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Cuba Libre Kuala Lumpur – Oversized Mojitos, Latino Live Bands And A Cute-ban Chef

James Chan

Cuba Libre Kuala Lumpur

Every Singaporean (well every Singaporean my age at least) should be familiar with Clarke Quay’s famous Latin-American themed bar, Cuba Libre. They’ve been around for the longest time (since 2006) and they’ve just expanded. Where though? While normal bars and clubs look towards expansion within Singapore, Cuba Libre has opened another outlet in TREC, Kuala Lumpur.

TREC, Kuala Lumpur is very much like our Clarke Quay. It’s where all the sick parties and crazy drinking happens. But it’s definitely SICKER and CRAZIER at TREC compared to our “fine” city.

Cuba Libre Kuala Lumpur

What To Expect

Let’s face it, it’s not Cuba Libre without the award winning signature Mojitos, live latino bands and delicioso Latin inspired dishes! So expect nothing less!

Cuba Libre Kuala Lumpur Mojito

Cuba Libre Signature Mojitos

Derived from the African word “Mojo”, which translates to “casting a spell”. The Mojito is perhaps the oldest cocktail in Cuba and extremely refreshing. Two or three of these giant babies and I’ll be “Mojo-I-toh”.

Cuba Libre Kuala Lumpur Live Bands

Live Bands

All the way from Cuba, Colombia and Venezuela comes ADRENALINA Ft. DJ Fasilito! Experience the best of commercial Latin Salsa, Pop, Jazz, Bachata, Merengue, Reggaton and more! Put on those dancing shoes because you’ll be wearing the dance floor out till the wee hours of the night.

Cuba Libre Kuala Lumpur Chef

Cute Cuban Chef

When there’s good drinks, it has to be accompanied by good food no? Feast on amazing Latin inspired dishes prepared and curated by Cuban born Group Executive Chef, Evelio Martinez. I think he’s good looking, and I’m a guy! No I don’t swing that way.

Cuba Libre Kuala Lumpur Garbanzos Fritos

Looks aside, there’s no denying the taste of his dishes as well! Feast your eyes on (and stomachs) on Cuba Libre’s Garbanzos Fritos and Papas Rellenas! Taste as good as they look!

Cuba Libre Kuala Lumpur Papas Rellenas

Cuba Libre Kuala Lumpur
Hive, Unit H-G-10 & H-A-10,
Trec Lot 438, Kuala Lumpur 50400.
www.fb.com/cubalibre.kl

 

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The Wine Buffet At Winederlust Is Something You Have To Try

James Chan

Winederlust

Winederlust is a new wine bistro located at Wanderlust, a beautiful boutique hotel along Dickson Road. Housing over 300 different brands of wine from all over the world, the inner alcoholic in you will be spoilt for choice.

With respect to pricing, I had assurance during my brief tour of the place that their bottles are well below normal retail selling price. What’s more, if you decide that you want to da pao (takeaway) wines instead of drinking at Winederlust, you pay $10 less.

winederlust wine buffet

The Wine Buffet

The crux of the matter that I would like to highlight would be their wine buffet. Available every Saturday and Sunday, you pay $48++ for 2 hours free flow of up to 3 different wines. If you don’t have a clue as to what to choose, feel free to ask any of the knowledgeable staff for assistance.

To top it all off, what seals the deal for me would be the food. For an additional $10, you can enjoy and pair selected Chef’s Creations with your wines. JUST $10 for the normal portion!

winederlust tuna

Tuna Tataki Chimichanga, $14 a la carte or $10 with wine buffet

Corn Tostadas, Onion Avocado Sesame Tabbouleh

Seafood and white wine is a no brainer. Senior sommelier, Amir Solay suggested pairing this dish with a Pagos (a Chilean Sauvignon Blanc) and who am I to question a man with over 20 years of experience?

