Wednesday, June 12, 2013

Jewel Cafe + Bar @ Rangoon Road (Little India)


Located at the quaint and quiet neighbourhood of Little India along Rangoon Road is the second outlet of Jewel Cafe named Jewel Cafe + Bar. Bigger than the first at Shenton Way. the second outlet has a roasting facility (which they will be providing their own roast soon), cafe and bar offering all day chic dining concept.

Fat Soldiers 2.8/5

Fat Soldiers ($9) is a simple and delectable appertiser served with sliced baguettes with a bowl of homemade bacon jam. An interesting name but I find it hard to associate the name to the dish. It is a dish I probably would skip and spend my dollars on other delish dishes on the menu.

French Onion Soup 4.5/5

The tasting portion of the French Onion Soup ($8) was served in a cup covered with Swiss cheese, parmesan and gruyere. The subtle cup of soup was nicely balanced with the different flavours. I only hope that I was having the exact portion. I will be glad to finish the whole bowl.

Shio-Koji Octopoke 4.2/5

My first introduction to Shio-koji (salted rice malt) is at Japanese Dining SUN at Chijmes hence I am not foreign to it. I still remembered I was served a platter of shiokoji marinated ingredients and how it enhanced the flavours. The Shio-Koji Octopoke ($12) tossed with shiokoji, wasabi, extra virgin oil, avocado and ginger flower worked harmoniously together. The Japanese octopus also had a nice crunchy and chewy texture which was very enjoyable.

Umami Prawn Capellini 4.2/5

A definitely worthy dish to try at Jewel Cafe + Bar is the Umami Prawn Capellini ($22). The capellini is served with grilled prawns, homemade crustacean oil, topped with bonito flakes. I was told that they used a cooking technique that they learnt from fried hokkien mee to infuse all the wonderful flavours together.

OMG Burger 4/5

All burgers at the cafe are made with USDA beef patties. The whimsical named OMG Burger ($20) comes with a 150 gram beef patty, 2 slices of crispy bacon, luncheon meat, cheddar, lettuce, onion, tomato, topped with a sunny side up sandwiched between 2 soft sesame brioche buns and served with fries and salad. Although the luncheon meat gives the  local palate the extra texture and bite to it, it lacked that bursting juiciness of a burger. It was a good burger but I don't think it is the best.

Black Cod 4.5/5

The Black Cod ($32) was cooked perfectly and served with parsnip mash, sauteed vegetable and cardinal sauce. The pan fried Chilean black cod tasted beautiful and buttery.

Brioche French Toast 2.8/5

The Brioche French Toast ($13) comes with lemon zest mascarpone and strawberry, blueberry and caramelised banana.

Tiramisu 3/5

The homemade Tiramisu ($12) is flavoured with rich Indonesian coffee and rum.

Pan Seared Watermelon Steaks 2.8/5

The Pan Seared Watermelon Steaks ($9) comes with homemade pineapple sorbet, basil leaves, balsamic glaze and sea salt.

Desserts for me was rather average for a cafe. It was lacking the excitement compared to their whimsical appertisers and mains. I also felt it is overpriced for what is being put on the plate. However I do understand that they will be having a bigger pastry kitchen and coming up with more delectable desserts on the menu. I look forward in going back not only for the mains and coffee but their new desserts too.

Jewel Cafe + Bar
129 Rangoon Road
Singapore 218407
Tel: +65 62989216
Nearest MRT: Farrer Park (NE Line)

Opening Hours:
Tue-Thu: 9am - 10pm
Fri-Sat: 9am - 12am
Sun: 9am - 10pm
(Closed on Mon)

1) Alight at Farrer Park MRT station. Take Exit B. Turn left and walk towards the traffic light junction.  Cross the junction and walk down Rangoon Road. Journey time about 5 minutes.

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