Once again I’m back to Joo Bar to try out some other eats and their drinks, well actually their draft Makgeolli (a lightly sweet alcoholic beverage native to Korea, made from wheat or rice and has a milky white colour and has about 6-8% alcohol volume).
My friend and I talked about it when I recommend this place to her and she told me that she had been here a couple of times and here I am back here again. Previously I was here for lunch but the evening crowd is much more, even on a weekday evening. Made up of mainly ladies, this is quite a place for small chats and small bites if you and a few friends would like to gather and have some drinks after a busy day at work.
We start off with a Makgeolli sampler set with five tasty flavours: original, yuzu, passionfruit, blood orange and lychee. The ice slush makes it chilling and easy to drink and if you fancy some fruity flavours, this is the one for you! The appetisers (rather pathetic and I didn't remember I had any appetisers the first time I was here for lunch) nothing great but its a good snack while waiting for my friend. Water (iced or warm) are chargeable as well
Baby paper eel is a good start before you have your mains or good as finger food. Slightly salty but it actually kick starts my stomach for my dinner coming up. Add some lime juice to give it a kick in the taste and this is love by many customers here. Next we have Joo Bossam, a small platter of boiled pork belly, in house spicy radish salad and also yucha kimchi. Spicy refreshing and yummy a mixture of textures and taste and great to pair it with Makgeolli.
Seafood pancake, a common dish when you go to any Korean restaurants, but I feel you can give this a miss. Because the pancake itself wasn't done properly as the flour still kind of raw to me. But they are quite generous with the ingredients. you can find mussels, clams, squid, shrimps and vegetables in it. My friends saw what I had posted previously and the grilled squid caught their attention. consists in their grill. Tender and juicy meat which I highly recommends it to you all to order. And lastly, army stew. Typical of Korean cuisine but a good one indeed at Joo Bar. Don't expect it to be a big stew ya (since all their dishes are kind of bite sized and not enough for a man’s stomach lol) small but the soup packs a good flavour. Consists of kimchi, sausage, luncheon meat, baked beans, ham and ramyeon (instant noodle). To end it off before we go, some more draft Makgeolli for a great dinner company!
Grab a few friends and do hang out here at Joo Bar for some drinks and bites. Do share with me if you encounter any more yummy dishes or drinks and I might be going back the 3rd time! :)
Love Korean Pop culture? You must be one of the fans of Korean food as well. From Kimchi to army stew. But have you heard about modern Korean cuisine? Joo Bar is a sleek, casual and inviting venue within a heritage three-storey shophouse in the heart of Singapore near Bugis, offering top notch modern Korean bites and creative drinks in a space that exudes a laid-back vibe with a tasteful dose of edginess
You wouldn't find waitress wearing traditional Korean dress serving you, you will not find traditional Korean food but instead, a creative way to cook, present and some of them, a fusion of western and Korean into them. Even for their drinks, you can expect something fun and tasty on a hot humid afternoon or relaxing after work in the evening.
Truffle fries for a start to start my stomach engine for a great lunch with my friends. The smell from the truffle oil aromatised the whole room as its been served. topped with seaweed flakes and cheese with a yummy kimchi mustard dipping, a good start! The tofu chips with Korean style salsa and warm kimchi with tofu and spam is next. nothing fantastic with the warm kimchi, tofu and spam but the chips with the salsa is worth a try for your appetisers.
The chicken wings, aka Joo wings not bad, nicely fried wings crispy on the outside and I'm sure chicken wing lovers will like it. Grilled squid is nice too. slightly chewy and lightly salted and seasoned squid grilled to perfection for grilled seafood lovers. Next, grilled and roasted Mangalista belly (Hungarian breed of domestic pig).
If you’re the health conscious kind, this will turn you off and for the grilled or roasted meat lovers, this is something which will choke you artilleries by an additional of 20%. Sinful but yet you’ll love the danger of dancing with the devil and I’m sure many of you will find this sinfully satisfying! One of the the best dishes being served.
Oh have I forgotten about this?! This is one more great dish at Joo Bar, LA style Black Angus Kalbi. wonderfully grilled and the dark pinkish meat, juicy and flavourful. I almost forget about this must have! We had the Korean minced rib steak too as well. but i would wish that I had come in the form of a burger as it feels like its missing something… The seafood Gochujang risotto and pasta is something you might wanna have if you’re not into the meaty stuffs. Fresh seafood and big prawns, creative sauce for both these two dishes is worth trying
Overall, if you fancy something different and yet feeling the Korean in you, do try them out. Come and enjoy your lunch or dinner here but do not come in very hungry. You might be fuming mad with their pace of serving your food.
:) 즐기다 Jeulgida!
5 Tan Quee Lan Street, S(188094)
Opens from: 1730hrs-0000hrs