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EAT DRINK AND BE MERRY

21 Nov 2016 By

Our roundup of eateries and bars that have great food and even better drinks. Because what matters is that you eat drink and be merry.

There are bars, and there are bars with bar food, and there are food joints and with bars that complement each other. We have a review of places that serve good grub and killer cocktails as well, because we insist that you eat drink and be merry.

 

FAT PRINCE

kebab tray fat prince

Eat: Modern Eastern Fare. This is a café/bar-kebabery influenced by the vibrancy of the bohemian Karakoy neighbourhood in Istanbul, and the European café culture in the region. The founders and team (Chef Hunter J Moyes of TV Show Chopped Canada helms the kitchen) ate their way through Turkey (6 full meals a day!) to find inspiration. The result: Tasty taco-sized kebabs to share, and side dishes like the Duck Fat Hummus or the Red Quinoa. Both get the Parched thumbs up.

morroccan mary fat prince

Drink: A variety of Raki is available, as well as classic cocktails with interesting Middle Eastern touches (infused dates, anyone?). Wines are from Morocco and Lebanon (!), and signature cocktails plus house-made sodas (alcohol shot optional) totally make this a watering hole as well.

Merry: The interior by EDG Interior Architecture + Design embodies Istanbul’s opulant café culture and European meets Middle Eastern style as its trademarks. Sitting is either communal or on small tables for intimacy, and food sharing is encouraged.The Ottoman Room at the back is more opulent, review coming soon.

Fat Prince, 44 Peck Seah Street, Tel: 6221-3683.

 

MITZO

Mitzo dimsum

Eat: The restaurant (and bar) offers a contemporary take on Chinese cuisine. The presentation is innovative, but it stays true to its Cantonese roots through its use of fresh ingredients and execution. The Dimsum Platter is the best way to start, then move on to the lemon glazed prawns.

Drink: Watch this video. That’s smoke coming out of their teapot, which holds the Chinese Collins (variation of the Tom Collins, using Haymans old Tom gin, Chartreuse green, goji berry syrup, lime juice and sparking Herbal tea. A lot of effort goes in their cocktails here, so be prepared for interesting remixes like Uncle Negroni, Ultimate Gin & Tonic Experience (a choice of four variants and cool ice cubes), plus Le Sommelier, a mulled cocktail with a pulled blue flame.

mitzo

Merry: Bar Manager Marco Pignotta also brings a modern/Asian take to classics, and the sleek interior of the bar is a perfect setting for many of their revamps (cue dramatic light changes when he’s flaring, it’s not as cheesy as it sounds!) This supper club is right in the heart of the Orchard area, where there aren’t many great bars besides The Other Room and Manhattan. It’s a worthy stop, and you’ll find yourself staring at the aquarium, wondering what the jellyfish are up to.

Mitzo, Level 4 Grand Park Orchard, 270 Orchard Road Singapore 238857, Tel 6603-8855

 

DRINKS & CO

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Eat: The ‘eat’ part of Drinks & Co is relatively new, as they’ve only just opened their own kitchen to revellers. The Holland Village outlet now has weekend brunch for punters who want to start early. The Chef’s Platter includes tapas, cheese and cold cuts, and at $30 for 2 or $50 for 4 it’s a fairly good start. I like the Huevos Rancheros (Mexican eggs, $15) as it’s a perfect hangover dish (I was not) – it’s flavourful and fresh and reminds one of a Bloody Mary. Also I preferred this egg offering instead of the Benedict. The Co Wagyu Burger ($17) is substantial, a chunky portion of meat made bloody and bucolic. In the evenings definitely spring for the pizzas or wings. (Brunch starts 11am at Holland Village only).

drinks & co wine

Drink: As an alcohol distributor their wine selection is unbeatable both for range and value. You’re getting good boutique wines starting at $40+, we recommend you begin your brunch with Anna de Codorniu Blanc de Blancs $50, and for whites go with Astrolabe Marlborough Chardonnay 2014 $46, and Two Rivers Convergence Sauvignon Blanc $42. The latter is well worth it for its fragrant nose and fresh notes – could drink it all day.

Merry: It’s got a good happy hour here: Draft beer pint $9, a double shot G’Vine Gin & Fever Tree Tonic $9, and house wine by the glass $7. Otherwise just buy a bottle of can’t-fail wine, it’s the best restaurant deal in Singapore. Did we mention spirits by the bottle starts at $65? You can also get a take-home Negroni set for $69. Deals. Just great deals.

Drinks & Co, 27 Jalan Mambong, Holland Village, Tel: 6463-4995.

 

OLA BEACH CLUB

Ola beach club

Eat: The new beach club in Siloso Beach, Sentosa, is a Hawaiian-theme lifestyle venue. Similarly the food is just as inspired: Lomi-Lomi Salmon (above, $16) is a confit of Norwegian salmon flaked and tossed with tomatoes, sweet Maui onions and a spritz of lemon, cradled in a mini waffle cup and topped off with flying fish roe or caviar (+$4); the Ahi Poke Bowl ($20) of diced tuna marinated in a choice of shoyu, kimchi or togarashi dressing. Also spring for the Kua’Aina Burger. Hungry yet?

Ola beach club

Drink: Bartender Alex Ng, previously from Loof, Bar Stories and Tess Bar & Kitchen, has crafted eight signature cocktails that are unique to Ola. Start with the refreshing Hala Lei ($18); gin, tangy pineapple juice, chamomile tea and a homemade allspice liqueur. Perfect to nurse in the morning sun, Siloso Firstlight ($18) features tequila, freshly squeezed orange juice, homemade pomegranate syrup and a sliver of mango. Ah, island life…

Merry: Ola, which means “life” in Hawaiian, seeks to transport a little piece of easy-going island living from the middle of the Pacific Ocean to the tiny island of Singapore, and hopes to inspire guests to slow down, let loose and enjoy life to the fullest with family and friends. If however you’re not the slow down sort, you can Jet Pack or Jet Blade. Do one better than the son of god, and float above water instead.

Ola Beach Club, 46 Siloso Beach Walk, Sentosa, Singapore.

 

LEVEL33

level33 food

Eat: The new menu by Chef Jimi is outrageously good, and it can be matched with the beers as well. The Octopus starter Red with cabbage brine, pomegranate and corn purée, and the Forest (above), with mushrooms in seven textures, 65° organic yolk, oak meringue and pumpernickel crumb with both go with the Blonde Lager or Indian Pale Ale. The Market Catch with pan-baked fish, hazelnut poached salsify, green asparagus and soy gastrique is a ringer for the Wheat.

level33

Drink: It’s LeVeL33, you come here for the beers and nothing else. Well the view, yes, but mostly the beers. Do yourself a favour and just order the Beer Tasting Paddle – you get five 0.1L craft brews. If your timing is right, there’s always a seasonal to sample. In this case, the Pumpkin.

Merry: As mentioned, the sunset is unbeatable, as this bar has a unique view of the bay, nestled as it is by the business district, on one side is the Me@Oue Lounge, on the other is Ce La Vi. And you’re looking right into the Bayfront and the east. Evening tend to get crowded, so make a reservation.

LeVeL33, #33-01, Marina Bay Financial Centre Tower 1, 8 Marina Boulevard. 

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