I first learnt about JTown Cafe from CheapNGoodFood.com, who followed me on Twitter and told me about this new, humble little Indonesian eatery near 313 @ Somerset. To be precise, it's located at the basement of Midpoint Orchard, which actually is opposite 313 @ Somerset and where people would be more familiar with it as Orchard Emerald.
Black Pepper Chicken with Rice
Me and the best friend arrived here right at noon, and we were pleased to see that JTown had just opened for the day. I tried their lunch special (which changes everyday) and found it decent and simple enough. The black pepper sauce was quite addictive actually, with a good mix of sweet and spicy. I added on the side of a meatball soup for only a dollar, but alas I wished it was a bit more flavourful and not just doused in pepper.
Bakmie Ayam Bakso
A traditional Indonesian chicken noodle dish, the Bakmie Ayam Bakso was just about alright without drawing any animated reaction from the best friend, be it for better or for worse. She did like the texture of the noodles, inasmuch as it may appear to be like any other instant noodle.
Martabak: Peanut & Chocolate
I had little idea that the Indonesians have their own version of the Chinese "min jiang kueh", up till now that is, but having seen the favourable responses on JTown's Facebook (by fellow Indonesians too!) I thought I should give it a try. In comparison to the "min jiang kueh", the martabak here is slightly thicker with a crispier outer crust. And since you can't go wrong with the holy pairing of peanuts and chocolate, this turned out to be a pleasant sweet treat indeed.
Very good, warm and friendly.
$4.50 for the black pepper chicken with rice
+$1.00 for a bowl of beefball soup
$4.80 for the bakmie ayam bakso (comes with beefball soup)
$2.90 for the chocolate & peanut martabak
$1.20 for a cup of homemade green tea
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#B1-04/05 Midpoint Orchard
Opposite 313 @ Somerset.
Opening Hours: Daily 12 – 9pm
Pictures taken with the Canon EOS 500D.