Kenzo Noodle House #6A - 140 University Avenue Waterloo, Ontario…
1398 King Street
St. Jacobs, ON N0B 2N0
Lunch for two with a shared app and soft drinks: $35
But seriously, the next biggest problem is a real one indeed — and one that I don’t wish on any business: construction. The main street of St. Jacobs is under pretty heavy construction currently, with the work scheduled to be completed in the next couple of weeks. I certainly hope it is with the tourist season just about upon us.
There is a growing and solidifying food hub in the village: that is led off by the farmers’ market a few minutes out of town and the baking and cooking done in town at Stone Crock as well as the magnificent brewery Block Three and a relatively new addition and good and proper coffee roaster and cafe Eco Coffee in the Silos.
Getting to the businesses needs to essentially be done by parking behind the shops and stores, and that is not too difficult. When you get to King Street you’ll find the Stone Crock where they have a casual coffee shop and very large selection of baked goods. Pretty good ones, too. You can look into the large and busy bakery.
Through a set of doors, you’ll find sister food purveyor Jacob’s Grill, a casual eatery with large windows looking out on the main street and letting in lots of natural light. There are open tables in the dining room and a few booths. Service is equally bright and friendly and reasonably prompt and attentive.
There’s a menu — for the most part, a recognizable one — with a dozen or so appetizers including mussels in saffron, a beet salad, greens, chicken wings and a poutine with dill and Thornloe cheese curds (that is good stuff). Prices range from $6 to $14 for apps. There are five pizzas (including gluten free) in the $15-$18 range.
There are six burgers and sandwiches and mains number at eight — including a mixed meat grill, a grilled salmon dish, a lamb curry and a mac and cheese (prices are $16 to $23).
At lunch, the ham and Brie is Black Forest ham, slices of Brie and apple, lettuce and dressed with a honey mustard that is held together by a deeply pressed potato scallion bun. The accompanying mesclun mix salad was crisp and had a nicely tart dressing. The cost? $13. The issue? Well, nothing, really, except that this is basically a sandwich and salad you could make at home just as easily. But … if you’re out in St. Jacobs, it’s there for you.
More interesting is the pear and prosciutto flatbread (there’s also a grilled root vegetable flatbread) that is dollops of home-made chutney with prosciutto and “a hint of blue cheese.” The hint is just the right amount of cheese that doesn’t overwhelm the softer, gentler chutney and doesn’t add too much more salt to the bite — the prosciutto is a good contrast. It’s about $13 as well.
Jacob’s Grill serves several desserts such as strawberry shortcake and panna cotta ($7 range) and offers week-night features, including beverage alcohol specials, from 4 p.m. – 8 p.m. Whether it’s eight o’clock or not, at the end of the day what you find here is simple fare prepared well on a menu that will be immediately familiar and accessible to a broad range of diners and which fits into a busy tourist location as a friendly neighbourhood restaurant.[ Top image/Jacob’s Grill gallery ]
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