Mojo, a charming yakitori bar in Telok Ayer Street

Dishes at Mojo include Foie Gras Chahan ($18).
Dishes at Mojo include Foie Gras Chahan ($18).PHOTO: YEOH WEE TECK

SINGAPORE (THE NEW PAPER) - Local actor Shane Pow added star power to Telok Ayer when he opened Mojo last month with Sin Lee Foods cafe’s Sean Lim.

Mojo serves lunch bowls (from $10) by day and transforms into a celebrity-filled yakitori and bespoke cocktail bar by night.

Actresses Kym Ng, Julie Tan and Michelle Chong were recently spotted there.

  • Mojo Singapore

  • Where: 204 Telok Ayer Street
    Open: noon to midnight (weekdays), 5pm to midnight (Saturdays), closed Sundays
    Info: Call 6220-0723

It sounds thrilling to be dining next to celebrities and hearing tidbits of their conversations, but if the food is less than stellar, it is a waste of money.

Fortunately, money is mostly well spent at Mojo.

I have not had a chance to dine there for lunch — I heard it is packed until about 2.30pm — but I made it for dinner, and I would join the queue again for the Foie Gras Chahan ($18). It looks decadent, smells heavenly with a hint of garlic and uses quinoa, so you can pretend that this dish is healthy.

While the squid in the Fried Squid ($15) was not different from most, the smokey and roe-filled mayonnaise dip with a slightly burnt taste and smell kept it exciting.

From the yakitori menu, my pick is the Pork Jowl ($6). I love how simple it is — just a salt rub before it is grilled. It retained its juiciness and tenderness, too.

There are many nice choices on the yakitori menu, but I found that the sauce of the Tsukune ($9) is too sweet — it overwhelms the chicken. Still, it makes for a great picture.

The Manila Clams ($20) were bland, despite the aroma. The components — butter, clams and seasonings — felt disconnected. I wish there was an underlying element to unite it.

While the bar bite concept is not unique, I enjoyed Mojo’s youthful vibe.

It is noisy, casual and fun with a reasonably priced cocktail menu, making it an ideal place to visit after a day at work.