - Bank
Service was prompt and the food really good. Great value, especially for the area. This is always one of our first choices for drinks and food after work, or a team brunch.
Food was tasty, good value and served super quick. We all enjoyed our catch up lunch and will definitely be back there again very soon
Spacious restaurant, lovely décor, authentic traditional jazz music. Attentive service and good value for money. Would recommend the new City (Bank) restaurant as an attractive venue.
Very much enjoyed my evening at Jackson & Rye. It's quite a spacious restaurant with a sizeable bar so you don't feel cramped. Didn't spend any time in the bar though it looked like quite a lively place to have a few drinks with friends. My friends and I had dinner there instead. Nice décor, music that wasn't too loud so you could actually have a conversation (something that you can no longer do in many London restaurants). The service was very good - friendly, unobtrusive. The only very small hiccup was that it took a little bit of time for our drinks to arrive but not long enough to lower my score here! the food was very tasty and the prices were in line with the area (not cheap, but it's in the City of London so you don't expect cheap). We were left to our own devices, to enjoy our evening without feeling that we had to clear off at any time so we could just relax and enjoy the evening. A big plus for some would be that the loos, though downstairs, are accessible as there is a lift that can take you down and then no stairs to deal with once you're down. All in all we very much enjoyed ourselves and would go back without hesitation!
Service was fantastic. We were greeted with smiles from the moment we walked in. Our table gave us a little bit of privacy, which is what we wanted. Our waiter was attentive, but did not pester. He showed great knowledge of the items available and suggested some dishes according to our preferences. It was a lovely atmosphere for an American grill. The tasteful furnishings, well stocked bar, and fancy layout made it a far call from your regular diner. I was worried that the portions would also be fine-dining, but to my pleasure and surprise, I was stuffed when I finished my main. Recommended dishes: Buffalo chicken wings, 400g rib eye steak (medium) with garlic butter sauce. Their cocktails are also amazingly made! They have a good variety of drinks; from fruity to sharp. They can even make something similar to your favourite drink if it's not on the menu - if you know what the ingredients are, of course. The only criticism I can give is that the beef rib I had, although has beautiful flavour, had a lot of fat. Too much for my liking. Apart from that, I would definitely recommend this restaurant. The menu is full of choice and the staff are top notch. Thank you to the Jackson & Rye City team for making my visit a great one.
Considering it was very quiet in the restaurant the service was quite slow. We did not receive our hot drinks straight away and then it was a very longtime before our food was served by which time our drinks had been finished or had gone cold. A member of our group did not receive their breakfast until 10/12 minutes after everyone else which was due to a fault with the ticket as it had to be hand written supposedly. We have been to Jackson & Rye a few times and every time we come with high hopes there seem to always be one thing which lets it down or isn't quite up to the standard which is shown elsewhere in the restaurant.
Lively atmosphere and good separation between bar and restaurant. Wonderful selection of whisky and cocktails with good descriptions for all drinks. Had the BBQ platter and lamb rump. Lamb was a little under cooked for my girlfriends tastes, but perfect for me. It was tasty and the accompaniments were well seasoned. The BBQ platter was underwhelming. The brisket was the biggest disappoint lacking any real flavour, save for the very edges. Chicken wings were good, but nothing extraordinary. The rib was nice, but expected more. The staff were attentive and professional and made us feel very comfortable.
I came to jackson and rye for my 20th birthday with family and i was extremely disapointed. When we first arrived, i ordered a sex on the beach (as it said on the drinks menu you can order up any classic cocktail even if it wasnt on the menu) and the lady i was served by said they couldnt do it in a very rude and blunt manner even though there menu stated otherwise. We then ordered to then find when our food came that everything was covered and way to many spices and chillis. It was over powering and incredibly spicy which just took all of the flAvour out of the food. This completely ruined my meal and i left over half of it, as did the rest of my party! Then to top it all off, the waiter was useless! He took about 25mins to serve us drinks at the table during our meal, he was reluctant at giving us water which also took him about 40mins to finally give us any! He was rude and wasnt bothered about his customers. He didnt check on our food and when he was clearing didnt say a word either. It ruined my birthday and needless to say we didnt stay for desert or more drinks and we werent happy at all. I wont be coming back and neither will any of my party. Awful.
Staff were very attentive and friendly at Jackson+Rye. It's a loud environment, and some of the 'local suits' get a bit rowdy with a few drinks in them, but if you can find a quiet place off to the side then it can be a great experience complemented by friendly staff. Cocktails are also excellent, so I'd recommend opting for a range of small plates and appetisers to 'graze' your way through a few of those ... Be sure to try the Old-Fashioned, if you're a fan of those - it's excellent.