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Review for Jones The Grocer (Mandarin Gallery)

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Address: #04-21/22/23, Mandarin Gallery, 333A Orchard Road, 238897
15 Feb 2014
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Jones the Grocer - justifiably palatable

Jones the Grocer is a food emporium bakery / cafe concept that is rather popular in Australia and the States - a store selling an assortment of cheese, ham, jars of marmalade, jam etc and yet, providing tables for shoppers to have a meal or drinks. I like the non-fussy, relaxed atmosphere of that place, where one could totally chill out and enjoy hearty food easily in a darkly-lit store filled with goodies on display.

We were really here for the Cheese, Fruits and Salami platter (second photo). For this platter, you get to choose a variety of cheese (we chose the conservative Mozzarella, Cheddar and one more with name that eluded my memory), then some Parma Ham and Salami, and some crackers and some dates and figs. It was really delicious - cutting tiny pieces of each and nibbling on them slowly, enjoying the exotic tastes of dairy products and cured meats. It was a little overwhelming at the end of the meal, but nonetheless, extremely satisfactory.

Errrr, yes, as though I haven't had enough cheese for one night! But this is a treasure! A very tasty piece of subtly-cheesy cheesecake, with a smooth (slightly grainy) feel. The brownie atop, and brownie chunks within - make for a great balance of sweetness and saltiness blend. Even the brownie is velvety. For a non-fan of cheesecakes, I always make an exception for this particular Brownie Cheesecake.

For more detailed information and photos, do drop by:
http://thearcticstar.blogspot.sg/2013/12/dinner-at-jones-grocer.html

Must Tries
The Charcuterie Board, brownie cheesecake, double cooked pork belly
Average Spend
$50 for 1 pax
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Great service, ok food

Singapore has no shortage of brunch places these days. Filled with hipsters and overpriced food, these cafes are a dime a dozen. Jones the Grocer tries to outdo the competiion by adding a grocery store too! Now, you can get overpriced groceries at the same time!

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Terribly experience at this restaurant.
- Ordered the Asian Black Cod and it was extremely salty!! Got a bad headache after this meal because of that.
- Portion very small for its pricing. Not reasonable at all.
- Desserts look super good but taste-wise is below average for cafe standards
- Many things on the menu were unavailable and staff did not try to recommend something else or even give the menu

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- Quickly asked for more water THRICE after the horror salty meal. First, the waiter simply nodded and then disappeared for a good 20min. Second, the waiter pointed "there, the water is there" to a random corner and did not bother to explain further. And when I could not take it anymore and decided to walk over & pour the water myself, another waiter came and started pouring into the glasses for the rest of the table.
- Unfriendly staff, slow speed, was not attentive at all to customers' needs. Did not even bother clearing the plates (only eventually did when we prompted again AFTER 15MINS!)

Horrendous. Will never go there again.

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