The JOMO Group launches its first neighbourhood bar and kitchen concept JOMO at Holland Village, with another four slated to open later this year.
Bustling dining enclave Holland Village saw the introduction of a new F&B concept at the start of this year with JOMO, by new F&B collective The JOMO Group. JOMO at Holland Village combines a bar, kitchen, and bottle retail operation in a quaint three-storey building on the quieter end of Lorong Mambong, offering affordable and family-friendly eats and drinks in a casual neighbourhood space for denizens who live in the area.
And while it is all too easy to offer a ubiquitous bar-friendly menu covering all the usual food bases, JOMO instead ups the gastronomic notch by partnering premium butchery Sidecar Handcrafted. The latter helped curate the food offerings, as well as providing much of the meats used by JOMO’s kitchen.
The food is of an unfancied Aussie and British slant. You’re looking at the likes of a classic Bangers & Mash, Beer Battered Fish & Chips, and Homemade Beef Pie & Chips, for example, all of which are comfort food for many expatriates who live around Holland Village. We’re particularly enamoured by the Tender Pork Ribs, which came fall-off-the-bone tender and infused with plenty of flavour from being sous-vide in marinade for many hours.
Also highly recommended is their Thai Basil, Lime & Sweet Chilli Chicken Burger. If you’re familiar with Sidecar’s offerings, you’ll know they have an extremely popular Thai Basil, Lime and Sweet Chilli chicken sausage; here they turned it into a patty that works fabulously well in a burger. And for those who can’t decide – or have come as a family – the JOMO x Sidecar Platter is a carnivore’s dream, spilling with ribs, sausages, a chunk of Angus striploin, roast Cajun chicken, along with a number of sides.
But where JOMO really shines is their bar bites menu. The JOMO Crispy Pork Belly Bites takes cubes of roast pork belly and deep-fries them into delicious crispy, crunchy chews, and the housemade Popcorn Chicken too are incredibly moreish. And we’re pretty sure the Sausage Rolls and Chicken Salted Fries here are going to be a hit with the homesick British and Australian expatriate community who haven’t had the opportunity to return home for a while no thanks to COVID.
Drinks at JOMO are garden variety, but simplicity has its charms. There’s the low-carb JOMO Super Dry lager for those who like to chug their beer, while the Blue Moon Belgian-style witbier is similarly refreshing with its citrus notes. As for wines there are three whites, three reds, a rose, and a prosecco. What they have going for them is that they are as affordable as they are pedestrian; around $8 to $10 for a glass, or $40 to $50 per bottle.
Don’t forget to check out the bottle retail corner on your way out, with over 250 wines and spirits, including 40 gins by the bottle, and 50 wines at $50 nett per bottle.
“Our vision was to create a more stylish F&B experience than what is typically found around neighbourhoods, yet maintain that casual vibe and sense of community we all enjoy,” shared Steve Yallop, Group General Manager of The JOMO Group. “We also wanted to stay away from the old and stuffy and bring back the vibrant, convivial feeling to a place where you know you will have top-quality food and drinks at a fantastic place to unwind.”
The JOMO Group intends to roll out another four JOMO outlets across Singapore this year.
Unpretentious and casual, JOMO at Holland Village is the kind of neighbourhood hangout that will do rather well in that neck of the woods. It’s certainly set to become someone’s local. But we reckon the hybrid JOMO concept is also going to be very welcome wherever they open up, especially considering the high-quality food and drinks at very attractive price points.