Saturday, February 2, 2013

Singapore still swings or is that slings?

Singapore, the tiny place of many islands that continually impresses with its inventiveness and surprises. Haji Lane, mostly known for its fab curries over the years has become a hotspot for young innovators - bars, botiques, cool clothes and retro shops lead the stampede through the narrow street here.
Barstories is the brainchild of David Koh, a local Singaporean who trained as a chef in New York and has Aussie connections - his father was in the diplomatic circle in Canberra a few years ago.
David's Barstories is set up a narrow flight of steps straight of Haji Lane's footpath.
The bar itself is narrow with seats along the bar and a room out the back for the cool kids. David asks what you like, what sort of cocktail suits your mood or indeed the colour of your clothes today. Mine was a challenge as it had to come to the table sans alcohol.
Mmmmm. He began to craft my cocktail - mint, lemon juice, lime wedges, and in came  the dry ice. He muddled the foliage then added it to the ice and began to whip the ingredients into submission in a big mixing bowl. The consistency emerged as sorbet!
It was folded into a wide brimmed glass and decorated with a mint leaf and minute fennel flowers.
The drink was sublime . . .
I asked David what the most unusual request fro a cocktail flavour was - 'Sea urchin' he replied - That's as far as I wanted to go with that one.
Barstories, 55/57a Haji Lane, Singapore.


  1. Sorry about the image double up folks, but the picture of the street decided to sneak in twice!

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