Instead of their usual monthly promotion, Jack’s Place has came up with something new for the month of June – Executive Chef Heman’s creations. There are 5 main courses to choose from, mainly French-inpsired dishes, with individual prices set out. And diners have the the option of including an appetiser to the meal, and / or soup, dessert and coffee / tea at additional costs. It is $5.20++ to complete the meal as a Set Meal, which includes a soup of the day, the day’s dessert and coffee / tea. For the Big Saver Meal, it is at $9++, comprising any of the a la carte soup, and a choice from 3 of the designated ala carte pastry / desserts list, and coffee / tea. Of course, as Singaporeans, the best thing to do is go for the choice with the most savings – the Big Saver Meal, which we did.
Baked Escargots ($6.80++) :: Stated price is applicable as a set meal with the main course. As an ala-carte appetiser, the garden of baked escargots comes at $8.50++. It’s baked to be spicy and buttery, and served with cherry tomatoes, potatoes sand, and mesclun salad. While I thought the flavours were there, it is nothing out of the ordinary for me to pay that steep price for it.
Soups :: From the list of soups, we opted for the above three. My favourite was the Lobster Bisque. Its flavours were rich, creamy and intense and surprisngly not too sweet. The Cream of Shittake Mushroom Soup was average at best. Flavours were mild it definitely couldn’t satisfy any cravings for mushroom soup, if any. Forget about their Chicken Soup – while it was velvety and had a good texture, it tasted rather bland and seemed as though it was for the sick.
Main Courses :: Crispy Chicken Cordon Bleu ($18.80++) is always an exciting dish where you can already visualise the perfectly done, oozy cheese chicken in your drooling mind. When the dish was served, I was slightly diappointed. While the chicken was crisp, the peppery peanut melt on the exterior was rather concrete and hard. The cheesy sauce helped in the dryness and rough texture of the dish, which at the end of the day, was pretty average; passable. It comes with sauteed cherry tomatoes, fresh baby spinach, arugula leaves and crispy lattice fries.
The Braised Wagyu Beef Brisket ($25.80++) was not to my liking at all. The beef brisket could have been more tender. The New Zealand Beef Tenderloin with Smoked Ahi Tuna ($29++) on the other hand, was a more familiar dish of Jack’s Place, one of a steak. I thought it was nicely medium rare as requested, and the tenderloin was indeed tender, and has a good bite to it. It’s my favourite of the three.
Desserts :: I had the opportunity to try three of their desserts. Of which, I’d say, go for the Brownie A La Mode. It’s basically a classic warm brownie served with vanilla ice cream. Such a dessert plate is hard to go wrong. I also had the Blackforest Cake which was nothing to shout about. Similarly, the Mango Jelly Delight, a sundae of mango ice cream topped with jelly compote, whipped cream and chocolate stick was predictable and nothing fanciful.
Essentially, Jack’s Place is still good for its steak. To me, it is reasonable with its given price, cut and price. In any case, there is a special promotion going on now in view of the World Cup 2014, where with any order of Coke gievs you a chance to win a trip to Rio, Brazil (consisting of a pair of 2-way air ticket and accommodation).
What’s worth paying for:
New Zealand Beef Tenderloin with Smoked Ahi Tuna.
Brownie A La Mode.
Address (in context): 333 Boon Lay Way, #24-01 SAFRA Jurong Club
Telephone: 6795 9226 (takes reservations)
Opening Hours: 11am – 10.30pm (Daily)
This was a media session. Thank you JP Pepperdine.