Review: Joo Bar @ Tan Quee Lan Street (Lunch Menu!)

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There will be a couple of posts on the Menu Updates of various establishments these days, because it is AWESOME for cafes and restaurants to have something NEW to be added into their repertoire, and surprise us!

Just like Joo Bar! Previously I’ve blogged about their dinner menu, which still remains kinda unchanged by the way. Check out the post here! Just a month ago, Joo has came up with their NEW lunch menu – and it is pretty awesome!

The MenuPhoto 23-9-15, 1 51 44 PM

Not the most extensive menu out there but definitely one of the more unique ones – with the amalgamation of the essence of Korea into the Italian cuisines. Because there was only one of me that day, I was very sad because I could only try out 2 out of the 6 dishes at Joo. Everything just looked amazingly delicious!

The Food

1) Baked Mangalitsa Kimchi Rice ($16)Photo 30-9-15, 4 34 40 PM This dish consisted of Mangalitsa Belly, atop of kimchi fried rice, and various cheeses. Oh god. Somebody hold me.. I can’t. Photo 23-9-15, 12 51 05 PM
The BEST kimchi fried rice I’ve ever had, that umami flavor was bursting in my mouth. I just couldn’t stop my hand from stuffing mouthfuls after mouthfuls of this in my mouth. And the pork used in Joo will never fail you, because they are TOP GRADE Mangalitsa pork. They might be a little more fatty than average, but I can assure you, Joo does it so well that you will grow to love the FATS.

And LOOK AT THAT PERFECTLY POACHED EGG. The fried onions added a crunch to the entire dish. Ah. I thought I was in Korean heaven.

2) Spicy Mangalitsa Deopbap ($16)
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This was another dish that showcased their AMAZING, AMAZING Mangalitsa pork! But this one has white rice, carrot zucchini and spring onion! Photo 23-9-15, 2 14 59 PM
This tasted healthier because it has so much veggies, which all tasted amazing when mixed together with the pork. I’m not a huge fan of this dish because EEE WHITE RICE, I don’t like. Nevertheless, the rest of the ingredients that were on this were ON POINT.\

IF you’re with a group of friends, check out their starters as well!

I chose the Truffle Fries ($10) – and it came with the VERY addictive gochujang mayo.Photo 23-9-15, 12 43 42 PM
I died. And the portion for $10 was really really generous, I went crazy eating it!

After my feast, I ordered a Iced green tea to cleanse my explodingbelly! Loved how the green tea tasted from here cause it’s not sweet at all! Me like!Photo 23-9-15, 12 34 37 PM

Closing Remarks

The lunch menu on Joo bar is definitely not a value for money meal, with its prices ranging from $16 to $18. I would say it’s a damn good place for you to have your lunch if you’re craving for something Korean, or you just want to pamper yourself for the day! Besides, its quiet and chill ambience makes a good place for you to meet your clients there over some amazing food (I bet your client will be impressed by your choice of food), and some makgeoli. Otherwise, it makes a unique choice for your weekend brunches, because aren’t you just sick of THE EGGS BENEDICT?!

Despite the slightly steep price tag in comparison to our usual lunch spots, I will actually come back here to try out their other items because they are SO GOOD. That kimchi fried rice. Just wow.

How to get there?
5 Tan Quee Lan Street
Singapore 188094

Opening Hours
Daily: 11:30 am-2:30 pm; 5:30 pm-12:00 am

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