The tuna (sourced from the shores of Japan) was beautifully seared on the outside and extremely fresh. The pairing of the light and refreshing Sauvignon Blanc was perfect for this appetizer.

 winederlust cheese salad

Caprese Mozzarella Salad, $12 a la carte or $10 with wine buffet

Buffalo Mozzarella, Heirloom Tomato, Smoke Fermented Beans

This dish was paired with Pagos, the same Sauvignon Blanc I had with the Tuna. The fermented beans (tempeh) and the mozzarella is a little fatty and leans more on the rich spectrum. The Pagos is perfect to wash away said fattiness and gelat-ness with its light acidity.

On that note, I’ve never had such a tasty and tender tempeh before! I’m used to the hard nonsense I get at Ayam Penyet stores. So you can imagine how surprised I was after my first bite.

winederlust sous vide pork belly

Sous Vide 12 Hours Pork Belly, $20 a la carte or $10 with wine buffet

Braised Lima Beans, Grated Daikon, Pork Jus

Moving on to their mains, this dish was paired with a French Cabernet Sauvignon, a much heavier red wine. The Sous Vide Pork Belly is a heavy dish so pairing it with a heavier, full bodied wine provides the palate with a sense of equilibrium.

Wow. The pork belly was superb! Loved how the fats melted in my mouth and how tender the meat was. The element that I absolutely went crazy over was the pork crackling. It was crispy but not over the top kind of crispy (like Chicharrón in the Philippines). I only wished there was more of that on this dish.

winederlust is it worth it

Is the juice worth the squeeze?

Head on down during the weekend and get that wine buffet. Let’s take one of their main dishes, the pork for example. It costs $20 a la carte but with the wine buffet, it’s only $10!!! SICK! What’s more, you get to pair all the good food with great wines!

 

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Winederlust
Wanderlust Hotel
2 Dickson Road, Singapore 209494
Tel: 6298 1188

 

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Try Some Japanese Sake With Your Food Next Time, You Won’t Regret It

James Chan

What Went Down

Inter Rice Asia organized a unique sake experience just recently and there’s no way I was going to miss this opportunity. Imagine, sake and western cuisine. Such a simple idea which makes one go, “why didn’t I think of that?” Or at least I did, when I heard about it.

The selection of fine sakes for the night were proudly sponsored by Kawatsuru, a sake company based in the Kagawa prefecture of Japan. Known for its rice-driven style with elegant, rich texture, Kawatsuru pays respect to the crane that symbolizes longevity and good fortune. Using almost all locally grown rice, Kawatsuru brews sakes that are soulful, round, and structured without being high-tone or showy.

The delicious food was concocted by Wildfire Chicken & Burger specifically for this pairing event.

The Food (And Sake)

sake Gravlax of Petuna Ocean Trout Paired with Junmai Daiginjo Firefly

Gravlax of Petuna Ocean Trout

Paired with Junmai Daiginjo Firefly

Looks and tastes like salmon but as its name suggests, it’s not. I particularly like the lemon zest they sprinkled on it. The trout is otherwise salty albeit with its rich texture. Pairing the dish with the umami of the Junmai Daiginjo gives the palate a well-rounded sweetness. A unique thing of this sake is it tastes better with more oxidization (try leaving it open for a week).

sake Chicken Roulade Paired with Junmai Ginjo Omachi

Chicken Roulade

Paired with Junmai Ginjo Omachi

What a tender piece of meat! The skin of the chicken makes up the bulk of texture and flavor of this dish. Without the skin of the chicken, the Junmai Ginjo would not have paired as well. The flavor of the chicken meat is very mild and would clash with the slightly more complex sake.

sake Lobster Slider with Crab Fat Sauce Paired with Junmai Yoimai

Lobster Slider with Crab Fat Sauce

Paired with Junmai Yoimai

Crab fat seems to be a “thing” these days, I saw a couple of F&B outlets advertising it recently. But no complaints there as this is definitely my favorite of the night! (I shamelessly asked for another serving). You get that distinctive powerful shellfish taste but with an added crunch as the meat is battered and fried to a crisp. Obviously with such a heavy punching dish, you’d have to pair it with a similar full-bodied sake counterpart. Enter the “Junmai” which had just the right amount of sweetness, did not clash with the lobster but you know it was there for sure and just complemented everything really well.

