Jose & Deli Eatery @ French Hotel, IpohDecember 22, 2012 | 20,928 views
JOSE & DELI – Josephine Cafe & Bistro’s latest venture of one all-day eatery + delicatessen in Ipoh
Ready for a fresh avalanche of Ipoh food reviews? Let’s kick the series off with Jose & Deli; a new all-day eatery-cum-delicatessen situated on the 1st floor of the refurbished landmark named French Hotel along Cockman Street, Ipoh.
I guess finally, our pleas have been heard and fulfilled. As here we have another eatery that opens all day, without a break in between from 7.30am until 11.00pm everyday. Perfect spot for the in-between-meals cravings and gatherings with family and friends.
Read on to find out more about this place.
This reunion of the All About Ipoh admins took place earlier today. Never short of new eating choices in Ipoh, we settled for brunch at Jose & Deli.
First up, if you have absolutely NO idea where French Hotel is, or wondering aloud whether this is some swanky/posh/new boutique hotel in Ipoh, you’re half right.
Situated next to the old Lido cinema in town, along the same road as The Store (previously known as Ocean Supermarket) and opposite of KFC/Pizza Hut in town, French Hotel has been a classic landmark of Ipoh since the 70’s.
I know, because I literally grew up with the hotel. My father used to work as a manager with the hotel throughout a large chunk of my childhood. And so, the neverending stories of Mun Thin’s caramel egg custards, First Coffee House lunch sets, KFC’s banana splits and French Hotel’s Peacock Cafe ensued …..
But enough of reminiscence. Let’s welcome this new cafe run by Jo Cheok; this affable lady founder of Jose & Deli; part of the Josephine Cafe & Bistro group, that started business for three weeks now.
Essentially an in-house dining option for the hotel guests; serving traditional breakfast sets since 7.30am everyday, the eatery is slowly gaining steam with walk-in customers thanks to the word-of-mouth and influence through social media.
The dim lights, dark-hued ambience, quirky ornaments (zebras aplenty!) and cool air-conditioned seating area make for a very pleasant dining environment. While the adjacent area lined with plush, cushioned seats, bright yellow-painted chairs and natural sunlight streaming from the large panel of glass windows that overlook the side alley is most suitable for casual bites with friends or plain lazing around with a good book in hand and a cup of Illy coffee in the other.
The breakfast menu is served from 7.30am until 11.30am everyday. So you can choose to either wake up early and bask in the minimally-filtered morning sun on the couch with a sandwich in hand, or come later for brunch.
Three Traditional Breakfast options were laid bare on a piece of yellow paper tied to a block of wood. Priced from RM15-RM20 (USD5-7) per set, you get a cup of tea or coffee along with your choice of breakfast. You can also choose to have scones, cakes or even their homemade biscuits from the retail section if you are not keen on having something too filling.
Traditional Breakfast 3 – Scrambled eggs, tender ham, baked beans, sausages, sauteed mushrooms, grilled carrot and fresh lettuce, homemade wholemeal toast and fresh potatoes sauteed with butter (RM20/USD7)
Traditional Breakfast 2 – Smoked Salmon with Olive Oil and Lettuce sandwiched between toasted wholemeal breads, scrambled eggs and baked beans (RM18/USD6)
Traditional Breakfast 1 – Ratatouille with Sunny Side Up Egg & Homemade Whole Meal Toast (RM15/USD5)
Naturally, since there were 3 of us, we sampled all three options. The portions were definitely sufficient for a moderately hungry diner, with Set #3 being the most power-packed one; deemed the BIG Breakfast at Jose & Deli. Personally, I enjoyed the smoked salmon and toasted wholemeal breads most.
Jose & Deli also serves lunch sets (three options as well) for around RM19/USD6 that includes a cup of green tea and desserts. For dinner, only ala carte selections are available, but that’s saying a LOT, since they have a well-planned menu with diverse range of appetizers, mains and liquor selection. (Note that the place is only pork-free, but NOT Halal)
Aside from fresh food served, you can also purchase various merchandises from Jose & Deli, including scented candles, colourful ornaments and cushions, alcohol by the bottle, dining wares, homemade cookies and condiments, and even clothes and potted plants!
And of course … in true Gangnam style, you can find many zebras around the vicinity. Needless to say, bring along your camera and have a blast camwhoring.
Jose & Deli is a perfect example of a new establishment done right, located in a strategic spot in town that has yet to be crowded with similar ventures and easily accessible for both tourists and locals. Ample parking spaces can be found at the lot next to the old Lido cinema (now a pub, as the previous Lido restaurant has ceased operations), about 200 metres away.
The initial plan was to sample their lunch menu and other mains and desserts before the writeup. But then again …. I don’t have the luxury of time; staying back in Ipoh for another three days before going back to KL.
Oh … this looks familiar? Read the entire chapter HERE. Fancy finding own post printed as a guide for the guests of French Hotel. Hmm, maybe I should consider doing a published guide to eating in Ipoh someday, to benefit the tourists to Ipoh that have grown tired of the same old ‘nga choy gai’ and white coffee alternatives.
For those wondering whether French Hotel is worth considering, read the reviews from TripAdvisor, or jump to their website. With 48 newly-renovated rooms ranging from RM138/USD45 onwards, the hotel is within walkable distance to most popular eateries and attractions around Ipoh town.
JOSE & DELI EATERY (pork-free)
No. 60-62, Level 1, French Hotel
Jalan Dato Onn Jaafar
30300 Ipoh, Perak, Malaysia
Tel No : +6016-457 4093, +605-241 3712, +605-547 3267
Business hours : 7.30am – 11.00pm daily.
GPS Coordinates : 4.59799,101.083396
Google Map to French Hotel