18 Nov 2014
My last visit to JPot
was almost 3 years ago, and I guess they must have done some minor revamp as the chairs were no longer the same. What I last remembered were the high-back sofa benches along the glass façade. However, these have since been replaced by orange cushioned seats
And gone are the days when we placed our orders manually with the staff as all tables were equipped with iPads. Yah, I don’t remember seeing these iPads on my previous visit.
Which we felt was actually a pain in the neck as it was difficult getting the staff’s attention when we wanted to make some clarification about the set menus.
And yes, the only menu which we received in hardcopy was for the various set menus (pages 1
) where the breakdown of the dishes was shown. To place orders for these set menus, one will also need to use the iPad.
And from the menu, we ordered:-
1) Menu D, $108 for 4 pax
(A) Soup (choice of 4 items)
– We were each given our individual pots and we went with (clockwise, top left) fish head soup (additional $1), bak kut teh, JPOT superior broth and tom yum from the 9 flavours that were available. And all were pretty good although bak kut teh was not a very versatile soup base to be cooking ingredients like prawns as it altered its flavour.
(B) Spinach & mushroom
(C) Seafood & noodle combination platter
– Live prawn, sliced toman fish, sliced squid, scallop, red chilli with fish paste, pork noodle, fish noodle.
Due to the (silly) 3000 characters limit, continue to read my review on other dishes here: PART2
3) Hand-made jumbo pork ball, $5
– I guess the presentation was probably more for its novelty. As it was big, we had to further divide it into smaller pieces to ensure the meat was cooked thoroughly. And because we had to divide the jumbo-sized ball, it caused the meat to sort of disintegrate. Stick to ordering the normal small-sized meat balls. At least one is assured of bouncy balls!
Other than being very full from ordering too many a-la carte items in addition to our set menu (haha), we enjoyed our lunch at JPot
. The lack of human touch which we felt initially with the automatic ordering system proved not to be an issue as the staff consistently checked on us. They would regularly go on their rounds to top up our soup, or clear the empty dishes. Not topping up of drinks since these were free flow (after paying the respective prices) and self-service.
I liked that the recipes
were pasted at the self-service counter for the dipping sauces. If not I normally have lots of problem trying to come up with a tasty concoction. Ha. And cause I was wearing a white skirt, I requested for an apron. I got to learn that aprons were available when the staff offered my brother one as he was wearing a white top. The lady was worried he would stain his shirt. Thumbs up for good service!
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