sake 72 Hour Slow-Cooked Black Angus Short Rib Paired with Junmai Daiginjo Wisdom

72 Hour Slow-Cooked Black Angus Short Rib

Paired with Junmai Daiginjo Wisdom

As you would expect how any slow-cooked meat to taste, the beef was excellent. Tender and soft to-the-bite. I like that they did not overly drizzle the meat sauce on the beef as it would have killed most of the natural flavors. The Junmai Daiginjo in this pairing is an unfiltered sake which leaves a stronger aftertaste to complement the stronger beef flavors. As much as I understand the logic behind the pairing, this sake is probably too intense for a “noob” like me.

Matcha Mochi

Paired with Sanuki Cloudy Nigori

The Sanuki Cloudy sake is a pretty interesting drink. It tastes like Yakult! Understandably a perfect pairing for sweet desserts with its refreshingly slightly sour-ish taste. My only comment for the mochi was that they used too much matcha powder.

 

Try Them Sakes Out Yourselves

Yeap Inter Rice Asia   is having a SAKE SALE this WEEKEND!

Click “HERE”  for more details

 

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Singapore Wine Fiesta 2017

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October seems to be a great month for people who enjoy drinking. Oktoberfest and now the Wine Fiesta 2017 from Fri 27 –  Sat 29 Oct. Singapore Wine Fiesta is arguably the largest outdoor wine festival in Singapore. This year marks the 10th Anniversary of the Festival and will feature the Best of Wine Fiesta so far.

Singapore Wine Fiesta grapes

You will get to meet with wine makers, taste different wines and learn more about wine making. The best part? Pair these awesome wines with food from some of the top restaurants in Singapore.

Singapore Wine Fiesta barrels

If you feel like learning more about wine in a casual setting (wine crates as seats), you can join the Wine Circles for the informative yet interesting sessions. The topics include the Best of Sparkling Wines and Champagne, Think Pink: All About Rose’s, King Cab- The Ruler of Reds and Cool Wines for Hot Weather. These Wine Circle sessions are free as part of the event and are on a first come first serve basis.

Moreover, there’ll also be an after-hours wine party everyday where you get to enjoy the live music, DJs and bottles on sale. Entry for the after-hours party is free: Friday (8–10pm), Saturday (6–10pm), and Sunday (6–9pm).

You can check out the video from the last year event here.

If you are interested in this, you can buy the tickets from here. The ticket’s price is 45 SGD but if you buy it today (10 Oct), there’s a great promotional price of just 10 SGD. Hurry up because this promotion is only valid on 10 Oct (as part of the 10th Anniversary).

Singapore Wine Fiesta 2017
Fri 27 Oct – Sun 29 Oct 2017
Clifford Square, 80 Collyer Quay
Singapore 049326 (next to The Fullerton Bay Hotel)

 

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Stickies Bar – Your Pre-Drinks Solution

James Chan

 “Where should we go and pre-drink?”

Sound familiar? With the exorbitant prices clubs charge for their drinks, makes sense to get “TURNT UP” just before you enter one. Unless you’re rich af, then…… spend away!

Those taking the more economical route to have a good time, here’s a list of options you have

  • Pre-drink at a friend’s place and piss off their parents/siblings/dog/cat/neighbors.
  • Buy a cheap bottle of booze or cheap beers from NTUC and find some desolated corner to drink them (It’s illegal after 10.30pm to do so).
  • Go to a bar that charges 16 bucks a pint and sip on your beer like it’s some Chai Latte.

AND THEN THERE’S STICKIES BAR!!!!!!

 Stickies ambience

Located conveniently on the outskirts of where all the action happens (Clarke Quay, if you didn’t know), Stickies Bar, or Stickies for short, has a slew of crazy promotions for you to get satisfactorily TURNT. Sometimes, the night even ends there.

BEER O’CLOCK

Ever heard of $2 dollar pints/housepours?

Stickies beer oclock

There you go!

You’re charged by the hour. So if you order a pint at 3.45pm, it’ll cost you $3 and at 4.20pm, it’ll be $4 – so on and so forth until midnight.

