I wrote earlier that bar and lounge Loading just opened on the Shuangjing strip in front of the Hopson Center. Another newcomer, The House of Jomo, is next door and is apparently backed by the same investors. That makes sense given that Jomo feels like the chill out zone for Loading.
Like many bars and restaurants in Shuangjing, The House of Jomo is long and narrow. The front end includes a long counter, sans seats, that faces table seating, and has the feel of a tight lobby in a (very) small boutique hotel. The back end and the exposed second floor include lounge areas, where sofas are more common than the single seats up front. The soft rounded chairs carry muted colors – faded mint green, light charcoal grey and so on — and the place is tastefully decorated with plants, art and knickknacks, with videos beamed high onto the white walls.
As for drinks, well, to be honest, I just wanted a beer so I ordered a Heineken at rmb30. A more exensive review of food and drinks will have to wait.
I could see myself coming to Jomo for a quiet chat with friends before going to Loading to party and play dice games. Wait, what am I talking about. I’ve played dice but once in the past two years and that was a couple of weeks ago at 3 AM with Adam Goodman of Switch after a big night at Cafe Carmelo. It happened in Durty Nellie’s, Momo branch, and we had 15 die per glass, spent most of the time making up rules on the spot, and basically drank whether we won or lost.
Anyway, like its neighbors Loading, Bang Bang and Iki, Jomo has outdoor seating. This looks like it could be an interesting strip to sit out and have a few cold ones this summer.