By: Alexandra Lin
Barbary Coast / Deadfall
The two-storey Barbary Coast, which takes up three shophouses at North Canal Road, recently reopened Deadfall, its space downstairs. Now guests can look out for a new all-day dining menu here. You can choose to dine at the casual outdoor area and soak in the Boat Quay vibe. Power points and free wi-fi are also available for those who want to linger on and work remote during the day.
To begin with, order the Five Dolla’ Slider (S$5) filled with lamb merguez, tzatziki and baby rocket. Heartier options include the TTW Sando (S$17), which comes with a choice of smoked ham or beef pastrami served on a tater tot waffle. The “sandwich” is partnered with salsa roja, sauerkraut and smokey cheddar.
Alternatively, munch on the House Nachos with a choice of chilli con vegetarian “carne” or beef carne (S$12/ $25). There are substantial new additions to boot, including grass-fed Australian Ribeye (S$28) served with chimichurri, as well as Canadian-inspired poutine (S$12) comprising golden fries, mingling with smoked cheese curds and beef jus. If you want to surprise your palate, request for the “secret menu”.
There are classic cocktails to be had but do check out more creative concoctions at S$20 each. For a more interactive experience, ask for the paper fortuneteller menu, aka “The Click Clack”, which offers a fun way to choose your colourful cocktail based on your mood and desires.
Deadfall at Barbary Coast is open from 3pm Monday to 10.30pm Friday, and from 4.30pm till 10.30pm on Saturdays.
The Zouk Group has transformed its ultra-lounge space at The Cannery, Clarke Quay, into a unique pop-up dining concept dubbed Capital Kitchen. Housed within the second level of the Zouk complex, the luxurious lounge is now a dining space for 100 persons, offering a selection of Asian and Western dishes and sharing platters from the kitchen of RedTail.
Highlights include the Signature Battered Fish & Chips (S$27), comprising crispy battered haddock served with mashed peas and fries, as well as the Signature Royal Broth Congee (S$15) brimming with roasted duck, scallop, prawn, and mushroom in a comforting savoury pork broth. If you have a party of four or five, order the Feasting Platter (S$118), laden with Ebi Chilli Flatbread, Mala Chicken Skin, Chicken Wings, Truffle Fries, Squid Pong and Pork Sausage. There’s also Margaret River Black Angus Steak (S$48) for those who crave for meats.
Capital Kitchen will also regularly showcase limited-edition dishes by local food collaborators. For instance, for the debut menu, it partnered with home bakery Paparch, which in recent months has been trending thanks to its Burnt Cheesecake. The caramelised exterior and molten centre of this exclusive dessert (S$15 per portion with limited daily quantities) will impress any cheesecake fan.
And if that’s not enough, you can even request for the famous Five Guys burger to be delivered for dine-in at Capital Kitchen. Wash this down with a selection of wines, sake, spirits and bottled cocktails by Zouk. These fancy local-inspired drinks include Milo Gao (milo and whisky), Asam Guava (guava juice and vodka), and Teh Peng (milk tea and vodka). Capital Kitchen is opened 5pm to 11pm, Wednesdays to Saturdays.
Bao by CÉ LA VI
CÉ LA VI SkyBar at Marina Bay Sands is welcoming guests with Bao, its newly launched casual dining concept. Score a table alfresco overlooking the city’s skyline and pick from the seven Asian-inspired bao combinations. They include Black Angus BBQ Beef with Cheddar cheese, caramelised onions and bacon (S$16), Truffle Wagyu Beef Sukiyaki with black truffle soy and pickled daikon (S$22), Chicken Karaage (S$15), Salted Egg-Crispy Prawn (S$16), Tempura Sea Bass with smoked chilli sambal (S$18), Iberico Pork Char Siu (S$18), and Sichuan Eggplant with pickled coleslaw and spicy mayo (S$14).
All items are rustled up with sustainably-sourced, antibiotic- and hormone-free ingredients. The housemade bao buns are just as delicious – steamed to order and seared on a hot cast iron pan on one side until caramelised on the outside while still soft and fluffy inside. Complement the bao “burgers” with hand-cut fries or truffle fries.
Those who hanker for more irresistible bites paired with cocktails, can share the Boneless Korean Fried Chicken with crushed peanuts (S$18) or the Crispy Pork Belly Dumplings with ginger, garlic and chilli oil (S$18). Skybar is opened 5pm to 10.30pm, Mondays to Saturdays, and 12pm to 9pm on Sundays.
Live Twice is the popular Jigger & Pony Group’s latest cocktail joint that takes inspiration from Japan’s mid-century modern era. This intimate space at Bukit Pasoh Road offers a minimalist drink’s menu featuring only 14 craft cocktails.
Now you can enjoy a selection of satisfying izakaya fare that is yōshuku in style (Western-influenced). The eclectic food menu offers items like Wasabi Cheese Terrine (S$9), where fresh wasabi is grated on a cube of cream cheese sitting atop crisp nori. The bite is livened up with sake and bonito dashi. There’s also addictive crispy chicken karaage (S$12) to munch on.
For something more filling, the bar offers a variety of sando or sandwiches. Each option comes with different katsu (cutlet) fillings. Try the Pork Katsu Sando (S$34) or tender Beef Katsu Sando ($36) that’s fried-to-order and perked up with tangy-sweet tonkatsu sauce and creamy Japanese mayonnaise. The bar is opened Mondays to Sundays, 4pm to 10.30pm.
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