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Lovers of Kampong Glam, this new bar’s for you!

We scour the bar scene to bring you the new and noteworthy. It’s a tough job, but somebody’s got to do it! Anthia Chng checks out the Flying Monkey in Kampong Glam to see what they have to offer. The Flying Monkey has a delicious array of cocktails and bar bites. They offer a variety of tasty Pan-Indian dishes from tandoori chicken to cashew-peanut curry.

First impressions:

Located in the lively Kampong Glam district, this restaurant-bar is housed in a two-storey shophouse, along a stretch of mostly Lebanese eateries and hip watering holes. The décor is simple and contemporary: fun, colourful art murals on the walls are offset by sleek, black furniture and wooden flooring. We also got a sneak peek at the newly refurbished event space on the second storey; it boasts a large projector and plenty of comfy sofas – perfect for hosting a private party!

The flying monkey kampong glam

The Chosen One:

Helming the bar is head bartender Kannan, who has had stints at renowned establishments like Long Chim and Cufflink Club. A must-try is the Goa Mamma Lassi ($18), a spiked version of a traditional lassi. This rendition includes passionfruit for an added tang, while vodka and rum are mixed in to give the easy-to-drink smoothie a boozy upgrade. You won’t go wrong with this crowd favourite! If you’re craving something out of the ordinary, order the Monkey on Fire ($20), a comforting concoction of Monkey Shoulder whisky, Grand Marnier, Maraschino, honey, three-spice and coconut water; then snag a seat by the counter and watch the experienced mixologist at work. We won’t spoil the surprise here, but this tipple involved a blow torch and some live fire action! My personal favourite? Hands down, the Mind It! ($18), which was unlike anything I’ve ever tasted. The ingredients are minimal but the highlight of this creative cocktail is the jasmine-infused Monkey 47 Gin. Fresh jasmine buds are soaked in gin for an entire week, and the end result is a refreshing, floral fragrance that hits you unexpectedly at the first sip. Lemon juice is added for acidity, while maple syrup is mixed in for a hint of sweetness. The flavours are spot on!

The flying monkey kampong glam

The Cheapskate:

The cocktails, which pack a punch in the alcohol department, are all priced at $20 or below. Seasonal beers on tap start from $9, and you can get a glass of bubbly or white at $14.

Bite on this:

Look forward to a variety of tasty Pan-Indian bites, many of which are familiar classics. The small plates were extremely flavourful – our only gripe was wishing the portions were bigger. You won’t go wrong with the tandoori chicken ($10), which was deliciously charred and tender. But, for something different, we highly recommend the tangy and savoury papaya kebabs ($12), featuring papaya fritters served with plum chutney. If you’re still hungry, tuck into heartier plates like the Nalli Gosht ($26) – slow-cooked lamb shank served with garlic naan. The freshly baked naan, paired with falloff-the-bone meat and cashew-peanut curry, was a winning combination. We wiped it off in no time!

The flying monkey kampong glam

Last but not least:

In place of sugar or sugar syrup, a common choice of sweetener used in regular cocktails, Kannan incorporates natural sweeteners like maple syrup and honey instead – they’re slightly healthier and add great flavour, too! – Anthia Chng

67/68 Bussorah Street
6291 0695 | flyingmonkey.sg

Love cocktails? see our review on this glamorous cocktail bar on beach road or head over to nearby Amoy St?

This article first appeared in the September 2017 edition of Expat Living. You can purchase a copy or subscribe so you never miss an issue!