21 new sumptuous menus, tantalising desserts, and irresistible tipples to check out this March

Yesterday, we got you covered with our list of activities to fill up your time with this March. Now, it’s time to check out our round-up of new restaurants and menus that you need to try this month!

With a good mix of eateries, dessert cafés, and watering holes, we’ve gathered 21 new noshes that are set to warm the bellies and feed the soul this March.

Make like us, and bookmark this page so that you won’t miss out on discovering the latest restaurants and updated menus in town. Let’s get started!

Restaurants

1. Happy Ending Pizza Parlour

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Blues is My Jam (S$26)

Those who are used to leaving behind their pizza crusts (why though?) will no longer have a reason to at the newest pizzeria in town.

Opened by Janan Kwek (he’s the son of advertising genius, Jayne Kwek), Happy Ending Pizza Parlour is the first fully-local artisanal pizza house to introduce delicious dips dedicated to pizza crusts. Called Happy Dips, each variant is made with a special recipe that uniquely complements its accompanying pizza flavour.

For pizza lovers, Happy Ending Pizza Parlour’s colourful menu that boasts a melange of bold and delicious flavours will probably tickle your taste buds as much its Happy Dips.

Case in point? The Blues is My Jam (S$26) pizza, a decadent dish with savoury bacon and blueberry jam topped over a zesty ricotta cream base that the pizzeria said makes the best partner to the Brewerkz Oatmeal Stout.

As for the new space itself, the 25-seater restaurant is designed to resemble a pizza parlour from the past where you’ll be greeted with retro multi-coloured décor, neon lights, and upbeat tunes from the ’80s and ’90s.

Unique flavours and fun concept? Definitely a happy ending in our book.

Call 8912 1408 to make a reservation, or visit the website to place your order for pick-up or delivery.

Address: 371 Beach Road, #01-35, City Gate, Singapore 199597

2. Kulto

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Housed in a historic unit on Amoy Street, Kulto is a cosy and homely space that serves up hearty Spanish cuisine by chef-owner José Alonso.

Inspired by his Spanish roots and travels around the world, you can expect bona fide Spanish food that respects traditions, seasonality of produce, and elevated precision.

For example, the classic paella is available on the menu but at Kulto, it’s done specially on Josper grill to ensure an evenly cooked paella and bring out the sweet, freshness of seafood in a theatrical play of flavours from the flames.

For the iconic Spanish dish, you have a choice of Seafood Paella, Squid Ink Paella or Mushroom & Pork Sausage Paella (from S$38). If you’re feeling adventurous, order the Fideuà – another option not commonly seen in Spanish restaurants in Singapore, where pasta is used instead of the bomba rice you’d usually get in paellas.

Croquettes are another classic in any Spanish menu, but Chef Alonso used the signature dish to pay homage to Singapore’s heritage flavour. So, don’t leave without ordering the Chili Crab Croquettes (S$12), a plate of bite-sized pockets of flavour explosion, finished with chunks of fresh crab meat bound by béchamel sauce and paired with house special chili crab sauce.

Complement your meal with a jug of Red or Sparkling Sangria – or two. Set lunch is also available at S$30++ per pax.

To make a reservation, give Kulto a call at 9620 5626 (you can also click on the number to send a WhatsApp message). Alternatively, you can book online via this link.

Address: 87 Amoy Street, Singapore 069906

3. Miss Fitz

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Crusted lamb cutlet in jalapeño sauce

Starting tomorrow (3 March), Miss Fitz Kitchen & Bar is retiring its all-day casual dining menu to give way to a variety of contemporary Mediterranean sharing plates from small (ranging from S$14 to S$22), medium (averaging S$23 to S$34) to large (approximately S$35 to S$40 per pax).

True to the restaurant’s tongue in cheek name (a play on “misfits”, if you haven’t caught on), the diverse menu comprises an eclectic assortment of dishes from a variety of Mediterranean geographies curated by Chef Duncan McCance. Think Middle Eastern hummus, falafel, and kebabs to Italian burrata, pastas, and mussels as well as Spanish jamon, octopus, and croquettes prepared with fresh herbs and produce.

Worth ordering are the grilled lamb belly with green yoghurt over grains and almonds, glazed short rib braised for 15 hours, taramasalata (that’s an addictive dip made from fish roe and olive oil with bread or potatoes), charred octopus with sambal matah, and spiced cauliflower in pomegranate, celery and chickpea salad with tahini dressing.

