Jones the Grocer @ Dempsey Hill Singapore

13 Mar

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We trust that this place doesn’t require any formal introduction as many would have been to or heard of this place. Jones the Grocer is an Australian gourmet food retailer which offers amongst their grocery their brunches, breakfast, desserts and food for our soul. Jones the Grocer has 2 outlets in Singapore, with the one at Mandarin Gallery being the newer one.

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We were at the Dempsey Hill outlet on a bright and sunny afternoon and of course a lazy afternoon which dampen our mood for anything but lazing around for brunches. Be prepared to queue when you are planning a breakfast or brunch there. While there were only the 2 of us, we were lucky to get a table fairly quickly. The weather was so humid and warm on that day, which made me chose a ice cold latte over my daily cup of hot coffee although I did felt remorseful over my choice later on. The latte was bland and I could hardly taste the bitter taste of the coffee beans that I would have preferred. Oh well, at least the ice cold drink was good for a hot weather like this. My SO ordered their Earl Grey tea which came in a delicate serving tray and cute little tea pot. The tea was fragrant, just like your average tea bag. We guess drinks were not their forte though.

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Food wise, we ordered their big breakfast equivalent – Jones English Breakfast and the club sandwich. Jones English Breakfast is a dish with everything which allows one to have poached/scrambled eggs, grilled bacon, pork sausages, sauteed mushroom, 2 thick slices of bread and roasted tomato. All was good except that we would have preferred bread with a softer nature. The bread was too hard for our liking.

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The club sandwich on the other hand gave us a pleasant surprise. Though seem simple but the taste of the eggs, hams, turkey, avocado and lettuce were rather complete and a wonderful combination. If you ask me, I would prefer the club sandwich to the english breakfast.

Conclusion: I think Jones the Grocer will be a strong contestant for the best cafes in Singapore. However, one may wish to take note that this place has been sort of over-rated and you may be paying more for the brand and ambience than what the food is really worth of.

Verdict: 6.5/10

Jones the grocer
9 Dempsey road
#01-12 Tanglin Village
Tel: 6476 1512
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4 Responses to “Jones the Grocer @ Dempsey Hill Singapore”

  1. gotasté March 13, 2013 at 5:01 PM #

    Passed by 2 times but I’ve never tried anything there. Do you think the food is over-priced? Is the service worth the 10%?

    • mrchefpooh March 13, 2013 at 5:43 PM #

      Well in terms of value, I would say the food are priced slightly higher than average. It’s more for paying for the brand + food + ambience than the food alone. Judging from the crowd, I would think people are not shy away from the price tag.

      • gotasté March 14, 2013 at 12:35 AM #

        Thanks for the info. Cause these days, I would rather go for hawker food or spend a good budget at restaurants that serve great food with excellent service. I am too disappointed with many mediocre restaurants where food is overly priced and comes with bad service.

        one of my best hawker food is the yong tau foo at seah im food centre. best restaurant so far is the Italian place at alkaff mansion.

  2. mrchefpooh March 14, 2013 at 5:06 PM #

    Ahhh thanks for the recommendations. Hawker food are nice indeed, cheap and good.

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