jones the grocer
Jones the grocer aims to inspire and excite the imagination of all food lovers. With products sourced and selected from around the globe, jones the grocer is a food emporium focused on providing natural ingredients produced by specialist, artisan suppliers and showcases these through the innovative in store cafe menu which you can enjoy in a casual atmosphere. With products ranging from premium tea leaves to luxury chocolates, from artisan crackers through to handmade pasta sauces, their staff are able to guide your selection and offer you informed and welcoming service.
Jones the Grocer (I frequent the one at Mandarin Gallery on Orchard Rd, rather than their cheese-scented flagship at Dempsey) is that rara avis that does both cake and coffee with equal panache. With no service charge to boot.
My usual tea time order is the Jones cafe latte with the strawberry shortcake. The rustic upside-down pineapple cake is also a tasty choice. Don't bother with the main courses, they're nothing to shout about.
We ordered Carrot cake, Chocolate Indulgence, 3 scoops of ice cream and 1 Salted Caramel and 3 Rose Lychee flavored macaroons.Yes, I know it is weird that the strawberry ice cream is in white. All of us were surprised too but I honestly have no explanation for that. The carrot cake was pretty hard and gelate so I didn't quite enjoyed it. Either that or I am just not a carrot cake person, or rather, I prefer the hawker style- both black and white with no chilli. Shiok~
Anything that is hazelnut, lychee or matcha flavored food will immediately capture my attention because I have such weak spots for them. I hardly eat macaroons because they are too sweet for my tooth. I enjoy sweets but only to a certain extend. So when I saw the rose and lychee flavored macaroon, I gave in to temptation.
Apparently, it is only average but the salted caramel one was the total question mark because it was in...blue?! Seriously? Too much colouring.
The service is good and the waitress recommended her favorites to us, along with some small talks here and there. It is a cosy environment which makes it a good hiding place if you want to get away from all the hustle and bustle to read a book and sip on a cup of tea.
What I had was the salt and pepper squid with yuzu mayonnaise which is on the lunch menu as well as the sticky date pudding for dessert.
The salt and pepper squid wasn't filling at all, but the taste is definitely enough to blow you away. The combination of the salad in the middle with the squid was simply divine, and betrays its somewhat humble appearance. I would recommend this dish to those that have adventurous tastebuds, and have a liking for sour things, as the yuzu mayonnaise is not something that would appeal to everyone.
The sticky date pudding definitely was one of the better ones I've tasted. The cold vanilla ice cream combined with the warm pudding and the hot caramel sauce spectacularly. Some might find this dish a tad too sweet – I do advise you to share this with a friend – but it is surely a delightful addition to your afternoon tea or lunch.
I chose to sit outside, because the indoors of Jones the Grocer stores are typically too cold to be comfortable, and the ambience was perfect. The Dempsey branch has al fresco dining which is a very peaceful and comfortable space. Visitors to this branch will probably feel compelled to hang out after the meal perhaps to enjoy a flat white while reading a book, or simply just to chill and watch the world go by.
Jones The Grocer has the ambiance of a gourmet grocery store with a modern and casual cafe. It's really appealing to walk in and immediately be greeted by the sight of fresh produce, cheeses and meats, and the scent of bread and cheese. The entire store has a very homely, comforting feel... You wouldn't feel out of place if you wore slippers, shorts and a t-shirt here!
I find the service at Jones The Grocer to be excellent. Staff will greet you before seating you, and despite the long queues, the line moves rather quickly. Waiting time is about 15 minutes or less, thanks to the well-handled seat staggering arrangements.
Thumbs up for their handling of unexpected situations! When a customer next to us accidentally knocked over a pitcher of water, our seat got wet as well. Staff handled the clean up quickly and efficiently, and even apologised to us despite the situation not being their fault.
