Joe & Dough

January 03, 2015 Ivan Teh - RunningMan 0 Comments

Joe & Dough
5 Stadium Walk
#01-12 Leisure Park Kallang

277 Orchard Road
#01-10 Orchard Gateway

9 Raffles Boulevard
#02-31 Millenia Walk

8A Marina Boulevard
#B2-68 Marina Bay Link Mall

16 Collyer Quay
#02-05 Income At Raffles Hitachi Tower

50 Market Street
#01-05 Golden Shoe Carpark

10 Sinaran Drive
#01-156 Square 2

Uncomplicated, Hearty, Handcrafted Sandwiches & Coffee

(Ratings: On a scale of 1 to 10, with 1 = Worst and 10 = Best)
Overall: 8
Ambience & Setting: 8
Food & Beverage: 8
Service: 7
Value for Money: 8
Spent about SGD $14 per person.


Although they've been around since 2009, Joe & Dough has only recently started expanding, becoming more prominent. Offering artisinal coffee in a casual, comfortable setting, and freshly baked bread that is handmade daily, Joe & Dough husband-and-wife founders Damien Koh and Dawn Wee even contribute to charity by donating any unsold food to Food From The Heart.

Ambience at Joe & Dough is laid-back and rustic, with warm lighting against wood and earthy colour tones. Most of their outlets feature open spaces, great for people watching, and comfortable furniture for relaxing. And while their menu boards don't have pictures, you can always look at the clear display counter where all their appetizing sandwiches and pastries are on display.

Service at Joe & Dough stands above your average coffee franchise. For starters, staff are friendly and welcoming, not mechanical, and quick to fulfill orders. Secondly, they also serve your food tableside, while other coffee joints typically require you to self-service. Pretty good!

Food at Joe & Dough comprises mostly of drinks, sandwiches, and dessert pastries. All breads and pastries are freshly baked daily, and Joe & Dough even supply to other popular cafes! However, their menu variety is rather small. Portions are decently sized for 1 person, and prices are relatively affordable as compared to elsewhere, budget about SGD $14 or so per person for a sandwich and a drink.


They promise hearty, yet simple and uncomplicated food, that carries good flavour. This is evident, as most of their sandwiches taste very good, although their pastries can sometimes be hit or miss.

Joe & Dough Outlet Facade

Joe & Dough Quote

Joe & Dough Serviette

Red Tap Wall Decor

Their dedication to serving good coffee shows in the Cafe Latte (SGD $4.90). Arabica coffee beans are house roasted in small batches, and only ground upon order, ensuring a strong, full-bodied, solid taste, and a fragrant aroma.

Cafe Latte

The Counting Sheep Tea (SGD $4) is a straightforward camomile tea, simple, uncomplicated. Thumbs up for the creative naming though!

Counting Sheep Tea

The Monbana Hot Chocolate (SGD $5) is pretty good, with a rich, semi deep chocolate flavour. But the texture is a little too thin for my liking. Still rather decent, worth trying.

Monbana Hot Chocolate

I like that the White Chocolate Mocha (SGD $4.90) here isn't as sweet as elsewhere, but still had solid layers of taste, you get the rich creamy taste of the white chocolate, and the robust flavour of the coffee. Good!

White Chocolate Mocha

The Zesty Orange Tea Cake (SGD $4.20) lives up to the promise of taste with the zesty zing of mandarin orange, layered with a subtle buttery vanilla flavour. However, I was rather disappointed with the texture of the cake, it held an unusual firmness, requiring some effort to cut through with a fork.

Zesty Orange Tea Cake

The Coconut Tart (SGD $3.80) was a delight, although it looks unassuming. But bite into it and you're rewarded with the crunchy strands of dessicated coconut, folded into a sweet and crumbly tart crust. Unusual, but good!

Coconut Tart 01

Coconut Tart 02

The Cinnamon Melt (SGD $2.80) pastry isn't too sweet, and has a good spread of cinnamon sugar coating the fluffy interior. Tasty! Unfortunately, it's let down by the overall dry texture, and somewhat crisp outer layer.

Cinnamon Melt

The Ham & Cheese Croissant (SGD $4) is straightforward, featuring savoury honey baked ham and gooey Swiss emmental cheese, stuffed with a flaky, buttery croissant. The croissant bread is fluffy and soft, tearing apart easily, and the flaky outer layer shatters when cut / bit. Very good, though I wish for more slices of honey baked ham within!

Ham & Cheese Croissant

The Bacon Mushroom Melt Zopf (SGD $8.20) combines lean, savoury back bacon, crunchy sauteed onions, gooey Swiss emmental cheese, and juicy, earthy roasted mushrooms within a soft, buttery zopf. I loved the contrasting savoury, earthy, and sweet tastes within, and the zopf bread is so soft and chewy!

Bacon Mushroom Melt Zopf

Biting into the extremely filling Salt Beef & Caramelised Onion Jam Rye (SGD $9.50) is a delight. The crisp outer crust of the fragrant rye bread shatters softly, then your teeth sinks into the chewy dough. You'll taste the moist, savoury strips of salt beef first, followed by a hint of sweetness from the caramelised onions, soft with an almost jam spread texture. However, the Swiss emmental cheese gets lost in the much stronger taste of the other ingredients.

Salt Beef & Caramelised Onion Jam Rye

Update Aug-2015: The Rose Earl Grey Tea (SGD $4.20) has a sweet floral scent, and is calming on the palate, with the elegant notes of earl grey. Pretty good! I notice however, that prices have risen since my last visit 8 months ago.

Rose Earl Grey Tea

Update Aug-2015: The Pomegranate Oolong Tea (SGD $4.20) has a fruity, balanced taste of sweet and bitter, very subtle. I actually loved this, and went back for a 2nd round!

Pomegranate Oolong Tea

Update Sep-2015: The Truffled Egg Mayo With Lumpfish Roe On Multigrain Toast (SGD $8.50) has a nice mound of soft, scrambled eggs, flavoured with earthy truffle oil, on fluffy multigrain toast bread. Topped with a slightly salty, briny lumpfish roe, this makes for a decent breakfast dish.

Truffled Egg Mayo With Lumpfish Roe On Multigrain Toast 01

Truffled Egg Mayo With Lumpfish Roe On Multigrain Toast 02

Update May-2016: The first time I've ever seen a Raspberry Latte (SGD $5.50), and having tasted it, I guess I know why it's uncommon. The flavour of raspberry is overwhelmingly intense, the sourness clashing with the bitterness of the coffee. Unpleasant drink.

Raspberry Latte (SGD $5.50)

Update May-2016: They now offer more desserts, such as this Espresso Cheesecake (SGD $6.80). I find this to be very good, a creamy, rich, decadent mix of classic New York Cheesecake, and Chocolate Cheesecake, infused with espresso. The base is an Oreo cookie crumble, and lends a nice deep chocolate cookie flavour. Yummy!

Espresso Cheesecake (SGD $6.80)


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