Savourworld has opened at Science Park Ascent, boosting 60,000 square feet of space, with up to 30 restaurant concepts.
Restaurants and cafes there include Aglio Olio, Blotto Bottles, Chinese Noodle Bar by Blue Lotus, Cha True Mue, Coffee Break, Garçons Nosh, Indochili, Kick Café, L.A.B., Licktionary, Modus, Ottoman Kebab & Grill, Ramen Atelier, SPRUCE, The Good Beer Company, Toyko Joe, and Wildfire Chicken & Burgers.
Perhaps the location is not the most prominent, the buzz surrounding its opening has not exactly been vast.
As not many restaurants were opened during the weekends, I went to try out Tokyo Joe. It is a Japanese restaurant offering a variety of Donburi for lunch, and sumiyaki and yakitori at night.
“Tokyo Joe” is named after Japanese-Italian mobster associated with the Chicago mafia.
The Japanese bowl offerings included Salmon Chirashi ($13.00), Signature Bara Chirashi ($16.00), Maguro Chirashi ($18.00), Premium Bara Chirashi ($19.00), Chicken Teriyaki Don ($12.00), Salmon Teriyaki Don ($13.00), Gyudon ($16.00), and Truffled Gyudon ($19.00).
Addition of Onsen Tamago is at $2.00 extra.
The difference between a Premium and Signature Bara Chirashi was the inclusion of scallops and prawn roe.
Of course I was mildly disappointed when the food came served in disposable containers, since Tokyo Joe was a dine-in concept.
When I realised my Bara Chirashi came without wasabi and asked for it… ”You can take it yourself from that counter” and was directed to the packets left near the utensils section.
(To explain further, it is important for a Japanese eatery, especially for Chirashi to be consistent in whether to provide wasabi, and how it is provided. From online photos, I realised most had, right in the centre. SOP is important, especially for a new establishment.)
To be fair, the cubed fish from salmon, maguro to Hamachi were considered fresh, and I enjoyed the sweetish marinate.
If I were to compare this to other similar establishments based on taste ALONE, this would be above the average.
I would assume people would order the Truffled Gyudon over the basic bowl for that added aroma, which was somehow extremely faint.
The egg was probably needed because the overall combination would have been too dry.
Overall, Tokyo Joe may come across as a fuss-free, basic assembly place, and would need some fine-tuning (say in the sauces component) to elevate the taste element.
Savourworld, 2 Science Park Drive, Singapore 118222 (Kent Ridge MRT)
Tel: +65 62654428
Opening Hours: 11:30am – 2:30pm, 4:00pm – 10:00pm (Mon – Sat), Closed Sun