wife & i had lunch with my niece & her hubby at joie by dozo today on 15.1.2017. ^^
they brought along their son, now 15months old. such a cute baby, and so well behaved. a full 2hr+ lunch & he did not cry & scream. and was enjoying every dish in the 6-course set lunch. haha! ^^
first time 3 of us in this restaurant. only my niece had been here with friends before.
my family have frequented dozo since early 2000. my eldest daughter had her 21st birthday lunch party at dozo. i was quite surprised to see yan the proprietor again in such a long while since dozo times, and he was first to recognize me (or perhaps he saw my reservation name..haha!).
we got seated in a room looking out on the rooftop garden.
had a lemon sorbet drink to get us started. bringing back good memories of dozo.
we started with the chef’s appetizer platter (top photo).
very nice indeed. the “cured salmon” centrepiece very interesting texture. wife thought it was like carrot juice with some gelatine, later confirmed by yan that it was konnyaku, which has gel properties. the cracker was nice & so was the raspberry thing which burst in your mouth!
server said the button mushrooms gratin was the favourite dish here. wife & i ordered that.
served like escargot dish, it was quite excellent. the mozzarella gratin was great.
niece got the bailing mushroom hotpot. looked nice, i probably try that next time.
niece’s hubby took the charcoal tempura.
i tried a small portion. it was quite nice, better than it looked & i expected, especially with the japanese goma (sesame) sauce.
the infusion of cepes & mushrooms is another must-order item here.
i had that. it came with the same truffle piece that you are supposed to place on your tongue to savour the truffle scent. brought back wonderful memories of dozo.
wife ordered the clear tomato soup. it had chickpeas & there was a spinach dumpling. quite nice soup.
the pumpkin veloute looked ok. niece’s hubby ordered that.
i quite like pumpkin soup. wife doesn’t like though.
coming to the main, the must-order dish is the grilled monkey head mushroom “steak”. wife, i & niece’s hubby ordered that.
it was very good, the “steak” was quite excellent, and the dip sauce was excellent.
niece ordered the duo of spinach & ravioli.
it looked great too. i will probably order that next time. 🙂
for the drink, i had hawaiian blue.
it’s a mocktail with laichee. i ordered it as this drink was not available at dozo previously.
wife ordered apple melody.
it was quite nice, though wife didn’t quite like.
yan ordered all 5 desserts for us to share. a great gesture.
i liked the liquid chocolate the most. great taste & excellent texture too.
& i liked the truffle creme brulee too, and normally i do not. so the truffle made all the difference.
the yogurt pudding was quite exciting also.
again great texture, slight sour taste, combined well.
i guess for me the poached pear was the least interesting of the desserts.
& they had a beautiful chocolate lava or fondant cake as well.
just that like wife said, chocolate lava a common dessert so not so exciting, but this one tasted quite wonderful. 🙂
the 6-course lunch was S$38.80pax. so lunch was S$182nett for 4 pax. we had an extra free dessert, so we tried all 5 desserts on the menu. plus they gave an extra chocolate lava dessert also for the baby. must say the service here quite the extra mile category. ^^
it certainly was the best vegetarian i had, but as yan said, we don’t have to treat vegetarian as vegetarian. instead just another style or offering, like yesterday chinese, today jap, another day joie by dozo…
anyway we enjoyed the lunch very much, & a large part of it watching my grand nephew manouvre to get him feasting on every dish.
Joie by Dozo