Note: The number of pints you can order is based by the hour as well. So at 2pm, order 2 pints, finish them and order again. At 3pm, you can order 3 pints, finish and repeat all the way till 11pm. I’m thinking people will have to carry you home if you can last that long.

WINE O’CLOCK

Stickies wine oclock

Similarly, there’s an identical promotion for wine. Or you can get a whole bottle for $30. This will get you wasted pretty fast though, choose your poison wisely.

FREE UBER/GRAB/CAB TO STICKIES

I think the marketing team has done a stellar job in making a poster pretty self-explanatory.

Stickies free rides

I’m including it because it’s crazy!

Just one Uber/Grab/Cab per single receipt! Don’t embarrass yourselves.

VODKA PROMO

Stickies vodka promo

2 TOWER PROMO

This is my personal favorite, I don’t pop by very often but when I do, I get this. (I’m not an alcoholic).

That’s 6 LITERS OF BEER FOR $60!!!!

SPICY CHICKEN QUESADILLA, $18

Just a real quick side note, if you’re having dinner at Stickies, order this. Trust.

Stickies spicy chicken quesadilla

The Chicken is tender and just about the right level of spiciness. They also use a couple of different cheeses and it just tastes so good with beer!

Back on topic, pair your crazy promotions with an insane amount of drinking games like CHESS, CARDS AGAINST HUMANITY, EXPLODING KITTENS (this is sooo fun!), JENGA and CIRCLE OF DEATH!

stickies games

There’s even a legit beer pong table! #howtobebored

EVERYONE’S GOING TO STICKIES for prees. I’m not even kidding.

Don’t take my word for it and check them out yourselves!

But expect a huge crowd especially during weekends. You probably won’t be able to get a table for yourself if you don’t make a reservation earlier during the day or even the day before to be safe.

That being said, make your reservations HERE!

And ensure that you’ll never get turned away at the door or get caught holding a tower of beer and drinking from it standing up. IT’S HAPPENED BEFORE.

Stickies @ Keng Cheow Street
Address: 11 Keng Cheow Street
#01-10 Riverside Piazza
Singapore 059608
Tel: 6443 7564
Opening Hours: 12pm-12am daily

A Japanese Cocktail Experience for All

Pei Xia Ang

For the sixth consecutive year, Gourmet Japan brings a lineup of exclusive dinners, celebrity chef creations, and personalised workshops.

Something for all, Mixology Japan features 12 bars, serving exclusive cocktails for the whole month of May. Indulge in specialty cocktails crafted by mixologists who are unafraid to experiment. Cheers to a good time! Or as they say in Japan, Kanpai!

gourmet japan yakitori

1. Bincho

Time works differently when you step through the doors of Bincho. This place combines the past, present, and future.

The location is a coffee shop in the day with traditional food like kaya toast served. When the sun sets, it transforms to a contemporary yakitori bar.

Also, the bar serves a variety of whiskey, sake, and shochu, and a selection of Japanese-inspired cocktails.

Gourmet Japan Exclusive:

$23++ per cocktail (public); $18.40++ (Mastercard cardholders)

The Crimson Earl

The Imo Patriarch

Mikado Midori

gourmet japan specialty coffee

2. Maison Ikkoku

Another “Cinderella” outlet, Maison Ikkoku is a cafe by day and cocktail bar in the night.

In the AM, feel energised with a cuppa. Customers love the MI Latte, a double-shot latte served with latte art.

In the PM, unwind with a glass of cocktail made from fresh fruits and herbs.

Gourmet Japan Exclusive:

$25++ per cocktail (public); $20++ (Mastercard cardholders)

Adrian

Sufian

Mona

gourmet japan boruto

3. Boruto

Tucked in the heart of the Central Business District (CBD) is a relaxing bar great for unwinding after work.

Boruto prides themselves on unique dishes, like the Hotate to Cauliflower no Grill ($15.80) with fresh scallops and a bouncy texture, and Saga Gyu Tataki ($28.80) with tender wagyu and special homemade sauce.

