WE TRY: JOMO, A SUPER CHILL NEIGHBOURHOOD BISTRO IN HOLLAND VILLAGE

Unbeatable Happy Hour prices (from S$6 a pint), juicy burgers to satisfy one’s appetite, and friendly, unpretentious vibes all around—that’s exactly the kind of place JOMO is. Just around the bend at the end of the bustling Lorong Mambong road and right across an upcoming condominium development lies the brand-new restaurant and bar in the heart of Singapore’s Holland Village enclave.

Its prime location meant that we weren’t one bit surprised to find the three-storey building filled with patrons on a Friday night. Black-and-white prints and monochrome murals adorn the wall, true to the establishment’s minimalist theme, while a bottle shop purveying a good selection of wines is tucked below the spiral stairway to the second floor. Family-friendly dishes and affordable drinks are the name of the game at JOMO, which stands for “Join or Miss Out”, or basically, what the Internet calls FOMO.

The main bar on the ground floor.

The menu reads like a chill weekend feast, with the usual suspects like burgers, chicken wings, and hot dogs. But look closely and you’ll find that they’ve collaborated with gourmet online butcher Sidecar Handcrafted to bring in quality treats such as aged Aussie Angus burgers, deep-fried pork belly, and homemade pies. Chicken salt fries, a popular Australian snack, are the default side accompanying most of the mains—and for good reason—the fries are filled with mouthwatering, umami flavours.

Go for the Thai basil, lime, and sweet chilli chicken burger, a hearty main dish brimming with sweet and tangy flavours or make a beeline for the classic JOMO beer battered fish and chips. Neither will disappoint you. Hearty appetites will be satiated by the tender pork ribs, which are as fork-tender as the name implies. Lightly coated with spices, each rib retains the juicy mouthfeel of a well-grilled rack. Guests who fancy a more saucy flavour can drizzle more barbecue sauce, available in squeeze bottles on each table.

Thai basil, lime, and sweet chilli chicken burger.

Meanwhile, the drinks are neatly categorised into bottled and tap beer; wines in red, white, sparkling, and rose; as well as shots, spirits, and more. When in doubt, order the in-house JOMO Super Dry, a refreshing beer that tastes like a citrus-forward version of Asahi Super Dry, or go for the easy-on-the-palate Crossroads Session IPA.

On Sundays, JOMO does a “Family BBQ” event across two seatings where guests can make a la carte orders of freshly grilled items like hickory pulled pork, Angus Striploin steak, Cajun chicken thigh, and more. Best of all? It comes with free-flow Aeperol Spritz and all beer on draft for S$42 nett.

This Holland Village outpost is the first of five such concepts which The JOMO Group plans to open in neighbourhoods within The Lion City.

More information here.

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