Envious of people who are able to take great food photos? YOU CAN TOO!

We have compiled a list of tips here, this may not turn you into a professional overnight but practice makes perfect so don’t be afraid to keep experimenting!

  • Tip #1 – Good lighting
  • Lighting plays a major role in how your photos may turn out. Most ideal setting would be to shoot in natural light. If you’re shooting indoors, especially in a restaurant setting, try to request for a seat beside the window to allow some natural light in to illuminate your subject. Avoid using the flash on your phone’s camera as the harsh lighting will make your food look unflattering. If need to, get someone to assist by shining a flashlight on your subject instead.

  • Tip #2 – The ‘Fire’ shot
  • Dripping shots may be trendy, but ‘fire’ shots makes your friends WOW more! Check out our Flambé Escargots, Flambé Tenderloin Steak or Flambé Chicken Steak, Salmon & Prawn, these items are definitely Instagram worthy.
    (Image courtesy to our customers on Instagram)

  • Tip #3 – Shoot from more than 1 angle
  • Nice images come from a good angle. For a start, shoot from as many angles as possible. From side shots to 45 degree shots and to flat lays, try taking from many different angles as a slight difference in shooting angle can make an amazing difference.

  • Tip #4 – The Rule of Thirds
  • Smartphone cameras nowadays come with 3 x 3 grids. Enable this function via your phone’s setting to make full use of this grid to help compose your images. On your screen, you will see 9 squares. Place your subject on the lines or at the intersections of the line, slightly off the centre of your screen.

  • Tip #5 – Don’t zoom, get closer
  • We know how tempting it is to use the zoom function when your object is far. Avoid using your phone’s zoom function as it decreases the image quality. As much as possible, try to get near your subject and you can crop the image later to keep the image quality.

Keep in mind the above tips and with sufficient practices, you’re on your way to create your own masterpieces! Show us your masterpieces this month by posting your yummy images up on Facebook or Instagram and stand a chance to win $50 Dining Vouchers from us!

In 3 easy steps:

  1. Dine in at any Jack’s Place or Eatzi Gourmet Steakhouse & Bistro outlets
  2. Snap & Post photos of your yummy food on Facebook or Instagram with hashtag #jptheplaceforsteaks (Remember to set your profile to ‘public’ so your photos are visible to us)
  3. Check in to the outlet location that the photo/s were taken

Contest ends on 30 June at 11.59pm. Terms & Conditions apply, full details can be found HERE.

5 Ways NOT To Ruin Your Steak

You may have gotten the best steak cut to whip up a luxurious meal, but are you making the common steak blunders? Here are 5 ways to ensure you don’t ruin your meat!

  1. Salt your meat just in time
  2. Sprinkle salt evenly on both sides of the meat a few minutes before cooking. Salting too early results in dry meat as salt draws out juices from the meat.

  3. Cook meat at room temperature
  4. Meat doesn’t like to be cold, always cook meat at room temperature to get the best flavor. To ensure a more consistent cooking experience, always remember to remove the meat from its packaging and leave it to sit in room temperature for at least 10 minutes before cooking.

  5. Be patient, wait for the pan to heat up
  6. Since you’re intending to feed your hungry tummy, why not do a good one? 101 tip to ensure juicy and properly seared meat – always make sure your pan is hot!
    Your pan should always sizzle when it touches the surface of the pan. Just a short wait for the best cooked meat, why not?

  7. Meat needs to rest too
  8. Don’t be too eager to dig in once cooked, giving your meat some rest time after cooking allows the juice to redistribute itself throughout the meat. Give it a 3-5 minutes rest time for a juicer and more succulent steak.

  9. Cut it the right way
  10. Slicing from the wrong direction leaves you with tough meat. One rule of the thumb – always cut meat against the grain!

    Remember these simple tips and you’re ready to enjoy your steak at its best! For 100% grass-fed, pasture raised beef, grab them at Jack’s Gourmet Store today!

Bonding with family and relatives — especially during special occasions and seasons — is a big part of the Singaporean culture and tradition; and because of strong family ties, family bonding moments are often enjoyed over a satisfying lunch or dinner. If you’re looking for a suitable venue to dine in with your family, here are four things to consider when looking for a good family restaurant in Singapore.

  1. Family-Friendly Ambience
  2. Having a family-friendly ambiance is vital for a good family restaurant. It should have a mood that’s inviting for families, especially for the children. Friendly and helpful staffs, long tables, space for baby prams and a well-lit environment are some qualities of a good family-friendly restaurant. Restaurant staffs must also be trained to be patient and able to handle kids properly. Having an activity for children to do is also a plus for family-friendly restaurants; kids enjoy doing activities that will keep them preoccupied while waiting for the food to be served.

  3. Kid’s Friendly Menu
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    Having a kid’s menu with a child-friendly selection of dishes is a mark of a good family restaurant. Since kids have different tastes compared to adult patrons, a special menu that offers dishes such as Fish Fingers, Spaghetti or Chicken Cutlet, while at the same time nutritional, will be highly attractive to them, especially those who are very picky with food.

    Portions also matter to parents; huge servings will leave the kids bloated while small portions could leave the kids unsatisfied. Striking the right serving size is a huge plus point.

  5. Serves Nutritious Food
  6. Other than kids’ menu, having healthy and nutritious kids-friendly food is important too. Parents today are now more conscious of healthier living and are aware of the side effects of processed food. A balanced meal consists of the right amount of carbohydrates, protein and vitamins while still tasting delicious.

    Having a well-balanced meal is something parents would appreciate and consider when patronizing a good family restaurant.

  7. Private Rooms and Event Spaces
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    Most of the time, families visit restaurants for special celebrations such as birthdays, family reunion or gathering with friends. One important factor to look for is a private room or event space where they could hold an intimate function.

    A good family restaurant usually set aside private rooms for occasions to ensure memorable moments are celebrated without disturbance.

At Jack’s place, we strive to deliver families with the best comforts of a family restaurant: we provide only the best and healthiest food choices, have private rooms and event areas for families looking to celebrate precious memories, and give you the best service to keep you satisfied while you dine with us. Visit the nearest jack’s place outlet now and experience the best in quality restaurant service.