There's really not a lot to dislike about Jak's - good, freshly made food, sizeable portions, fast and friendly service, a welcoming and homely atmosphere, and decent prices, especially for the area (midway between South Kensington and Knightsbridge).
We shared two main courses, Organic Beef Lasagna, supposedly a Jak's speciality and Chicken Pie, which was recommended by the gentleman who served us. The lasagna was delicious, with quality meat, nice thin layers of soft pasta, and just the right amount of cheese. The chicken pie, with pressed cream potatoes, mushrooms, organic chicken and fresh onion, was also well composed, but, in the absence of any gravy, a tad dry. The Roasted Potatoes we had with the pie was standard issue.
Other dishes on the menu such as, Olive Chicken Pizzaiola, Moussaka and Stuffed Aubergine: Filled with a gentle cent of garlic, onions, parsley, and our freshest organic tomatos, all of which I will no doubt be trying on future visits, drew more from Jak's Mediterranean background, and looked just as appetising.
I had heard many good things about the cakes and desserts at Jak's, so we made sure to save some space to sample Jak’s Strawberry Cheese Cake and the Tiramisu. The cheesecake was absolutely sensational. Wispy, ultra light and super smooth, it was one of the best cheesecakes I've ever had. The tiramisu was really good too - moreish, creamy, spongy with a present, but not overpowering, coffee taste.
In a nutshell...
Jak's is great. It boasts celebrities (and pseudo-celebrities) such as Orlando Bloom, Frank Lampard, Lady Isabella Harvey, Rebecca Loos, and Roman Abramovich amongst its customers, but is not pretentious in the slightest. In fact, sitting in the back room, with photos pinned up on the wall, and random books and ornaments on the shelves, it really felt like we were in someone's home. Enjoy the savoury offerings, as no doubt you will, but don't forget to save room for dessert!
77 Walton Street, London, SW3 2HT
Average Price: £15