We decided to have a foodie day in Singapore as a rest from all the sightseeing. What better way to kick off this relaxing day than at Tippling Club!
As we walked into their townhouse main door, we received a warm welcome from their general manager Marcus. Their entrance and bar area had the sense that you were entering someone’s lounge in their colonial style home that happened to have an award-winning bar; inviting with beautiful tiling, and we loved the artwork on the walls plus the bright airy feel! Kamil, their new bar manager, then talked us through their cocktail creations and the inspirations behind some of their signature items, plus took us on a guided tour. Upstairs they have Bin 38: a private dining space which is decked out to feel like you have been invited to the owner’s apartment, coupled with a research and development kitchen.
They have linked up with Penfolds to provide their clients with fine Australian wines from the Magill Estate & Barossa Valley that we learnt from Paul pair well with the bar, restaurant and tailored individual event menus.
We then settled down to a chef’s selection of treats by head chef Paul accompanied by cocktail creations from Kamil’s bar team of award-winning mixologists.
We kicked off with a Banana Sake Daiquiri ($22) and a Smokey Old Bastard ($24). C’s had a wonderful vanilla aroma and flavour from the sake, with molasses notes from the blanco rum, and vibrancy from the cocoa, coffee and lime. J loved the smokiness from the Islay whisky and cigar smoke complemented by the sweet orange notes – he appreciated the presentation in a jar and the theatre of opening the cocktail releasing a gentle cloud of cigar smoke!
Charcoal red peppers (SGD $17) arrived with a soy and wasabi dip in a glass pot – they were smoky and moreish.
Wagyu Pastrami sandwich ($25) and Blue Swimmer Crab Cakes ($19) followed. We felt that the pastrami was a bit overpowered by the gruyere cheese and it also seemed like a shame to turn beautiful Wagyu into pastrami. The crab cakes were wonderful, fresh and flaky with a crisp crumb exterior and went perfectly with the butter head lettuce and pea puree.
Our next drinks suggested by Kamil were fresh, summer inspired drinks that he said would go well with our mains. C had a Fig Sidecar ($22) and loved the fig infused cognac with the citrus elements complementing the sweet notes of vanilla and toffee from the cognac with the exotic addition of a fig flavour. I loved my Good Old Fashioned Lover Boy’s ($22) spice and fruit notes from the single grain whisky that were complemented by the sweetness from the banana and maple syrup and a piece of banana decorated with a syrup of marashino bitters. This cocktail understandably won them the World Class 2015 award; it was gorgeous and was one of the best old fashioneds I have drunk.
We ended on well thought out bite-sized desserts of White Chocolate and Mango Feuilletine ($4) presented in a metal upturned whisk with its sweet exterior balanced by tart and full of flavour mango sorbet centre, and Lime Cheesecake Tablets ($4) in a medicine tablet container that added a fun element to enjoying a cheesecake! The flavour notes in our second cocktails went perfectly with our desserts also.
Overall, a wonderful, relaxed experience with great food, impressive cocktails and pleasant service. Watch this space, as they are planning expansion to other locations in the world. We can’t wait for Tippling Club to reach London, UK!
Please see our Facebook photo album for more pics from our visit and Far East Tour.
We were invited to review Tippling Club by Sauce Communications. Thanks Jenny! Upstairs pictures of Bin 38 courtesy of Sauce Communications and Tippling Club also.