Thursday, October 21, 2010

Jones the Grocer @ Westfield Doncaster

I have just survived my first three days of work. The real work hasn't started yet so i can breathe a huge sigh of relief and enjoy the wonderful feeling of walking out of the building at 5.15pm before the sky goes dark. It is so weird that the only contact with traffic jam is the sight of it while i take my 10 minute walk uphill back home. I suppose these are the few perks of working in Australia indeed.

The perk continues; in just my second day of work, the whole team took the ENTIRE afternoon off to celebrate the farewell of a manager. Bottles of wine and countless of beers, not to mention numerous shots for the farewell boy. All paid for by the dear boss, how sporting indeed.

Certainly eye opening as well.

Which brings me to the fact that i have actually been spending my entire time in the Melbourne CBD, leaving the outer suburbs virtually untouched until that day when our friend fetched us around in a car. Exploring the biggest shopping centre at Doncaster, it felt like being transported back to Malaysia where most of us spend a significant time in shopping malls.

Wondering around Westfield, we walked past Jones the Grocer.

Basically a gourmet store that stocks up on specialised and exotic versions of pasta, sauces, oils, dressings and meats. They also serve some coffee and pastries too. A glammed up mart that i heard is quite a big thing and have expanded to even Singapore.

Deciding to take a seat there, we ordered their coffee + pastry set for AUD 5. A sign says that their pastries are baked by Vue de Monde. A proxy to them since i didn't have the budget to dine there.

Sadly though, they didn't understand what a ristretto latte was, serving us a ristretto instead. Among the pastries, the almond croisssant was the best of the lost while the macaron was overly chewy. The snail and the apricot puff was alright.

Address and contact details:

Shop G201 Westfield Shopping Town
Doncaster Road, Doncaster VIC 3108
Tel:   +61 3 9848 2877 
Verdict: 3.5 stars out of 5 stars. Standard coffee and above average pastries although take the colourful macarons at your own risk.


Sean said...

let's hope there'll be many more managerial farewells in the near future! in the long run, it could be good for productivity :D

Life for Beginners said...

Congrats on the first few days at work... and surviving them! :D

Michelle Chin said...

There will be more long lunches to come! Don't you worry!

Each time I lunch out with my sister, they are just everywhere and appear to have nothing to do but to eat and drink.

Once, both of us had a 9 course lunch at Vue de Monde. We sat there from 12 to 4 and we noticed that the bunch of men in suits (based on their convos, they were from the business admin industry) stayed back longer than we did because when we were leaving, they were still drinking and laughing.

According to my sister's guardian, who works in the marketing industry, long lunches are common. But it really depends.

"Joe" who is constantly craving said...

michelle: haha well i was getting responses that that lunch was not meant to be an everyday thing! oh well until the next farewell i guess haha.

kenny: thanks!

sean: yes it might just be the key!

Julian Si said...

Hope you are settling in well ;-)

Jones has not only expanded to Singapura ... its huGe in Abu Dhabi too!

J said...

Wah.. so good wan there! In KL, if you get a farewell lunch it's already very lucky.... :)

"Joe" who is constantly craving said...

j: yeah lor..i got a farewell lunch la but no farewell gift..hehe

julian: yes i read from ur blog!

Julian Si said...

J - So right you are!

Joe - Just went there for brunch again today!! SLURPS ... the home made cherry tomato relish, to die for!

"Joe" who is constantly craving said...

julian: oh well i need to find the brisbane outlet to get hold of some then!

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eiling lim said...

I'm also starting to love a double ristretto latte. Am exploring the coffee scene in KL now... Have a good weekend!

"Joe" who is constantly craving said...

eiling: amazing isnt? keep me updated with all the new coffee places!

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