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While you enjoy the food in the bright, breezy atmosphere of Miss Fitz, be sure to complement your meal with the refreshing cocktails whipped up at the warm and welcoming horseshoe bar.

If you prefer wine over cocktails, don’t miss out on the reasonably priced wine list and ‘Drink Better Wine’ deal, which entitles you to a 15% discount on any second bottle when you purchase the first one. On Mondays and Tuesdays, the deal is even better at 30% off the second bottle purchase. There’s even a reserve list if you desire something more premium.

Two-course and three-course set lunches (S$25 or S$28) are also available on weekdays, simply choose from a daily selection of entrees, mains, and desserts from the main menu.

To make a reservation, call Miss Fitz at 8129 4617.

Address: 6 Marina Boulevard, #01-17, The Sail at Marina Bay, Singapore 018980

4. Blue Jasmine

Blue Jasmine’s crowd-favourite Thai Signatures Buffet is back from 5 March this year, albeit with a small change. In line with safety measures, signature dishes are now served fresh and hot to the table instead of being displayed on a buffet line.

Of course, that doesn’t mean you can have your favourite Thai dishes on repeat, so go on and order the refreshing Thai Papaya Salad and Sugarcane Prawn, savour fragrant staples such as traditional Phad Thai Prawns and Thai Basil Chicken Kaprao or take comfort in the Cha-Om Fried Egg and a warm bowl of Tom Yum Mushroom Soup.

No Thai meals are complete with desserts, so be sure to save space for a few servings of Mini Mango Sticky Rice and Ice Kachang.

The Blue Jasmine Thai Signatures Buffet will be available on Fridays and Saturdays from 6pm to 10pm. Prices start from S$29++ per child (between ages six and 12) to S$58++ per adult.

Book a table via Chope! Alternatively, you can call 6824 8851 to make a reservation.

Address: 10 Farrer Park Station Road, Level 5, Park Hotel Farrer Park, Singapore 217564

5. Tiffin Room

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If Indian cuisine floats your boat, don’t miss the Tiffin Room’s first-ever collaboration with local family-run institution Samy’s Curry that’s available exclusively at the historic establishment in Raffles Hotel Singapore until 10 March 2021.

The multi-course gastronomic experience is rooted in true North and South Indian traditions, which means you can expect nothing less than an exuberant blend of aromas, flavours, and spices from the limited-time menu.

Look forward to the distinctive grilled aromas and flavours from the use of the tandoor in North Indian cuisine presented by Tiffin Room and flavourful South Indian classics from Samy’s Curry, which features a unique blend of spices infused perfectly with every dish.

Tantalise your taste buds with starters like Tandoori Prawn and Tulsi Mahi Tikka before indulging in the likes of Mysore Mutton, Chicken Masala, and Fish Curry. We reckon you’ll also love Tiffin Room’s delightful signatures such as the Scallops Curry, Lamb Briyani, and Tiffin Dal Makhani.

An equally sumptuous all-vegetarian option of the Tiffin Room x Samy’s Curry menu is also available, where you’ll be treated to Kesari Paneer and Gucchi Mushroom Tikki for starters, followed by an alluring array of South Indian classic dishes such as Mock Chicken Curry, Aloo Masala, and Brinjal Curry.

There’s a selection of flavourful North Indian signatures as well – think Soya Chaap Masala, Subz Briyani, and Tiffin Dal Makhani with assorted naan. A decadent sweet treat like Rajbhog with Chocolate Jalebi will cap off the experience perfectly for both vegetarians and non-vegetarians.

Lunch and dinner set menus are available in the two options: regular (S$78++ per guest) and vegetarian (S$68++ per guest).

To make a reservation, call 6412 1816 or email singapore@raffles.com.

Address: 1 Beach Road, Raffles Hotel Singapore, Singapore 189673

6. Kin

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A master renowned for showcasing a beautiful blend of various ethnic cuisines, head chef Damian D’Silva is now rolling out “new” heritage recipes this month to keep the Chinese, Malay, Indian, Eurasian, and Peranakan dishes alive.

With many of the heirloom recipes dating back more than 100 years ago, D’Silva approaches them with the only way he knows how: using time-honoured methods and authentic local ingredients. Dig into D’Silva’s family recipe of his dad’s favourite Chinese hawker dish, Cuttlefish Kang Kong (S$20), or turn up the heat with Pork Knuckle Debal (S$68), a classic Eurasian spicy stew which D’Silva makes with roast pork, smoked pork knuckle, and potatoes.