Gourmet Japan Exclusive:

$26++ per cocktail (public); $20.80++ (Mastercard cardholders)

Healing Tamashii

Flores de Mayo

Nature of Bōruto

gourmet japan the flying squirrel

4. The Flying Squirrel (Private Works)

Indulge in Japanese tapas and omakase dining. Here, the chefs bring you contemporary dishes that you will love.

Omakase concept, fresh ingredients and a cosy layout, and there really isn’t a better place to take your woman for a meal.

Gourmet Japan Exclusive:

$26 per cocktail (public); $20.80 (Mastercard cardholders)

Kuromaru Espresso Martini

Secret Garden

Chamomile Sour

gourmet japan fort by maison ikkoku

5. Fort by Maison Ikkuko

A new startup by Maison Ikkoku, Fort offers mouth-watering dishes with Western and Japanese fusion.

With an omakase concept for their cocktails, all you have to do is ask and ye shalt receive.

Gourmet Japan Exclusive:

$25++ per cocktail (public); $20++ (Mastercard cardholders)

Matteo— SAKURA

Nick— ORIENTAL SENSATION

Aiken— JAPANESE POTION

gourmet japan horse mouth

6. Horse’s Mouth

Located in the heart of Singapore, the Horse’s Mouth is a convenient spot for social gatherings.

The bar has a laid-back atmosphere, serving tasty snacks and drinks for a good time with friends.

For a heavier meal, try their ramen and sake. Simply oishii!!

Gourmet Japan Exclusive:

$25++ per cocktail (public); $20++ (Mastercard cardholders)

M&M

Ume Blossom

Tea Community

gourmet japan the wall

7. The Wall

The Wall aims to bridge the wall (pardon the expression) between food and whiskey, amateurs and connoisseurs,… well, you get the idea. At the Wall, no one will feel out of place. There is a drink for all.

Plus, savour whiskeys from their cellar of extensive collections. Featuring rare whiskeys available only during special appreciation workshops.

Gourmet Japan Exclusive:

$25++ per cocktail (public); $20++ (Mastercard cardholders)

Healing Garden

Summer Breeze

Purple Haze

gourmet japan the flying squirrel

8. The Flying Squirrel

No, you’re not seeing double, The Flying Squirrel is different from The Flying Squirrel (private works). This outlet is more traditional, where they serve an adaptation of local favourites like the Truffle Ebi Fry and Udon Pasta.

Additionally, with their fresh supply of sashimi, you need to taste the TFS Chirashi ($25). Served with sweet sauce on vinegared rice, and topped with generous portions of sashimi, this is a dish your stomach will thank you for.

Gourmet Japan Exclusive:

$26 per cocktail (public); $20.80 (Mastercard cardholders)

Kuromaru Espresso Martini

Secret Garden

Chamomile Sour

gourmet japan umi+vino

9. Umi + Vino

Not many places can say that they use fresh seafood imported from around the world. But Umi + Vino happens to be the exception. Umi, meaning sea in Japanese, and vino referring to wines, Umi + Vino dishes out the perfect balance between fresh seafood and wines.

Gourmet Japan Exclusive:

$15++ per cocktail (public); $12++ (Mastercard cardholders)

UME-White

SHO-Passionate

MID-Sunrise

gourmet japan astor bar

10. Astor Bar

At Astor Bar, bask in a setting of sophistication from the pages of Fitzgerald’s books. With over 50 cocktails to choose from and more than 200 whiskeys (some exclusives from the 1930s), this is The Place where the boys with toys hang out.

Unique to St. Regis Singapore is Chili Padi Mary, a local twist to the classic American drink.

Gourmet Japan Exclusive:

$28++ per cocktail (public); $22.40++ (Mastercard cardholders)

Rising Sun

Pride of Nippon

Japanese Negroni

gourmet japan mixology japan

Japanese infused cocktails may not be every one’s thing, but with 20% off for all Mastercard cardholders, this could be a good time to find something you like.

For more details, visit http://gourmet-japan.com

A Very French Affair with Wine

Pei Xia Ang

Bonjour! French Festival launches in Singapore this May and nothing feels more French than indulging in a glass of wine and savouring fromage with a picturesque view of the Eiffel tower. (I know, I’m a huge romantic)

This year, French Festival steps things up by bringing France closer to you.

