Jewel Coffee has launched an all-day dining second outlet, Jewel Cafe and Bar, right smack in Little India, seemingly an up-and-coming area for budding café entrepreneurs these days. For an artisanal coffee café, Jewel’s food is better than expected, and I’ve found my ideal 3-course dinner out of all the dishes we tried.
I’d start with the unique Shio-Koji Octopoke, a Hawaiian/Japanese-inspired octopus salad. Surprising since I usually won’t pick anything octopusy off the menu. The combination of non-chewy octopus cubes, creamy avocado, heat from the wasabi, and dressing made from shio-koji (fermented rice-based salt substitute) and evoo somehow works. Quite brilliant, in fact!
After starter is done, I’d then move to the main course: a restaurant-worthy pan-fried Chilean black cod. Simple and good, too wonderfully oily, and it’s almost a crime to make us share this! I want it all for myself, haha.
Now that the savouries are done, it’s time for the sweets. I’d go with the pan-seared watermelon steaks and pineapple sorbet on days when I want to feel (relatively) healthy. On naughty days, it’s definitely the tiramisu laced with strong coffee and rum. Ah heck, tell you what, let’s have both desserts any day! Life is too short to be cruel to thyself.
The rest is a case of either:
Didn’t like — cheesy onion soup, prawn capellini (supposedly sprinkled with Jewel’s secret umami ‘magic dust’ which obviously didn’t work its magic on me), brioche French toast (like they say, “honey it’s not you, it’s me”, I’m just not into French toast); or
Didn’t try — bacon jam (points for creativity), OMG! burger (go for it, it’s basically heart attack on a plate), and miso/mirin-marinated iberico pork.
French Onion Soup ($8)
croutons, swiss cheese, parmesan, gruyere
Fat Soldiers ($9)
sliced baguettes, homemade bacon jam
Shio-Koji Octopoke ($12)
japanese octopus, wasabi, evoo, avocado, ginger flower
OMG! Burger ($20)
beef patty, bacon, luncheon meat, cheddar, sesame brioche buns, fries, sunny side-up
Umami Prawn Capellini ($22)
grilled prawns, homemade crustacean oil
Black Cod ($32)
pan-fried chilean black cod, parsnip mash, sautéed vegetable
Miso Presa Iberico ($34)
oven-baked pork, mash potatoes, seasonal vegetables
Brioche French Toast ($13)
lemon zest mascarpone, strawberry, caramelised banana
flavoured with rich indonesian coffee and rum
Pan-Seared Watermelon Steaks ($9)
homemade pineapple sorbet, basil leaves, balsamic glaze, sea salt
A big thank you to Chenyze from Sixth Sense Communications for inviting and hosting!
Jewel Cafe and Bar
129 Rangoon Road