Korean food is not high on my list of preferred cuisine but Joo Bar is an exception only because it serves modern Korean bites, thankfully nothing too traditional, phew. Oh, and also because I really like makgeolli! Meaning ‘alcohol’ in Korean, ‘Joo’ is the first in Singapore to brew its signature makgeolli and the makgeolli sampler is the best way to taste-test this cloudy and light-bodied 6-8% ABV rice wine. Out of the five different flavours, my favourite is the tangy yuzu makgeolli, so good when it’s icy cold!
On to the food now. Creative starters such as the baby eel paper and house-made tofu chips sound tempting on paper. The former was a dangerous snack – I polished it off easily with the makgeolli in hand! The cracker-like tofu chips tasted nothing like tofu hmm, and the shrimp avocado salad was heavy on mayo and salt. Luckily that meant I had more stomach space for the delicious seafood risotto and soft tofu stew! If generous portions of carbs and soup ain’t comfort food, I don’t know what is ha. One of the recommended meat dishes is the slow roasted mangalitsa pork belly (I liken that to the meat version of otoro? LOL) but mom said it’s “ok, too fatty” so it’s a love-or-hate dish, I suppose.
Dessert is straightforward – there is bingsu but sadly unavailable so tiramisu it is! Very very moist and I love that they use makgeolli in it too!
Makgeolli Sampler Set ($35++)
original, yuzu, lychee, strawberry, passionfruit
Baby Eel Paper ($14++)
deep fried baby eel, chilli salt, lime zest
Tofu Chips ($14++)
guacamole, kimchi salsa, cucumber
Shrimp & Avocado Salad ($14++)
hass avocado, tiger shrimp, miso mayo dressing
Slow Roasted Mangalitsa Belly ($32++)
thick cut mangalitsa pork belly, onion, garlic, dijon mustard, spring onion salad
Seafood Gochujang Risotto ($24++)
shrimp, black mussel, clam, squid, red pepper paste cream sauce
Seafood Soft Tofu Stew ($24++)
black mussel, clam, shrimp, squid, egg
Joo Tiramisu ($12++)
mascarpone, shaved dark chocolate, cocoa powder, korean raspberry wine, makgeolli
Special thanks to Cherry for arranging dinner!
5 Tan Quee Lan Street