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Jones The Grocer (Mandarin Gallery)

Western
This is the Australian gourmet grocer's second outlet. Unique to this outlet is a 4 metre high temperature controlled glass showcase for the cheese, deli and charcuterie items. There is also a cafe where one can have a quick bite.

Daily: 09:00 - 23:00

+65 68366372
$26 based on 62 submissions
Brunch (19 votes), Breakfast (12 votes), Lunch (9 votes)
runningman

Gourmet Artisanal Food And Fantastic Service

Full Jones The Grocer review here: http://ivanteh-runningman.blogspot.sg/2013/02/jones-grocer.html


Jones The Grocer was among the first few cafes in Singapore to popularize the concept of brunch, and it's still going strong today, as evident by the long queues on weekends.

Jones The Grocer has the ambience 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 accidently 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!

Essentially a chocolate danish, the Pain Au Chocolate (SGD $4.50) has a yummy flaky pastry crust which shatters when bit. While there isn't much chocolate filling within, it's still pretty good quality chocolate, and not overly sweet or bitter.

One of the specialties here is the coffee, and a sip of this Latte (SGD $5) will show the pride they have in their coffee. Aromatic, full bodied and strong... Just the way I like it!

The Hot Chocolate (SGD $6) is among one of the densest I've had. While rich, the thick chocolate tends to collect at the bottom of the cup, and it also settles more quickly than others, meaning before each mouthful, vigourous stirring is required.

The Fresh Herb Omelette With Smoked Salmon & Goat's Cheese (SGD $22) features a soft, fluffy egg omelette, cooked well. Stuffed liberally with salty smoked salmon, and sour goat's cheese, the flavour of this dish is intense! Perhaps too intense on the sourness, toning it down slightly may have made this more palpable. Some salad would have helped as well, as the overall dish is very light for its price.

The Cinnamon French Toast (SGD $18) is served with mixed berries (blueberries, blackberries) and vanilla creme fraiche. A sweet and filling breakfast, the toast is good enough on its own, but paired with the fruity, tart berries, and smooth, creamy creme fraiche, make this dish a winner. Excellent!

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16 Aug 2014 • 6 reviews • 0 follower

Overcooked food

Ordered a tempura barramundi. Had to force myself to stomach the soggy battered flaky fish. The fries were cold and soggy too. The staff in the kitchen all looked like that had a bad day as well. The fish was extremely flaky. Suggesting it must have been frozen for a long time. 
27 Jul 2014 • 1 review • 0 follower

abysmal

Horrible service. 15 mins waiting for fries only for the waiter to come back and ask which fries we ordered. Probably so that he could process the order which he didn't do before. Eggs benedict was literally a poached egg on 2 slices of bread. No sides or garnishing, not even a small salad portion. Looked like something whipped up at home by an amateur chef. Don't ever come here. And I'm still waiting for my fries while writing thi
Pain Au Chocolate
20 Jul 2014 • 324 reviews • 54 followers

Gourmet Artisanal Food And Fantastic Service

Full Jones The Grocer review here: http://ivanteh-runningman.blogspot.sg/2013/02/jones-grocer.html


Jones The Grocer was among the first few cafes in Singapore to popularize the concept of brunch, and it's still going strong today, as evident by the long queues on weekends.

Jones The Grocer has the ambience 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 accidently 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!

Essentially a chocolate danish, the Pain Au Chocolate (SGD $4.50) has a yummy flaky pastry crust which shatters when bit. While there isn't much chocolate filling within, it's still pretty good quality chocolate, and not overly sweet or bitter.

One of the specialties here is the coffee, and a sip of this Latte (SGD $5) will show the pride they have in their coffee. Aromatic, full bodied and strong... Just the way I like it!

The Hot Chocolate (SGD $6) is among one of the densest I've had. While rich, the thick chocolate tends to collect at the bottom of the cup, and it also settles more quickly than others, meaning before each mouthful, vigourous stirring is required.

The Fresh Herb Omelette With Smoked Salmon & Goat's Cheese (SGD $22) features a soft, fluffy egg omelette, cooked well. Stuffed liberally with salty smoked salmon, and sour goat's cheese, the flavour of this dish is intense! Perhaps too intense on the sourness, toning it down slightly may have made this more palpable. Some salad would have helped as well, as the overall dish is very light for its price.

The Cinnamon French Toast (SGD $18) is served with mixed berries (blueberries, blackberries) and vanilla creme fraiche. A sweet and filling breakfast, the toast is good enough on its own, but paired with the fruity, tart berries, and smooth, creamy creme fraiche, make this dish a winner. Excellent!
13 Apr 2014 • 40 reviews • 1 follower

The new Jones is a mere shadow of its former self.

Jones is dead, we've already moved on to other places. And we are very unlikely to go back.

The new Jones is a mere shadow of its former self.

We were regulars for years at this and one of the other Jones, until the management changed, the prices went up, and the food quality went down.

We knew something was amiss when we went on a weekend and the usual queue was not there.

They changed the previously experienced staff, the new staff is mostly Filipino and well-mannered, but they have to contend with regulars like ourselves who knew the place before they were there.

This is a perfectly good example of yet another Singapore institution where the original people build a restaurant (French in this case, Italians in others) then management either fires them and puts locals in their places, or it's a complete change of staff, and the place looks the same, but is not as good.
20 Mar 2014 • 579 reviews • 21 followers

Unreasonably long wait for food that was undersalted and sickeningly cloying

See the full review at http://thehungrybunnie.blogspot.sg/2014/03/jones-grocer-mandarin-gallery.html

Despite the restaurant having less than 10 diners the entire time we were here on a weekday night, our orders of a pasta and risotto took about 40 minutes to arrive.

I tried to give the kitchen service the benefit of the doubt, so half an hour after our orders were taken, I enquired the wait staff if the exceedingly sluggish kitchen was due to an unexpected shortage of kitchen staff (like a flu epidemic broke out or something), just so I know to discount this slow service as a one-off. 

BUT, it wasn't. There was no good reason for the ridiculously slow service. But what's worse was that I was given the laughably filmsy reason that the kitchen seemed slow because they "make everything from scratch". It would have been much better if they'd just straight out admitted that "yes, our kitchen is slow, we're sorry for the long wait, and we will endeavour to try harder". 

 The 40-minute-long wait was exacerbated by the awful food; both our pasta and risotto were unforgivably under-salted and sickeningly rich.

 The Asparagus and Taleggio Risotto ($21), barely perfumed with black truffle oil despite the menu's affirmation, was grossly under-salted. It would have helped if the taleggio cheese was evenly stirred throughout the risotto, but it was unceremoniously clumped into a far corner on its own.

The cloyingly one-dimensional Forest Mushroom Linguine ($28), with grana padano, pangrattato and earthy herbs, was even worse. It'd placed an overwhelmingly and overpowering emphasis on cream.This tasted like a heavy cream bombshell. Not even the generous load of assorted mushrooms could save this disaster of a dish.