Jones The Grocer is one of the pioneer stores in Singapore to offer premium gourmet merchandise sourced and selected from around the globe, and showcases these through their in-store café menu for patrons to enjoy.
Putting the recent liabilities woes behind them, they've now bounced back with a refreshed menu at their revamped premises at Dempsey Hill.
The space is certainly inviting with natural daylight and high ceiling. Let your tummy-state decide if you should sit down for a meal, or do a little tour of the food emporium first.
Other than the array of artisanal products such as luxury chocolates, handmade pasta sauces, truffle-infused honey, a selection of daily-made organic bread are also available at its bakery.
Swiss Butchery is the latest addition to Jones The Grocer, making it convenient to pick up that grass-fed or grain-fed beef, Iberico pork or any of its variety of premium meat for homecooking.
Not to be missed is the walk-in cheese room with over 100 varieties of some of the world's most cherished cheese!
From blue to soft, semi-soft, hard, fresh and rind wash, the selection is categorized according to the cheese type, with each type complemented with its specific accompaniments such as dried fruits, nuts, chutney, crackers and crispbread.
If you're not sure about the pairings, staff are on hand to give recommendations.
One cheese that moved me much was the Stilton Blue, indescribably amazing when coupled with light drizzles of truffle honey.
I would also recommend you to try some of the charcuterie items such as Veal Lyoner, Honey Baked Ham, Homemade Cooked Pepperoni, Mortadella, Smoked Duck Breast, and my favorite Wagyu Rump Roast.
The Cheese & Charcuterie Board (3 items $35, 5 items $45, 7 items $55, Additional items $8) were thoroughly enjoyable and certainly made a delightful start to our meal.
Oriental Crispy Duck ($26) was meant to be a starter, but proved to be rather substantial with an entire duck leg confit over a sizable amount of mesclun salad with shimeiji mushroom, russet potato, cherry tomatoes tossed in plum dressing. A not-too-adventurous combination that is easy to like, but would fare better overall if the meat can be more moist.
The main I tried was disappointingly nondescript, with Grilled BBQ Chicken ($26) lacking any vibrancy in looks or taste. Asparagus Risotto ($24) was overly creamy with overcooked grains, while the Spicy Seafood Aglio Olio ($28) could do with a more al-denta bite. Its flavor and fiery kick was spot-on though, and redeemed the pasta dish as a whole.
What was done exceedingly well and left a memorable impression was the Jones Classic Wagyu Burger With Truffle Fries ($26)!
The 100% Australian wagyu beef patty was executed to an agreeable succulent doneness, with warm, soft homemade brioche bun holding the stack layered with bacon, melted gruyere cheese, truffle mayo, bois boudran sauce, pickles, hot English mustard and caramelized onions.
This is one burger that isn't friendly to the waistline, and its side of addictive truffle fries threatened to disrupt whatever low-carbs diet plan out there. But the calories spent was definitely worth it!
For dessert, go light with Coconut Panna Cotta ($14++) with mango coulis and fresh mango, or indulge in the Warm Sticky Date Pudding ($15++) with salted caramel sauce and vanilla bean ice-cream. Both were to my liking.
I was initially quite reluctant to visit Jones The Grocer, it being located at Dempsey Hill which is quite out of the way and rather inaccessible without a taxi ride for me.
But for friends who has the convenience of a car, this is the perfect area to spend an afternoon chillaxing away.
Jones The Grocer Singapore
Address: Block 9 #01-12 Dempsey Road, Dempsey Hill, Singapore 247697
Contact: +65 6476 1512
Opening Hours: Mon-Sun 9am-11pm
Address: Unit #04-21/22/23, 333 Orchard Road, Singapore 238897
Contact: +65 6836 6372
Opening Hours: Mon-Sun 9am-11pm
Prices stated are subject to 10% service charge and 7% GST.