Jones The Grocer – Dining, People Watching and Grocery Shopping


Breakfast during the long weekends at Jones The Grocer within Dempsey Hill was a stimulating and lively experience. Jones was like a marketplace – People, people everywhere.

Expatriates came with their polos and shorts, local families with their Straits Times, and couples were their cameras. Along with the hustle and bustle were serving staff, and I mean many many serving staff, dressed smartly in white and dark blue aprons.


Therefore, I was kind of surprised at the common complains on hungrygowhere – slow service, and long waiting times. Because there were at least more than 10 waiters ready to attend at any time (Notice the number of staff in a single picture). A case of a disorganized system?

Jones the Grocer started in Sydney Australia back 1996, with a one-stop centre approach, seamlessly fusing the cafe scene with gourmet food products as such pastas, pastries, tea leaves, cookies, sauces, wine and recipe books.

The concept was vibrant, lively and relaxing at the same time. Their tables were purposely made long and wooden, creating a familiar environment of communal eating.

The Breakfast Sets I ordered consisting of Toast and Eggs (Scrambled or Poached) and add on Bacon and Sausage was respectable. The bread was fresh and lightly toasted to my liking, and the sausage suitably juicy and meaty. The scrambled eggs went well with the ketchup, created with a salsa tang. My only complain was that the bacon was slightly dehydrated and therefore tough.

A price tag of a $20-$25 breakfast might set you off. But that’s Dempsy for you.

Jones The Grocer offered a friendly and dynamic environment for dining, grocery shopping and people-watching, making you feel that you were all of this country. I enjoyed this breakfast experience.

9 Dempsey Road #01-12 Dempsey Hill Tel:+65 6476 1512
Opening Hours: 9am – 11pm Daily

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4 Responses to “Jones The Grocer – Dining, People Watching and Grocery Shopping”

  1. June 4, 2010 at 2:29 pm #

    try Jones at Mandarin Gallery too. Their open face wagyu beef burger is yum yum!

  2. June 4, 2010 at 7:02 pm #

    Apart from Jones the Grocer, I like Cafe Hacienda too especially for breakfast or brunch.

  3. adorra
    June 5, 2010 at 10:27 pm #

    hello daniel! glad bumping into you the other day in City Hall! 😀

  4. Vonjie
    June 11, 2010 at 12:32 pm #

    hey, I happen to have arranged to go there with some friends this Sunday for brunch… Will give you my feedback… Nice pictures. I’m looking forward.

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