Mood for Food: Jones the Grocer

After a half day of school on a Tuesday afternoon, Stephanie Palanca, senior, and I embarked on our Mood for Food journey in what became a day of unintended restaurant-hopping.

We set out to W39 Bistro & Bakery, our original choice of restaurant, but sadly, it was closed when we arrived. So we hopped onto another cab and went straight to our next destination, Boufé, only to find that this place was also closed. We chased down our cab driver and instructed him to get us to Dempsey Road in hopes of finding at least one open restaurant there.

Photo by Ariel So

Steph and I looked at each other, dumbfounded. I raised my eyebrows in confusion, “Is someone playing some sort of prank on us?! ..Where’s the camera??” She shrugged, and we both laughed. 

When we finally arrived, we headed straight to Margaritas Restaurant – relieved to see a big fat “open” sign hanging on the front door. Finally, open for business. But as we sat down looking at the menu, we realized that someone else from The Eye had already done a restaurant review for Margaritas.

We excused ourselves out of the place and went straight into the restaurant opposite the street: Jones the Grocer. I had never heard of the place, but the sign with their tasty-looking ice cream sandwich drew my attention immediately. I pointed at it as I walked in, “I’m definitely getting that!”

Though we took almost two whole hours hopping from place to place – it was all worth it.

Jones the Grocer was half-restaurant and half-grocery, filled with an array of Australian gourmets: wine, bread, olive oil, pasta, Cicada chocolate bars, candy, cake – you name it.

They even had a walk-in cheese room that Steph and I could not refrain ourselves from. Once we entered the cheese room, the strong and distinct smell of cheese bombarded our senses. It was like cheese paradise: the perfect place for all cheese lovers. They had all kinds of cheese ranging from soft cheese, semi hard cheese, wash rind cheese, blue cheese, and fresh cheese.

One of the staff allowed us to try the Brie de Meaux AOC, Gruyere Suisse Reserve, and Stilton Blue. They all tasted amazing, but I personally preferred the Gruyere Suisse Reserve. The taste of it went especially well with the crispy bread toasts and quince paste that they offered, which are both available for purchase. Steph said she would definitely be back to buy some with her parents.

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After browsing the groceries and cheese room, we sat back down at our table just in time for the food to come. I ordered their Spicy Seafood Aglio Olio$28 (scallops, prawns, chili, olive oil, and garlic tossed with spaghetti), while Steph ordered the Lamb Gyro$24 (basically a wrap with grilled shredded lamb, Spanish onions, rockets, mint chutney, and tzatziki in warm pita, served with potato wedges).

We both thought our meals were fantastic. The spaghetti was cooked almost al dente. The only thing I would say was that the Aglio Olio was not spicy enough for my liking, and I wished the sauce had more olive oil and garlic. But other than that, it was great.

Spicy Seafood Aglio Olio. Photo by Ariel So

Steph thought the Lamb Gyro was superb. The only thing it was missing was probably a better meat-to-veggies ratio. But overall, she loved it.

Lamb Gyro. Photo by Ariel So

Although the meals were a little overpriced, they were still worth the overall experience. Here’s an overview of our rating for their restaurant:

Aesthetic Appeal (Food): 4.5/5
Taste/Quality (Food): 3.5/5
Pricing (Food): 3.5/5
Customer Service (Restaurant): 4.5/5
Ambience(Restaurant): 4/5
Overall Experience: 4/5

Here’s a video recap of our restaurant review experience!

Steph and I will definitely come back for future visits!

Dempsey Hill

Block 9 #01-12 Dempsey Road,
Dempsey Hill
Singapore, 247697

Tel: +65 6476 1518
Trading Hours: Monday-Sunday, 9:00am-11:00pm

Mandarin Gallery

UNIT #04-21/22/23
333 Orchard Road,
Singapore 238897

Tel:+65 6836 6372
Trading Hours: Monday-Sunday, 9:00am-11:00pm

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