Jewel Cafe + Bar on Rangoon Road

Riding on the success of its flagship artisanal coffee house in Shenton Way- Jewel Coffee, owner Adrian Khong has since opened his second outlet- Jewel Cafe + Bar in the heart of Little India, along Rangoon Road. Unlike its predecessor, this cafe+bar concept boasts of a full-fledged menu featuring all day comfort foods of unique appetizers, tantalizing pastas, scrumptious burgers and original cocktail concoctions from the bar.

Pop by between 3-7pm for 20% off alcoholic drinks during happy hour!

Coffee aficionados will also be pleased to know that Jewel now roasts their coffee beans in a specially imported roaster, at the cafe’s very own backyard. These freshly roasted coffee beans are then supplied to both Jewel outlets (Shenton Way and Rangoon Road), as well as other cafes and establishments. Word has it that barista workshops conducted for the public are also in the works so keep your ears peeled for the enthusiast in you.

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Headlining our appetizers, was a warm bowl cup of French Onion Soup $8 with a brimming cap of three different types of cheeses- Swiss, Parmesan and Gruyere melted cohesively together to compliment the soothingly sweet broth beneath. Effortlessly comforting and surprisingly well done for a non-French establishment. Two thumbs up!

Do note that this is only a tasting portion…

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Next was the Shio-Koji Octopoke $12, so elegantly plated with details, it could almost pass off as fine-dining. Made up of pan-seared octopus cubes tossed in shio-koji, creamy avocado and shredded ginger flower, this appetizer sure left a piquant impression on the taste buds. That ring of wasabi-extra virgin olive oil concoction that bordered the plate especially, added balance and a concentration of flavor that intensed without overwhelming the dish overall.

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These unassuming Fat Soldiers $9 were essentially slices of freshly toasted baguette served with a dip of homemade bacon jam which took owner-Adrian one month to perfect! Somewhat like a relish consistency, you would not be blamed for thinking that it tasted a tad like blitzed bak kwa (honeyed dried- pork). And I have to admit, the ease of eating the jam with a spoon, made the experience all the more gratifying.

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The OMG! $20 burger will not leave you unsatisfied. Tuck into the layers of crisp bacon, luncheon meat, USDA beef patty, cheddar, caramelized onions and lettuce and embrace the decadence. Not forgetting the sunny-side up with its runny yolk, which lends a hand at sealing the deal. Indeed OMG!

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Stealing the show that evening was this plate of Umami Prawn Capellini $22. Justified by its umami taste, tossed with homemade crustacean oil and topped with a generous serve of grilled prawns, you will not be sorry for ordering this!

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Another prized highlight on the menu is the Miso Presa Iberico $34– mirin and miso marinated Iberico pork that is first pan seared and then oven baked to medium, with a pinkish centre. My first time eating pork cooked slightly raw and I dare say, it changed any negative impressions I ever had of not cooking my pork all through.

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Hard to fault a beautiful piece of Chilean Black Cod $32 when it looks this good. Served with parsnip mash, sauteed vegetables and seasonal vegetables, it is a mighty decent portion for this price tag. Cooked through to a perfect doneness despite its thick centre, this delicate fish was superbly sweet and moist.

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I speak for the others when I say that our dessert of Pan-Seared Watermelon Steaks $9 accompanied by a scoop of homemade pineapple sorbet was delightfully refreshing and positively interesting with that drizzle of balsamico glaze and a pinch of sea salt. Alas, I do not eat watermelons but that sorbet was showstopping-ly good. I would have gladly ordered an individual scoop all to myself.

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For the coffee connoisseurs, do not leave without trying Jewel’s espresso-based coffee specialties that are lovingly pulled with their Italian state-of-the-art La Marzocco Strada machine from single origin imported coffee beans from Brazil, Ethiopia and Sumatra. It will be a caffeine-rush you do not want to miss!

See also my list of 25 Places To Eat In Singapore with Nett Prices.

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129 Rangoon Road
Singapore 218 407
Tel: +65 6298 9216

Opening hrs:
Tues-Thurs, Sun 9am – 10pm
Fri-Sat 9am – 12am
Closed Monday

Singapore

2 Responses to Jewel Cafe + Bar on Rangoon Road

  1. Love the food at Jewel Cafe. In fact I went back again. However I still find the price on the high side especially for a cafe establishment and I doubt the rental will be as ex as CBD or Orchard area.

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