Opening a post-pandemic restaurant in the Philippines is no easy feat. First, you need exquisite food, a way to lure the humans out of our work-from-home bubble and lockdown state. Next, make sure the resto has al fresco options. In this post-face shield society, many of us have anxiety and are slowly working our way towards normalcy. Dining al fresco is our halfway point. Lastly, are you TikTok friendly? From Gen X to Z, we post everything on social media, from the interiors to the plated dishes, which benefits both parties. You’ll never know what will end up in a 15-second TikTok post or Instagram story.
Jones All Day, the newest restaurant under Raintree Hospitality Group, ticks everything on that quick list. This bistro bakery opened just this November and is located on the ground floor of Serendra, Bonifacio Global City. If the spot looks familiar, that’s because it’s where Chelsea and Motto Motto used to be.
For The Love of Carbs
The pandemic bread craze has faded, so instead of hoarding flour and baking in their own homes, people are now looking for comfort food around their neighborhood. Jones’ bread bar is the first thing to greet you upon entering. Croissants, baguettes, multigrain rolls, and other baked goods of your dreams await a spot in your takeout eco bag.
Whatever time of day you visit (Operating hours are 7am to 10pm daily), you have plenty of gourmet dishes to choose from. There’s brunch and breakfast all day, bistro plates, soups, salads, pasta and other Italian fares, and of course dessert and baked goods from their off-site bakery.
If you’re a fan of the Raintree Hospitality Group (which brought us Manila favorites such as Saboten, Providore, M Café, and Chotto Matte, as well as Farmer’s Table in Tagaytay), you may spot this special dish on the menu—Mr. Jones Tapa (tapsilog), a nod to their now-closed Mr. Jones restaurant in Greenbelt.
Setting The Bar
Aside from the bread bar, there’s also a raw bar where the chef’s recommendations are the shrimp aguachile and Jones seafood tower. Next to the bread bar is the coffee bar and dessert bar. And of course, don’t forget the wine bar for your alcoholic needs. That’s a lot of bars in one resto!
Watch my vlog for my interview with Chef Kalel Chan, and to see what I had for my brunch date at Jones All Day with my girls, Chicas and Margaritas (subscribe to our podcast!).
Parisian Café Feels
There’s a coveted Instagrammable spot in front of the raw bar in the dining area. The lighted sign at the back changes daily, paying homage to every gastronomic day of the week.
But if you’re still working your way towards dining normalcy post-pandemic and you prefer al fresco, there are plenty of tables outside. Inspired by Parisian terraces, it’s a cozy spot where you can meet up with friends and family while people-watching, or if you’re a Crazy Dog Cat Lady like myself, dog-watching in Serendra.
After dining, check out the Jonesery next to the raw bar. They sell locally made artisanal goods from small and medium Filipino enterprises. Don’t forget to bag a few rolls of bread before heading home!
Jones All Day is located on the ground floor of Serendra, Bonifacio Global City (BGC), Taguig. They’re open daily from 7am-10pm. Visit their website, raintreehospitality.net, and follow them on IG and Facebook @JonesAllDayPH.