Modern Korean Bar and Restaurant Joo Introduces New Menu

Ever watched a Korean drama and wished that you were in Korea? While we can’t fly you to Korea, we do know of a place where you can get modern Korean bites and a wide range of makegeolli and soju to curb your cravings.

Situated within a three-storey heritage shophouse along Tan Quee Lan Street, Joo Bar is Singapore’s first makgeolli bar and restaurant. Now, to the delight of all food lovers, Joo has expanded its food menu to include even more tasty bites.

Joo Bar at Tan Quee Lan Street

Joo Bar - Level 2 (2) - Review by Gourmet Adventures

Joo Bar - Level 2 Alfresco - Review by Gourmet Adventures

Adorned with whitewashed walls and dark hues of Korean pinewood, Joo has a welcoming atmosphere that will make you feel right at home. Once seated, order up some refreshing tipples and hearty food and we guarantee you will not want to leave the restaurant.

Tuna tartare ($18) at Joo Bar

Joo Bar - Tuna Tartare - Review by Gourmet Adventures

Whether you are looking for bar snacks an appetizers, you will not go wrong with the tuna tartare ($18). Prepared with fresh tuna, smashed avocado, cucumber, horse radish and other refreshing ingredients, this dish creates an amalgamation of flavors. For those on a diet, beware though, for this dish will surely awaken your tastebuds and have you wanting more. Other raw options include seafood ceviche and house-made tofu chips ($20).

Seafood ceviche and tofu chips ($20) at Joo Bar

Joo Bar - Seafood Ceviche & Tofu Chips - Review by Gourmet Adventures

Another highlight on Joo’s new menu is the honey butter chick ($18). Served piping hot, these bite-sized pieces of chicken are tender and sweet. For those who prefer something with a kick, Joo also offers dak kang jung ($18), the spicy sibling of honey butter chick. Marinated with honey and gochujang (fermented red pepper paste), dak kang jung has a more robust flavor.

Dak kang jung ($18) and honey butter chick ($18) at Joo Bar

Joo Bar - Dak Kang Jung & Honey Butter Chicken - Review by Gourmet Adventures

If you love ramyeon (Korean ramen) and tteokbokki (Korean rice cakes) but can’t make up your mind, fret not. Joo offers seafood rapokki ($22) – a fusion of ramyeon and tteokbokki. A generous serving of mozzarella atop results in a most comforting dish. Served with a variety of seafood such as clam, shrimp, mussel and squid, this hearty dish is best eaten on a cold and rainy day.

Seafood rapokki ($22) at Joo Bar

Joo Bar - Seafood Rapokki - Review by Gourmet Adventures

Joo Bar - Seafood Rapokki 2 - Review by Gourmet Adventures

If you’re looking for a quick lunch bite, we reckon Joo’s kimchi chilli cheese dog ($14) will do the trick. Made with mangalitsa (commonly known as the “Kobe beef of pork”), this sausage is sweet and juicy, bursting with flavors. Coupled with kimchi chilli on a warm, soft and buttery bun, this deceptively simple-looking hotdog makes a satisfying meal – with its signature house-brewed makgeolli (from $7), of course. 맛있어요!

Kimchi chilli cheese dog ($14; only available for lunch) at Joo Bar

Joo Bar - Kimchi Chilli Cheese Dog (lunch) - Review by Gourmet Adventures

House-brewed makgeolli (from $7) at Joo Bar

Joo Bar - Makgeolli - Review by Gourmet Adventures

Photo credit: Alain Li

Joo Bar, 5 Tan Quee Lan St., 8138-1628. Open daily 5:30pm-midnight.

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