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Wines, Cocktails And Other Alcohol

Wines, Cocktails And Other Alcohol

Featuring Singapore, Rookery (Hong Leong Building), Bōruto, CURATE, Maison Ikkoku, IZY Dining & Bar, Zafferano, Kabuke, PYXIEMOSS, Phat Cat Laundry
Justin Teo
Justin Teo
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Some of my Friday nights are spent at Eliza with their live band featuring Canto pop from my generation. Over cocktails and a full bar menu of spirits, wine and beer, and of course with my favourite tea-marinated quail egg with caviar inspired by our 茶叶蛋.

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"At that red teahouse, we finally exchange vows". This intimate space transports you to the glamourous period of 1980s Hong Kong with mahjong tables and cosy leather seats, but it's hidden from public view. Access can be requested at Sum Yi Tai, where you ask to see Mona and be presented with a unique code for a locked door that leads to Mona Lounge; or via reservations at [email protected] where the passcode will be provided upon confirmation.
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And this cocktail gives you a glimpse into Mona's past. The modernised Asian cocktail menu combines the expertise of Head Bartender Byron Tan and Group Chief Bartender Sam Wong. I started my cocktail journey here with this Mona’s Tea, a cognac-based cocktail made with oolong PX sherry and Fernet Branca, beautifully presented in a teacup. Served with salted egg chocolate made by Singapore’s own craft chocolatier Fossa Chocolate, the sweetness from the cognac is perfectly balanced with the bitterness of the Fernet Branca, elevated with a touch of oolong PX sherry.
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I've also tried 3 other cocktails here, as I had the lovely company of Mona Lounge owners Eu Yen and Sandra who wanted me to try a couple of their favorite drinks. I found that they are sufficiently complex yet very well balanced. This would be one of my favourite places to come for a drink after work. Moreover, the ambience here is perfect to have a drink by yourself, and it's chill enough to hold conversations with a friend.
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What a lovely place. And I wonder if I would see Mona here one day.
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[Tasting]

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I had tried 7 different wines from Babich Wines, together with an extensive 6 course menu pairing from Grand Hyatt. One of the meal came with 2 wines to alternate between.
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That was an eye opener, as I found the wines to be refined, yet easy to drink. And during the Wine Fiesta held at One Fullerton last month, Babich also turns out to be one of the wines that I enjoyed the most. And I never knew, that their family actually had more than 100 years of winemaking experience.
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One way to get Babich is through Straits Wine Company, which does wine delivery as well.
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[Hosted]

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"My drink in the bitter cold. When there's much heartache and some bitterness" - Mona.
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This is Pi Pa Gao, but it aren't just Pi Pa Gao. This is the creation from the mixologists of Mona Lounge (@life_of_mona), which has Bulleit Rye and Angostura Bitters added to it as well.
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I've also tried 3 other cocktails here, as I had the lovely company of Mona Lounge owners @euyentay and @sandrasim who wanted me to try a couple of their favorite drinks. I found that they are sufficiently complex yet very well balanced. This would be one of my favourite places to come for a drink after work. Moreover, the ambience here is perfect to have a drink by yourself, and it's chill enough to hold conversations with a friend.

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The highlight of the 4 course menu was the A5 Miyazaki Rib Cap, which would blow most steaks out of the competition. Skirt had always been grilling their steaks well, with consistently nice smokey exterior and nice pink medium rare interior. But what could be more perfect than this - their mastery of the grill and the use of a premium cut (rib cap) of the highest grade (A5) Miyazaki.
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The Ao Yun was also surprisingly good wine different from most other wine I've tasted. The aroma was strong but it tasted surpsingly lighter, even though it was definitely a full-bodied wine. It was dense, ripe, had layers of spices with a lingering finish. I think this wine alone is worth the additional $50, just to experience how this wine is unlike other red wines.
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To recap, this is what I had for the wine-pairing dinner:
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Course 0:
Amuse bouche: Beef tartare (may vary daily)
Welcome drink: Veuve Cliquot Rich with tea and pepper infusion.
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Course 1:
Foley's Scallops with fondant potato, radish, bacon kombu dashi, crispy leek
Paired with Cloudy Bay Te Koko
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Course 2:
Maple Leaf Duck Breast with Okinawa sweet potato, asparagus and morello cherry sauce
Paired with Terrazas Single Vineyard
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Course 3:
A5 Miyazaki Rib Cap with black garlic puree, habanero ginger chutney, braised mushroom, spring onion oil
Paired with Ao Yun, 2014
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Course 4:
Caramel Popcorn Sundae with cookies and cream ice cream, nuts and caramel sauce
Paired with Cloudy Bay Late Harvest, Riesling.
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This menu is only available from 16 to 25 October, and RSVP is required:
Email: [email protected]
Call: +65 6808 7278
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Food-only option available at $138++.
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[Tasting]

