From gourmet coffee to artisanal sandwiches and desserts, Joe & Dough has been responsible for handcrafting simple, honest food from the heart since early 2009. For those whom have not heard about Joe & Dough – which you shouldn’t be, Joe & Dough is a homegrown brand founded by a couple turned business partners, Damien Koh and Dawn Wee.
Both of them shares the same love and passion for good coffee and quality food, dedicating equal time and energy into growing their business. The coffee and sandwich chain currently owns 8 outlets in Singapore, and with the ninth outlet coming along its way in October this year.
The humble beginning of Joe & Dough started back in March 2009, where they opened doors of the first outlet at Income at Raffles, formerly known as Hitachi Tower. A year later in 2010, the second outlet was opened at Suntec City Mall then relocated to Millennia Walk due to the revamp of Suntec City Mall. Dominating the speciality coffee scene in the Central Business District, Joe & Dough opened its third outlet in 2011 at Marina Link Bay Mall, and its fourth outlet in 2013 at Golden Shoe Car Park.
Early 2014 was the changing tide for Joe & Dough as they ventured out of the Central Business District, opening three outlets at Orchard Gateaway, Kallang Leisure Park and Novena Square 2, and finally its eighth outlet in 2015 at Madame Tussauds, Sentosa Singapore.
Says Dawn, co-founder of Joe & Dough, “we wanted our outlets taking root near the business district and shopping malls which are really accessible via public transport, so that our customers can easily find their way to our place to enjoy simple, honest food paired with coffee from the heart”.
Had an exclusive privilege to chat with Dawn over a cup of Joe, and was presented to an array of special edition wholesome sandwiches, as well as newly introduced all-day breakfast items and some good ole’ fashioned baked goods.
Launched on August 1, the Soy Sauce Chicken with Achar Sandwich ($8.80) is Joe & Dough‘s tasty efforts to pay homage for our multi-cultural nation, as well as to celebrate Singapore’s 50th birthday. Featuring a Cantonese-style chicken braised in soy sauce, paired with savoury Nyonya Achar and sesame dressing sandwiched between the white panini was absolutely mouth-watering, and goes well with a glass of iced shaken tea, or try the Bandung Cafe Latte (Hot: $5.50 For-Here, $6.10 To-Go / Cold: $6.30) which is an modern interpretation of an old school favourite – Bandung with Joe & Dough‘s cafe latte.
These SG50 specials are available at all Joe & Dough outlets from 1st to 31st August 2015.
Two other notable SG50 specials include the luscious Mao Shan Wang Durian Profiteroles ($4.80) and the decadent Flourless Chocolate Coconut Cake ($5.50) that is filled gula melaka in the centre, sprinkled with desiccated coconut and topped with crunchy peanuts dipped in pandan-infused white chocolate, reinterpreting the popular Nyonya snack – Kueh Kusui (Palm Sugar Cake).
The king of fruits Durian needs no further introduction. The favourite Mao Shan Wang durian is made into a traditional French dessert pastry, filling fresh durian cream into the pâte à choux (choux pastry) and baked with cookie crumbs for the crunchy bite. Durian lovers will never say no to these profiteroles.
These SG50 specials are also available at all Joe & Dough outlets from 1st to 31st August 2015.
NEW on the Joe & Dough‘s menu are two all-day breakfast items include the Truffled Egg Mayo and Lumpfish Roe on Toast ($8.50), and the Granola Yogurt Bowl with Chia Seeds ($5.60).
Multigrain toasts were generously topped with homemade egg mayo infused with aromatic truffle oil, and crowned with chives and lumpfish roe, a more sustainable alternative to caviar. Simply spread the egg mayo like butter around the toast to enjoy.
The Granola yogurt bowl with chia seeds is a healthy choice for breakfast goers who love their greek yogurt drizzled with honey and topped with raisins, granola and chia seeds for the extra goodness you need for the day.
Both all-day breakfast menu items are available at all Joe & Dough‘s outlets, except Golden Shoe Car Park, Marina Link Bay Mall and Income at Raffles outlets.
Gourmet sandwiches like the Turkey Ham with Curried Mango Chutney ($8.20) and Chicken Tikka with Mint and Coriander Mayo ($8.50) make a great choice for the hearty appetite and those who simply love their incredible work of dough.
My favourite sandwich out of the two was the smoky and tender Chicken Tikka which was marinated with spices and yogurt, then cooked in a traditional tandoor oven till perfection. It was comforting and delivers a depth of mouth-watering flavours.
Cheesecake in any form makes a fantastic dessert, but when you add in rich Belgian chocolate and fresh brewed espresso, it sets a new standard. This new exciting flavour is rich, yet balance in flavours and easily one of my favourites – Espresso Chocolate Cheesecake ($6.80).
Mixed Berry and Lemon Lime cupcakes ($3.80) are some of the newer flavours introduced on Joe & Dough‘s cupcakes selection. These reasonably wholesome morsels are not overly sweet and perfectly piped with dreamy colours. Be greeted with a burst of flavour as the centre is filled with a surprise treat.
Pandan Gula Melaka cake ($5.50), a dessert entry from past year makes a sweet comeback this year to satisfy the cravings of its loyal following. Would prefer the Pandan cake to be more moist with smooth and creamy gula melaka, but the overall taste was still enjoyable.
I was glad to be able to find a good cup of coffee now after trying their Signature d.r Joe 1914 Coffee ($5.40 For-Here/ $6 To-Go) which consist a double ristretto (stronger and full-bodied) crafted by the skilled baristas.
6 years and growing strong, Joe & Dough has always been one of my favourite place for consistently good sandwich fix and I know that I can count on them, whenever I feel like grabbing my Dough with a Joe.
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