Botak Jones

S April 09, 2012
 
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Cheesy Potato!
Overall Score 
 
4.0
I don't consider myself a food connoisseur, so even though I did taste Botak Jones at the height of it's popularity, it doesn't leave a lasting impression on me. Not to say that the food was bad. It was great, but I'm just the kind of guy who rems the bad and forget the good when it comes to food. The kind of guy chefs hate.

Anyway, since the only thing I rem about Botak Jones is the great food, I harbor no preconceptions about its quality and hence the perceived drop of standard reported by some of the reviewers. Ignorance is bliss!

I usually eat at the Bedok branch in the afternoon. Service is good and everyone was smiley and friendly. I also love the option of an extra large meal if I'm really hungry. Prices may be a little steeper than normal fare, but it's ultimately in a coffeeshop setting so the price would not be as bad as a restaurant or cafe's.

I absolutely relished its mashed potato with cheese, makes my mouth water just thinking of it now. All in all, I feel that Botak Jones is a more attractive choice to the long queues of Astons if you're looking for western specialties.
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Saying it's "Damn good food (first part of their slogan)" might be pushing it
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4.0
Food / Beverage 
 
3.5
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3.0
Service 
 
4.0
Value 
 
4.5
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4.0
With Botak Jones, I now understand that good service does not only need to come from fancy places.

When I went there I ordered the Jones burger and though the bun was very soggy, the patty certainly made up for it. I also got the cheese-baked potato as a side and I’d gladly give up the extra 80 cents in my future visits.

What may potentially bring down the experience though was that I felt that the place was under-staffed. A couple at the table next to me had waited very long for their order, but what impressed me was that both a member of the kitchen crew AND the waitress (the only waitress) went to apologize and explain the situation to them and even offered complimentary fries.

Though the waitress did go around every table to ask if we enjoyed the food, it felt too forced coming out of her. Nevertheless, I appreciated the effort and this place certainly is value for money.
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QUality suffered as the years went by
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3.0
Food / Beverage 
 
3.0
Ambience 
 
3.0
Service 
 
2.5
Value 
 
3.0
Overall Score 
 
3.0
I remember meals at botak jones to be special occasions after school where me and my classmates would travel some distance to get to. We went the extra mile to locate this food joint simply because we thought that it was the best western food we could get for under 10 bucks. Unfortunately the same cannot be said now.

During my past few visits to botak jones, I was disappointed to find myself eating a much inferior version of the good old fish & chips. While the portion of fish seemed to have gotten smaller, what I found truly disappointing was that the fries that I once loved were served soggy.

While its food is still better in comparison to other more pricy western food stalls, it is very much less mouth watering as it once was.

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no more long queues
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3.0
Food / Beverage 
 
3.5
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2.5
Service 
 
3.0
Value 
 
3.0
Overall Score 
 
3.0
Botak Jones used to be the savior of dying, empty coffee shops because wherever and whenever it opened an outlet there would be long queues even at secluded locations. I tried it out of curiosity because of all the hype and actually had to wait close to 45 mins for my fish and chips! The cajun chicken was the second dish I tried and till today, these are the 2 dishes I will order most of the time.

Now that the hype has died down, I usually do not see any long queue forming at the cashier but the stall still has its regular crowds.

Some of their outlets used to serve beer on tap but sadly that is no longer available. I still miss having a pint of ice cold hoegaarden with my fish and chips.
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Damn good food? No...
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2.0
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1.5
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1.5
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3.0
Value 
 
2.5
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2.0
I'm done with you, Botak Jones! ( I sound like an exasperated girlfriend, haha) But honestly, no matter how many times I tried to Botak Jones another chance to prove that they can give me better food, i always get disappointed.

Like many commercialised food chains, their food quality tends to decrease when they expand into numerous branches all over the island. I remember the fries being soggy and tasteless, I felt like I was eating cardboard. (Not that I have tried) Their chicken was also dry and overcooked. I'm not saying these based on a one-off experience. I have a Botak Jones branch just across the street from my place and trust me when I said I have given them plenty of chances.

What happened to the "damn good food" you promised, Botak Jones?!

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Where's my cheese potato?
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5.0
Food / Beverage 
 
5.0
Value 
 
5.0
Overall Score 
 
5.0
Botak Jones started out famous, with lots of advertising which made me try out their food. Not only that, their dishes is affordable and also cheaper than other restaurants’ pricing! For some of their outlets (such as Orchard and Clementi), you may expect to wait a slightly longer time for your food to be ready due to the long order list. If you observed, majority of their outlets are near the heartlands of Singapore, which explains their cheap western food.

My all-time favorite would be their cajun chicken with sides of baked potato and cheese potato. The part of meat used for the cajun chicken is breast meat. However, with the sauce being eaten together with the meat, you can barely taste the dryness, but rather the infusion of both the sauce and meat being combined together. The baked potato is learnt from the Jacks Place style where there is cream sauce being put into the baked potato. For the cheese potato, you can taste the melted cheese along with the chunks of baked potato as it is being mixed perfectly together as you taste it.

In all, I would say that if you were to dine at Botak Jones, don't forget to try their cheese potato as they tend to run out before late night!

