Situated along Tan Quee Lan Street lies a sleek 3 storeys high Korean bar that is designed with overall casual ambiance; Joo Bar is a place for those who loves chilling out with friends and even for dates. Makeolli and soju lovers out there, you definitely wouldn’t want to miss this place opened by Singaporean aficionados of Korean culture and food; Jamie and Kristin Lim who started their entrepreneur journey first with Sticky and 8KoreanBbq!!
Are you new to Joo Bar?? If yes the first drink you should never miss is their home-brewed Makgeolli which is made using organic rice and purified water. Joo Bar is the first in Singapore to proudly brew its signature drink as well as serve it on tap.
The Makgeolli Sampler will allow you to experience their original home brew and four in-house creations which varies from of selection of makgeolli infused with ingredients yucha, mango, blood orange and lychee.
Sojurita | Choice Yucha or Sour Plum
Or perhaps a glass of Sojurita which comprise of frozen soju-Cointreau-lemon juice mix (slush) with an added slug of an overturned Hite beer. You may also choose to add on a bottle of soju to up a notch!
Pleasure to have Amie Hu (Amiehu.com), Alexis Cheong (alexischeong.com), Hong Peng (hpility.blogspot.com), Agnes lin (abckorea.com), Lisa Marie White (Miss Singapore 2015) & Laanya Asogan (Miss World Singapore Finalist 2016) to join us with chefs & Owner.
We had a little chat with current head chef Nathaniel Jodin who started cooking since young with his dad back at home. Upon graduated from polytechnic, he started off his journey in Culina and Gattopardo before heading for his degree at Culinary Institute of America where he did an internship at a 1 star Michelin restaurant in wood side, California. He last headed Gastrosmith before coming to Joo Bar where he gets to learn more about Korean cuisines. One of the reason he found his passion since young is that food really brings people together.
So now while you fancy for some alcoholic Korean cocktails or even other Korean alcoholic drinks, you should try out their Korean Tapas, main dishes and desserts. *FYI, Joo Bar has a decent list of Japanese whiskies and other alcoholic drinks too!!
TAPAS / BITES
Tofu Chips with Salsa and Guacamole | House made tofu chips, salsa, avocado, cucumbers
Only here for drinks? Healthy tofu chips or which I call it – the tortillas, can be pretty addictive. Besides the classic guacamole, you have the kimchi salsa dip which make it Korean Mexican Style!!
Sizzling Mushroom Trio | Enoki, shiitake, king oyster, house-made garlic butter
‘Stir-fry’ by mixing it well upon serve; mushroom lovers will want more of this dish!
Joo Wings | Chicken wings, soy glaze, chopped nuts
The best deep fried items we had and you must have it too! It is simply fragrance and crispy with well retain moisture within.
Honey Butter Chicken | Chicken tenders, honey butter glaze, rice cake
Rather sweet, though the deep fried rice cakes goes well with the sauce.
Dak Kang Jung | Chicken tenders, gochujang, honey, garlic, chopped nuts
We prefer this chicken tenders more, perhaps because of the savory, spicy gochujang (red pepper sauce) which has more ‘kick’ in some ways – but fear not this level is not spicy at all.
Slow Roasted Mangalitsa Belly | Pork Belly, shredded chives seasoned with chilli flakes and soy sauce
The mangalitsa belly is soaked with salt, pepper, soju and makgeolli before it is steam-roasted for 2 hours and 45 minutes. Mangalitsa pork is from a Hungarian breed of domestic pig and it is also known as the Kobe beef of pork. You must try out the rainbow mangalitsa pork belly platter at 8koreanbbq!!
DIY Bibimbap | (Only available for daily lunch 12noon – 230pm)
Healthy Korean meal with so many ingredients to choose from!! This is combination of quinoa with spicy chicken and steak while the other Bimbimbap we had as shown in the video is broiled saba fish. And for your information, Quinoa has more fiber and protein than brown rice. #DefinitelyaHealthierChoice
Seafood Rappokki | Ramyeon, toppokki, shrimp, clam, black mussel, squid, mozzarella
The cheesy Rappokki is filled with sumptuous fresh seafood. I would strongly suggest you to ask for hot pepper sauce which is serve upon request only should you find this too sweet for your liking – especially for those who loves spicy.
Yucha Ricotta Cannoli | Yucha-infused ricotta cheese, white kimchi
Italian x Korean Dessert indeed! The white kimchi’s crunchiness might make you think that you are eating shredded coconut. Fear not for any weird sourish taste as it is really tasty!!
Doenjang Creme Brulée | Infused doenjang (bean paste), Crispy tempura tuile
Doenjang is actually a thick Korean bean paste. You will be surprise that it goes really well upon serving it as a creme brulee dessert. Overall it gives me cheesy savoury taste which might due to the crispy tempura tuileyet which balance out the full sweetness of the original dessert itself. #Interesting
Chocopop Ganache | Bacon-infused chocolate ganache, Chocopop Gateaux, graham crackers, popping candy, dehydrated orange
I had bacon brownie at Oh My Bacon but never have I had a bacon-infused chocolate ganache. The key different between the both lies with bite size of the bacon while in this case you don’t really get to bite the bacon in this ganche but rather enjoy the smoky salty flavour that is extracted out of the bacon. Play along with your palate and feel within your mouth by having it with lots of popping candy!! Oh Yess!! Chocolate lovers should never miss this dessert!!
Now that you know about this Korean bar, wait no more by heading down to enjoy the boozes and bites over Korean songs with lovely ambience!
5 Tan Quee Lan Street Singapore 188094