Few years ago, Purvis Street was most recognized for housing famed fine dining giants like Gunther's and Garibaldi. Recently though, it's most frequented for the cheaper, heartier F&B establishments - one of them being J's.
The idea behind J's was the desire to connect friends and family through quality food. Thus it got halal-certified to ensure all diners could sit together and enjoy the meal, regardless of religion or dietary restrictions. A Latin-American restaurant with a modern-European touch, J's warm and sincere intentions are reflected its delicious, hearty food.
Scrambled Eggs With Salmon (S$19+) - Gently scrambled eggs with smoked salmon on toast
Despite the relatively small menu, one would be hard pressed to make a choice among all the amazing dishes. For starters, this scrambled eggs is great for two. Fluffy scramble, with a thick slice of smoked salmon atop toasted bread - sounds ordinary if not for the addition of ikura and shimeji mushrooms. These gave the starter an interesting twist, adding a slight tang and earthiness. A great start to an exceptional meal.
Beef Quesadillas (S$24+) - Tortilla filled with minced beef, cheese, onions, tomatoes, bell peppers, jalapeno & guacamole
Besides catering for halal diners, J's is also vegetarian-friendly. They offer a range of vegetarian dishes and are more than willing to accomodate different dietary restrictions.
We tried the quesadillas, which comes with the options of beef, chicken, or vegetables for the fillings. Unfortunately a letdown, they were stuffed with processed cheddar that hardened into clumps when served. The beef filling was little compared to the cheese, with raw tasting bell peppers spoiling every bite - not something we'd try again.
Chicken Fajitas (S$29+) - Grilled chicken breast, sautéed onions, bell peppers, cabbage & mushrooms with warm tortillas
Served sizzling on a hot plate, the fajitas were absolutely delicious. Tender and juicy, the flavourful chicken goes well with the sweet peppers and onions. A biteful of that with warm tortilla, good guacamole and salsa, made a stunning Mexican dish. The portion is pretty generous and can feed 2 pretty fine, so it's definitely very worth the buck.
“Adobo” Chicken (S$31+) - Braised chicken cooked “Adobo” served with warm tortillas
A staple ingredient in Latin American cuisine, adobo sauce is made from paprika, oregano, salt, garlic and vinegar, in which meat is usually immersed and cooked in. J's adobo chicken is most similar to a chicken stew, with a fragrant vinegary tomato sauce. Delicious to say the least, it would have been perfect if paprika was featured more prominently.
Peppered Pineapple (S$10+) - Peppered grilled pineapple with vanilla ice cream, lime espuma & vanilla syrup
Easily one of the simplest desserts around, this makes for a simple, light end to what possibly was a heavy meal at J's. Tangy, spicy, and sweet, the grilled juicy pineapples tasted wonderful with the ice cream.
Bread & Butter Pudding (S$12+) - Brioche with milk, eggs, white chocolate, walnut & peaches served with mixed berries gelato
J's serves, beyond doubt, one of the best bread puddings in Singapore. Creamy, sweet, and baked to a golden brown, it's hard to stop after the first bite. A little of the crisp top, some cold gelato, and heaps of soft custardy pudding, this hearty dessert is an absolute crowd pleaser. It would be perfect if it were a tad less sweet.
An amazing B&B pudding aside, it was curios that the described ingredients were absent. There weren't walnuts or peaches, which would have given it a fresh spin. It's disappointing how restaurants always don't deliver what's promised.
Churros with Bananas & Mangoes (S$12+) - Churros layered with salted caramel bananas, fresh mangoes & coconut infused mascarpone sabayon
Yet another winner, J's makes one of the best churros in Singapore. Crisp, yet not oily; dense, yet light and fluffy. This was the star of the meal. Lightly coated with sugar, these sugar-coated dough bites were absolutely heavenly. They taste amazing just on their own. But of course, call me a traditionalist, having a pot of hot dipping chocolate would have made the experience perfect. I was not a fan of the the sabayon which tasted like whipped cream, without the distinct flavours of mangoes, salted caramel, bananas, or coconut.
Having visited several times, J's has never disappointed. Its hearty delicious food and reasonable prices makes it a lovely place for gatherings, or even just a simple dinner for two. Even if you're not a fan of Latin American food, it's worth a try simply for the mindblowing delectable desserts.
7 Purvis Street #01-01
Mondays to Thursdays: 12pm-2.30pm; 6.30pm-10pm
Fridays: 12pm-2.30pm; 6.30pm-10.30pm
Sundays: 12pm-2.30pm; 6pm-9.30pm+It is halal-certified, thus appealing to more diners.