Trendy cafes & restaurants with fanciful menu are cool, but at the end of the day, nothing beats homey comfort food. At JIAK – a private home dining concept, you can get your cravings for local food sorted out with their uniquely Singaporean-style Omakase. Nestled within 184B Joo Chiat Place, diners can enjoy a carefully-curated 6-course menu at the comfort of home. Excited to find out more? Read on for more JUICY information!
Here’s a sneak preview of JIAK’s 6-Course Singaporean-style Omakase which is ONLY priced at $70 NETT! Menu changes every month based on the seasonality & quality of ingredients. AND have you spot your FAV local dish from the picture yet?
Grandma’s Wu Xiang
Our familiar Singaporean dish, Ngoh Hiang but LEVEL UP at JIAK. Instead of the usual pork and prawn fillings, JIAK uses Foie Gras and Water Chestnuts (for that extra crunch). Fried to perfection, the Ngoh Hiang was crispy and not too oily. Foie Gras, on the other hand wasn’t too gamey. Definitely a great way to kickstart the Omakase. Psst! See that homemade Achar at the back? It was well-marinated and darn addictive lah! ‘Secretly hoping for more!’
Double-Boiled Lotus Root Soup with Prime Rib
Feeling so nostalgic after taking a sip of this 48-hour Double-boiled Lotus Root Soup with Prime Rib from Jiak. My mum used to cook this soup when I was younger (with Pork Ribs instead). The soup was flavourful (relieved some childhood memories too) and the Prime Ribs were really tender as well. My mum was singing praises of this dish, especially the well-cooked Lotus Root which was crunchy; not too mushy or tough.
Steamed Codfish in Chicken Broth
As you can see, they are very generous with the portion of Cod Fish served. It wasn’t fishy at all, and that sauce (cooked in Chicken Broth) paired really well with the fish. Literally melts in the mouth but be wary of the small bones inside the fish.
Dry Laksa with Seasonal Fresh River Prawn
Laksa is one of my FAV Singaporean dish and I’m loving the rendition from JIAK. Instead of the usual soupy kind of Laksa, they have the dry version here. It was bursting with flavour, especially the ‘lemak-ness’ (but not too overwhelming). Also, noodles had a really nice texture and that sambal chilli is 👍🏻 It has that slight kick at the end which was ‘shiok’ for me! Oh yes, the HUGE prawn from Cambodia was super fresh too – falls off the shell easily and damn crunchy lah!
Grilled Pork Belly Nasi Lemak
Hands down my FAV dish at JIAK! Rice was ‘LEMAK’ siol! Super fragrant and it goes really well with all the side ingredients. Egg was well-cooked, Sambal Chilli was on point, and that Pork Belly was well-grilled. The only thing that I thought could be improved is perhaps the ikan bills. It was a tad too salty for me! But other than that, my stomach was really satisfied!
Sea Coconut Cheng-Teng
Ending the Omakase on the sweetest note – a refreshing bowl of Cheng Teng with longan, dates, barley, winter melon and honey rock sugar. My mum said it was a bit too sweet for her but I’m fine with it. I mean desserts are supposed to be sweet, isn’t it?
*There is only one seating every evening at JIAK, either at 6.30pm or 7pm. Reservations should be made at least three days in advance by calling 82842758 / 91796533. A minimum of two pax is required for a reservation, and the maximum capacity is 10 people. Whiskies, beers and soft drinks are available at an additional charge. To further elevate your dining experience, you may wish to opt for whiskey pairing. JIAK’s in-house whiskey connoisseur has prepared a line-up of boutique whiskies that will complement your dish for $12 to $15 per drum.
Nearest Mrt Station: Eunos/Kembangan/Paya Lebar
Location: 184B Joo Chiat Place, Singapore 427896
Food Ratings: 7.5/10
Written by: Yong Wei Kai (Follow me on Instagram @yongweikai or @sgcafehopping)