You can also savour heritage Malay recipes of Indonesian heritage that D’Silva’s grandfather used to cook for the household, such as King Prawn with Dried Sambal (S$48) and Daging Sambal Hijau (S$42), which sees 24-hour marinated beef cooked with green chilli paste. There’s also Aunty Zainab’s Nangka Rendang (S$28), a vegetarian rendang made with unripened jackfruit, and Ayam Kalasan (S$38), chicken simmered in aromatic coconut water before going into the deep fryer.

To go with the new line-up of spice-forward flavours, you’ll also see new cocktails (S$18) featuring classic local ingredients. We have our eyes on Chilli Padi, a tequila-based cocktail boosted with calamansi plus green and red chilli padi, as well as Curry Leaves & Banana, an explosive mix of dehydrated banana, fried curry leaves, and bourbon.

Book a table via Chope! Alternatively, you may call Kin at 6320 9180 or click here to make a reservation.

Address: 31 Bukit Pasoh Road, Singapore 089845

7. Fat Belly Social Steakhouse

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Located at Boon Tat Street, the wine and dine precinct of Singapore’s Downtown Core, Fat Belly Social Steakhouse (FBSS) is a new social dining concept recently opened by the people behind Fat Belly Alternative Steakhouse.

At the new space, enjoy a communal dining experience where you can unwind from a long day over fine wine and large sharing plates in a warm, charming colonial shophouse. It’s worth noting that FBSS is big on wine pairings here, with each food item on the menu designed to pair with at least four to five labels available at the eatery.

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Those big on sustainability in food preparation will also be happy to know that head chef Victor Loy is a strong proponent of making secondary cuts sexy again by using all parts of the animal or vegetable to create new and interesting culinary flavours on the menu.

To make a reservation, call Fat Belly Social Steakhouse at 6227 2257 or book online.

Address: 21A Boon Tat Street, Singapore 069620

8. Cé La Vi

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Marina Bay Sands’ SkyPark is famed for its infinity pool but it’s also where iconic rooftop destination Cé La Vi calls home. And this month, it’s presenting another weekend of delectable dining with a line-up of creations prepared by Singapore’s hottest up and coming chefs and their take on heritage dishes.

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Yes, we’re talking about Cé La Vi’s eighth edition of Sky High Hawker, which is taking place this weekend on 6 and 7 March. This time around, local talents such as James Wang (Hai Kee Soy Sauce Chicken Rice), Manjit Kaur (Moghul Mahal), and Renee Tang Eyrn (Jelebu Dry Laksa) will be presenting their signature dish and also creating a specially curated dish for diners.

Accompanying the guest chef offerings are a selection of BAO burgers by Joey Sergentakis, Cé La Vi’s group executive chef, as well as desserts by pastry chef Kelvin Chia and cocktails by lead mixologist Andrew Hyman.

Prices start from S$10++ per dish, and each table has a 90-minute eating time in the open-air venue.

Reservation is mandatory and you can book online via this link. Alternatively, you may call 6508 2188 or email reservation-sg@celavi.com to make your reservation.

Address: 1 Bayfront Avenue, Level 57, Tower 3 (Hotel), Marina Bay Sands, Singapore 018971

9. Pazzion Café

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Pazzion Café landed on our radar last month with its Bee Cheng Hiang bak kwa pasta that was made specially for CNY. This month, the establishment wants you to have fun with you food by letting you curate your unique rice bowl.

With a healthy base made of brown rice, you get to choose between tender braised pork belly and the flavourful sesame soy chicken as your protein option. Next, pick two cold vegetables and one hot vegetable to add to your bowl. Last but not least, you get to decide on the dressing and one topping to complete your creation.

Each Mix ‘n’ Match Rice Bowl set comes with a cup of green tea (hot and iced options available) at S$12.90 – other beverage options are also available for a small fee. Available until 31 March 2021, on weekdays from 11am to 3pm only.

To make a reservation, call Pazzion Café at 6876 9138.

Address: 78 Airport Boulevard, #B1-243, Jewel Changi Airport, Singapore 819666

10. Tablescape

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Botanic Garden (S$26)

Tucked away in the Grand Park City Hall building just off the hectic North Bridge Road, Tablescape has been a quiet respite for those with a penchant for old-world charms veiled with modern sensibilities. This month though, the restaurant’s classic European menu is revitalised to highlight new techniques, ingredients, and inspirations.

