We’re covering all corners this week with daring concepts, classic revamps and indulgent, unlikely pairings. Think vegan street grub, five-course desserts, affordable whiskies, 80s-inspired cocktails and Michelin-starred Japanese-European fusion. It’s a whole list of unexpected surprises to delight your taste buds.
Vegan gone street with Hello Baby
Ever heard of vegan street food in Singapore? Neither have we. All the more reason to keep our eyes peeled the next time we’re in Chinatown with Singapore’s first vegan street grub kiosk, Hello Baby. Vegetarians and vegans will be happy to know that the menu is all about being familiar with a twist. The Chilli “Crab” Mantou Sliders ($10) are stuffed with enoki mushrooms, while a Young Jack Cubano ($10) comprises jackfruit topped with housemade hoisin sauce and spring onions – fascinatingly familiar but different.
Hello Baby is located at 10 Trengganu St, Singapore 058464 and 25 Trengganu St, along Chinatown Street Market. Open Mon, Wed-Sun 11.30am – 9pm.
Nineteen80 launches Miss-Demeanor Ladies Night
Who doesn’t love a good themed bar? At NINETEEN80, this 80s-inspired arcade bar and disco is all about bringing the retro back to town. Now that they’ve launched their Ladies Night, get your girlfriends down to claim three complimentary Vodka Ribenas and groove to old school Hip Hop and R&B jams every Wednesday. Oozing with 80s nostalgia and funky disco names, the cocktail menu is a sight to behold, from malibu-based Club Tropicana ($20) to fun takes on the classic Bacardi Breezer ($16).
Nineteen80 is located at 21 Tanjong Pagar Rd #01-05, Singapore 088444, p. +65 9183 6073. Open Tue, Thu 5.30pm – 1am, Wed, Fri 5.30pm – 3am, Sat 7pm – 4am.
Alma by Juan Amador celebrates third anniversary
Anniversary celebrations are always full of pleasant surprises. One Michelin star restaurant Alma by Juan Amador will be celebrating its third anniversary with a brand new dinner menu that brings together influences from Japanese and European cuisine. Executive Chef Haikal presents indulgence at its best: sweet and savoury Okayama Muscat Grape Chutoro made with julienned Okayama green grapes, or the impossibly tender Ōmi Beef wagyu, served with a burst of wine and beetroot reduction. Just thinking about the menu is enough to make us drool.
Alma by Juan Amador is located at Goodwood Park Hotel, 22 Scotts Rd, Singapore 228221. p. +65 6735 9937. Opens Mon-Fri 12pm – 2.30pm, Mon-Sat 6pm – 10pm.
Affordable whiskies at The Cooperage
A good whisky can pack a hefty punch – both in your gut and in the wallet. The Cooperage changes all that by offering affordable but quality whiskies for the masses. Price points are matched to the age statements of your selected drink per 30ml glass, whether it’s 12, 15, or 18. Flight selections include the exclusive 100 years of Dalmore (25, 35, and 40 years), the Macallan Edition Series Flight, and the Glenfiddich Experimental Series. Munch on canapes like the Pan-Fried Foie Gras or Lobster Bisque for the perfect whisky-pairing.
The Cooperage is located at 42 Hongkong St, Singapore 059681, p. +65 8699 9366. Open Mon-Sat 3pm – 12.30am.
The Bar at Waku Ghin: A five-course heavenly dessert affair
Ready for the ultimate sweet-tooth love affair? From 7 October to 5 November, Waku Ghin will offer a new five-course dessert menu ($68++) featuring the finest pastries imaginable. Awaken your palate with a refreshing Shine Muscat Mojito and give your taste buds a savoury treat with decadent Kougyoku Tarte Tatin with Miso Ice Cream. Finally, be transported to Sumatra with the Chocolate with Caramel and Nespresso Master Origin Indonesia – rich velvety chocolate with wildly aromatic Arabica coffee beans and a whiff of tobacco.
The Bar at Waku Ghin is located at L2-01, Atrium 2, The Shoppes at Marina Bay Sands, 10 Bayfront Ave, Singapore 018956, p. +65 6688 8507. Open daily Mon – Sun, 5.30pm – 8pm.