PUBLISHED March 10th, 2021 05:00 am | UPDATED March 11th, 2021 10:48 am
For this week’s lineup, we guarantee there’s a place that’ll tickle your fancy. Cocktail choices are in abundance – music-themed drinks from Maduro and cheeky creations from Jekyll & Hyde. Eat internationally with a Japanese-inspired afternoon tea, or go local with pop-up hawker stalls and modernised Southeast Asian cuisine.
Swing By Maduro’s Musical Evenings
Channel the Jazz Era at Maduro in Dempsey Hill, Maduro. away from the hustle and bustle of the city. Their new cocktail menu, The Trouble Clef, pays tribute to global jazz icons, treating guests to a night of blues tunes and beverages. Highlights include the gin-based Strange Fruit, named after Nina Simone and Billie Holiday’s iconic song, made with apple cider vinegar, and lavender. For something sweeter, Cereal Notes – a reference to Founder (and jazz pianist) Mr P’s sweet tooth – is a confectionery cocktail of vodka, cereal, milk, and cacao.
Maduro is located at 40C Harding Rd, Level 3, Singapore 249548, p. +65 9756 4775. Open Monday to Saturday 3pm – 10.30pm. Closed Sundays.
A Local Fanfare at Town Restaurant
For a taste of nostalgia, head to Fullerton Hotel’s Town Restaurant. Their “Past Meets Future” monthly rotating showcase (till August this year) keeps the hawker spirit alive by hosting four time-honoured hawker pop-stalls run by next-generation hawkers. This week, enjoy roasted Pipa Duck from Eats 3 Cuts, and authentic Hock Lam Street Beef Kway Teow. Or try the famed Kway Guan Huat Joo Chiah Popiah, and nasi lemak, Chinese-style. It’s a celebration of old and new, with all the same deliciousness.
Fullerton Hotel is located at 1 Fullerton Square, Singapore 049178, p. +65 6733 8388. Past Meets Future Dinner Feast is priced at S$62 per adult and S$31 per child, Thursday 6.30pm – 10pm. S$69 per adult and S$35 per child, Fridays and Saturdays 6.30pm – 10pm.
Celebrate Spring With The Grand Lobby
Keeping with their around-the world-theme, Raffles Singapore journeys to Japan in honour of the sakura season. Go sweet and dainty with the Sakura Afternoon Tea Set (S$88++ per person), featuring the iconic flower in the Sakura Panna Cotta and a Sakura Ice Cream Monaka, while their Kyoto Afternoon Tea Set (S$88++) delivers nutty, smoky notes with the Chestnut Tartlet and Hojicha Tiramisu. Of course, the journey isn’t complete without a few handcrafted cocktails. Playing on classic Japanese flavours, the Waka Jitsu (S$25++) is a tart and fruity concoction of champagne and yuzu.
The Grand Lobby is located at 1 Beach Rd, Singapore 189673, p. +65 6337 1886. The Sakura Afternoon Tea is available 15 March – 11 April. The Kyoto Afternoon Tea is available 12 April – 30 May.
Taste India’s New Age Vodka in Four Martinis
India’s first homegrown premium craft vodka Smoke Lab Vodka has officially landed in Singapore this month. Made using pure Himalayan spring water and locally sourced Basmati rice, it’s available in two variants, the ultra pure Smoke Lab Vodka Classic and aromatic Smoke Lab Vodka Aniseed. In celebration of International Women’s Day, four bars have created four martinis inspired by the stories and achievements of four successful women – entrepreneur Aarika Lee (The Old Man), fitness instructor Alyaa Rauff (Sago House), photographer Jana Yar (Lime House) and Chef Petrina Loh of Morsels (The Elephant Room).
Each specially crafted cocktail will be available at the four respective bars from 8 to 31 March 2021, and are priced between S$20++ to S$25++. Part of the proceeds will go to Daughters of Tomorrow.
Soul Food At Jekyll & Hyde
Jekyll & Hyde has introduced a new soul food menu to pair with their signature cocktail creations – but no, we’re not talking about food from the South. Rather, Jekyll & Hyde has elevated Southeast Asian favourites with dishes like the Fresh Orh Lau (S$22++), cooked with fresh Canadian oysters, and Chilli Crab Nachos (S$18++), with housemade chilli. Their drinks are even more fun, using kitchen cupboard ingredients to dream up classy cocktails. The PB&J (S$22+) is an adult twist on a childhood classic, where peanut butter washed bourbon is topped off with a toasted marshmallow.
Jekyll & Hyde is located 74 Neil Rd, Singapore 088839, p. +65 8940 2450. Open Monday to Friday, 4pm – 10.30pm. Saturday, 11am – 10.30pm. Sunday, 11am – 6pm. Closed Mondays.
Top image: Photo courtesy of Raffles Hotel