One of the new dishes to order is the Botanic Garden (S$26), a starter as lovely in appearance and flavours as its UNESCO World Heritage Site inspiration. Delicate and glamorous, the plant-focused dish presents a spectrum of colours and shapes that promise an equally stunning array of flavours and textures.

The establishment’s Zucchini (S$24) starter has also been evolved to showcase the flavour of the produce in a soup. A nod to Asian proclivities for drinking nourishing broths, the new choice of medium allows a spotlight to shine on unknown nuances of the produce that’s often relegated to being part of a “grilled vegetables” medley in Singapore.

Meat lovers will delight in the Beef [Wagyu] (S$68++) main dish that’s seasoned simply with salt and Josper-grilled with precision before sitting on a plate with chargrilled aubergine and fresh tomatoes seasoned with extra virgin olive oil and dried oregano.

Book a table via Chope! Alternatively, you may call Tablescape at 6432 5566 to make a reservation.

Address: 10 Coleman Street, Level 3, Grand Park City Hall, Singapore 179809

11. Nixta Mexican Grill & Bar

At Nixta Mexican Grill & Bar, you won’t get points for guessing correctly the culture and cooking that are on display here.

Aside from warm, friendly service (and perfect margaritas) at this Mexican establishment, you’ll find meats roasting over an open fire as well as salsa made by hand in volcanic stone molcajetes (the traditional Mexican version of the mortar and pestle) as you indulge in slow-cooked duck slow in aromatic hoja santa leaves, Tajima wagyu ribeye fajitas, and appetising cocktails.

Click here to make a reservation.

Address: 116 Amoy Street, Singapore 069936

12. Kinki Restaurant + Bar

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11 years on, the sumo that inspired Kinki Restaurant + Bar to bring an urban cool to Japanese dining with stunning waterfront views, graffiti-clad décor, funky cuisine, liquids from East and West, and tradition-twisting seating choices is now a geisha.

And together with audacious new chapter is a revamped menu that’s equally as transcendent and transformative. Serving up classics in a new light, you can now expect Instagram-worthy dishes in edgy flavour combinations and presentations.

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Ohmi Wagyu Houba-yaki

The signature ‘Rock and Roll’ maki is always a huge hit among diners – be sure to try the AC/DC Dynamite (S$22), a tempura-fried mixed seafood roll capped by a slice of Japanese cucumber with fresh raw seafood, avocado, and homemade Sriracha sweet soy for an explosion of flavours.

Fans of beef shouldn’t pass up the chance to order the Cowabunga (S$36), which sees Japanese rice rolled with cream cheese, cucumber, homemade spicy mayo, and melt-in-the mouth seared A4 Wagyu beef slices. No such thing as less is more with this roll, as the bite-sized maki also has tobiko, potato floss, and a soy reduction.

Previously served only on occasion as a Chef’s special, the Unagi Claypot (S$35) proved to be such a crowd-pleaser that it’s now a permanent choice. With its addictive charred flavour, this must-eat is full-on umami with a touch of sweetness as fried rice with chopped eel is finished in a claypot. More eel doused in a homemade unagi sauce crowns the rice before the dish lands on your table.

Joining the all-star dishes are the Corn Duo (S$16) and Grilled Squid Chimichurri (S$32). The former is an appetiser of baby corn mixed with corn puree, tossed with furikake bits, and served with Sriracha mayo sauce on the side for a mild spicy kick, while the latter is a smokey and tender charcoal-grilled squid with a a perfectly balanced sweet and sour sauce of coriander, lime juice, green and red chilli.

On Saturdays, swing by for Kinki’s Bottomless Brunch (S$68), which will fill you with unlimited à la carte servings of sushi, sashimi, maki, hot and cold Japanese favourites, and desserts. Top it up with free-flow beer, sake, prosecco or shochu for an additional S$35.

Book a table via Chope! Alternatively, you may call Kinki at 6533 3471 or 8363 6697, or click here to make a reservation.

Address: 70 Collyer Quay, #02-02, Customs House, Singapore 049323

13. Chen’s Mapo Tofu

Westies no longer need to travel all the way to the CBD for this fuss-free dining option, which has won over hearts (and tummies) for its unique fusion of Szechuan cuisine with Japanese influences.

