Did anyone just say East side, best side?

The “East Coast Plan” gets more exciting with even more new additions of late.

These include Joo Chiat Oyster House, Two Men Bagel House, 233 Banh Mi and Fei Fei Wanton Mee 飛飛雲吞麵 all opened in the recent months.

Now, look out for ToMo at 189 Joo Chiat Road, found right next to Common Man Coffee Roasters.

ToMo has a pretty arch at the entrance, with floor-to-ceiling see through glass doors that showcases its interior.

Inside, ToMo has a clean and contemporary vibe, decked in earthy tones, wooden elements and different shades of green that give a tropical vibe.

ToMo terms itself as a Japanese style café that serves simple and hearty food – including vegetarian options, so one can expect Japanese elements in their menu.

Pasta wise, the dishes include such as Teriyaki Duck Pasta ($20), Grilled Prawn Capellini ($22) with ebi mayo, Miso Butter Crab Pasta ($24), Wagyu Beef Ragout Pasta ($21) and Clam Umeshu Pasta ($20).

The Grilled Prawn Capellini ($22) came with capellini (thin Italian pasta) drenched in ebi mayo sauce and tobiko (flying fish roe), topped with aburi grilled prawns.

There are options to add a sous vide egg ($1), or more capellini ($6) for a more fulfilling meal.

The flavour was well-balanced with sweetness and briny taste from the ebi, while the grilled prawn added some complexity after being torched.

Apart from pasta, they also serve Sando using Japanese Shokupan (milk bread).

The Sando selection includes Wagyu beef ($21), Chicken Namban ($16), Katsu ($20) and Cold Crab ($22).

With that said, the ‘Sando competition’ will probably be high since Hello Arigato and Cafe Natsu nearby also serve similar items on their menu.

Unfortunately, we didn’t really enjoy their Cold Crab Sando ($22), and perhaps it was also because of the price point and fillings.

Considering the price, it came with a little amount of crab meat topped with ikura, lettuce and sliced tomatoes, and flavours could have been more elevated from a typical sandwich.

If you are looking for light bites for sharing, they have Tater Tots – Furikake (Half $6.50/ Full $12) and Truffle (Half $7/ Full $13), 48 hrs Smoked Short Ribs ($22), Red Wine Char Siew Jowl ($16) and Chicken karate ($13).

The beverages are the highlight at ToMo, with interesting ones such as Honeycomb Latte ($7), Intense Double Chocolate ($7), Iced Black Sesame Latte ($8), Iced Tiramisu Latte ($9), Iced Cloud Latte ($6), Matcha Mango Cloud Latte ($8) and Matcha Strawberry Cloud Latte ($8).

Using a 2-beans blend of India and Brazil from Cowpresso for their espresso-based drinks, the robust chocolatey and butty profile of the coffee was balanced by the sweetness from the honeycomb for their Honeycomb Latte ($7).

The Matcha Strawberry Cloud Latte ($8) came in beautiful layers of green matcha and pink strawberry puree, beaming with earthy tea notes.

ToMo has an interesting Japanese-inspired menu, though probably some work had to be done for the Sando to better differentiate from the other F&B options in Joo Chiat.

189 Joo Chiat Road, Singapore 427460
Opening Hours: 9am – 6pm (Tues – Sun), Closed Mon

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* Written by Nicholas Tan @stormscape who loves all things [NEW]. DFD paid for food reviewed unless otherwise stated.



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