Good news for Westies! There is a new cafe located at Jurong East Street 31, about 5 to 10 minutes walk Chinese Garden MRT. The Usual Place Cafe serves pretty yummy food at affordable prices. I could not take any pictures of the interior and exterior because it was really crowded and the corridor outside was lined with numerous congratulatory floral arrangement stands on both sides.
The brand of tea that The Usual Place uses is Gryphon! I do like drinking Gryphon teas. We had the Lemon Ginger Mint Tea ($4.50) which is a herbal tea. The pot is small (capacity about two cups) and cute, and you can ask for a refill.
Yuzu Mint Cooler ($4). You may also choose from Green Apple, Strawberry or Passionfruit coolers. As for this, I found that it tasted mainly of yuzu with the mint flavour lacking.
The Usual Wings ($6.50), half a dozen wings served with homemade BBQ sauce. The BBQ sauce was not half bad but I ended up dipping most of my wings in ketchup.
The main courses all sounded good but we could only order one, so we settled on Grilled Salmon ($12.90). The fish normally comes with mashed potatoes and seasonal vegetables, but business was so good that they ran out of vegetables and my sis does not like mashed potatoes, so we were given a generous portion of side salad. The salmon was fresh and tender.
Aglio Olio ($4.90), pasta in olive oil, garlic and chilli. This is served plain and you have the option of adding some meat at an extra cost. The pasta could do with some improvement as I had several strands of burnt pasta in my dish.
Salted Egg Prawn Pasta ($12.90), a chef’s recommendation and yet another dish that has caught onto the salted egg craze. The spaghetti is topped with creamy salted egg sauce and fried prawns. I enjoyed this pasta!
If only I had space for desserts! The cakes were not much to look at but the waffles sound promising, especially the S’more Waffle ($7.50), which is topped with burnt marshmallows, vanilla ice cream and chocolate sauce.
Business was so good on opening day that the kitchen was closed at 8.30pm!
The Usual Place
Blk 346 Jurong East St. 31, #01-73
Tel: 6425 1517
Tuesday to Sunday 1100-2200hrs
Closed on Mondays.