Jimmy Monkey Café & Bar Hot
10 years has been amazing. However I craved real coffee and that café experience of home. So I embarked on a journey to bring the ultimate coffee experience that was 'home' to me, right here to Singapore. This desire gave birth to jimmy monkeyTM
café & bar.
Raw and deconstructed elegance defines this casual Australasian 'Third Wave coffee' café, complete with a bar and lounge that will offer palatable delights prepared daily. Menu includes delectables ranging from home made dips and toasted focaccias to rustic pastas and frittatas to desserts such as luscious cakes, premium ice-cream, and of course, to-die-for espressos compliments of Singapore's very first SlayerTM Espresso machine. And if this isn't enough, guests can indulge further in the whole coffee experience with the roasting of beans on-site from some of the best Independent and Rainforest Alliance farms, with seasonal raw green beans being sourced all over the world.
This is the spot where customers can enjoy a great meal and while away the afternoon with a superb Sauvignon Blanc and a little antipasto on the side, while surfing away on their iMachines.
User Ratings Summary
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Dimly Lit & Cosy
To start things off, I forgot the fact that this is a cafe cum bar, which means that it is much more dimly lit than I expected it to be. The dim setting made it very cosy and comfortable though, so I guess it depends on your personal preference.
Located in the midst of the One-North Residences, the area is usually frequented by expats, and it is common to see Japanese mothers with their children around. I'm guessing that Jimmy Monkey is probably targeted at these expats, as their offerings are considered fairly pricey compared to other cafes.
We had a slice of blueberry cheesecake, apple crumble (both costing about plus minus $10 each if I remember correctly), and a french toast with golden syrup and berries. The cheesecake felt so 'jelat' after a while and I didn't really like it. The french toast, however, was delectable and done really well. It also had a generous serving, so I'd suggest to drop the cakes and head for other dishes instead!
Matching its eclectic interior, you would also realize that they serve unheard of alcoholic milkshakes. Interesting, I'd say. Probably next time!
A tucked away haven.
One North Gateway is a rather remote place that you probably would never visit with out a car. I certainly did not until we drove there to have a trial class for my daughter's enrichment class.
While waiting for her class to start, we stumbled upon Jimmy Monkey Cafe and found a nice corner sofa to relax in. The atmosphere was laid back and peaceful. The interior had a very high roof and some very interesting decor. The service was excellent and the crowd was not rowdy either.
Sipping our lattes there, it really felt like a scenic haven where our tiredness bled away.
Night Menu versus Day Menu
Firstly I have to say that this place is an amazing, cozy and relaxing place for a meal or coffee. The cafe serves superb coffee and service is excellent. I like how they provide nice glass bottles of water for every table, much more efficient than having to get a waiters attention for a top up.
I love this place, however I only want to go there for dinner when their Night Menu selections are available. The beer battered fish and chips, lamb rack and lasagne are all winners in my book. My only concern and disappointment is why does the Day Menu drastically differ from the Night one.
The Day Menu seems more like a simple breakfast menu that does not appeal to the hungry lunch crowd, perhaps they want to focus their best efforts for the evening crowd? I do not know, I will not hesitate to visit this place for a dinner meal over and over again though.
One of my favourite haunts
I am usually skeptical when someone recommends a cafe as I've drank my fair share of bad coffee, but I was not disappointed with Jimmy Monkey.
The cafe serves one of the best coffee in Singapore. I ordered a flat white and it was served with a biscuit at the side. The coffee was thick and strong, just the way I liked it. I found out it's because the barista uses double shots in the coffee, so if you're not a fan of strong coffee, do voice it out to him. Another must-try at the cafe is their blueberry muffin, although it is a tad expensive at about $4.
Jimmy Monkey is also a great place for chilling out by surfing the Net on your laptop as it offers customers free wifi. It's one of my favourite haunts, and I'll definitely recommend it to coffee lovers.
A friend and I popped by this café for a quick lunch as we were pressed for time, and it seemed like one of the only cafes around the area.
The ambience of the café is great, given that it wasn’t too crowded, and it had a really intimate setting. To be honest, I was rather disappointed with the lunch selection, as it was limited. In the end, my friend settled for the bacon pasta, while I had the pesto pasta with smoked salmon. Our food came within 15 minutes of our ordering, and both of us really enjoyed the food. The portions were generous, and just nice for our big appetites.
Personally, I really liked the place for its cozy setting, and the fact that it isn’t crowded. I would have preferred a larger selection of food, but at least the food was good. I would return to try their coffee, and for another round of pasta.
Jimmy Monkey is definitely a must go for coffee addicts! The first thing you notice once you enter the restaurant is the massive coffee maker behind the counter.
While I did not try the coffee, the food was rather tasty. I ordered the Roasted Chicken which had large serving while my friend ordered the Smoked Salmon Spaghetti Aglio Olio, which was tasty but it was too spicy for her to bear! Halfway through the meal, she was already full from drinking cups of water.
Offered only in their dinner menu, their signature ‘Jimmy Monkey’s alcoholic milkshake’ did not disappoint. My favourite was the Tolberone Milkshake and this is the only place I know that serves this.
Tucked in the quiet residences of One North, this is a good place to unwind, relax, read a book and have a cuppa. Unfortunately, from Sunday to Thursday (closed on Mondays), Jimmy Monkey closes rather early at 8:30pm so for those looking to unwind and relax with friends after dinner, you can forget about doing so. My friends and I arrived at 7pm and wanted to order the Molten Lava Cake after dinner but it was too late. So, try to go earlier if you wish to chill and relax after a satisfying meal!