Michelin Bib Gourmand eatery Chen’s Mapo Tofu recently opened its second outlet in The Star Vista, and alongside its well-loved menu favourites of Mapo Tofu, Dan Dan Mien, Miso Nasu Don, and Kaisen Katayaki are notable new additions – the Shishito Pepper Fish Soup (which you can enjoy with your choice of rice or noodles) and Kurozu Buta Don.

After 3pm, the outlet will then transform into a cosy after-work hideout with a supplementary bar menu. Biru Nights here will have a alcohol selection different from its CBD counterpart, boasting smooth Suntory Premium Draft Beer and Hideyoshi Honjozo, a refreshing chilled sake.

Together with your choice of alcohol, ask for these addictive sides (three for S$12) that are perfect for you to tipple with – Mala Chicken Wings, Mala Chips, and Szechuan Edamame!

What’s more, there are also a handful of opening promotions currently ongoing until 31 March, including a Suntory Premium Draft Beer and Gyoza Set for only S$10 if you follow the restaurant’s Facebook page.

For enquiries, call 6694 0160 or email dining@chensmapotofu.com.

Address: 1 Vista Exchange Green, #02-08, Star Vista, Singapore 138617

14. Luke’s Lobster

We used to only be able to access Luke’s Lobster in Japan, which is the closest to us in this region, until it made its Singapore debut at Shaw House.

Well, good news for the Easties because the eatery recently called Jewel Changi Airport their second home, offering its best-selling seafood rolls (in your choice of lobster, crab or shrimp), soups, and chips at the newly-opened outlet.

Undecided on what to order? Go for the Luke’s Trio (S$33.50) then, which serves up half of each roll option, so that you can sample all three flavours in one sitting.

For enquiries, you may call 6241 5765.

Address: 78 Airport Boulevard, #01-K209, Jewel Changi Airport, Singapore 819666

Sweets & desserts

15. Cong Ngot

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Vietnamese cuisine can be found in almost every nook and cranny in Singapore, but we’ve yet to come across a spot that specifically sells Vietnamese desserts…until now.

Located within an almost unknown property known as Wisma Alsagoff in Bugis, you’ll find a hidden gem that is Cong Ngot, the first Vietnamese dessert specialty shop in Singapore that we reckon is out to relieve some of our travel blues with its lean menu of authentic Vietnamese sweets.

The newest dessert kid on the block offers a line-up of eight hot or cold desserts, and is said to whip up a wicked Vietnamese version of the local chendol – it’s called the Chè Bánh Lọt ($3.80) – that makes for the perfect icy treat on a hot day.

You can also go for the Lotus Charm (S$5.80), which is a cocktail of lotus seeds, Vietnamese jelly, and mung beans served with a generous dollop of incredibly rich coconut milk. Worried about the sweetness of your desserts? Just ask the friendly staffers on site, and they’d be happy to adjust the intensity according to your request.

Oh, did we mention that Vietnamese Drip Coffee is available for order too?

Address: 520 North Bridge Road, #01-01, Wisma Alsagoff, Singapore 188742

16. Madam Ooze

Nestled within Adler Hostel, which is known as Singapore’s first and only luxury backpacker’s hostel, Madame Ooze is a dessert bar and café that stands out from the rest thanks to its charming bohemian vibe that harks back to the carefree, sun-worshipping days spent in Bali.

Here, you’ll find an assortment of ice creams (starts from S$4.20 for a single scoop) as well as fresh bakes like Croissants (S$4.50) and Cinnamon Buns (S$2.50), which you can savour on their own or use them as vessels to go with your favourite ice cream flavour.

Those with a sweet tooth shouldn’t leave without trying the signature Crocream (from S$8.70) – it combines the best of both worlds by pairing crisp, fragrant croissants together with the cool sweetness of specially curated ice cream.

One of the café’s recommendation is the Kyoto Houjicha variant topped with New York Blueberry Cheesecake ice cream that’s sprinkled with freeze-dried raspberries and mandarin oranges. The creation is capped by your choice of in-house sauces, which are the Mandarin Orange Dark Chocolate Fudge and the Salted Butterscotch.

To wash it all down, you can go for the usual coffees and teas, or pick from Madame Ooze’s range of mocktails (S$13 onwards) that’ll surely tickle your fancy. Worth highlighting are Mr. Black, which makes a good pour for caffeine lovers, and Momo San, a light and refreshing concoction of peaches and lavender syrup that have fans of fruity flavours swooning.