Treat yourself to authentic cuisine and sip wines from these participating outlets:

French festival fine dining at 13% Gastro Wine

1. 13% Gastro Wine

With over 20 years’ of experience in wine and gastronomy, Bruno Valiant and Geoffrey Weckx’s restaurant caters to people who enjoy the finer things in life. Indulge in premium-quality food from the menu, while savouring wines imported from vineyards across the world.

For a meal, give the grilled wagyu sirloin grade 6 beef a try. Relish the full bodied flavour of the juicy beef while sipping an accompanying glass of robust, exotic wine.

French Festival Promo: for every bottle of wine ordered, get the 4-cheese platter at a discounted price of a 3-cheese platter.

Address:

Aliwal Street #02-01, 2nd Floor, Singapore 199907

6291 6816

117A Killiney Road, 2nd Floor, Singapore 239554

6694 4708

French festival at Ô Batignolles

2. Ô Batignolles

For a laidback French-themed bistro, step through the doors of Ô Batignolles. Most of the wines served here are exclusive and sourced directly from wine producers. Choose from a variety of French food from the classic Croque Monsieur to the more elaborate duck parmentier. Vegetarian dishes available too.

French Festival Promo: 15% off all wines above $80++ from 5pm—9pm.

Address:

2 Gemmill Lane

Singapore 069247

French festival at Ginett

3. Ginett

Set in Singapore’s historic Arts district, this restaurant-cum-bar features high ceilings and an open mezzanine, providing the perfect ambience for guests looking for a relaxed and comfortable dining experience.

Helmed by Executive Chef Sylvain Royer, Ginett offers great wines, hearty European favourites, making it a memorable French experience for all. Choose from bar bites to cooked specialties, to cheese and cold cuts selection.

French Festival Promo: wine tasting sessions available.

Address:

200 Middle Road,

Singapore 188980

6809 7989

French festival at Grignoter

4. Grignoter by Chef Justin Quek

Serving simple, rustic French food, Grignoter reflects its namesake, meaning “to nibble” in French.

This is Southeast Asia’s first Bordeaux wine bar, and being the first has its perks I suppose. In partnership with the Bordeaux Wine Council, Grignoter has direct access to wines not otherwise available in Singapore.

Something else exclusive to Grignoter is Chef Quek’s very own creation, the vintage 1996 Saint Vincent Curvée. It has a complex aroma that is sweet — reminiscent of truffles and brioche. For the best flavour, pair this drink with their selection of fine cheese.

French Festival Promo: enjoy exclusive discount on selected wines.

Address:

2 Teck Lim Road,

Singapore 088380

6438 3802

French festival at Bar- A- Thym for seafood

5. Bar- A- Thym

With a specialty for seafood, this French restaurant is known for their prime ingredients and exquisite flavours. As an added touch, the place is decorated tastefully, even having French music playing from the speakers. Talk about attention to detail!

For fickle-minded customers, they offer a French Omakase Menu, serving the best seasonal produce of the day based on your preferences.

French Festival Promo: Provence, Languedoc, Roussillon Wine event $40++ to $60++.

Address:

18 Gemmil Ln,

Singapore 069255

6557 2224

French festival at Breton Restaurant Bar for lobsters and wine

6. Breton Restaurant Bar

For an indulgent treat of wine and lobsters, Breton knows what’s best. With a daily delivery of fresh lobsters, enjoy them grilled, in galette, or with spaghetti. Choose from a selection of crêpes and pâtsisserie for a sweet finishing touch to your meal. Oh, and the portions are also relatively large, so be prepared for a feast!

French Festival Promo: Get a 10% off every bottle of wine.

Address:

544 Serangoon Road,

Singapore 218166

6299 3544

French festival at Napoleon for wines for all

7. Napoleon

With a selection of over 30 wines to choose from, this is one of the few places in Singapore that caters to amateurs and connoisseurs of wine alike.

