Home-grown cafe Joe & Dough seems to be everywhere. Started in 2009 by founders Damien Koh and his wife Dawn, they have grown the business from a small outlet to a network of 11 outlets all over Singapore. We visited Joe & Dough on a number of occasions, the most recent being visits to the outlets in PLQ Mall and DUO Galleria.
The Story of Joe & Dough
The story of Joe & Dough is an inspiring one. In fact, Damien Koh was recognised by Enterprise Singapore as one of Singapore’s SG50 SME Heroes. What was the most heroic thing he has ever done? “Opening my first outlet during the economic downturn and starting a bakery when I didn’t even have an idea of how to bake at that time!” was his answer. You can find this and other information on SG50 SME Heroes on the webspage of DBS SME Banking.
Joe & Dough’s outlets have a casual atmosphere. The outlet at DUO Galleria (pictures above) is dark and industrial. The one at Paya Lebar Quarters (PLQ Mall) is brighter and merrier (pictures below).
Joe & Dough Menu
Here are some pictures of Joe & Dough menus. We notice that they are serving hot cooked food. All day brunch food such as baked eggs are now available. The expansion of their menu line-up would be consistent with their opening of a full dining outlet in Holland Village at the end of 2018. So far we have not tried their hot food items. You will read about it when we do. In the meantime, J & D is a place we go for a quick snack or simply for cakes and coffee.
Cakes and Coffee
These are some of the items we have tried recently at J & D. We selected the blueberry yogurt tart ($6.50 per slice) mainly because of its cute polka dot look. It tastes pretty good as well. Coffee is the main reason for our stopovers. We like in particular their cappuccino which is smooth and medium-strength. At $5 per cup we think it is quite reasonable compared to some of its competitors. The standard of their latte art however is inconsistent. Sometimes it is nice, other times it can be untidy.
Another snack that we like at J & D are their muffins. They are usual soft and moist. We recently tried the banana walnut muffin ($3.60) and found the blend of mild banana flavour and nutty crunch of walnuts very satisfying.
We found the “Perfect Pairing” combination good value for money. A black coffee and a piece of Gula Melaka Pandan Bar for $7.80. The Gula Melaka bar costs $4.20 on its own. We like its soft sponge cake like base with a mild gula Melaka and coconut top.
Overall, these nice coffee and dessert offerings at Joe & Dough outlets are what keeps us going back for more. The new hot food dishes could be an added reason to visit.
Joe & Dough DUO Galleria Outlet
7 Fraser Street #01-34/35
Tel: +65 9880 4202
Monday – Friday: 7.30am – 9.00pm
Weekend & Public Holidays: 10.00am – 8.00pm
Joe & Dough PLQ Mall Outlet
10 Paya Lebar Road #02-25/26
Tel: +65 6909 5680
Monday – Friday: 9.00am – 10.00pm
Saturday – Sunday: 8.00am – 10.00pm
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