For enquiries, call Madame Ooze at 6226 0173.

Address: 259 South Bridge Road, Singapore 058808

17. 2am:dessertbar

If you’ve been reminiscing your springtime holiday in Japan like we did, you won’t want to miss out on the new Strawberry Sakura High Tea (S$49.50 per pax) by Janice Wong at 2am:dessertbar.

Starting on 6 March, the high tea features fresh cherry blossoms specially flown in from Nagoya, Japan for diners to enjoy during this high tea experience.

Indulge in all things sweet at this decadent high tea, as the set features a Strawberry Yuzu Opera cake, the signature Strawberry Caprese with Roku Gin, a Compress Korean Strawberries with Sweet Milk, as well as Strawberry Sakura and Sakura Caramel chocolate bonbons.

You’ll also relish a Strawberry Kakigori, Strawberry Tart, Strawberry Green Tea Monaka, Strawberry Mochis and Kakigori, Strawberry Basil mousse cake, Ichigo Daifuku, and Gyozas to complete the cherry blossom-themed experience.

The Strawberry Sakura High Tea is running for three weeks from 6 March and comes with a choice of coffee or tea. It’s only limited to 10 sets per seating, so be sure to book ahead of your visit.

Click here to make a reservation. For enquiries, call 6291 9727 or 8298 9393, or email 2amdessertbar@gmail.com.

Address: 21A Lorong Liput, Singapore 277733

18. Sweets Craftsman

Sweets Craftsman is a dessert café that serves artisanal bakes and pastries, but most of its patrons frequent the outlet for its Instagram-friendly signature Swiss Rolls (S$7.80 per piece) that bears semblance of Japan’s Mt. Fuji and comes in flavours such as Matcha, Tie Guan Yin, and Chocolate Raspberry.

You can count on the sweets here to taste as good as they look though, as the pastry chef who runs the kitchen at Sweets Craftsman has more than a decade of experience in the confectionery industry.

For enquiries, you may call 9190 1278.

Address: 11 Cavan Road, #01-06, Cavan Suites, Singapore 209849

Bars

19. Rails

The latest venture by A Phat Cat Collective (which is also behind NINETEEN80 and Pinball Wizard), Rails is a steampunk enclave smacked right at the heart of Tanjong Pagar. Inspired by Tanjong Pagar Railway Station and Jinrikisha Station within its locale, it’s a thematic hideaway where pleasure seekers are whisked away to curious bon vivant voyages.

Here, get ready to lose track of time when you imbibe adventurous cocktails and gratifying bites by Chix Hot Chicken – yes, the Jalan Pisang joint famed for their Nashville fried chicken opened its second outlet within the lounge – in a fascinating watering hole decked with steampunk elements and sound-tracked with curated house and disco music.

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Left: Murder On The Orient Express (S$25) | Right: Apothecary (S$24)

A trove of libations crafted by the in-house bar team is sectioned into four categories to guide drinkers. For the ones with a preference for lighter cocktails, a must-try is the Clockwork Sago (S$16), a nod to the nearby Sago Lane and a boozed iteration of the nostalgic bubur cha cha with a blend of tequila, taro, pineapple juice, and coconut water topped with sago pearls and peanut powder.

Have a penchant for audacious yet delicious pours instead? Order the Apothecary (S$24), which carries a familiar oriental and minty remedy of cognac, Amaro, and the household cough syrup Nin Jiom Pei Pa Koa – yes, the herbal-based liquid you reach for to relieve throat discomfort.

Literary enthusiasts will surely appreciate Murder On The Orient Express (S$25), a dark potion with a licorice-laced mix of absinthe, coffee liqueur, pear, pineapple, and orange juice shaken with activated charcoal that is ominous at first glance but surprisingly vibrant.

To make a reservation, call Rails at 8725 6789 or email allaboard@railsclub.sg.

Address: 21 Tanjong Pagar Road, #01-02, Singapore 088444

20. Writers Bar

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The storied Writers Bar recently reopened its doors, welcoming guests to an alluring space that pays tribute to many famous authors who have stayed at Raffles Hotel Singapore throughout the years. Now helmed by the new head bartender, Nicholas Alexander, guests can enjoy artisanal 1915 Raffles Gin cocktails and a special selection of delectable handcrafted cocktails alongside new curated Gourmet Collection bar snacks in the sophisticated lobby bar.

