The Black Swan
19 Cecil Street
Setting itself apart from the bevy in the CBD is the aptly named The Black Swan, The Lo & Behold Group’s latest venture. Past notches on their belt include The White Rabbit and Tanjong Beach Club, so it’s no surprise that The Black Swan oozes character and style.
The old 1930s bank has been brought back to life with Art Deco-inspired décor: seductive lighting, high ceilings, herringbone windows and a stunning mirrored bar centrepiece.
The cocktails are unusual. The Escape to Amalfi ($19) – a large scoop of lemon sorbet atop a glass of Prosecco and vodka – was interesting but a little difficult to drink.
Food-wise it’s a please-all mix of sharing plates and old American classics. Crostini with baked bone marrow ($18), oysters ($36-$54) and The New Caesar salad ($18) with maple-cured sweet bacon, baby Romaine lettuce, anchovy crisps, a poached egg and lashings of parmesan got the thumbs-up. For mains, The Black Swan burger ($26) with all the trimmings (bacon, egg, cheese and salad) arrives on a wooden board with golden chips. And there’s Maine lobster ($68) or 400-days grain-fed ribeye steak ($96 for 500g) if you’ve had a particularly hard day at work.
It would be a cardinal sin not to at least share the dark chocolate dome ($16); Valrhona dark chocolate coating chocolate mousse and vanilla crème with a crunchy hazelnut praline base.
The food is safe, but it’s the seductive atmosphere that wins the day. If you work in the CBD, this could well become your go-to place for after work-drinks or business lunches ($28 for two courses).
Must-try dish: Dark chocolate dome