Monthly Archives: July 2015

Dojo

Warning for S and my “no-pork-for-me” friends: this place only serves pork, and nothing else!

Amongst 3 colleagues and I, we shared:

Pork Grillets ($6)
IMG_5368.JPG Sinful, bouncy, chewy, fatty little bites. Just a tad sweet after your 4th one.

Komba Bao ($6 for 2)
IMG_5369.JPG Interpretation of the Chinese kong-ba bao. Was super looking forward to this! Imagine biting through the crusty shell of the deep fried bun, then finding the soft fluffy bread and then sinking your teeth into the warm meaty pork. This is like a bigger scale fried mantou with meat. Super delicious; just a notch too sweet.

Sumo Burger ($13)
IMG_5365.JPG Soft buns with juicy minced pork patty and crispy batter fried pork belly – a good mix of various textures and taste. Good but I somehow didn’t find it too exciting. Would probably try their signature, Big Boss (stack of onion ring, sunny side up, bacon and pork patty) next time.

Stevo Sandwich ($10)
IMG_5366.JPG Of all our orders, this sounded the least sinful and I thought it would be the least yummy. Wrong. The sweet home-made apple sauce complemented the salty roasted pork belly slices really well and the bread provided the neutral balancer. I actually liked this best of the 4!

Overall, a nice casual place for pork lovers – definitely check this out if you are into pork, and especially if you are in the CBD.
IMG_5372.JPG 72 Circular Road
Open daily (except Sun) 11am-3pm; 6-10pm
http://dojo.sg/

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Merchants

On a roll now that I am back from my hiatus!

I don’t know how I missed that Tian Tian had closed its doors at Joo Chiat; my parents apparently have mentioned this several times.

In its place, is Merchants – a wine shop/bar/bistro, which we adjourned to after our grill dinner. And because A thought Awfully Chocolate at the end of the road was too far away to walk to.

We sat in the alfresco section; would have preferred the AC but it was cool enough outside.

I really like the vibe – chillax, not trying too hard and most importantly, not too noisy (we were probably the ones shrieking and cackling away; 5 girls, what to do?).

It isn’t one of those pish posh wine places where you feel obliged to know french words, swirl your glass and poke your nose in (I hope it wasn’t just us being oblivious to our surroundings!).

Lighting was warm, music was soft and not the thumping sort that drowns out half your conversations. I also like that the tables were a comfortable distance from each other so you are not forced to listen in on other people’s affairs but yet, it wasn’t deathly quiet and you just have a sense of tinkering glasses and light banter in the background.

They have a huge wine list; we got them to recommend and enjoyed our sweet and light Guetztraimer ($42+). We also shared a mixed platter of hams and cheeses ($38+) – the soft cheeses were smelly and yummy!

IMG_5572.JPG Overall, a relaxing place to hang out and gossip chit-chat over wine and small bites. Had a lovely night. Looking for cheese kakis to go back again!

443 Joo Chiat Road
http://www.merchantsofsingapore.com.sg/cellar-doors/#joo-chiat-rd

Braserio

Back from a long hiatus!

We had our monthly girls’ night at Braserio, a new grill place along Joo Chiat (near Scanteak, for those familiar with the area). The place was totally empty when we got there at 7:20pm which got me slightly worried. They did fill up later in the evening (maybe we were just the uncool early birds).

IMG_5566.JPG They put us on the second floor, and whilst the exclusivity of having the whole floor to ourselves was entertaining for a bit, it got little difficult to get prompt service with the servers stationed downstairs. Our server was a young, earnest and shy boy who tried very hard so we played nice.

The menu went easy on brain cells. For $19,90++, you choose from beef steak, beef skewers, roast chicken or the monthly specials (prawns for this month) and it comes with free flow of fries and salad. Both A and C commented separately that it should be the other way around – greedy buggers.

There are also a few appetisers and desserts but none too compelling. For alkies, you may want to try their speciality Caipirinha, Brazil’s national cocktail of sugar cane hard liquor, sugar and lime.

The flavour of the night was beef steak, medium rare. The steak was juicy and tender, but perhaps underdone (almost raw) at parts. A liked it but I thought it was too barbaric for me. Can’t ask for too much at this price point – so won’t comment on marbling but there were enough fatty bits to make one happy.

IMG_5569.JPG The fries were literally cut potato sticks. Very rustic; I like the pieces with the skin still on – I guess they were crispier. Somehow fries done this way are not as addictive; we didn’t need refills. The salad was lettuce and tomatoes tossed together, also no refills required.

IMG_5568.JPG The meal came with their 3 house-special sauces – BBQ, Mango and Mustard. I like the mustard best – sourish and slightly spicy; adds punch to the fries and meat.

IMG_5567.JPG This may sound a little harsh, but my honest opinion is that I am not too sure where this may fit in with the competitive F&B scene. It does not have the warm Latino overdose-on-meats vibes of a Brazillian Churrascaria nor the all-too-popular industrial-chic hippy set-up. It felt a little more like Grill meets Ikea. Whilst the meat was good and price reasonable, there are just too many options out there and nothing too unique to draw me back.

333 Joo Chiat Road
Open 6-11pm
Braseiro Restaurant Singapore