Kings Cart Coffee in Joo Chiat brings tapas-style fusion dining, locally-inspired cocktails and fun vibes to the East with Joo Chiat Oyster House.
Popular cafe chain Kings Cart Coffee’s outlet in Joo Chiat is a hip brunch and coffee joint in the day, but come evening the space transforms into a totally different, but equally vibrant, brand concept – Joo Chiat Oyster House.
As you can imagine from its name, the focus are oysters. Joo Chiat Oyster House sources their oysters from Japan’s Hyogo Prefecture. Here the plump bivalves are served in myriad ways – you can have them Naked, that is, sans toppings; Flavoured, where they come smothered with your choice of dressing, or loaded as Baked.
We particularly enjoyed the flavoured oysters dressed with chimichurri and the classic red wine mignonette, while the miso butter and mentaiko baked oysters also stood out.
But Joo Chiat Oyster House serves more than oysters. Expect a range of tapas-style sharing plates that are obviously catered towards a more youthful audience, like the ones they attract during the day. From Tater Tots and Mentaiko Fries to Chicken Karaage and Chilli Crab & Mantou, these are finger-friendly bar bites perfect for nibbling and washed down with drinks while shooting the breeze with the mates.
There are larger main courses as well, for those feeling more than peckish. Choose from a range of pastas, for example. There’s Vongole Aglio Olio for those who like their seafood-based pastas, while the Mentaiko Carbonara will suit those who prefer them richer and heartier. Otherwise go for the Katong Laksa Fish & Chips, which sees the British classic served up with a house-made laksa sauce.
As far as fusion dishes go these aren’t exactly inventive, but they are exactly what its target audience will love and enjoy.
On the other hand, it does run a creative cocktail programme. As can be expected from Kings Cart Coffee, its evening concept offers a number of coffee based cocktails. There’s Rum Pum Pum, their version of a rum-based Irish Coffee, the classic Espresso Martini made with their house espresso blend, or the Cold Brew Highball if you prefer something more refreshing.
For more advanced tipplers, the spiced-up Not So Old Fashioned is a serious sipper. If you want something fun, though? Go with the East Coast Plan, a take on the Southside Fizz that’s an obvious jibe at an electoral promise gone awry.
We’ll vote for more oysters.
[Photos courtesy of Kings Cart Coffee]
Joo Chiat Oyster House
Address 328 Joo Chiat Rd, #01-05, Singapore 427585 (Google Maps link)
Opening Hours 5pm to 10pm Mondays and Tuesdays; 5pm to 11pm on Wednesdays to Saturdays; closed on Sundays
Tel (65) 8814 8445