This means "cheers" in Korean and truth to be told, it's one of those words that I rarely get to say as I don't really go drinking very often. Perhaps "맛있는", which means "delicious", would definitely be one that I'd say on a daily basis. For some reason though, when I received an invite to visit Joo Bar for dinner (and drinks), I was really excited to go check it out.
First of all, I've never been to a Korean bar not unless you'd consider those in Myeongdong that serves Korean Fried Chicken and beer then yes, I love going to those! Secondly, together with the drinks I'm pretty sure the food will be interesting to try too. Thirdly, it's just in Bugis which is one of my favorite shopping and eating districts in Singapore.
All these three went very well with the drinks served that evening. I also want to give props to the creativity of the chef as well as the bartender all our food and drink orders were all so well plated and beautifully presented.
While Joo Bar is the perfect place to go after a long day at work or during the weekends, did you know that they also got some interesting lunch options too? At this point, I was wishing that my office is in Bugis for me to be able to head over there whenever the craving arises. Well, 3 train stations away ain't so bad.
It's similar to the lunch salad bowls in the CBD area but this time you're having it with rice so this is definitely very filling. My favorite was the one with spam, tofu, lettuce, kimchi, beef bulgogi, beansprouts and white rice. It's interesting to have an egg on top of the bibimbap very similar to the traditional Korean type.
Joo Bar is a great place to hang out with friends be it for any celebration or to just relax and unwind after a busy day. Be sure to make a reservation and make sure that you get to have your table the entire evening to ensure that you won't be asked to leave for more incoming groups of guests. Sadly, that happened to us so instead of wanting to order more 'bar bites', we had to continue our night cap elsewhere.
*photos by Paul Ang
Visit Joo Bar at 5 Tan Quee Lan Street, Singapore 188094. Call them at 8138-1628.