Joie Restaurant by Dozo is currently my favourite vegetarian restaurant in Singapore. I’ve been there a couple of times and every time the food has been very appetising and beautifully presented. It is located near the roof top garden on the 12th floor of Orchard Central shopping centre on Orchard Road near Somerset MRT. The interior of the restaurant has a luxurious feel and a table by the window gives you a good view of the garden and skyline; there are also a few private rooms for more intimate gatherings.
The lunch menu at Joie consists of 6 courses costing $38.80++ and dinner is 7 courses for $68.80++ with the same menu choices as for lunch except there is an extra cold dish course.
I went today for a nice long lunch with a friend and on arrival we were served tea together with what seemed to be deep fried noodle sticks.
We were then given complimentary iced passion fruit drinks and served our appetiser which is always selected by the chef and consisted of a raspberry sphere on a cracker, carrot “sashimi” which really does have the texture of salmon sashimi and a seaweed cracker with mushrooms and wasabi mayonnaise. According to the waiter the carrot sashimi is supposed to be eaten first, followed by the seaweed cracker and then the raspberry sphere. All were delicious except the cracker underneath the raspberry sphere was quite soggy and not crunchy as I’ve had on previous occasions.
For the “side dish” course I had the Matsutake Cake with steamed Japanese mushroom, rosemary gel, golden enoki and crème patissiere. This was a very interesting combination of flavours, it was almost like a dessert. The cake was like a steamed cake with a delicate mushroom flavour and the crème patissiere was quite runny and sweet, good for dipping the cake in.
I had the Pumpkin Velouté for the soup course which had tomato ciabatta and edible petals in it. It was smooth and light and the ciabatta went nicely with it although it didn’t have a particularly strong tomato flavour.
I chose the Truffle Risotto for the main course because a friend had recommended it to me but somehow her one (see photo below) looks a lot more appetising than the one I received (see 2nd photo)? Maybe it was a different chef today…
It was an OK risotto, it didn’t have a particularly strong truffle flavour or much of any flavour for that matter although it did have a nice big slice of black truffle in it. Some more crunch from extra parmesan crisps wouldn’t have gone amiss.
To finish, I had the truffle creme brulee. Having had the coffee creme brulee on my last visit and thoroughly enjoying it I had high expectations for this one. It was quite a nice creme brulee, smooth and silky with surprisingly a lot of truffle at the bottom! It definitely wasn’t as good as the coffee creme brulee and it wasn’t as rich and creamy but was still enjoyable.
At the end of the lunch course you are given the choice between several different types of fruit and herbal teas as well as coffee. I went for the coffee – big mistake! It was very watery and the milk had bits of milk skin floating around even though the milk was cold. I usually go for the Ice (Iced?) Fruity Refresher which is a blend of different fruit juices with chunks of fruit floating around in it. The photo below is of the Ice Fruity Refresher that I had the previous time I dined in Joie, the Lavender Tea, Coffee Creme Brulee and Warm Chocolate Cake. P.S. the Warm Chocolate Cake is heaven! <3
Even though the food wasn’t up to par on this occasion, Joie is still my favourite place to go for vegetarian food. It’s always a delight to see how the food is presented and to try their interesting flavour combinations and textures; there’s no other vegetarian restaurant quite like it in Singapore. The service in Joie is always impeccable, very polite and attentive and the servers always carefully explain the food in each course before it’s served. I was even given a complimentary dessert the last time I went there because I decided to change my dessert order at the end of my main but I was given both my original dessert choice and the new one since the chef had already prepared the first one! 🙂
Joie Restaurant By DOZO
Address: 181 Orchard Road, Singapore 238896
Tel: 6838 6966
Opening hours: Monday – Sunday: 12pm – 3.30pm, 6pm – 10.30pm
Hope you’ve enjoyed my review, please feel free to leave a comment below with your own review of the restaurant or if you have any questions!