The 1915 Raffles Gin cocktails are served with the exclusive Raffles 1915 Gin, created in collaboration with Sipsmith (the brand’s co-founder, Sam Galsworthy, is apparently the great, great, great nephew of Sir Stamford Raffles).

A sensational blend of Asian ingredients – think jasmine flowers, fresh pomelo peel, lemongrass, kaffir lime leaf, nutmeg, and cardamom distilled alongside classic gin botanicals, the bespoke spirit can be enjoyed through various variations of the quintessential gin & tonic (S$28++).

It’s also used in the heritage and classic pour, Million Dollar Cocktail (S$28++), which is concocted by Ngiam Tong Boon (he’s the creator of the Singapore Sling, by the way) using pineapples, sweet Vermouth, grenadine, gum arabic, lemon, egg white, and Angostura bitters. In case you’re unaware, the cocktail shot to fame when it was featured in The Letter, a short story by Somerset Maugham, one of the illustrious authors who have resided at the historic hotel.

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False Alibi (S$28++), a refreshing blend of Beluga Gold Line vodka, Shaw + Smith Sauvignon Blanc, passionfruit, gum arabic, white balsamic, lemon, egg white, and soda

The Writers Bar will also be introducing a series of new handcrafted cocktails inspired by The Raffles Affair, a murder mystery set in Raffles Hotel Singapore by the latest writer-in-residence, Vicki Virtue, a seasoned travel writer who has journeyed to over fifty countries and an aspiring New Zealander author.

Drawing upon her visits to the iconic hotel over the past few years, she was inspired by her childhood memories of reading detective masterpieces and Golden Age mysteries to pen her first novel, The Raffles Affair. It tells of the adventures of heroine Victoria West, who uncovers a murder mystery during her visit for a friend’s wedding at Raffles Hotel Singapore.

Set to launch this April 2021 at the Raffles Boutique (both in-store and online), Alexander and his team of skilled mixologists are celebrating with a selection of unique craft cocktails (S$28++ each) such as Agent Provocateur, Femme Fatale, False Alibi, Saboteur, and Sweet Tipples, based on the various mysterious and colourful characters featured in the novel.

Discerning cocktail aficionados, can ask for a Writers Bar’s list of reserve cocktails (S$58++ each), where familar tipples such as the Margarita or Penicillin gets an upgrade with ultra-premium spirits.

To complement the experience, take your pick from a curated selection of elevated bar bites from the Gourmet Collection. Highlights include Beef Tartare Toast, Lobster Roll with curry mayonnaise, Parmesan Truffle Fries, and Kristal Caviar.

Open Thursdays through Sundays only from 4pm to 10.30pm, so do step in early to soak in the luxurious ambience while sipping a drink or two.

To make a reservation, call 6412 1816 or email singapore@raffles.com.

Address: 1 Beach Road, Raffles Hotel Singapore, Singapore 189673

21. Atlas

You’re probably no stranger to the European art deco-inspired bar nestled in the iconic Parkview Square. This month though, Atlas is offering a means to escape into old-world glamour for a Sunday truly well-spent with its Sundays at Atlas, a luxurious adults-only afternoon experience of free-flow Atlas cocktails, fine champagne, and delectable nibbles held on the Second Sunday of each month.

Look forward to two and a half hours of free-flow cocktails with a specially curated drinking menu, which includes the Atlas Espresso Martini, Baroque Pearl, as well as other quintessential afternoon cocktails. For a personalised tipple, you’ll do best with the G&T Suite, where you can tailor your very own iteration of the classic G&T with a variety of garnishes and tonics.

Whilst imbibing, graze on a lavish (and unlimited) array of snacks designed for sharing, including a cured and smoked selection, European Cheese served alongside an abundant spread of dips, as well as fresh artisan bread and accompaniments. Finish off on a sweet note with signature Atlas desserts – wonderfully-spiced Carrot Cake and tangy, creamy Buttermilk Panna Cotta.

Be prepared to shell out S$158 for 150 minutes of free-flow cocktails and nibbles, with a choice to elevate the experience with free-flow Delamotte NV Champagne for an additional S$40 per person.

Click here to make a reservation for 14 March and 11 April. For enquiries, call 6396 4466 or email events@atlasbar.sg.

Address: 600 North Bridge Road, Parkview Square, Singapore 188778

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