Following the success of its flagship artisanal coffee house Jewel Coffee at One Shenton, owner Adrian Khong has since introduced a Cafe + Bar concept at Rangoon Road in the heart of the quaint neighbourhood of Little India. Jewel Cafe and Bar offers an extension menu featuring all-day breakfast and unique creations that include appetisers, main, pastas, burgers & sandwiches, and also original cocktail concoctions from the bar.
I’ve heard rave reviews about Jewel’s Umami Prawn Capellini ($22), Capellini with grilled prawns, crustacean oil topped with our own Umami “magic” dust. Inspired by Singapore’s iconic Hokkien Mee, this capellini is first cooked in their homemade prawn stock that is made from prawn heads and loads of butter, so that the pasta would absorb all the rich flavours. The entire dish was definitely a cross breed between that of an Italian pasta and Singapore’s Hokkien Mee because while the pasta was al-dente, the aromatic buttery broth at the bottom, along with the bonito flakes, seaweed and fish roe made it seem some how an Asian dish. I also quite love how the prawns were perfectly cooked. It was a bright pink colour and had a nice bite to it. Not quite sure what the “magic” dust referred to though..
The Chilli Crab Pasta ($23), Linguine tossed in homemade spicy chilli crab sauce garnished with crispy fried mantou, was definitely not lacking in any authentic chilli crab flavour. It had just the right amount of sweetness and tomato flavour, just the right amount of heat that will allow you to enjoy it no matter how sweltering the day is, and had a generous portion of fresh crabmeat. The mantou was delicious as well! While it is thinner and not quite the same than what you would normally get, the slightly thicker exterior was still crispy, and the inside was still soft and fluffy. I would definitely recommend you to forgo your utensils and eat the mantou with your hands, and soak up all that sauce at the bottom.
This Ricotta Pancakes ($14) served with caramelised banana and lemon zested mascarpone was airy and fluffy, and you could see how beautifully caramelised the bananas are. It really goes to show just how much attention they put into perfecting even the slightest and smallest details. And the tangy creamy mascarpone was a nice balance for the entire dish.
And of course, how could we leave this place without having a cup of their espresso-based coffee specialties that are lovingly pulled with their Italian La Marzocco Strada machine. Their coffee beans are imported from Brazil, Ethiopia and Sumatra, each having their own distinct taste, aroma and acidity. I am no coffee expert but I quite like this cup of Cappuccino that I got 🙂
Jewel Coffee and Bar is definitely one of the new up and coming hip place to be. Reservations are generally not needed due to the fast turn over, unless you are planning to go on a weekend to have a lazy brunch and are not willing to wait in line. They have both indoor and outdoor seats, so do indicate which you prefer, and whether you mind climbing up a flight of stairs.
Jewel Coffee and Bar
129 Rangoon Road
Tel: 6298 9216