Manhattan at Regent Singapore – Wonderfully Revamped, with Excellent Bar Bites
[Updated 15 Jan 2015] Manhattan has introduced a new district menu, the Lower East Side.
There are five newly introduced classic craft cocktails and four gourmet bar bites – 99 Miles Filet Mignon ($25), Smoked Marlin Fish Dip ($18), Fried Bread and Butter Pickles ($14) and Ode to “Eggs” ($10).
The moment the door of the newly revamped Manhattan at Regent Singapore was opened, there was a moment of pause. I felt like I was delivered to a Hollywood set, “This is like the Great Gatsby.”
There are many hotel bars in Singapore, but I dare say few can emulate Manhattan. This has been totally transformed from the former sad-looking space to a grand one inspired by 19th century New York. Yes, the golden age of cocktails, fine drinking and fancy food.
The Manhattan bar is rather luxe-dramatic, with illuminated bottles acting as the backdrop, luxurious dark furnishing, stylish lighting and with sexy blues playing in the background. (Music is so important to many settings, but unfortunately few restaurants in Singapore pay attention to it.)
While you are not likely to find Leonardo DiCaprio here, Head Bartender Ricky Raiva from Manhattan should entertain you with his skilled cocktail craft and eloquence. He has quite a unique look too.
Ricky recommended us The Princess Cut($23), something “which every lady will like” – a combination of G’Vine Floraison Gin, June fleur de vigne liqueur, house-made hibiscus syrup, fresh lemon, rosewater and champagne.
I could not really find fault with the food, except that it could be seen as pricey for its portion and servings. But looking at the effort and creativity put into the bar bites created by a young Chef Nicholas Trosien from Michigan, you know he got the food quite spot-on.
The House-Made Kettle Chips ($12), made in-house, double-fried, dipped in pan-fried onion dip laced with rum-infused grated foie gras, would put many other fries and chips to shame. Thin, crisp, fresh bites. Absolutely simple yet divine.
Many come for the Street Style Hot Dogs ($15), greatly lauded by several media friends. My personal vote would go to the Rebellion Burger ($20), with paprika buns covering angus beef, tomato onion jam and Nicasio cheese within.
This is what I call small yet packing a punch – juicy, cheesy, and tasty in all sense of those words.
During the “Violet Hour” from 5-7pm during weekdays, customers can enjoy a special welcome tipple and complimentary Raines Law gourmet sandwiches.
The Manhattan at Regent Singapore has made a deliberate effort to repackage itself. While food has been a second-fiddle in many bars, the team’s attention to crafting food based on the drinks offered, changing them seasonally according to the different American cities, needs to be applauded.
The Regent Singapore, 2nd floor, 1 Cuscaden Rd. Singapore, 249715 (15 min walk from Orchard MRT)
Tel: +65 6725 3377
Opening Hours: 5pm – 1am (Daily) Violet hour: 5pm – 7pm (Mon – Fri)
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