Last Saturday I rubbed shoulders with the other contestants at the all new Jack's Cola Café located at Paya Lebar Square and I must say it was a morning full of yummy food and laughter.
Jack's Cola Café is a new concept by Jack's Place and I'm sure most of us is familiar with that name since they have been around since I was still in primary school and I'd remember heading down to the restaurant to celebrate special occasions.
Stepping into the café, it has a more casual and laid back feel with a vintage theme. With all the neon lights, bar tables, stools and industrial style lighting, they definitely set the mood for a nice catchup over coffee, ice cream, cakes and pastries from home-grown brands like Smitten Coffee and Udders. One part of the interior I particularly like are the Singlish stools with phrases that are uniquely Singaporean!
Besides being just a café, there's also a retail section where you can pick up craft beers, spices, pastas, coffee beans and pre marinated beef to cook at home. There are also pre packed microwavable food so anytime when you're hungry but lazy to go out, there's quality food at home.
We first started with the Beef Stew in Mini Casseroles (S$18) which is a Jack's Place traditional dish served with seasonal vegetables. The beef is soft like how you'd imagine stewed beef to be while boasting rich robust flavor which is perfect with the mashed potatoes. Be careful not to lift these on your own though, those mini casseroles don't look their weight.
The Cob Salad Shaker (S$8) - this is perfect for afternoons when you're looking for a light meal and yet have sufficient protein fiber intake as this cup of salad contains boiled chicken, hard boiled egg, avocados, lettuce, tomato and corn which comes with a zesty dressing and minimal calories. Don't judge by it's size because it's surprisingly filling.
Following the salad we had the Meat Loaf with Tartar Sauce (S$5) which is basically your luncheon meat fries perfectly fried; crispy on the outside and moist on the inside. I like how the luncheon meat is not over salty as I've had some really salty ones which tasted really bad.
Moving on to le top favourite of the contestants - New Jack's Cheese Fondue Sampler Platter (S$16). I guess you can say most of us are cheese lovers and this platter containing tempura kani, oriental fried chicken wings, battered mushroom and crispy onion rings alongside the nacho cheese was the first to be finished on the table! Good to share with 3 people, be sure to snag one of the battered mushroom because it's stuffed and I'll leave it to you guys to find out what's insidw for yourself.
Next up - Bangers & Mash (S$10) - my all time favourite because what's not to love about sausages and mashed potato? There are 3 different varieties of sausages, the black pepper one being my favourite because it's much more savoury. The peppery sauce drizzled on top of the mashed potato complemented the whole dish - taste wasn't too strong and just right to taste the mash as well.
Prawn & Chicken Pesto (S$10) will be the dish to order if you're looking for some solid carbs. I particularly like the special blend of pesto although it was slightly on the saltier side, the prawn's freshness made up for that and not forgetting the al dante spaghetti. For just $10 I'd say it's worth it as the portion was really generous as well.
And the last dish which is also the best one of the day - Char-grilled Flambe Fire Tenderloin Steak (S$31.50). It is definitely a treat like no other, I mean how often do you get to see a sizzling tenderloin steak on fire?! The beef used is no ordinary beef but New Zealand's grass fed beef. What's so special about this beef? It is not injected with hormones/antibiotics, has 4x more vitamin E, 30% less cholesterol, 80% less total fats just to name a few. After the flame dies down it's time to dig in to the perfectly grilled medium rare beef which was so juicy and tender you'd thought you were paying more than $50 for it. (Disclaimer: I don't eat steaks and I actually enjoyed this one) There's also a baked USA russet potato as the side garnished with BACON and spring onions. Did I mention there's bacon?!
So food aside, as mentioned at the beginning of the post, all of the Teenage Gorgeous You(TGY)contestants met up for the first time and I was happy to see some familiar faces as well as making new friends with the others whom I haven't met. As there were only 9 of us, it was a really cozy affair at the café and I was surprised all of us could click really well and before we even realized, all of us were talking and laughing like we were already close friends! Keep a lookout on my social media platforms as I will be updating my progress for TGY2015!