Friday, September 19, 2014

Media invite: JBM Coffee and Dining

Located at the newly launched One Raffles Place Mall, in the heart of the CBD area, JBM Coffee & Dining opens 7 days a week, serving up scrumptious light bites such as sandwiches, wraps, soups, salads as well as a myriad of tempting mains for lunch and dinner. Of course, not forgetting desserts to sweeten that midday work break or appease a craving for something decadent after a bout of shopping!

The 108-seater restaurant exudes an inviting vibe with its spaciousness and open concept. 

 It is tastefully fitted out with comfortable furnishings such as plush brown leather chairs, banquet seats, wooden tables accented with wrought iron legs. 

I was really attracted to their brown leather chairs especially! So classy and elegant. I would say this makes a perfect dinner location to impress upon your date!

If you are coming in a large group, there are two stunning red private booths that can easily seat up to eight diners each. Perfect for a girls night out! :)

Now moving on the food. The menu at JBM is well curated with a balanced selection of dishes to cater to every craving!

The Green Knight, $8. 

a light zucchini soup topped with crispy seaweed, croutons and a generous drizzling of cream for added richness.

The soup was really light and palatable, just the right amount of cream to give a little richness to the soup and yet not overpowering the sweetness of zucchini. 

The Pork Terrine, $15. 

comprises two generous slabs flavoured with herbs and spices, accompanied by a side of walnut salad and slices of warm brioche baked fresh daily.

If you're unfamiliar with French cuisine, terrine is actually a French forcemeat loaf and usually served as a cold dish. This is how you enjoy the dish. Can you make a guess what was spread on the homemade brioche?

It's purple mustard seeds spread! I thought the sweetness of the spread goes really well with the terrine as it can be really salty to have it on it's own. 

Lil' Froggy, $24. 

lightly seasoned frog legs with salt and pepper, and then served atop a bed of butter lettuce. This dish is made complete by a mini cocotte of handmade mushroom-filled ravioli steeped in veal jus.

This was my first time having frog legs. Heard that frog legs tasted very much like chicken, except that it is much more moist? Have to say, I was a little disappointed with my first experience with frog legs though. Yes it tasted like chicken, but the meat was a little dry I feel. Maybe because it was deep-fried? 

Let me know about your take on this dish if you have tried frog legs previously ya? ^^

Golden Hen, $23. 

Half spring chicken with garlic, onions and buttered sautéed potatoes, in traditional French style. 

When the dish was served, I was all excited to try it! The dish definitely smelled heavenly with the buttery aroma coming from the food. 

The chicken was really moist and tender even with the chicken breast! However, the nice aroma that I've smelled did not translate into taste. It was a little too bland for my liking. 

Beef outside the Cubes, $24. 

a scrumptious combination of grain-fed beef tenderloin cut into cubes, grilled medium-rare and tossed in a sauce choc-a-bloc with a variety of mushrooms and served with a choice of mash or fries.

One of my favourite of the night. Beef was nice and tender, but the star of the dish was the mash potato I feel. It was really smooth ans buttery! The chef has painstakingly made his own mash by hand and the effort definitely pays off! I would definitely recommend you to opt for the mash instead of fries. 

Sassy Cassoulet, $32. 

a French-style stew featuring white beans and medley of seafood such as calamari, prawns, clams, mussels, scallops and lobster – all slow-cooked in the oven for a luscious sweetness.

Traditionally, cassoulet is served from a mixture of leftovers and cooked till really soft and flavourful. It was typically a 'poor people's food' but now, cassoulet has evolved to consist of a huge variety of ingredients like beans and seafood. 

This is definitely a pot of gold with the addition of lobster, scallops, mussels, prawns and squids, served over a bed of homemade white beans. 

If you're a seafood lover, don't give this a miss! The serving is really huge! So I would recommend you to order this for sharing even though it's an individual portion. :) 

Orange Blossom, $12. 

a refreshing layered dessert of fresh orange, orange jelly, Grand Marnier foam and a crowning glory of caramel crisp.

A little sceptical about the dessert at first as I was more looking forward to my usual cakes or waffles. However, I was so wrong. The dessert was really refreshing and delightful. I'm certainly amazed by the how the Chef could create such an amazing dessert with the simplest ingredient, orange. I'll say, forget about the cakes, do yourself a flavour by getting a glass of this! 

JBM Espresso Creme Brulee, $8. 

a dessert-cum-beverage showcases a shot of espresso topped with crème brûlée – complete with a crust of caramelised sugar at the top.

This unique dessert is created by Shawn, who recently won the first runner up place at Singapore's National Latte Art Championship 2014. 

To start, gently crack the surface with your dessert spoon. You'll expect some smooth and favourable custard oozing from below. 

Next, give it a nice mix before spooning into your mouth. I guarantee an explode of flavours in your mouth. This dessert is an even blend of bittersweet goodness! Who knows the strong espresso goes so well with the sweetness of the creme brulee! A dangerous dessert that would keep you up through the night, but it's all so worthy!

Besides food, JBM offers an extensive amount of beverages as well! Some of the drinks that I will recommend are: 

The Salted Caramel Freeze, $7, is a must-try here at JBM!  A freshly made Chantilly cream together with homemade salted caramel is the magic to this drink. 

Matcha Latte Freeze, for all the matcha lovers. 

Piccolo Latte, $6. 

It would be a sin not to partake in at least one - or more - cups of coffee at JBM. Only the best coffee beans from Asia, Africa and the Americas are used here, and this includes the coveted 100 percent Jamaica Blue Mountain Coffee®. 

Whether extracted via Siphon, French Press, Drip or Hand Brewed, Shawn works meticulously to create the perfect cup that is bound to leave a lasting impression! The Piccolo Latte that I had was so smooth and delightful on very sip! 

If you're not a coffee person, there is also a wide selection of hot/cold tea! I'm sure you'll find one that you'll like! ^^ 

Though hits and misses in the food menu, the desserts and drinks make up for everything in the end.
I would recommend JBM for an ideal dinner location if you enjoy a quiet and relaxing meal with your meal partners. :) 

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
Reservations: 6536 1047


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