Located at the newly launched One Raffles Place Mall in the heart of the Central Business District, JBM Coffee & Dining is a spacious and inviting coffee and dining enclave destination situated on the third level.
Boasting a hearty and wholesome menu which reflects touches of rustic French and Italian fare, diners enjoy the freshest produce skilfully prepared by an experienced team of chefs whose accolades include stints in a myriad of local French and Italian eateries. Coffee creations are under the purveyance of barista Shaw Shyne Wei (Shawn) whose recent accolades includes coming in as the first runner up at Singaporeís National Latte Art Championship 2014.
Open seven days a week, JBM Coffee & Dining serves up scrumptious light bites such as sandwiches, wraps, soups, salads as well as a myriad of tempting mains for lunch and dinner. Daily baked cakes and flans sit in a display counter ready to sweeten that midday work break or appease a craving for something decadent after a bout of shopping on the weekend.
The menu at JBM is well curated with a balanced selection of dishes to cater to every craving. At a glance, the teamís tongue-in-cheek playfulness immediately comes through with plates sporting names such as Sassy Cassoulet, The Green Knight, The Not So Ugly Duckling and Lilí Froggy.
Pique your appetite with any of the mouth-watering items in the soup list, from a chunky seafood bouillabaisse to a piquant roasted tomato soup. A hero from this section is The Green Knight ($8); a light zucchini soup topped with crispy seaweed, croutons and a generous drizzling of cream for added richness.
The salad and light bites are hearty meals on their own, and make great sharing dishes too. The Pork Terrine ($15) comprises two generous slabs flavored with herbs and spices, accompanied by a side of walnut salad and slices of warm brioche baked fresh daily. Other salad options include The Orange Octopus Salad, The Rainbow Salad and The Emperor’s Choice – JBM’s own version of the Caesar Salad.
Those who love a good French Grenouilles will relish Lilí Froggy ($24) – lightly seasoned frog legs with salt and pepper, a quick sear in the pan with garlic, onion and chives, 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.
It is all in the name with A Big Bowl O’Mussels ($14); a brimming bowl of plump and succulent New Zealand Blue Lip mussels cooked in a white wine, garlic and seafood broth. Other enticing bites include Earn Your Wings, barbecued chicken wings with a secret recipe sauce; and A Big Plate O’Seafood, a seafood platter consisting soft shell crab, calamari and prawns.
The tantalizing repertoire of main courses at JBM includes highlights such as the Beef Outside The Cubes ($24) and Sassy Cassoulet. The former is 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. The Sassy Cassoulet ($32) is a French-style stew featuring white beans and a medley of seafood such as calamari, prawns, clams, mussels, scallops and lobster ñ all slow-cooked in the oven for a luscious sweetness. Other great pickings include JBM Prince of Pepper; perfectly grilled US tenderloin with a pepper crust; JBM Ling Duck; pasta and vegetables tossed in a pink sauce topped with slices of smoked duck; and The Golden Hen, half spring chicken roasted with garlic and served with buttered sauteed potatoes.
Be seduced by an alluring selection of homemade sweets at JBM. A persuasive choice is the Orange Blossom ($12): a refreshing layered dessert of fresh orange, orange jelly, Grand Marnier foam and a crowning glory of caramel crisp. JBM Espresso Creme Brulee ($8) – a dessert-cum-beverage showcases a shot of espresso topped with creme brulee – complete with a crust of caramelized sugar on the top.
More heavenly desserts include the Mont Blanc, a dessert combining purÈed and chunky caramelized chestnuts, vanilla ice-cream and a topping of delicate Chantilly cream; and Yellow Submarine, a light and airy passionfruit soufflÈ cooked upon order and served with a scoop of vanilla ice-cream. It may take 20 minutes from oven to table, but is definitely worth the wait.
It would be a sin not to partake in at least one – or more – cups of coffee at JBM. Evangeline guarantees only the best coffee beans from Asia, Africa and the Americas and this includes the coveted 100 percent Jamaica Blue Mountain CoffeeÆ. Whether extracted via Siphon, French Press, Drip or Hand Brewed, barista Shawn works meticulously to create the perfect cup that is bound to leave a lasting impression. From a robust Piccolo Latte ($6) to an artfully prepared Salted Caramel JBM Special Latte ($6) with their homemade salted caramel syrup, coffee aficionados will appreciate the care in which the coffee experts at JBM Coffee & Dining handle their brews. If something cold is called for, the same premium coffee is used in Java-inspired ice blends and frappes. Invigorating favorites include Salted Caramel Freeze, Chocolate Chip Mocha Freeze and Hazelnut Freeze. Price Range: $3.50 – $8.
Tea-lovers fret not as JBM does provide a good selection of interesting Gryphon teas such as Osmanthus Sencha, Pearl of the Orient, and Earl Gray Lavender. Cold tea concoctions include signatures such as Citrus Zest; black tea infused with orange, lemon and calamansi; Yuzu Passion, black tea with tangy yuzu and passionfruití; and Lychee Yuzu Cooler, a sweet-sour blend of black tea with lychee and yuzu. Price Range: $6.50 – $6.80
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
Reservations: 6536 1047
Editorial by: Jason “Kopi O” Chew