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ToMo Cafe Review: Breakfast @ Joo Chiat

The food options along Joo Chiat Street have gone international.

The culinary landscape along Joo Chiat Street has undergone a remarkable transformation, expanding its horizons beyond its initial reputation as a hub for Vietnamese cuisine. In recent times, it has evolved into a vibrant cafe destination, giving stalwart cafe districts like Tiong Bahru and Holland Village a run for their money.

Joining the street is ToMo. Nestled at 189 Joo Chiat Road and found adjacent to the popular Common Man Coffee Roasters, this relatively new Japanese-inspired cafe could be easily missed as there is no obvious signage save for 189 on the shopfront. Interestingly, these cafes focus on the breakfast and lunch crowd.


ToMo does feature floor-to-ceiling glass windows, allowing the subtle "Tomo" sign to become visible when you gaze through the reflective glass. Stepping inside, you're immediately greeted by an inviting and open atmosphere, exuding a warm, earthy ambience reminiscent of a page from the Muji catalogue. Adding a touch of sophistication, the emerald-coloured counter serves as an elegant focal point within the space.

The floor-to-ceiling glass panel also means it is a good place to people-watch if you are sitting near the entrance. The seating by the side is a little quirky as it is meant for 3 for 4 people.  However, if you find yourself in pairs, opting for the conventional tables and chairs might provide a more comfortable and traditional dining experience.


As a Japanese-style cafe, it has Japanese elements in its menu. There are Pasta, Sando, Sharing dishes and Desserts. There is also brunch till 5pm daily.

We were there for a light breakfast and chose the Tonkatsu Sando and a sharing plate of Mentai Tori Karrage. 

The Tonkatsu Sando ($20) comes with pork katsu, bulldog sauce, crude cabbage, mayo and fries. It is an interesting mix as this is the first time we are trying a Japanese sandwich. While it's undoubtedly palatable, the only drawback is its relatively higher price point, making it a tad on the expensive side.

The Mentai Tori Karrage ($13) is a sharing plate. The Karrage made of Fried Chicken Tight is a better deal in our book. We loved the toppings that is on the Karrage.


If you are looking for variety, popping in for a meal would be a good chance. There are other similar Japanese-style cafes nearby ( Hello Arigato and Cafe Natsu), so you are spoilt for choice.

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