Having previously thought that Jack's Place has only been around in the past decade or so, I was surprised to learn that its history goes back to 1967. Today, it operates a total of sixteen outlets, excluding the one at Great World City that is due for closure from 3 May 2017 onwards.
To me, steak that's served on a hotplate has got an extra point.
To begin with, my BFF and I were served a complimentary slice of garlic bread each. While I'd prefer it to be warm, it did have lots of garlic bits. Yum!
Jack's Oriental Skinny Wings with Ebiko Dip S$9.80
The half-cut mid-wings were coated well with seasoned flour and deep-fried till golden brown. The interplay between the crunchy exterior and the juicy interior made me reach out for more. Unfortunately, they were very stingy with the mayonnaise mixed with shrimp roe.
Sakura Shrimp Aglio Olio with Grilled Slipper Lobster S$16.80
Even though I enjoyed the savoury sakura shrimps, the spaghetti was somewhat undercooked as some strands were still hard. The saving grace was the olive oil in an adequate amount to keep the pasta moist. The sautéed slipper lobster wasn't any better, given the fact that it wasn't juicy.
Tenderloin Steak with Bearnaise Sauce S$29.50
The slab of tenderloin came with delicious baked potato, vegetables and that French sauce made of clarified butter emulsified in egg yolks. The one served that evening ought to be the most peculiar one I've ever had as it somewhat tasted like durian. My BFF said the same.
I requested for the tenderloin to be grilled to medium. There was nothing to dislike about the texture of the meat, but I felt that it could be juicier.
Dark Chocolate Tart with Wild Berries Compote S$9.90
I was thankful for the wonderful dessert that led to a happy ending with its intense chocolate flavour. The not-too-sweet dark chocolate ganache praline croquant - yes, that's a mouthful - came with wild berries compote that lent a hint of acidity to balance out the taste of the former.
The food wasn't really spectacular, but service was friendly. Would you like to discover the rest of the forgotten recipes? Pika's advice: You may want to try their Salted Egg Lava Chocolate Pudding with Fruit Compote that's priced at S$9.90. It wasn't available that day, sadly.
60 Paya Lebar Road
#B1-15/16 Paya Lebar Square
(Daily: 11.00am - 10.30pm)
*Prices quoted are subject to 10% service charge and 7% GST.
Have a nice meal,