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Delivery $10, but free delivery for purchases above $150).
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Alcoholicious offers a fine selection of carefully curated wines, made affordable. And from today till end October, there's a special promotion for selected Grant Burge wines. Pictured are (swipe for all photos):
* GRANT BURGE MIAMBA SHIRAZ 2016 (Retail: $56 // Alcoholicious: $45)
* GRANT BURGE SUMMERS CHARDONNAY 2013 (Retail: $56 // Alcoholicious: $45)
* GRANT BURGE CAMERON VALE CABERNET SAUVIGNON 2016 (Retail: $56 // Alcoholicious: $45)
* GRANT BURGE HILLCOT MERLOT 2016 (Retail: $56 // Alcoholicious: $45)
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Check out their website (linked in their profile bio) for other Grant Burge wines on promotion, and other wines that can be purchased online.
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SKIRT is raising the steaks even more and they are now serving A5 Miyazaki Rib Cap as the main course in a 4 course wine pairing dinner menu.
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And the wines curated for this dinner are prestigious wines - from Veuve Clicquot, Cloudy Bay, Terrazas, and Ao Yun, and you may notice that they're all from the luxury LVMH group. Branding aside, Sommelier Claire Carrascosa has enhanced our dining experience by selecting the right wine to complement each dishes.
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The five wines served during the dinner are:
* Welcome drink - Veuve Cliquot Rich, with tea and pepper infusion
* Course 1: Cloudy Bay Te Koko
* Course 2: Terrazas Single Vineyard
* Course 3:Ao Yun, 2014
* Course 4: Cloudy Bay Late Harvest, Riesling.
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Wait for my other posts on this place, where I'll share about the four courses of food served as well.
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[Tasting]

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I was there at sunset cocktail party when Zafferano Italian Restaurant & Lounge unveiled their newly refurbished outdoor Terrace Lounge.
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It's perfect for taking in the gorgeous view of the Marina from the 43rd storey of Ocean Financial Centre as you watch the sunset. The newly refurbished space is vibrant with a distinctive bar and a contemporary canopies (it soars to skies), but remains welcoming with its lush gardens and greenery.
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Very impressive by my first visit here, I'll be checking out their lunch menu soon since I work around this area.
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This newly opened teahouse looks deceptively traditional, until you realize the playlist in the restaurant was Chinese oldies given a new life through a relaxing jazzy remix.
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And the same goes for the time as well. It looks like tea, served in a traditional teacup. But this isn't just tea. It's a tea cocktail using premium White Jade Monkey Tea lifted with Roku Gin and some kind of potent Chinese wine called "lao jiao" (???). It's deceptively light, but after a few sips, you know there's enough alcohol in it.
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It's really good. I was about to order one more cup of this, before deciding to try a different cocktail instead.
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Is this a teahouse, a bar, or a restaurant? I think it's all of the above.
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[Hosted]

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Go for the food and wine, as there will be over 250 wines from around the world, paired with gourmet treats prepared by renowned local and international chefs at this year's Wine Fiesta 2018.
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And for the first time, it'll be held in the air-conditioned comfort of the beautiful Fullerton Bay Hotel.
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This year’s Wine Fiesta shines the spotlight on body-types. By tagging wines according to whether they are light, medium or full-bodied, it will be simple to search for and taste our favourite types of wine when faced with unfamiliar label or wine varietal. Because knowing a wine’s body can help you pick a bottle based on what you’ve enjoyed before, and you could try similar styles from many regions.
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Event details:

20 October, Sat
12pm to 10pm (last entry 9pm)
The Landing Point & La Brasserie
The Fullerton Bay Hotel

21 October, Sun
12pm to 10pm (last entry 9pm)
The Clifford Pier
The Fullerton Bay Hotel
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Purchase tickets at www.eventbrite.sg and all Straits Wine Company stores.
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Taken during a media event.

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If only all weekends end this way.. A couple of cocktails with great sliders and a live band. I don't know who this singer is, but he's damn gooooood. I'll come back here often! Join me? :)
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So glad the guys from Shangri-la jioed me to pop over after dinner!

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You would have heard of W Hotel - they're about luxury, style and sophistication. And this extends to Woobar, their lounge bar at the lobby level. It's modern and snazzy, yet right outside the full length windows were views of calming lush greenery.
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And they serve funky looking drinks. Like, really funky. You have the "Bubble Bath" which came in the form of bath tub complete with bubbles and "bath salt" that pops in your mouth; the "Red Dot" served in a skull, the "Bacon Fashionable" served in a mini milk carton containing a slice of real bak kwa all soaked with Burbon.
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Pictured is the Overflow, containing bourbon, orange liqueur, champagne, and bitters. It started with the bartender pouring alcohol over a ball of cotton candy (swipe for pic), and ended with this where the drink cycled through the colours.... and I forgot everything in between, i had already drank too much before this 😁.
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There's also the "Last Call" priced at $450. You would never guess what this drink came with :)
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[Hosted]

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