Cafes

JBM Coffee & Dining – Rustic French and Italian Fare In The Heart of CBD

JBM Coffee & Dining (2014) – One of the largest dining destination at the newly launched One Raffles Place Mall situated in the heart of CBD (Raffles Place). 

The 108-seater restaurant sits pretty on the third level of the mall, dressed in stunning red and plush brown leather furnishings, you will not be able to find another restaurant in the mall that exudes such inviting ambience with its spaciousness and concept. 

JBM Coffee & Dining features a two-metre tall state-of-of-the-art Probat Roaster from Germany, where they showcase their passion for coffee and at the same time offering a full dining experience.

JBM Coffee & Dining open seven days a week, serving scrumptious light bites and hearty mains for lunch and dinner. The menu curated by Chef Chamara Fonseka, formerly with Au Peitit Salut and Covelli, proffers a balanced selection of rustic French and Italian-inspired creations with playful menu names such as Red Riding Hood, Lil’ Froggy, Hot Chick and The Not So Ugly Duckling. 

Started as a gourmet coffee purveyor, JBM Coffee takes pride in selecting the best quality beans around the globe, Asia, Africa and the Americas, as well as the coveted 100 percent Jamaica Blue Mountain Coffee. JBM Coffee also hires the best in the local industry, Barista Shaw Shyne Wei, better known as Shawn came in as the first runner up at Singapore’s National Latte Art Championship 2014. 

Coffee creations are helmed by Shawn, and recently he paired up with Chef Chamara to introduce a signature dessert beverage – JBM Espresso Creme Brulee, which showcases a shot of espresso topped with creme brulee and topped with a crust of caramelised sugar. 

On the beverage list also provide a good selection of Gryphon teas, gourmet wines and other invigorating drinks.

THE FOOD
The Green Knight ($8)
Zucchini soup with crisp seaweed and croutons.
The soup is smooth and silky, and gets its creaminess from pureed zucchini. It reminds me of a creamy broccoli soup, but much tastier and great it is not too rich or heavy, you can have more appetite for bigger plates.
The Pork Terrine ($15)
Sliced Pork terrine with fresh greens, walnuts, bacon and croutons served with purple mustard brioche toast. This is by far one of the best pork terrine that I ever tasted. A well-dressed up house-made meat loaf to go along with the sweet brioche toast. 
Lil’ Froggy ($24)

Crispy frog legs served with butter lettuce and mushrooms with a side of fresh ravioli. The frog legs were lightly seasoned and pan fried to perfection, crispy exterior while retaining its tender moist meat inside. 

A Big Bowl O’Mussels ($14)

I loved fresh green mussels and it was perfectly cooked in the sauce of white wine, shallots, black pepper and saffron-infused cream. If you haven’t try mussels, you simply must try this dish, especially with crusty french bread for dunking. 

Beef Outside The Cubes ($24)

Cubes of sauteed beef tenderloin slathered in rich creamy mushroom sauce, which comes with either mashed or french fries. The beef cubes were juicy and chewy as they were grilled medium-rare, and the dish came out better with the mashed potatoes and mushroom sauce. Perfect score! 

The Golden Hen ($23)

Half spring chicken with garlic, onions and buttered sautéed potatoes, in traditional French style. The roasted chicken fell off the bone when teared, and served with nicely contrasting garlics and onions. The meat was tender and good but I find the dish overall was disappointingly bland, and lacking of flavours.

Sassy Cassoulet ($32)

If you like beans, you will probably enjoy this slow cooked medley of grilled seafood and white beans. The french stew is served with bread, which can be shared by two or three. 

Orange Blossom ($12)

Fresh oranges and orange jelly with grand mariner foam, set off with caramel crisp.

JBM Espresso Creme Brulee ($8)

The dessert experience was mixed. The grand marnier foam adds texture and mouth feel to the pile of flavours in the orange dessert, but I find that the soft syrupy orange was just too sweet to my liking. 

The JBM Espresso Creme Brulee, on the other hand was well received. The creamy custard was flavoured with a shot of espresso, and then crowned with caramelised sugar. The espresso went hand in hand pairing it up with the dessert, but I was quite surprised its being served as a beverage instead of a sweet treat. 

Either ways, it worked its magic.  

VERDICT

Apart from some hits and misses about the food, the menu prices are generally affordable and value-for-money, except for a few selections which I think is priced a little high for the portion. Hence, It is wise to take advantage of their weekday lunch deals, and check out their other ongoing promotions for dinner (1-for-1 evening special). 
I would recommend JBM Coffee & Dining for friends to catch up for meals and drinks, or couples looking for a quiet dating place. 


JBM Coffee & Dining
Address: One Raffles Place Mall, 1 Raffles Place, #03-23/24/25, Singapore 048616
Opening Hours: Monday to Friday 9.30am to 9.30pm (last order 9pm)
Weekends and PH: 11am – 9.30pm
Tel: 6536 1047
Website: www.jbmcoffeedining.com

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