The Lounge Bar
On the upper level of the shop house digs where Restaurant Jag resides, The Lounge Bar has now launched proper, a couple months after the fine dining spot opened its doors with Jeremy Gillon in the kitchen (his past experience includes a Michelin-starred restaurant in the French Alps).
More than 40 herbs have been flown in from Savoie, and head barman Yong Siang takes great care to make them the star ingredient in his spirit-forward concoctions ($18). To start, the vibrantly effervescent Angelique eases you into the evening with its smooth, sparkly mix of Chita Japanese whisky, Suze Gentiane, umeshu kanjuku ume, jasmine green tea, lemon juice, and egg white froth.
Classics ($18) like whiskey sour, negroni, nespresso martini, and something awe-inspiring called the Corpse Reviver #2 (Le Gin, Lillet Blanc, Cointreau, lemon juice, and absinthe) can also be found on the menu. But first, line your stomach with fancy bar bites from the kitchen below. Highlights include croque monsieur ($26) with gruyere, emmental, and raclette; braised smoked parsnip ($15) with asperule odorante butter and toasted bread; and vegetarian risotto ($18) topped with drizzles of basil pesto, braised shallots, and shaved veggies.