Junior presents Magnolia
Junior, a pocket bar at Tanjong Pagar, unveils its newest concept titled Magnolia. For the next six months, the bar will pay tribute to the lively and colourful culture of New Orleans. Watch the bartenders whip up iconic New Orleans drinks in the intimate 10-seater bar, such as the Ramos Gin Fizz ($25), which combines Citadelle gin, fresh cream, citrus and orange flower water for a creamy yet refreshing tipple. It’s not all about classics at Magnolia though; a selection of house originals inspired by the icons of New Orleans culture shakes things up. The Baron ($25) is a drink as dramatic as it is delicious. Taking a cue from Baron Samedi (a loa in Haitian voodoo culture noted for his fondness for debauchery, tobacco and rum), the Baron is a rich and fruity cocktail underscored by a slight bitterness from the likes of coffee, Averna amaro, and Diplomatico Reserva Exclusiva rum. A small shot of plantation 18-year-old Haitian rum is served on the side. What’s a tribute to New Orleans without some of the Creole cuisine it’s known for? A spicy Jambalaya with andouille and chicken ($12), a Po’ boy sandwich filled with something different each day, ($12) and beignets stuffed with café au Lait custard ($12) keep the experience indulgent, a perfect tribute to the city.
43 Tanjong Pagar Road, Singapore 088464, entrance in the alley on Cook Street. Tel: +65 8121 1462. Website here
White Label, Ann Siang House
The newly revamped Ann Siang House offers a rotational concept with its bevy of food and beverage venues. Already home to the well-loved Blue Label Pizza and Italian restaurant Perbacco, Ann Siang House will be welcoming a new tenant come July. A record store by day and a bar by night, White Label allows music and vinyl enthusiasts to enjoy food and drinks while catching live music acts and shopping for records. Helming the bar is Jerrica Lee from Craft, Shanghai, whose penchant for fruits and natural ingredients is reflected in White Label’s signature cocktails: a vodka-based fresh fruit Mojito, a chrysanthemum vodka martini, and the White Label iced tea – a tea-based long island. A seasonal selection of boutique spirits, craft beers and wines will also be available. Apart from stocking a current selection of records, and highlights from various eras, White Label will also feature a regularly rotating selection of offerings from local and regional record stores. Music-themed nights are also slated to occur, with vinyl records from the founders’ personal collections being showcased.
28 Ann Siang Rd, Singapore 069708. Tel: +65 6202 9377. Website here
Deriving its name from the series of paintings by abstract artist Paul Klee, and the Chinese character for “paddy fields”, 田Magic Square is a new 18-seater pop-up kitchen that gives three young Singaporean chefs the space to hone their culinary skills over the next 12 months. Desmond Shen, Marcus Leow, and Abel Su are the three chefs helming the kitchen – each month sees a different chef presenting a nine-course menu that expresses a personal narrative, and presents an innovative twist on familiar, local flavours. The menu is expected to constantly evolve over the course of the month, based on customer feedback, the availability of seasonal ingredients, and a constant spirit of experimenting. With the aim to provide tools that most young chefs would have little access too (such as business experience, industry resources and a physical space to cultivate creativity), local restauranteur Ken Loon hopes that this project will help boost support for the many talents that exist in the local culinary scene. The nine-course menu is priced at $78 per person. Marcus Leow will be chef for June.
5B Portsdown Road Singapore 139311. Tel: +65 8181 0102. Website here.