Gourmet bars with a casual, laidback soul. Check out My Little Tapas Place, Blackbird Bistro and Bar and the relaunched Breeze this month.
From the chef duo behind My Little Spanish Place comes My Little Tapas Bar, an intimate snack bar serving a portfolio of Spanish favourites as well as lesser-known tapas selections. Notable grub are the Coca de Cebolla con Pimientos ($16)–thin crispy flatbread topped with caramelised onions, roasted peppers, anchovies and manchego cheese–and bacon-wrapped dates at $14, which is best paired with a classic glass of Sangria Tinta ($12 per glass).
Scarlet Hotel Singapore’s exclusive rooftop bar Breeze offers an improved food menu and signature cocktails under its famous gazebo. The traditional slider gets a luscious Asian update ($14), in which French croquettes made with sweet chunks of crab meat are glazed with a tongue-tingling chilli sauce and served in a crispy Chinese bun. Drop by on Wednesday nights, with an exclusive cocktail for the ladies, Entice Me, offered at $12 instead of $18.
Address: 33 Erskine Road. Tel: 6511 3333
Located between the Cathay and Plaza Singapura, Blackbird Bistro and Bar serves up affordable bar bites, which look like something out of a gourmet restaurant. Try their balsamic tuna ($12), generous slices of seared tuna, accompanied by piquant mango salsa and balsamic glaze. Get their speciality cocktail Blackbird’s Nest ($19), an in-house concoction of fen jiu (a Chinese wine), bird’s nest and red dates. A refreshing drink that has a flavour reminiscent of caramel and molasses, with a slight hint of Chinese herbs.
Address: #01-01A The Luxe, 6 Handy Road. Tel: 6337 344