10 Coleman Street
#01-21 Grand Park Hotel City Hall
6338 8289 | east-8.com
Who Drinks There: We called in for a midweek lunch and cheeky tipple, and there were others doing the same thing. We hear the evening crowd is a mix of modish locals and expats.
Best Thing About It: The Singapore-meets-New York City concept is cool. Having lived in New York, the owners drew on their experience for inspiration for the décor. The ceiling has metal girders, like a bridge; the walls are stripped back to the red bricks; the bare-bulb lighting feels industrial and the menus are on embossed wood. The 8 in the name refers to lower Manhattan’s 8th Street, which has a concentration of Asianrestaurants, while East is a reference to Asia.
Signature Drinks: Our test of any new bar is the cocktails. Both the Soho Noho ($18) and Chelsea Pier ($16) – a blend of pink grapefruit, mint, lime and white wine – got the thumbs up. There’s also wine from $10 a glass and an eclectic range of beer from $12. Teetotallers are well catered for with lots of choice including the Brooklyn iced tea ($7.50) and the flavoursome tiramisu cappuccino ($8).
Nibbles and Noshes: The tapas dining trend shows no sign of waning in Singapore, and the staff at East 8 suggest we order several dishes to share. Other than a couple of fried dishes, the fusion food is definitely on the healthy side, and with a strong Asian influence. A tasty starter is hamachi and caviar ($15): slices of melt-in-the-mouth yellowfin topped with a sesame and soy dressing. The soy yuzu beef ($20) hits the spot too and pairs well with the sherry rocket salad ($10) topped with crunchy toasted pine nuts. The dessert options look luscious too; we’ll try the lime curd tart next time.
When to Go: Open noon to midnight, Monday to Friday, with a lunch menu until 3pm. On Saturdays, East 8 opens at 6pm.