20A Teck Lim Road
Singapore 088391

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Monday:
05:30pm - 12:00am

Tuesday:
05:30pm - 12:00am

Wednesday:
05:30pm - 12:00am

Thursday:
05:30pm - 12:00am

Friday:
05:30pm - 12:00am

Saturday:
05:30pm - 12:00am

Sunday:
Closed

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Be it their unique concoctions, food pairings or even the little decorative details around the bar, there is just something different and experiential that you are going to get when you stepped into The Elephant Room, almost like uncovering a story or identity of the brand. The ingredients used in the drinks and foods are sourced directly from Tekka Market and its surroundings; the epicenter of Little India, besides the popular Mustafa Centre. During that evening, we had a couple of dishes such as the Gobi Manchurian ($16) and Ter Curry Chicken ($21) to pair with our cocktails, and as different as their cocktails are, the food menu is something that you should pay attention to as well. The former are cauliflower fritters that are deep fried and tossed in a sweet and sour gravy but there is an addictive spice that packs a punch, almost instantly as you start eating them while the latter is Yugi’s mother’s recipe of curry chicken which is served with warm putu mayam, a combination not commonly seen but works so well as the putu mayam is able to latch onto the curry gravy so well that each bite will make you want more.

Moving onto the cocktails, we had The Mango ($23), Jothi’s Flower Shop ($23), Banana King ($23) and Chai ($23), and I have to say that out of the four, the Chai wins unanimously. The traditional chai beverage has been modernized with the addition of rum while the base is still made with the masala spices but with added fermented pineapple and green chilli. To top it all off, a pineapple foam is added to give it a tangy richness and creaminess, balancing out the strong spice flavour.
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✨ The Elephant Room
📍 20A Teck Lim Road, Singapore 088391
🛵 https://www.theelephantroom.sg/cocktails
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When a business owner has a clear vision of his or her brand, and how to bring every aspect of it to life, that’s bold and refreshing.
I got a taste, quite literally, of that when Yugi (@cocktailmahout) got in touch with me and sent over cocktails and light bites from the @elephantroomsg, a culture-forward new spot inspired by Singapore’s Little India.
Typical of me, I got more caught up with the food which was audaciously delicious from the liberal use of Indian spices. With such intoxicating aromas on the palate, I found myself enjoying the Lamb Tacos ($18) even though I tend to avoid this meat as I find it too gamey. The finely-shredded lamb shoulder which came in a Puri taco, was fall-apart tender, juicy and extremely tasty from having been marinated in “sup kambing” spices for 12 hours. It came with a sauce that elevated tastiness further with its different dimension.
To my surprise, the Grilled Tiger Prawns Glazed in a Tamarind Curry ($24) were even better. It had me sucking on the shells to get at every bit of that incredible curry. The accompanying flatbread was wonderful as well - soft, chewy and ever so slightly sweet.
As for the cocktails, each had a fascinating backstory and were unique. While “Sippin’87” was a sweetish, coffee-forward little number (the team’s take on the Espresso Martini with savoury notes from caramelised onions and zest from kombucha), the “Tekka” cocktail paid tribute to the iconic Tekka Market in Little India by swirling together Old Monk Rum, fermented banana, Spiced Palm Jaggery and a hint of turmeric.

If you want to explore the flavours of this Little India-inspired joint, please tap on the link in the @elephantroomsg’s bio on Instagram for details.

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I was fortunate to be given the opportunity to taste two of these cocktails (thanks Yugi) and each of them brings a distinct flavour and identity. One of the iconic landmarks of Little India is the Tekka Market, and this signature cocktail, Tekka pays homage to the location. Each of the ingredient that goes into the concoction represents a part of the Tekka Market such as the coconut oil that’s infused with the Old Monk Run, mixed with bananas that has been fermented with Himalayan salt for over 7 days and last but not least, spiced palm jaggery. A sip of this and your senses will be tingled by the richness from the rum, savouriness from the salted bananas and sweetness from the jaggery. The next cocktail takes inspirations from the Bru coffee drinking culture in Little India, and the story turned into reality in the form of the Sipping at 78, a rendition of the espresso martini with a local twist. The coffee powder is being “kombucha-ed” with caramelized onion before being bottled. The number from the drink is named after a unit number of a restaurant in Little India, can you guess which restaurant it is? Overall, you will get hints of sweetness and savoury notes from the caramelized onions while balanced by the bitterness from the coffee.

And what’s a drinking session without some food? By pairing with the right kind of food, it resulted in an even better cocktail, and one of them is the spiced lamb tacos which is constructed with pulled lamb shoulder that has been marinated for over 12 hours in a sup kambing broth over a puri taco. Another one of those finger lickin’ good moment is the grilled tamarind curry prawn which comes with a homemade flatbread. Just the name of the dish is enough to make me salivate.
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📍The Elephant Room
20A Teck Lim Road, Singapore 088391
https://www.theelephantroom.sg/

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I ended off my night by sipping some of their Ghee liqueur neat. Honestly, it smells ordinary, but tastes AMAZING. It's like liquid butterscotch on steroids!!! I don't like ghee in my food, but I'd happily drink this all day. Totally blew my mind.

The Elephant Room has sold me on these crazy funky infusions. I am sure it's not easy to get the perfect balance, but I do hope they continue to reinvent their infusions & cocktails in fresh ways to keep things exciting.

💳 Accepts credit cards
🌬 Air-conditioned seats only
📱 Accepts reservations via Chope

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Whilst sipping on my drink, I was introduced to the other Amrut whiskey variants on the shelf. Being very new to Indian whiskey, I listened intently while being schooled about them.

Service here was attentive & warm, & the bartenders are friendly & chatty. I did feel a bit bad having to work on my phone from time to time, but I was glad to be left alone when that had to be done. Appreciated 😉

💳 Accepts credit cards
🌬 Air-conditioned seats only
📱 Accepts reservations via Chope

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My drink of choice was Mogul's Sweets ($22++), which alludes to the nostalgic memory of the local childhood sweet shop. I picked this because of the unique use of savoury, nutty ingredients: Salted cashews & roasted chickpeas. They sounded like they would go well with the characteristic spicyness of the Amrut, an Indian single malt whiskey.

& by golly, they did. This was delicious in a buttery-smooth & creamy way. It felt like I was drinking a nutty alcoholic milkshake. Despite the slightly oily notes it had (which I generally am not a fan of), I enjoyed it through & through til the very end.

If that doesn't sound like your kind of thing, don't worry. The Elephant Room has other cocktails like:
• Tekka - Old Monk rum, spiced palm & banana skin
• Jothi's Flower Shop - Jasmine gin, davanam tinture, lime & honey
• Beeda Man - Sour mango rum, caraway & jeera goli

💳 Accepts credit cards
🌬 Air-conditioned seats only
📱 Accepts reservations via Chope

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