JQ Chef Café, not JYP from Korea, JP Morgan or JJ Lin. JQ is the initial for Chef Johnny Quek, ex-chef at the World’s First Full Butler Sky Dining at Singapore Flyer, who has opened a cafe at Toa Payoh Central.

Not many cafes in Singapore are named after their owner, unless they are confident of the chef’s branding.

Bringing his team over, Chef Johnny Quek has taken over the space once occupied by Les Patisseries (which has shifted to Upper Thomson).

JQ Chef Cafe has such a similar shopfront as Les Patisseries, we actually walked past the cafe twice initially without realising there was a change.

The “déjà vu” interior with the same chalkboard menu, same furniture, same vibes.

Their offering is straightforward – 3 items on the brunch menu (serving from 11.30am – 2.30pm daily), 3 pasta dishes and some cakes.

Looking at the 3 brunch items: Eggs Benedict ($11.90), Eggs Royale ($11.90), Big Breakfast ($13.90), our initial thought was… em, boring? Same-same.

Both the taste and presentation of the Eggs Royale ($11.90) were surprising good, perfectly poached eggs with runny yolk set on top generous slices of smoked salmon.

The brioche used was soft and fluffy, added with crunchy and refreshing greens. with hollandaise sauce that eluded a subtle citrusy touch.

The Waffalo ($9.90) is the combination of 2 words: Waffle + Marshmallow.

Waffle was crispy and airy and came with 2 scoops of chocolate and vanilla bean ice cream, 2 Pepero sticks and torched marshmallow (Manhattan Fish Market style) before serving. A pretty decent waffle for its price.

The Tiramisu ($7), Chocolat Truffle ($7), Cheese Cake Brownie ($7) and Tarte Au Citron ($6) on display looked familiar – supplied by Les Patisseries until their kitchen is more stabilised at a later date.

The addition of another café in the heartlands is definitely heartwarming, especially from a chef who has experience in the upmarket F&B sector and able to serve quality and yet affordable food to the residents.

JQ Chef Cafe
Block 186 Toa Payoh Central #01-428, Singapore 310186 (Toa Payoh MRT)
Opening Hours: 11.30am – 4pm, 5pm – 10pm (Mon-Fri), 11.30am – 10pm (Sat-Sun)

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Pacamara Boutique Coffee Roasters (Upper Thomson)
CoolPlay Soft Serve (Toa Payoh)
The Frosted Chick (Thomson Road)
Double Scoops (Ang Mo Kio)

* Written by Daniel’s Food Diary Cafe Correspondent Nicholas Tan @stormscape.


  1. We have no opinion on JQ Chef’s food because they gave themselves a reputation for being rowdy after being in business for less than 1 week.

    Truth is, they have 100% of the same problem as Les Patisseries ownership that ran the establishment before them… At 9:30pm-11:00pm, they sit or stand below our living room windows, smoke cigarettes, shout and laugh so loudly that we can hear them through our 100% closed living room windows.

    DEAR JQ: PLEASE ACCEPT THIS BUSINESS ADVICE –are you trying to offend your neighbours? Or are you trying to turn them into customers? We gave Les Patisseries up to $100 of business every week before they turned rowdy on us. –How much money are you losing by keeping your neighbours awake at night with your rowdy behaviour?

  2. I am a regular at Les Patisseries and was saddened that they up and left .. had no inclination to go try JQ Chef Café until i read Daniel’s blog. The pic looks good and am tempted 🙂 but err .. at least i would expect d deco to be slightly different since it is a new ownership … no doubt they might be the ‘big boys’ in the gastronomical world, but deco n looks plays a part as well when you want to attract customers 🙂

    Each time i passed by, i just could not walked into the cafe .. it looks so dismay and dimly lighted it almost seems depressing. Hope the food is the saving grace 🙂

    • I have my lunch and dinner at JQ Chef several times recently. Most of the meals are with my colleagues. We all enjoyed the very good food and cosy ambience. We never find the cafe rowdy at all. The reason of us keep going back to JQ is the very good quality food and the cosy setting!

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