The scene: An unassuming façade belies this lively south-west US-themed gaff in the heart of theatreland. An upstairs dining level affords views over a marble bar swollen with tequila, and in a basement bar a DJ amps up the vibe.
The grub: Essentially the fare is Mexican – nachos, fajitas, etc – plus wildcards like fish laksa. What the …? The food was mediocre. A seared fillet steak teriyaki was soggy. The tequila lime chicken chimichanga fared better with the bird nicely cooked: it’s blandness suited my unadventurous partner.
Behind the bar: This is where NJ shines. Cocktails are a muddle of punchy flavours and the variety of tequila would make a Mexican froth.
Bill please: Three courses and cocktails cost around £60.
Verdict: Foodies, don’t bother. Just hit the bar in the 4-6pm happy hour.
34 King Street, WC2E 8JD
020 7240 4008
Tube: Covent Garden
Review: Rebecca Kent