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Food at Jones The Grocer is distinctively Australian, with a clear focus on really good and fresh ingredients with minimal cooking. Unpretentious, straightforward food that's wholesome and refreshingly uncomplicated.
However, service was woefully inefficient. The many waitresses were pleasant and cheery enough, but our water cups were left unfilled until the end of our meal. After we had to ask. The Hubby didn't get a paper napkin but I did. We walked into the restaurant and had to sit ourselves. It was already past the peak lunch hours and the restaurant was barely half-filled so there's really no excuse for such lapses in service.
1) Soft Herb Risotto ($26): with asparagus, taleggio and black truffle oil. It's been a while since I last had risotto and this was a welcome homecoming of sorts, even if there wasn't a trace of truffle oil in this. It had great texture, with a toothsome bite, and while starchy, was not the least bit cloying. It had a pleasant simplicity to it, flavours were kept light with just asparagus and copious shavings of sharp taleggio cheese.
2) Angel Hair Pasta with Blue Swimmer Crab ($28): with chilli, rocket, garlic and grana padano. The freshly shredded crabmeat was incredibly sweet, and we loved it. The cut chillis provided a mild heat and rocket leaves lent a peppery lift to balance the sweetness of the crab. A tiny gripe would be the itsy bits of crabshell that I had to ungracefully spit out
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.
Pics on my blog here.
The opening of Jones The Grocer at ION Orchard was without any fanfare. If not for passing by the facade in-progress the other day, I wouldn’t have known. And that was great, because I could be here on a mid-morning without much crowd. In fact, the dark and warmly lit interior was very conducive to sit in. I tried their main courses before at Mandarin Gallery branch, not bad at all. Their sweets were average. My weekday breakfast – Latte S$5 and Lamington S$5.50 I never really had any Lamington cake before, so this was pretty much the first go. The coconut laced cake with raspberry & cream centre was alright. Not too sure if the sponge meant to be that dry. The latte was alright – a little weak to my taste. Given the nett pricing and location despite of mediocre cafe offerings, I would return.