Jewel Cafe & Bar

We decided to try Jewel Cafe & Bar at Rangoon Rd two Saturdays ago. It’s one of those parallel park along the road type of places so we were lucky to find a lot near the cafe. It’s right beside Liberty Coffee, another place that I’ve been meaning to try.

Jewel Cafe & Bar

Jewel Cafe & Bar

outside

outside

inside

inside

ceiling

ceiling

I’d read some pretty good reviews of the place and the food was quite decent. I expected the coffee to be better though but my iced latte was just alright. I liked that my eggs ben had both ham and bacon on it and the bacon jam was interesting! It is somewhat sweet so I felt that it was more like a bak kwa spread than a bacon jam.

The service left much to be desired, however. When we got there, they weren’t crowded but no one showed us to a table so we just sort of picked one for ourselves. Then we had to go to the counter to get the menu because nobody bothered to give us the menu to look at. I noticed that some people at the other tables had to do this as well.

iced latte

iced latte

eggs ben

eggs ben

breakfast

breakfast

bacon jam

bacon jam

The thing made me very unhappy was when Anya said she had to pee and I tried to take her to the toilet but both the male and female toilets were closed for repair. If you have a young kid who is toilet-trained but sometimes has accidents, you can get quite frantic when she announces that she needs the toilet, right?? So I asked a server where I could find the nearest toilet since theirs were closed. She consulted some people in the kitchen and they had some debate about why their toilets were closed and after some delay, she turned to me and said, “Our toilets are closed because they are choked up, not because of cleanliness.” I was so irritated by then because I just wanted directions to the nearest toilet and couldn’t care less about why their toilets were closed!! Really annoying.

I probably won’t make any special effort to return to Jewel Cafe even though they have quite an interesting menu. There are just too many similar establishments that offer better service and amenities.

funny Gandalf sign on the back door

funny Gandalf sign on the back door

6 thoughts on “Jewel Cafe & Bar

  1. tambourina

    I visited Jewel cafe for the first time 2 Sundays ago. My experience was opposite from yours, the food was only alright, we went there for brunch but stayed for lunch as well because we really wanted to try out the fries, which were in the end pretty blah. My husband loved the cappucino there, he had 2! But we thought the service was pretty good. The staff were very friendly and accommodating with all my little requests re my 3yo. Only the female toilet was choked up when we were there, guess we were lucky that at least there was the gents for everyone to use.. Anyway, since my boy is only 3, the first thing I do whenever I reach a place is to ask where the toilets are, so when he needs to go I can whisk him there immediately. Maybe that might help next time :)

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    1. delphine Post author

      I knew where the toilets were (and I generally ensure I know the location of the toilets) but didn’t expect them both to be choked up. I assumed the staff would have a better idea of where the nearest toilet was since they’d need one nearby with both their toilets out of commission than for me to be running down the street randomly. But it seems their service is uneven as is the standard of their food and drinks. Hope they do something to improve!!

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  2. Eileen Lim

    Oh dear.. they should have at least gotten them repair or find some alternative for diners to go right?? I know how it is like since I have god children who always voice out that they need to go only at the very last min when they can’t hold :P

    I was there tonight and found the place pretty okay.. service was good perhaps becoz it was a quiet week day evening :) food wise I found 2 of our 3 orders were on the salty side.. I prob will go back for coffee but not so much for the food :)

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