Our eyes spaced into nostalgic mode whenever Jack's Place is mentioned. How many of you have grown up with this well-loved local restaurant synonymous with serving hearty steaks on sizzling hot plates at affordable prices in Singapore since 1968? Hands up!
While the popular steaks remain to be a mainstay on Jack's Place's menu, the offerings at its Great World City and The Grandstand has now went up a notch, with six new dishes featuring premium meat selection such as USA Brandt Steak cuts, as well as Kurobuta Pork.
So it was with this anticipation of discovering something new in something old that we visited Jack's Place's outlet at Great World City. Like a reunion of sorts, the carpeted flooring and checkered table tops were all so familiar. Bring those weird but strangely gratifying steak-with-spicy-sambal-sauce pairing back on yo!
It felt like I was transported back to those poor student days when dining at the casual establishment was considered a luxury, and only reserved for the more special occasions.
Of course, those poor students day are over and we do not have to wait for special occasions to dine at Jack's Place anymore. Its 16 restaurant locations across our shores ensures that there is always an outlet convenient to us no matter which part of the island we stay.
Prices has remained competitive for its signature items such as Cream Of Shiitake Mushroom ($4.90), Lobster Bisque ($5.90), Jack's Special Steak ($29.50) featuring the best centre-cut tenderloin topped with fresh asparagus & black mushroom sauce, and the Mixed Grill ($22.90) which is an all-in-one whopping combo of sausage, lamb chop, chicken fillet, beef steak, bacon & a sunny-side-up.
The premium selection was what we're going for and it is not unreasonable to fork out a little more moolah for the USA Brandt Ribeye ($36.80) and USA Brandt Striploin ($35.80).
I like the ribeye for its well-marbled tenderness and pleasing brown sauce pairing, while my dining companion prefer the striploin with Jack's special black pepper sauce for its thicker cut which yielded a more satisfying mouthfeel.
Black pig is getting to be extremely well-received on dining tables nowadays, so it came as no surprise that 3 out of the 6 new dishes were kurobuta pork-centric.
My favourite was the generous and succulent slab of Grilled Kurobuta Rack of Pork ($32) topped with caramelized onion brown sauce. Kurobuta Fillet of Loin ($21.80) with peppery glace and accompanied with roasted onions sounds promising, but we went for the deep-fried Kurobuta Pork Schnitzel ($18.80) instead for variety. Crusted with biscuit crumbs and deep-fried to golden crispiness, it would have been more enjoyable if the pork wasn't a tad to the dry side and too thinly-cut.
Chargrilled BBQ Baby Rack Ribs ($36), marinated in paprika spice and drizzled with pineapple BBQ sauce, would probably score points with fans of ribs. I want it to be more tender. I'm a fussy girl lol.
We decided to walk down memory lane all the way and ordered the very old-school Banana Split ($6.60). How many places still serve up this classic combination of fresh banana with vanilla, chocolate & strawberry ice cream topped with rich chocolate sauce & roasted almond nuts, as well as desserts such as Mango Jelly Delight ($5.90) with mango ice cream, jelly compote & whipped cream? And so dinner ended on a sweet nostalgic note.
Not a bad idea after to revisit Jack's Place afterall!
Great World City
Address: #03-16, 1 Kim Seng Promenade, Singapore 237994
Contact: +65 6738 5868
Opening Hours: 11am-10.30pm
Address: #01-29/30, 200 Turf Club Road, Singapore 287994
Contact: +65 6466 7933
Opening Hours: Daily 11am-10.30pm
Other Locations: Anchor Point, Ang Mo Kio, Bras Basah Complex, Bukit Panjang Plaza, Century Square, Compass Point, JEM, NEX, Orange Tee Building, Parkway Parade, SAFRA Jurong Club, The Grandstand, United Square, West Coast Recreation Center, Woodlands Civic Center