As someone who takes food seriously, I tend to approach “Instagram-worthy” places with caution. That’s because not all that looks amazing on an Instagram feed translates the same way on the palate. More often than not, I’m right.
Depending on your purpose of dining, you’ll either enjoy Jibby & Co or find it overrated. This standalone restaurant in Empire Subang Jaya has garnered mixed reviews online – quite contrasting I would say. Jien likes their softshell crab burger, which was why I found myself dining at Jibby & Co with a group of friends over the weekend.
Reservations aren’t allowed during weekends so you’ll need to wait for a table to be available. I found service a hit and miss; while some staff were friendly, there were incidences where food was placed at the table with no pleasantries exchanged.
My Banofee Pie Milkshake (RM18) tasted like a watered-down shake of chocolate and banana, which was also rather sweet. Nothing like the real dessert unfortunately. Our friends didn’t say anything about the Coco Longo (RM20) so I guess no complaints there.
The Big Daddy (RM32) came highly recommended at Jibby & Co – a combination of minced beef, pepperoni, beef bacon, onion jam and mozzarella on a thin pizza crust. This was quite decent and a good sharing option if you’re dining in a large group. Buttermilk Crispy Onion Rings (RM18) was too small a portion for the price you pay if you asked me.
Jibby & Co’s Softshell Crab Burger (RM32) comes with a side of sweet potato fries and spicy mayonnaise. Portion was good and the pairing of crab and coleslaw worked nicely. You get a nice crunch from the vegetables, which contrast nicely with the crisp texture of the crab and buttery brioche bread.
On the downside, The Brooklyn Burger (RM45) was disappointing. You get 200gm of grass fed beef patty with maple glazed beef bacon, pulled BBQ beef ribs, pickled sweet onions, aioli, chilli jam and melted American cheese in between a brioche bun. That sounded promising but the beef was overcooked so I didn’t get that juicy satisfaction from biting into a burger as massive as this.
The Nasi Campur Daun Pisang (RM45) is new on the menu and features steamed rice in banana leaf, served with sweet and sour oxtail, BBQ stuffed squid, grilled salmon, tempe terung and mango sambal. Portion was rather small considering the price tag, and while the squid was good, the salmon was overcooked and plain in taste. The mango sambal could have used a bit more kick as this was a tad sweet, which didn’t quite complement the platter as the oxtail was also sweet.
I didn’t care much for the Shredded Duck Confit Pasta (RM29) though they got the pasta texture spot on – al dente. I thought this tasted flat as I expected the pasta to be fully flavoured from the duck, tomatoes and spices. The lasagne looked like a better choice, judging from how it looked when the table next to us ordered one.
We didn’t get to try the Ms Universe (RM25) as they ran out that night, and instead, settled for the Fluffy ‘O’s (RM23). The latter was a huge disappointment as the mini doughnuts were dry. I suggest you skip this. Nutella Volcaramelo (RM26) features chocolate fondant with crusted Oreos, pistachios, fresh strawberries and vanilla ice cream – a pretty sight but I found this just alright. If you have a sweet tooth, this is right up your alley.
While I understand F&B operators want their tables to “turnaround” as much as possible, I didn’t appreciate being rushed to finish my food. Our plates were cleared even when one of us hasn’t finished his portion and this went on throughout our time at Jibby & Co. Mind you, my friends and I are quite fast eaters so what the floor staff did was just in poor taste.
As soon as we ate the last of dessert, a wait staff appeared and swiftly cleared the table. And the usual “leave now” question was popped – “Is there anything else we can get you?”, a strong hint for us to pay up and get out.
Our bill was close to RM400 for the above. Not cheap considering the portions (and taste) but what irked me more was the way customers were treated on a whole. And if you were wondering, the food is not at all “Instagtam-able” at night because the yellow lights would cast unpleasant shadows onto your plate. Best to go in the morning if you want to eat with your eyes.
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Food: 5.5/10 (pork free)
Verdict: Overrated. But if you were to still go, order their Softshell Crab Burger.
Jibby & Co
GK11, Empire Shopping Gallery,
Jalan SS 16/1,
47500 Subang Jaya,
Business hours: 9.30am till 10.30pm
Tel: 03-5613 7070