A joint venture by local thespian Dick Lee and the TungLok Group, this multi-concept venue has a 14-seat tapas counter, bakery (with loaves from Bakerzin), retail store offering design-y trinkets by up-and-coming local names, and wine cellar (stocked by Top Wines). The food menu—featuring both inventive tapas and dim sum—comes care of chef Roberto Hernández Sevillano, while the drink program is headed by Bar Stories’ Kino Soh.
The buzz: A joint venture by famed local thespian Dick Lee and the TungLok Group, this multi-concept venue features a 14-seat tapas counter, bakery (with loaves from Bakerzin), a retail store offering design-y trinkets by up-and-coming local names, and wine cellar (stocked by supplier Top Wines).
The vibe: Think modern chinoiserie with florescent pop art-esque images of Dick Lee’s stage alter ego the Mad Chinaman plastered over the walls. In the day, jazz tracks create a laid-back atmosphere, while in the evening, they pump up the energy with dance numbers.
The food: The menu—featuring both inventive tapas and dim sum—comes care of chef Roberto Hernández Sevillano, who was last at the Esmirada Group’s Bodega Y Tapas restaurant. He puts out smart recipes like teriyaki-glazed mushrooms with cuttlefish tagliatelle ($14)—the cuttlefish is frozen, pounded till flat, then sliced thin to resemble noodles—as well as bite-sized patatas bravas ($11), comprising hollowed-out potato cubes filled with spicy sauce and aioli. On the dim sum side, expect updated classics like spring rolls stuffed with peppery beef ($5.50) and pan-fried gyoza in white wine cream cheese sauce ($4.50).
The drinks: It’s a pedigreed drink program with Bar Stories’ Kino Soh heading the mixology team. In her signature style, the selection features lots of coffee- and tea-based concoctions such as an unconventional whisky sour ($18), a smooth mix of chrysanthemum tea, goji berries, Johnnie Walker Black Label and lemon juice.
Why you’ll be back: They’ve got a concept to suit every mood and taste: drop by the bakery for a chill breakfast, hit up the bar for a post-work tipple, have a dinner of creative tapas or just grab a bottle of vino from their cellar to go.
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|Address:||MAD, #01-20/21 The Grandstand, 200 Turf Club Rd., Singapore, 287994 Singapore|
|Cuisine:||Chinese, Fusion, Tapas|
|Open since:||December, 2012|
|Opening hours:||Mon-Sat 11:30am-3pm, 6-10:30pm; Sun 10am-3pm, 6-11pm|
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