Jones the Grocer, Dempsey

While I generally don't think highly of the food at Jones the Grocer, their cheeses are something else. With a specially-built temperature and humidity-controlled cold room just to house possibly the widest range of artisanal cheeses, Jones the Grocer is one serious cheese atelier. A cheese fanatic's epicurean dream.

The cheese room is manned by a maitre fromager, who'll happily espouse the origins, and varying textures and flavours of each cheese. Complimentary samplings of just about any cheese that catches your fancy is also part of the service here. And this, is why Jones the Grocer is one of my favourite post-meal hangouts at Dempsey.

Like peas and carrots, no cheese party is complete without wine. Instead of the recommended full-bodied matches, we went with our personal preference of a sparkling Italian Scanavino Moscato D'asti from Piedmont, fresh, delicately sweet and a real pleasure to drink. Its spritely countenance is a nice contrast against the heady cheeses.

I usually stay away from blue cheese, but the Shropshire Blue ($13 per 100gm), an English pasteurized cow's milk blue from Nottinghamshire, is surprisingly and pleasantly creamy, due to the cross of cheshire with stilton. I'd venture this is one of the more unifying blues to induct diners to the polarizing cheese.

A sure-fire safe bet, the Barber's 1833 Vintage Reserve Cheddar ($9.90 per 100gm), another English cow's cheese from Ditcheat Somerset that's been matured for 24 months, is lusciously creamy, with hints of sweet notes.

Jones the Grocer
Blk 9 #01-12 Dempsey Road
Dempsey Hills
Tel: 6476 1512
Open daily from 9am to 11pm
Website: www.jonesthegrocer.com

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