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“Doesn't live up to the hype” 3 of 5 bubbles
Review of Jimmy Monkey cafe & bar

Jimmy Monkey cafe & bar
Ranked #1,043 of 10,424 Restaurants in Singapore
Certificate of Excellence
Price range: US$4 - US$20
Cuisines: Cafe, Australian
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Dining options: Breakfast, Brunch, Dinner, Lunch, Seating, Serves Alcohol, Takeout, Waitstaff
Description: Nestled in the lush greenery of one-north, built within historic old army barracks, Jimmy Monkey is certainly a gem sparkling in nature. The décor at jimmy monkey boasts of raw and deconstructed elegance. Exposed beams and brickwork of the old original army barracks against new age furniture and equipment set the atmosphere of rustic urbanization. The visual spectacle of coffee beans roasted, ground and made into a fresh cup of coffee can be observed at the Barista’s Bench, as trained baristas will pull shot after shot from the SlayerTM.Grab scrumptious brunch on the weekends, or lazy morning breakfasts in the weekdays. Delectable lunch and dinner served everyday too. Kick back, unwind, surf - all with your beverage of choice: coffee, tea, some wine and beer.
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 96 helpful votes
“Doesn't live up to the hype”
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 12 September 2016

I met up here with 5 friends for a Saturday brunch. We were told by the people at the cafe that they didn't have seats available at first. When asked how long they would think it would take the waitress at the door couldn't give me an answer. It seemed like she couldn't care less whether she had customers or not. We were instead sent to the other cafe opposite to Jimmy Monkey, also fine, although they have to bring the food from the one place to the other. My other friend who came a couple of minutes later went to the actual Jimmy Monkey, where plenty of seats were available. Had the waitress told me this before I would have just waited there, also because the environment at the actual cafe is nicer than the one on the opposite side of the street. Eventually we can move to the actual cafe.

The moment we sit down we have to ask the staff for menus. Later they come back and say you need to order at the bar. Instead of also mentioning that you need to pay while ordering etc, they don't inform us about anything at all. Water, which was served to all other customers by the waiters once they came in, was something we had to get ourselves...

Finally we received the food, which was good, but not great. The avocado toast is nice, but nothing very special. Same goes for the coffee, which was good but not fantastic.

Overall I was mostly disappointed by the lack of service provided by the employees, who were just standing around and not really doing their job.

  • Visited August 2016
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 2 of 5 bubbles
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    • 3 of 5 bubbles
      Food
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English first
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42 reviews
32 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 12 helpful votes
“Little monkey”
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 10 September 2016 via mobile

Nice wee place to break a fast, with good ambiance (although a little dark) and wide selection of menu items.
Coffee is high quality.

Visited September 2016
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London, United Kingdom
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
“Great coffee, excellent food & fab atmosphere”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 September 2016

Went for a lazy sunday brunch. The coffee was great, one of the best flat whites that ive had. My husband had a large cooked breakfast whilst I choose the advocado mashed on sour bread. Both were delicious. Staff attentive, calm and relaxed atmosphere just as we needed for sunday morning. Quirky inside which we love. Highly recommend.

  • Visited August 2016
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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Thank Louise654
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Singapore, Singapore
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 23 helpful votes
“Simply the best”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 17 August 2016

Been going to Jimmy Monkey for about 2.5 years now. Love the deco and layout of their cosy cafe. Popular with expats. Food is also very tasty. My favourite is The Hulk. A bit on the high side price wise but I absolutely love it! Service has always been great all the times we have been there. Staff are friendly and always say goodbye to you when you are leaving.

  • Visited April 2016
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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Thank manspins
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Glasgow
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 51 helpful votes
“Average, not bad, but definitely overpriced”
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 27 July 2016

Had lunch there with my girlfriend. First thing's first, I'd definitely praise the atmosphere. Nice little cafe that would definitely be a place for people to sit there and work all day long.

My main complaint is that the place is a bit overpriced, for the food that they're serving. The food is also relatively average as compared to other cafes in Singapore these days. Had a pulled pork burger which was $18 and a bit too soggy for my liking. The salad and potatoes on the side were nice though! My girlfriend had "The Hulk", a tartine with avocado. It was pretty decent, but it seemed a bit much for $16.

All in all, a decent meal, honestly not much complaints, but the $5 coffee (it was good I'll admit), and $18 meal made it a bit more disappointing.

  • Visited July 2016
    • 2 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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