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Restuarant style in Coffee shop
Overall rating 
 
4.5
Food / Beverage 
 
4.5
Ambience 
 
4.0
Service 
 
4.5
Value 
 
4.5
Overall Score 
 
4.5
Botak Jones has a very wide range of dishes available. I have went to many different outlets, Depot Road, Boon Lay (sadly no longer there), Woodland, Balestier etc.

The idea of having great food at cheap prices at a coffeeshop, is a great idea since me, being a typical Singaporean, is always looking for lobangs. My favourite dishes at Botak Jones are the Cajun Chicken and the Ribeye steak.

The Cajun Chicken is very tender and tasty. The staff do not overcook it to the extent that it becomes very dry and hard to chew. It is always cook nicely with enough juices with every bit. The Ribeye steak is even more delicious, i usually go for medium rare and the staff really does it perfectly, not too much blood, just a little. There are many sides to choose from, including coleslaw, fries, corn and potatoes. There used to be more, but the choices had been cut down. Besides the main courses i mentioned, there are also soup, desserts, fish and chips, lamb chops, burgers and hot dogs to choose from.

And of course, the best thing about Botak Jones is the price. The cajun chicken is only less than $10, and the the ribeye is only about $16 inclusive of 2 sides of your choice. At the depot road branch, there is any a red wine counter. Imagine that, having a affordable full course dinner at a great price complete with wine
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Great Western Meal!
Overall rating 
 
4.5
Food / Beverage 
 
4.5
Ambience 
 
3.5
Service 
 
5.0
Overall Score 
 
4.5
I'm quite appalled at the negativity of the reviews most users here have given to Botak Jones because of all the times I've had it, I thoroughly enjoyed my meal! I've had it for around ten times at 3 different places in all. I usually frequent the one at a coffee shop at Bedok. The other two outlets I have frequented were the ones in Changi and Somerset. 

I think that their service is better than many other western food stores such as Aston's; my orders are always pleasantly and patiently taken down and with a genuine smile. Even when I request for extra sauces etc to be brought after my food have arrived, the staff do it without complaints. 

Must trys: Cajun Chicken 
I extremely love this dish! It's true though that after a while it gets abit dry. But I think the cheese sizzled on it makes up for the dryness. You could also get a less dry side such as coleslaw. 

Fish and Chips are good as well, my folks love it due to the lack of the fishiness. In addition, based on all the experiences my folks had while eating this, fish and chip portions from botaks are usually very big! 

A must try side dish includes their Double baked cheese potato. In the past it was free and came along with a meal just like any side dish, but now if you were to choose that as sides you have to pay. It's worth a try though!! Extremely love this!! If there is only one thing you can have at Botaks, you HAVE to try this!!!!

I tried their Chocolate Sensation cake a year back, not fantastic or anything. I would recommend you to go elsewhere for desserts.

Last advice: if you frequent BJ often, do ask for their loyalty card. I don't think they would give it out till you ask for it. 

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affordable and big in portion!
(Updated: May 07, 2012)
Overall rating 
 
4.0
Food / Beverage 
 
3.5
Service 
 
2.5
Value 
 
4.0
Overall Score 
 
4.0
My experience at Botak Jones was mainly positive. My family and I went to the Depot branch for dinner and it was considered empty on a weekday evening. The location was quite secluded though, it was located amongst factories, so my guess is no one bothers to come all the way here for the food. It was the closest Botak Jones to my place though, so I thought why not?

We ordered Fish N Chips, Cajun Chicken, Lamb Chop and some others which I have forgot. Never mind about the ones which I have forgot, they are probably not as worthy of mentioning as the ones I remembered. The Fish N Chips is crispy on the outside and fluffy on the inside. I took a bite of Cajun Chicken that my sister offered me and it was delicious! It was tender and flavorful although the chicken part used was chicken breast meat. My youngest sister's lamb chop was so good for its price. I've had lamb chop double or triple the price and it was nowhere as good and flavourful as the one at Botak Jones. The lamb chop was generous in portion too!

There are a few side dishes for you to choose and I can't exactly remember what side dishes I had as my sisters chose them all. From what I remember, the side dishes were generous in portion too. You will definitely leave the place feeling satisfied while getting your Western fix at the same time.

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Lovely cajun chicken with melted cheese! Yum!
Overall rating 
 
3.5
Food / Beverage 
 
4.0
Ambience 
 
3.0
Service 
 
3.0
Value 
 
3.5
Overall Score 
 
3.5
Botak Jones has such yummy food! Most of the time when I patronize Botak Jones, I’ll go for their Cajun Chicken! The portion is big and worth the money. The sizes seem to be decreasing over time though. Their chicken is fantastic! It’s chewy yet not too chewy or hard and the texture is perfect; every bite is full of their special spiced chicken goodness. They have cheese melted on the top too and it gives that extra flavor and chew to it.

With every main course, you can choose 2 side dishes to go with it. The Double Baked Cheese Potato was nice! The Butter Boiled Sweet Corn was okay only. I found it too small and it had a bit of that raw taste still lingering. Otherwise it was very juicy and nice! I got spicy fries too which wasn’t all that spicy, as most other foods which claim to be.

There was one side dish which was vegetable broth or something but it didn’t even have much soup! The serving was disappointingly small and it had way less soup than the already small bowl could contain.

They take quite a long time to serve and if you’re hungry, quickly make your order so that they can serve up the food ASAP.

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