Jimmy Monkey Café & Bar
Filed in best cafes | April 03, 2017
Tucked away in a tranquil neighbourhood in One-North, Jimmy Monkey is crowned as the best café in town for its remarkable coffee blends with the help of its state-of-the-art Slayer and Mazzer machines. With this, the café is able to roast a five-bean combination from South America as well as single origin coffee beans. Thus, the coffee may have you thinking it’s full-bodied and aromatic with a lingering after-taste.
- Ironbark blend: This type of coffee blend may still be in its infancy stages in the country, but it has a promising future. At Jimmy Monkey, Ironbark is made of beans from Guatemala, Brazil, Papua New Guinea, Colombia, and Peru so it is characterised by its full-bodied flavour and a lingering sensation in the mouth after each gulp.
- Fulfilling and robust meals: Why wake up so early to prepare your breakfast if you can just hit Jimmy Monkey and have a full-blown brunch? Served in big portions, the Hulk, JM’s Breakfast Sandwich, toasted breads, and pastas can fill-up anyone’s empty stomach for the whole afternoon. Pair your meal with a cup of coffee, then you’re good to go!
- Funky, quirky and tongue-in-cheek décor: Jimmy Monkey stuffed toy sits right at a small ledge atop the café as though putting y’all under surveillance. The café’s ceiling has also been stripped down to the core, exposing its wires and pipes so it does give off an industrial and raw vibe to the place. JM undeniably has character that many might appreciate for it looks whimsical just like the random toilet bowl and tissue roll installed at the open-ceiling of the supposed second floor.
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Being a café and bar, Jimmy Monkey does offer a good variety of Australasian fare. Comfort food like sandwiches, pancakes, and eggs are the safest options but give the brunch fares a try if you’re really hungry. The Hulk is particularly popular among the brunch-goers for it is unique on its own, in which Feta cheese and avocado fill up a pair of slightly ripped buns and then a squeeze of lemon juice finishes up the dish.
- Smoked salmon aglio olio
- Smoked duck tartine with goat’s cheese
- French toast
- Molten lava cake
- Flat white
Average price per person: S$19
The dim lighting, spacious dining area, and high-ceiling totally give off a rustic and laid-back feeling to the café in general. Although at some point the place may get crowded, the high ceiling can still make you feel comfortable unlike in other smaller cafes. Jimmy Monkey sports industrial chic design so you could still hold casual business meetings there or simply meet up with colleagues, despite its quirkiness.