The Australian gourmet cafe and store offers a wide range of groceries, deli and charcuterie items and boasts Singapore's largest walk-in cheese room with an extensive range of artisan cheeses. The in-store cafe offers breakfast, lunch and dinner, seven days a week.
At a recent visit to town, I decided to have dinner at Jones The Grocer.
A slight dark "atas" kind of setting, the place serves hearty home cooking style food at reasonable prices (no gst or service charge) .
I started with the Crispy Skin Quail ($25). This was four pieces of well executed quail with tender meat and crisp finish. A must try here.
I also tried the Crab Angel Hair Pasta ($23). The version served here did not come as I expected it to. First of all, for an entree portion it was really large and would have fit more into the main course than an entree. Then, it was cooked, not served chilled as would most typical angel hair appetisers. Was so-so.
I then had the Prawn Risotto ($22). By now, a carb overload but as it was yet another hearty dish. The prawn shell after taste was really strong.
For my main course I tried the Ribeye fillet and ribs ($38). Another must try here, expect a very tasty generous piece of meat off the bone.
Overall, one dish would have suffice. I would have loved to try the dessert but by now I was too stuffed. A heavy meal indeed.
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It’s the long awaited weekend and off we went to Jones the Grocer for the much-needed refueling. Located on the 4th level of Ion, the 140 seater café and food emporium looks striking from afar. Not only does Jones serve breakfast, lunch and dinner, its also well stocked with a wide range of fine foods and confectionery sourced internationally.
ones ceases serving breakfast fare after 12 noon, so we could only order from the lunch menu, which was a simple 2-pager. Not a lot to choose from but the dishes were well thought out, featuring fresh, quality ingredients. Service was very friendly, in line with my café experiences in Australia.
Long Black ($5) and uniquely refreshing Orange Earl Grey Iced Tea ($7.50)
Whenever there’s angel hair pasta, I’ll surely order it. Yes, I am that blatant for my love of this carb. Jones Angel Hair Pasta ($28) comes with a crown of sweet blue swimmer crab, chilli, rocket, garlic and grana padano (Italian cheese). Individual flavors can be tasted separately and they worked extremely well on the whole. A mild, healthy-tasting dish that is satisfactory. Personally, I felt that more chilli could be used to lift the flavor.
Tempura Barramundi ($28) paired with Jones chips and Asian tartar. Enveloped within deep-fried crisp batter lies dense, flaky meat with a mild butter flavor. A joy to savour but do be careful of tiny bones. Comes with lackluster chips.
The folks here are serious about their beef burger, and they do a very good one. Australian Wagyu Burger ($28) is accompanied with bacon, gruyere, truffle mayonnaise, pickles, mustard, bois boudran sauce and caramelized onions. The sauce was not overpowering which allowed one to enjoy the true natural flavor of the beef. Thankfully,it came with a tangy salsa dip which spruced up the boring chips.
Delectable Black forest cake ($9) with potent kirsch punch, fluffy chocolate sponge, sitting atop an ethereally light mascarpone base. Pricy, but it’s worth it!
Baked Lemon Cheesecake ($7) is something I’d like to eat over and over because it’s gratifyingly rich, yet not at all cloying because of its tangy notes.
Cotton-candy hued Salted Caramel Macaron ($2) was crisps and slightly chewy with a gooey salted caramel centre. White Chocolate and Olive Macaron ($2) was terrible-hard like a rock!
Firstly, when we were seated we were not offered the most basic things, plain water. Secondly, while there were 2 of us, utensils were not set for the other party. We had to ask for it even after the tart was served (we had said earlier on that we were sharing the tart). Thirdly, our orders were wrong when they got to our table. We ordered a vanilla milkshake but got a chocolate milkshake. This is completely unacceptable standards for a "premium"cafe. Bottomline: High prices, poor service, so-so food = not returning here.