Saturday afternoons are meant to be spent in cafés with a cuppa joe, perhaps a yummy pastry, with a spread of pretentious magazines laid out in front of you. Instagram-perfect, yes? The life, I’d say.
After an appetising meal at Lim Seng Lee Duck Rice Eating House (Click here to read post), the four of us wandered to One North Residences to find a little café stashed in a quiet corner of Buona Vista — Jimmy Monkey Café and Bar. This café appears to be a well kept secret with its plain exterior. Walk through the tinted glass doors and BAM! Be greeted with a cosy interior and cheeky baristas who seem to carry such zest for the day.
I love how they have 3 somewhat different sections of seating that flow in increasing formality. 1) The chillout corner with soft slouchy chairs and two high bar tables. 2) The long table middle with spotlights hanging above. 3) The booth seats with a cheeky ladder at the corner, which I know one of my friends would attempt to climb if he sat there.
The decor boasts a raw and industrialised finish, but not to the point where you’d think the ceiling would collapse on you. They have two floors — The first and the invisible. Their ‘second’ floor exhibits racks of supplies and distinctly but carefully tucked at a corner — a toilet bowl. Yes, a toilet bowl.
Coffee junkies would probably have heard of how amazing the coffee culture is in Melbourne. Count your lucky stars because this shop right here was opened by a true native Melbournian, Michael Ryan, who is bent on bringing the ultimate coffee experience to Singapore after having lived here for a good decade. Tried and tested. They really do sell a mean cup of coffee. If this were an award show, they would thank the Slayer Espresso machine they own — the first in the country apparently. Let’s not forget the baristas here who most definitely know their stuff.
A café is nothing without its fraction of food. We tried the Apple Pie, Crumble Cheesecake and Raisin Scone. Special mentions to the scone, which went really well with the flat white I had. Jimmy Monkey Café has three menus — Day, Night & the Lazy Weekend extras. For food, you’d find items like roasted vegetable ciabatta, truffle potato fat fries, beer battered fish & fat chips and eggs benedict. Besides coffee, they sell alcoholic beverages and interestingly alcoholic milkshakes! Pity I went during tea and after a hearty meal too. I would most definitely be back for a pack of brunch. Join me?
Perhaps it’s a given but in case you were wondering, ‘Jimmy’ in Jimmy Monkey Café and Bar is the name of the monkey, the café’s mascot as shown above.
Note: Drivers can park their cars in the condominium car park. Just tell the security guard that you’re here for the café! 🙂
Jimmy Monkey Café and Bar
9 One-North Gateway
#01-51 One-North Residences
Tel: 6777 8470
Mon to Fri: 8.30am – 8.30pm
Sat & Sun: 8.30am – 6pm