We scour Singapore’s bar scene to bring you the new and noteworthy – here’s a look at destination rooftop bar, Smoke and Mirrors.
First impressions: Simply stunning! Making your way to the highest point of this newly transformed, grand colonial architectural treasure is a thrill in itself. With both air-conditioned indoor and alfresco terrace seating looking across the Padang to the Theatres on the Bay and beyond, it has a genuine sense of place.
The chosen one: From a very good menu of drinks (not all of which were available on the night, however), the Tiger Blood Daisy ($20) is a best-seller, says bartender Yugnes Susela. The cocktails are beautifully presented, but tend not to be strong. Lotus in a Breeze, 1970 ($22) is a Pisco sour with a twist, inspired by artist Georgette Chen’s eponymous painting in the DBS Gallery downstairs: it magically turns from blue to pink before your eyes, courtesy of a dash of lemon. A nice selection of wines by the glass includes Jurtschitsch Grüner Veltliner ($17) and Hugel Riesling ($18).
The cheapskate: A bottle of Sol is $14, but for two dollars more you could get 330ml of our local draught Samui Ale or Bohemian Lager.
Bite on this: From the kitchen of Yan, the high-end Chinese restaurant one floor down, come a selection of Bites and Mains. Try light-as-air crispy silver fish ($8), truffle fries with dips ($12), the heartier signature chicken wings ($14), or crab claws with chilli dip ($18), the dip reminiscent of our iconic Singaporean chilli crab. (They’d run out of the crispy pork belly and several other items.)
Last but not least: The term “destination bar” is much bandied about, but here it’s well deserved.
This article first featured in the January 2016 issue of the magazine.