Jubilee Coffee House & Bar
“And suddenly it’s hard to find the memories you left behind. Remember, do you remember? The laughter and the tears, the shadows of misty yesteryears. The good times and the bad you’ve seen and all the others in between. Remember, do you remember the times of your life?” – Paul Anka
Benny and I were driving along Changi wanting to get coffee at The Coastal Settlement. We had forgotten it was a Monday and that TCS was closed. A retro signboard caught my attention and I blurted “What’s that? A new place? Let’s check it out.” Benny reversed.
We went upslope and wondered if the place was opened for business. To our relief, we saw a few guests dining in the small building. Inside it was déja vu for me! I was quickly transported to my paternal grandma’s house, which was also in Changi, that I used to stay over every school holidays. We had a hen house and fruit orchard in our backyard which this minuscule mansion paled in comparison and remotely resembled but all the same, the feeling is a humbling familiarity which overwhelmed me instantaneously. Since that afternoon, I have brought a number of friends there on several occasions and they all love the rustic decor, the yummy food, the evergreen oldies from tear-jerker Chinese movies (which my aunts would drag me to watch with them in open-air cinemas back then when tickets were about 50 cents) and not to mention that their service is not perfect but still really commendable! You bet I will be back again and again.
A retro signboard caught my attention and I blurted “What’s that? A new place? Let’s check it out.”
One of my uncles used to have a car just like this back in the 70s and 8 people were squeezed into it when we went outing.
Valet parking is available on certain days.
Outside dining available.
It’s a nice place to hang out even though there’s not much of a scenic view.
If you like oldies, this place reeks nostalgia.
This will probably kill me one day (I’m a heavy smoker) but for now this old school ashtray led me to my yesteryears when my grandpapa smoked pipe and my nana smoke “ang hoon” (tobacco leaves) which I had to help roll and keep them in a round metal Consulate (a brand of menthol cigarette introduced by Rothmans International) ciggy box. I would be paid 5 cents for my task which is big money during those times, enough to buy a packet of freshly roasted chestnuts.
One of the games we used to play.
A piece of chalk, a pebble/stone in hand and concrete floor were all that’s needed.
Menu laid on kopitiam marble table at the car porch should the place be filled (while waiting).
Hey hey, that’s a new way to take a selfie!
You see anything familiar? If so, I know your age, hahaha…
Even the ceiling is not spared of oldies paraphernalia.
Pastries and cakes are kept at most for 2 days.
“I must have this!” I told Benny.
Looking good but how’s the taste?
Benny ordered a sarsi float but they didn’t have the one he wanted. He said it wasn’t so great.
Not too sweet and texture was denser than I’d expected.
Jubilee Horfun is one of their signature dish at $17, it better be good!
Yen informed me that they didn’t have mussels for this dish that day but I’ll take it anyway.
Pork Cutlet with Mushroom Sauce.
Chicken Satay $12
Aromatic satay sans the ultra sweetness we usually get from the hawker stalls. Nicely crisp and charred chunks with tender moist insides I’m suspecting only chicken thigh meat can produce such texture.
Crispy Spring Roll $7
Nothing new but definitely one of the must-try bar snacks which goes very well with ice cold beer.
Battered Otak Sticks $13
I love Otak (spicy fish paste) and the way this snack is recreated in the form of battered sticks is quite a novelty.
Chicken Wings $10
You can hear the crunch with savoury every bite.
A bit dry inside but what would you expect from deep-fried food?
Grilled Squid Black Pepper $12
Ikan Bilis $9.
Ross asked for more chilli padi which set my sore throat on fire that day.
The only dish that contained msg is the Ter Kah Beehoon (Vermicelli stewed in canned pork trotters) in the background.
Assam Fish with Rice is a new dish on their menu during my 3rd visit.
Assam Fish Rice $20.
The barramundi was a little fishy to me but the gravy was great! The sour in it was just nice I wish there’s more gravy.
Ter Kah Beehoon $15, the only dish that contained msg.
I’m quite tolerant of msg having eaten out quite frequently so it didn’t matter. This dish which is moist was quite charming. The omelet strips gave extra texture. Benny loves the cabbage was braised till soft.
Pork Cutlet Curry $18
Broad rice noodles Horfun here comes with mussels but no egg ribbons.
According to Steve who waited on us, this is because Singapore style horfun during the early does not contain egg.
Wat dan horfun (滑蛋河粉) is Malaysian invention. I didn’t know that!
Fresh Sotong (Squid) is not on the menu and is subject to availability and market price.
We paid $20 for this portion on my last visit.
Just a squeeze of lemon juice and some coarse (sea?) salt and they were heavenly.
Benny couldn’t stop raving about it.
Chicken Curry $14, available with baguette or rice.
Bubur Cha Cha $7 – made with fresh grated coconut milk and not the packaged type.
Available hot or cold.
Andrew said, “l’ll come back just for this!”
After eating this dessert several times, I find that the cooking time varied rendering the sweet potatoes and tapioca cubes not thoroughly cooked on a couple of occasions.
Cheng Tng $7, available hot or cold is a safer bet for me.
I asked if they had attap chee (edible seeds of palm) and they had.
Attap chee ($1) is not the usual ingredient in cheng tng and I was happy they consented to my request to add them in my dessert.
Tripple shot macchiato and cappuccino.
Latest visit to Jubilee was on 11th January 2015 with Chisao (holding the selfie stick), Benny, myself, Cynthia and Dominic (owners of Ho Tit Coffee 好的咖啡).
If you have noticed, I’ve got a tan from Bali trip in December 2014! I’ll blog about it later.
Playing marbles, catching spiders, flying kites and TV programmes in black and white.
Those were the days my friend!
The only inconvenience is that it is not easily accessible by public transport and even if you have a car, the parking in the building’s compound is rather limited but there’s a huge lot opposite the road.
Jubilee Coffee House & Bar
580 Netheravon Road.
Tel: +65 6543 0060
Mondays – Fridays: 10.30am – 12am (Fridays till 1am)
Saturdays & Eve of Holidays: 9.30am – 1am
Sundays: 9.30am – 10.30pm
Note: I am sorry I have not been posting of late. There were many interesting events that happened during the last quarter of 2014 and I was too caught up. I’d decided to write on Jubilee Coffee House & Bar as my first official posting for 2015 since Jubilee (with her dream established since 1965) is synonymous for “ceremony, commemoration, festival, holiday, recurrence, feast day, red-letter days” all befitting Singapore’s 50th independence anniversary. Thank you for your patience and continuous support for my blog, The Bonding Tool!
Happy eating and bonding 🙂
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