Jiwa Singapura, web site, located inside Tysons Galleria at the mezzanine level by CMX Cinema (above Arhaus Furniture), 1702U The Galleria at Tysons, Floor 3M, McLean, VA 22102, 571-425-4101 (Metro Trip Planner – opens in new window) [Google | Washingtonian | NoVA Mag]
The new restaurant at Tysons II, top floor near the movie theatre, currently there is no meaningful address or phone number. Open dinner five days a week, soon lunch as well.
I take Singaporean food very seriously, and I have been to Singapore numerous times, including a one-week trip where all I did was take the Singaporean “red book” around to hawker centres for the best dishes. So my standards are high, but essentially this place delivered. The highlights were the shrimp with salted duck egg sauce and the mackerel fish cake. But everything else was somewhere between very good and excellent, including the carrot cake, the nasi lemak (you do need to mix it together properly), and a surprisingly soulful seafood laksa.
The prices are entirely reasonable, and currently this has to stand as one of northern Virginia’s best restaurants. My primary complaint is simply that the music was too loud.
Here is a bit of their backstory, here is their home page, still evolving as you might say.