Revel in the best wines that France has to offer directly from their Enomatic dispensers. Only quality wine is served, as all wines are meticulously  selected by consultant oenologist and stored in château cellars.

Dishes served are French with Asian infusions, and crafted to enhance the flavour of your wine. Some must trys include: hand-cut Argus beef tarte, shrimp truffle angel hair, seared tuna steak and smoked whole spring chicken.

French Festival Promo: 35% off all wines above $50++ per pax (consumed during dinner only), and 50% off all wines of Peuch & Besse catalogue (takeaway only).

Address:

206 Telok Ayer Sreet

Singapore 068641

6221 9282

With such an array of authentic French wines brought to our shores, dining like a French has never been easier. Cheers, or as they say in France, santé!

French festival singapore

For more details, visit: http://voilah.sg

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Singapore Cocktail Festival 2017

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Art of Mixology

It’s amazing how creative a person can be when concocting a cocktail. At the Singapore Cocktail Festival (SGCF) 2017, I saw the use of ingredients like chili padi infused gin or chicken rice chili in cocktails. Yes, you read correctly. Spicy cocktails, anyone??

The SGCF2017 was held at the Festival Village (old police station) next to Shaw Tower Beach Road from 16-21 March. Visitors could sample a multitude of cocktails at the price of 12 dollars each. That’s an amazingly low price. And did I mention it was a free-entry event?

After being very impressed by Alex Cratena’s NO B1G D€AL at the Library on 17 March (also a part of the SGCF), I didn’t hesitate to say ‘YES’ when my friends asked me if I wanted to go to the SGCF the following day.

The Venue

We arrived at the Festival Village in the afternoon just after our lunch. The event was still quite empty so we got a table for our group of 5 pretty fast. I suppose it was the afternoon sun that people were hiding from. Anyway, that was good for us because more crowd started coming in later in the day. Most tables became occupied in the evening.

Cheap drinks but…

Compared to the fancy cocktails in a nice bar in Singapore which cost double or more, the cocktails in this event are, unfortunately, not up to snuff. First of all, the drinks were served in plastic glasses or cups instead of beautifully decorated glasses. OK, I think it’s easier for the organizer to clean up later and hence, the use of plastic cups.

Singapore Cocktail Festival Paloma Presto with grapefruit

Secondly, not all the cocktails sold were great. The first drink I tried was Paloma Presto (Milagro Silver Tequila, Pink Grapefruit Juice, Sugar Syrup, Perrier and Grapefruit Juice) by Room of Illusion was a disappointment. The drink was diluted and not flavorful, despite being served without ice.

Singapore Inspired Cocktails

Singapore Cocktail Festival Leo's Flip with a local twist

My second drink was Leo’s Flip (Ron Zacapa 23, Wild Turkey Honey, Amaretto, Spiced Pineapple and Egg Yolk) by Nutmeg and Clove. This drink saved the day for me because it was a clear improvement over my first one.

Nutmeg and Clove drew inspiration and created this drink from a pineapple tart. This drink was part of the Singapore inspired cocktails presented by the top 4 local bars: Crackerjack, Mitzo, Nutmeg and Clove and 28 Hong Kong Street. Because of the hot weather, the ice in the drink melted quite fast and the drink became diluted in the end.

Singapore Cocktail Festival Unusual Negroni, a strong drink

Not Your Usual Negroni

My third and last drink of the day was a glass of Unusual Negroni (Hendrink’s Gin, Campari, Sweet Vermouth and Fernet Branca). The bartender asked me whether I would want my drink weak, normal or strong. Due to my earlier experience of weak drink and ice melting, I told him I wanted a strong drink. The bartender generously added more gin as per my request. However, Negroni is anything but a sweet drink. It turned out too strong for me to enjoy.

Verdict – You get what you pay for!

Overall, I think this year’s SGCF was a good one especially if you want cheap alcoholic drinks. It was not very crowded like most free events in Singapore, the music was cool and there were a plethora of drinks to try. I did not grab any bites there though so I could not comment on the food.

However, the drink quality and the experience is not the same as when you go to a nice bar with your friends. But hey, you get what you pay for, right??

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