We scour the bar scene to bring you the new and noteworthy. It’s a tough job, but somebody’s got to do it! Emi Finch checks out The Palmary.
This new kid on the cocktailbar block sits in a restored shophouse (a former bike shop, actually, with an old-school bicycle mounted on the wall as a homage to the joint’s roots), on the fringes of Little India. While The Palmary features an Asian-European fusion food menu, we felt the drinks were indeed the main event and loved the chef’s wine recommendations alongside each dish on the menu – such a useful touch for wine novices!
The Chosen One:
The Forest Berry Collins ($16) is a take on an old-school Tom Collins; it’s a refreshing combo of gin, berries, lemon and lime, topped up with soda water. (And don’t be fooled by its seemingly non-alcoholic taste!) I wish I’d been brave enough to try the scarily named Na-Palm ($18), a mix of Jamaican and dark rum, grenadine, passionfruit, pineapple and lime juice. Next time, for sure.
One big reason to visit this charming place is the reasonable prices on cocktails, which range from $16 to $18. For the ultimate bargain, though, head over for happy hour on Tuesday to Sunday, from 6 to 9pm, and enjoy two cocktails for $22, or a pint of lager for $10.
Bite on this:
We ended up having a proper meal here. As it’s a little off the beaten track (let’s just say the area is “up and coming”), it’s worth making a night of it. So, we tucked into a range of beautifully cooked and well-presented plates including foie gras with duck liver, balsamic reduction, crispy crackers and chestnut honey ($16.90), and paprika prawns with ebiko and floss ($15.90) to start, followed by a generous portion of mentaiko cream lobster linguine ($27.90) and tangerine halia barramundi ($22.90) served with roasted asparagus, roasted tomatoes and pumpkin purée. The almond pecan brownie ($11.90) – bittersweet chocolate, almonds, pecan, and vanilla gelato – rounded off the hearty meal. If you just want a few nibbles with your drinks, brave the gut-busting snacks platter ($25.90), a selection of shoestring fries, prawn paste chicken, crispy pork belly and spam fries.
Last but not least:
Situated right above The Palmary is The Lounge which can accommodate 32 people or if you’re looking for a more intimate spot the VIP room can accommodate 12 people. Great if you’re looking to hire a space for a private event.
By Emi Finch