On those days when you feel like eating healthy, it is possible to partake in a gastronomic adventure without having the need to eat clean completely or fill yourself with boring salad routines.
Going meatless for a day is something that carnivores can’t possibly do, but once they pay a visit to Joie by Dozo, they might just change their mind about meatless cuisine in Singapore for being the land of tofu and vegetables.
Revisited Joie by Dozo on an invite to find out more about its revamped menu and new offerings. (Previous visit and review at http://wp.me/p6vCaJ-Ws)
Was happy to find out that the degustation menu remain affordable (no changes in prices); with the Six-course Lunch and Seven-course Dinner at $38.80++ and $68.80++ respectively. New dishes on the revamped menu are now more creative and distinct in both taste and presentation.
Joie by Dozo offer customers an unconventional fine dining experience of hearty indulgence with its Six-course lunch ($38.80++) and Seven-course dinner ($68.80++) tasting menus which showcase a smorgasbord of unique dishes that redefines vegetarianism. Diners get to select a side dish, a cold dish, a soup, a main, a dessert and a beverage of choice from the delectable menu of innovative creations.
Before the start of your degustation meal, diners will be presented an “amuse bouche” ($12) which is the chef’s daily selection of assorted platter (Raspberry Spherical, Carrot Brine, Seaweed Cracker with mushrooms and Wasabi mayo) – subject to changes.
The popular choice of side dish here is the Gratinated Champignon Mozzarella ($12.80), which is Joie’s representation of the classic French escargot dish, but using button mushrooms as the key ingredients, served with Tennessee heirloom potato puree and Belgian endive. You may think that this dish contains real escargots, but they are actually not.
For something new and bolder, try the Tempura Platter on Mash ($12.80) consisting charcoal coated yam, eggplant, banana and apple baked to crisp perfection, served with orange sesame dressing.
I can never imagine how the combination of charcoal with vegetables and fruits can work its magic on my taste buds so well.
The cold dish ($26 applicable for dinner only) takes a strong focus on modern presentation and always served beautifully plated. Out of the five creative dishes namely; Zucchini Tower, Tartare Platter au Naturel, White Asparagus with Caviar, Cubes of Duo Watermelon, and the newest dish launched on the menu is the Vegetable Sashimi on Ice with Quail Egg Shooter Glass, featuring sliced sashimi made from coconut, konjac, aloe vera, carrot and pear.
You can see from the artful presentation, how skilful was the chef and how much effort was put in to showcase the delightful dishes. The texture of the sashimi was cleverly replicated, it’s hard to tell the difference from the real ones which was simply too amazing!
There two types of soup ($12) served at Joie by Dozo – either clear or the creamy. The Snow Pear and Napa Cabbage Consumme or Clear Tomato Broth with Garbanzo will work those who prefer something light. I decided to go for my favourite choice of soup that is pumpkin for sure.
The Pumpkin Veloute with tomato ciabatta and edible pearls is a new dish on the menu. Mushroom and truffle lovers will likely go for the Infusion of Cepes and Truffle, which are porcini mushrooms perfumed with white winter truffle oil and black truffle.
Joie by Dozo will ensure that you’ll be spoilt for choice when it comes to the mains. Popular dishes ($36) include the Wild Rice with Eggplant Terrine, Truffle Risotto and the Polenta Castle. New additions that deserve special mention are the Grilled Bai Ling Mushroom Steak on “Pu-Ye” Hot Stone and Duo Ravioli Platter.
The star dish features a generous portion of Bai Ling mushroom steak with mash and tempura fan served on a granite hot stone (300°C) and a magnolia obovata (Japanese leaf) which helps to grill the “steak” while keeping the juices together. The Bai Ling mushroom has a springy, meaty texture that can really pull off as abalone, it even looks like one. The succulent mushroom is tasty on its own with the smoky aroma and harmonise perfectly with the accompanying truffle dip.
Before completing the meal with a dessert, pick your potion ($8) of Iced fruity refresher, cocktail of love, or a pot of calming tea or coffee.
Desserts ($10) are made simple and not overly elaborate. Choose from the classic Cheesecake, aromatic Coffee Creme Brulee, to the decadent Warm Chocolate Cake with Vanilla Ice Cream or Red Wine Poached Pear with Vanilla Ice Cream.
Meatless cuisine isn’t that obscure as you may think, as there is a growing number of diners cutting back on meat consumption nowadays. The next time when you are planning for a delicious meatless dinner, bring your carnivorous friends along and show them how painless a meal without meat can be.
They’ll probably be able to find joy after dining at Joie by Dozo.
JOIE BY DOZO
Address: 181 Orchard Road, #12-01 Orchard Central, Singapore 238896
Reservations: +65 6838 6966