Bam! Tapas-Sake Bar
Sample the unusual pairing of sake and Spanish tapas at this gastro bar, which features a menu that changes fortnightly depending on what’s available in the market. Besides small plates, the restaurant also offers omakase and set lunches (from $38), with items such as cold capellini with tobiko and bamboo clam, quail with peanut, celery and apple, and Spanish pork with organic mushrooms and ginger rice.
This new, laid-back Japanese eatery by the Les Amis Group offers a varied menu of small plates, skewers, yakimono mains, salads, ramen and udon, on top of a respectable list of sakes, shochu and beers on tap. Food-wise, you’ll find interesting selections such as the hiyashi chuka ramen ($12.80), with crab meat, salmon roe, shredded chicken and cold noodles; MBS 8 Wagyu namban ($15), spring onion wrapped with sliced Wagyu beef and kitsune natto ($3.50), fried tofu stuffed with fermented beans.
KOI Sushi + Izakaya
Taking up residence at co-working space The Working Capitol, this modern izakaya sports a hip, grunge-inspired facade with grafitti murals, a sexy crowd and a trendy menu. You’ll find sharing plates like chilled cucumber with crush chili peanuts and goma ($8) and smoked baby back ribs in sake barbecue sauce ($18). The restaurant also offers a list of craft sakes, wines, whiskys and liqueurs, special mention goes to their cocktails, craft beer and special in-house junmai daiginjo sake ($28). There are also regular parties and events happening there, like the popular Knife Fight series (which pits chefs in Singapore against each other in a Hell’s Kitchen-like showdown), and guest appearances such as a bartending pop-up by Michito Kaneko (Winner of 2015 World Class Bartender’s Competition).
The Horse’s Mouth
Thanks to a big sign outside the shopping mall, this underground drinking den is no longer as hush-hush as it used to be, though parting the unmarked curtain in Uma Uma Ramen and heading down the dark steps still feels excitingly illicit. Although you’d expect too-cool-for-you barkeeps and impenetrable menus here, the mixologists are truly friendly, chatty and do their best to deliver a fun cocktail experience.
Uma Uma, Izakaya Bar & Restaurant
This ramen shop, yakitori joint and izakaya-in-one has a curated food menu with six different types of dry and soup ramen ($14-16), and a larger selection of yakitori, kushikatsu (breaded and fried skewers) and bar bites. Of course, no izakaya is complete without a decent drinks menu, and Uma Uma has an extensive variety ranging from spirits like rum, Bourbon and Scotch to sakes and signature and classic cocktails like Negroni ($18) and Aphrodisiac ($18).