I first got the chance to try out Jones The Grocer almost two years back at it’s second branch located at The Mandarin Gallery. With it’s first branch located in Dempsey Road, location was an issue for most but not anymore.
Jones The Grocer originated from Australia first in 1996, with the aim to become one of Australia’s premium gourmet food retailers selling products sourced from all over the world. Since then, Jones The Grocer has expanded its operations across various countries, such as New Zealand, the U.A.E, Qatar and last but not least on our tiny sunny island, Singapore.
Jones The Grocer – Mandarin Gallery branch
Jones The Grocer – Dempsey Road branch
Jones The Grocer is definitely more than just a place for all-day breakfast and meals. It also caters to those who wants some of the best grocery products from the shelves. From premium tea-leaves to coffee, gifts to baking items, you probably will find something you need here.
Of course, I am here not for the shopping but the food so let’s see what’s on the table today.
The standard breakfast item is considered overall decent but I would definitely love to have more eggs in it. I personally find both the toasts and bacon to be a bit too hard for my liking though. That said, I really love the butter slices with in no doubt, smooth and buttery. The button mushrooms are really good too.
Leg Ham Sandwich ($12.50)
Likewise, the grilled toasts are still a bit too hard for me but the leg ham is quite good. Accompanied with a bowl of salad, this is ideal for those who doesn’t need a heavy meal.
Smoked Salmon on Sourdough Toast with Asparagus & Poached Eggs ($17)
Generous serving of smoked salmon spread on a huge toast with two poached eggs and asparagus. It’s hard to fault this dish if you are a salmon lover but I would love to have hollandaise sauce on top of the poached eggs. That said, a dash of salt and pepper would too suffice.
This is also one of the most expensive items on the menu but honestly it is also not worth the price. The wagyu isn’t as good as I want it to be. It’s simply not firm and tender enough to my liking. Being an open-faced burger, the wagyu is topped with cheese, tomato and my favourite rocket salad. Accompanied on the sides would be a good serving of the slightly dry potato wedges but I would love to give credit to the balsamic onion jam. I guess without the jam, this burger would taste even worse.
Coconut Pancake with Mango Cubes and Vanilla Ice Cream ($12.50)
What we have here are two, thick serving of huge fluffy pancakes topped with freshly sliced mango cubes and vanilla ice cream. This is definitely one of the most ideal dessert items for sharing among friends.
Chocolate Mint Milkshake ($7.50) and Strawberries with Banana Smoothie ($7.50)
These sweet drinks probably saved the day. I love the refreshing taste of the Chocolate Mint Milkshake. Smooth, cold and really indulging. Likewise for the Strawberries with Banana Smoothie. Put it this way – you simply can’t go wrong with these two drinks.
Jones the Grocer is definitely a good brunch venue but it is also one place I would consider as expensive. Most of the items, although well-presented, doesn’t live up to the taste I would expect them to be. That said, I honestly don’t mind coming by once in a while as the service level here is quite good and the chill-factor is there.
Ratings: 3.5 foodiedoos out of 5.0
Jones The Grocer
333a Orchard Road
Level 4 #21-23 Mandarin Gallery
Tel: +65 6836 6372
Block 9 #01-12
Dempsey Road, Dempsey Hill
Tel: +65 6476 1512