Weets Eats: Mojo’s a charming yakitori bar
Local actor Shane Pow added star power to Telok Ayer when he opened Mojo last month with Sin Lee Foods cafe's Sean Lim.
Mojo serves lunch bowls (from $10) by day and transforms into a celebrity-filled yakitori and bespoke cocktail bar by night. Recently spotted there were actresses Kym Ng, Julie Tan and Michelle Chong.
It may be thrilling to be dining next to celebrities and hearing tidbits of their conversations, but if the food is less than stellar, it is a waste of money.
Fortunately, money is mostly well spent at Mojo.
I have not had a chance to dine there for lunch - I heard it is packed until about 2.30pm - but I made it for dinner, and I would join the queue again for the Foie Gras Chahan ($18).
It looks decadent, smells heavenly with a hint of garlic and uses quinoa, so you can pretend that this dish is healthy.
While the squid in the Fried Squid ($15) was not different from most, the smokey and roe-filled mayonnaise dip with a slightly burnt taste and smell kept it exciting.
From the yakitori menu, my pick is the Pork Jowl ($6). I love how simple it is - just a salt rub before it is grilled. It retained its juiciness and tenderness, too.
There are many nice choices on the yakitori menu, but I found that the sauce of the Tsukune ($9) is too sweet - it overwhelms the chicken. Still, it makes for a great picture.
The Manila Clams ($20) was bland, despite the aroma. The components - butter, clams and seasonings - felt disconnected. I wish there was an underlying element to unite it.
While the bar bite concept is not unique, I enjoyed Mojo's youthful vibe.
It is noisy, casual and fun with a reasonably priced cocktail menu, making it an ideal place to visit after a day at work.
204, Telok Ayer Street
Open: Weekdays noon to midnight
Saturdays 5pm to midnight
KIDS EAT FREE
From Monday until April 14, kids eat free at Jamie's Italian on weekdays.
The kids' meal ($9.50) comes free with every adult main course ordered. Kids also get a goodie bag. For reservations, visit www.jamiesitalian.sg
The Carvery (Park Hotel Alexandra, Tel: 6828-8880) is offering, from Wednesday, an express Big Plate lunch at $19.80, with one serving of protein and grains, two vegetable sides and a soup. There is also the buffet at $38.
NASI UDUK FOR MARCH
This month, try the Nasi Uduk at Kintamani Indonesian Restaurant (Furama RiverFront, Tel: 6739-6463).
It is an Indonesia Betawi-style dish of steamed rice cooked in coconut milk with accompaniments, which you can grab from the buffet line.
For a limited time, it is from $55, with a one-for-one promotion.
PrimaDeli has teamed up with chef Siti Mastura Alwi, the host of Suria's baking show Vanila, to offer a cake with a local twist - the Pandan Kaya With Gula Melaka Roll. It is selling for $4.80 until the end of this month (usual price: $6).