Specialties at Jones The Grocer include their coffee, cheeses, breads and cakes. Because they use premium ingredients, without any artificial preservatives or colouring, their food tastes really fresh and flavourful. Of course, this all comes at a price, so dining at Jones The Grocer isn't cheap... But you do get what you pay for in terms of quality food and good service. I would definitely recommend dining at Jones The Grocer!
We had a side order of wedges and milkshakes and while the food and drinks weren’t exactly up my alley, the friendly staff and cozy ambiance more than made up for it. It is indeed an ideal location to chill. I suppose I will re-visit Jones with the purpose of trying their mains sometime soon.
The first time I had tea there, I ordered a duck salad with blue cheese. I thoroughly enjoyed my first bite, until the blue cheese hit me. I’ve never tried blue cheese before and didn’t know what to expect. The taste of the cheese lingered in my mouth for a long time after that, and I cant assure you that I will ever give blue cheese another chance. Since we are on the topic of cheese, all you cheese lovers should head down to check out their wide selection of cheeses, it certainly impressed me.
Also, do give their pancakes a try. Both fluffy and light at the same time, it definitely is one of the better pancakes around Singapore! All in all, a great place to have Sunday brunch in, I can’t blame them for my lack of love towards blue cheese.
Try their fresh green salad served with duck meat and blue cheese- I think this is where I sampled it and got hooked- where the flavour and aroma of the cheese is a good accompaniment to the duck meat and fresh vegetables. Their cakes are also a must try- their red velvet is light and the cream cheese frosting hits all the right spots. Mille feuille, a pastry of French origin has three layers of puff pastry (pâte feuilletée), alternating with two layers of pastry cream (crème pâtissière), but sometimes whipped cream or jam combined with strawberries is also highly recommended!
Definitely should check out this place, but be prepared for the cost of food.
And when we do, we like to order the beef steak, medium rare, the pepper/bacon tapas, and the poached pear dessert.
The beef steak will turn out tender and flavourful, the pepper wrapped in bacon and blue cheese will be slightly salty but really delicious as well. The poached pear dessert only has a slight sweetness (just the way I like it), and is soft and yet slightly crunchy.
Service is alright but not too attentive, you will have to sometimes ask for your glass of water to be refilled, and you might have to work at getting their attention to order/get the bill.
The crowd here is generally that of the expatriate nature or young Singapore families. Because of the open layout and the popularity of its Brunch of the weekends, the place can get rather packed. I loved to go there for brunch in the weekends. My regular meal here has to the Classic English Breakfast, costing about $16. While you obviously can get cheaper at other joints, but the ambience is what you can't get at other joints.
Being a big fan of cheese, my favourite section of Jones has to be the Cheese Room. Stocking many excellent types of cheese from Australia, cheese fans are definitely spoilt for choice. Service is also excellent, with staff being very accommodating, especially for kids.
As always, I ordered a breakfast set which consists of eggs, sausage, bacon strips, mushrooms and a slice of toast. The presentation of the food was good but wasn't too fantastic. In fact, it is quite pricey in my opinion. I ordered a cup of latte which costed nearly $10 and it tasted just alright. Not worth the 10 bucks to me.
However, the atmosphere and ambience at Jones the grocer was pleasant and relaxing. Though the price we paid for the food wasn't that worth it, at least my friend and i had a nice cosy place to catch up with each other over some food.
Besides selling produce, they also have a cafe which serves food! My mother and I tried out the cheese platter as it sounds promising (no Kraft cheese here) and we have never had a cheese platter in Singapore before. When it arrived, there were 4 different wedges of cheese and a bunch of red seedless grapes. It was priced around $19 and I thought it was worth it considering that they gave wedges of cheese and not shreds or thin slices of cheese. The seedless aspect of the grapes were a bonus. I hate seeded grapes. As we were there for a short snack, we only ordered this and nothing else. We did not finish all the cheese as it got a little too overwhelming for us. Too creamy! Maybe they can reduce the quantity and sell it for a cheaper price?
Good for cheese-lovers on the hunt for fine quality cheese at a good and reasonable price.