Tour and tasting: jones the grocer at 9 Dempsey Road, Singapore 247697

I still remembered having brunch at jones the grocer at Dempsey eons ago, with my siblings. That's quite something, given how many brunches I've had throughout the years. But somehow, I never returned and forgot about it as other glitzy new places opened up. I was therefore quite pleased to be invited back to THE destination for good food and try out what jones the grocer Singapore has to offer now, 8 years after they've opened!

We started with a tasting of jones’ cordials ($7.50) - blood orange and cardamom, lime & kaffir lime and passionfruit & lemongrass. They were all natural, healthy and refreshing. I really liked the philosophy behind jones the grocer with their fresh, natural ingredients. 

The cheese and charcuterie board (3 items $35++, 5 items $45++, 7 items $55++, additional items $8++) was served with delicious truffle honey that you can buy, jones olive oils, jones Egyptian dukkah and jones artisan bread. For cheese we tried the stilton blue, brie de Meaux, Tomme aux marc jouray, comte arnaud reserve, gouda reypenyer and gruyer suisse reserve. I remember the comte arnaud reserve to be particularly yummy! For charcuterie we had the veal lyoner, honey baked ham, homemade cooked pepperoni, mortadella, smoked duck breast and wagyu rump roast (so tender and perfect in a sandwich). They were supplied by Swiss Butchery, that also resides in the restaurant.

The honey's from Italy, and they were delicious!  We also tried some jones’ leaf teas ($6.50) such as the acai blueberry, almafi lemon and masala chai. The masala chai was quite strong, for the uninitiated. 

For starters, we tried the oriental crispy duck ($26), which had the right amount of orange on the meat. This could easily also be a main! I like how Asian flavours are still retained in some of the menu items for Singapore. 3.5/5

Followed by the jones classic wagyu burger with truffle fries ($26), which I loved. These are slider sized, but if you order the regular one, they are massive, juicy and super delish. A must-try if you are craving for a burger! 4/5

The asparagus risotto ($24) was also surprisingly good, as it tasted like comfort food one might have on a rainy day. If your stomach's not feeling up to digesting loads of oil and meat, this is for you. It was a welcome respite for us amidst the spread. 4/5

Another favorite at the table - the spicy seafood ago olio ($28)! It was properly spicy, and the seafood fresh and pasta al dente. What's there to be unhappy about? 4.5/5

Lastly, some desserts to end off the awesome tasting. The coconut panna cotta ($14) with mango coulis was delicate and sweet, with hints of the coconut slightly coming through. I'd prefer if it was stronger! Price is also slightly high for this. 3/5

I'd suggest you to order the warm sticky date pudding ($15) instead. It was heaven on a spoon - I love a good sticky date pudding! 4.5/5

Despite having been around for 8 years, I'm happy to find that it has managed to reinvent itself by keeping to their key mantra for gourmet food for everyday living, offering Singaporeans a destination for artisanal, high quality groceries. Be sure to order their seafood aglio olio and warm sticky date pudding, or just get a bunch of their cheeses and charcuterie on the board!

jones the grocer
9 Dempsey Road, #01-12, Singapore 247697
+65 64761512
Daily 9:00am – 11:00pm

Thanks to jones the grocer and Food News PR for the invite!

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