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Exquisite Taste - - Contents - By Steven Jauw Waludin

Re­splen­dent in the grandeur of old New York, Man­hat­tan at Re­gent Sin­ga­pore, A Four Sea­sons Ho­tel brings its vis­i­tors back through time to the Golden Age of cock­tails with its de­light­ful twists on clas­sic li­ba­tions and a spread of cap­ti­vat­ing ar­ti­sanal bar bites.

An ex­quis­ite set of mod­ern glass doors greets vis­i­tors to the stun­ning Man­hat­tan bar. A mix of pol­ished hard­wood boards, lux­u­ri­ous rugs and slabs of hand­somely pat­terned mar­ble floor­ing stretch in­wards to­wards the heart of Man­hat­tan – wall-to-wall cab­i­nets brim­ming with ar­ti­sanal spir­its sourced from all cor­ners of the world that sit be­hind an el­e­gant mar­ble bar.

Man­hat­tan of­fers the world’s first in­ho­tel Rick­house, which al­lows the bar to fin­ish spir­its and age bit­ters and cock­tails in Amer­i­can oak bar­rels sourced from a Min­nesota cooper­age. The Rick­house of­fers guests sea­sonal se­lec­tions of its finest oak­driven cu­ra­tions.

For guests who are keen to get hands-on, Man­hat­tan of­fers an ex­clu­sive Bar­relling Pro­gramme in which they can fill a bar­rel with their choice of spirit. When the bar­relag­ing process is done, guests will be in­vited again to ex­pe­ri­ence the bot­tling first hand. Guests will be able to learn the finer points of mix­ing cock­tails with the bar­rel-aged spirit from Man­hat­tan’s ac­claimed mixol­o­gists.

As part of the pro­gramme, guests are wel­come to in­spect Man­hat­tan’s sin­gu­lar In­gre­di­ents Room, which show­cases a col­lec­tion of ex­otic rare botan­i­cals such as shisan­dra berries and wild cherry bark, as well as a col­lec­tion of in­fused spir­its. An ar­chive of clas­sic recipes of a by­gone time also serves to rekin­dle Man­hat­tan’s bar­tenders’ in­spi­ra­tions to craft ex­cit­ing new drinks. A tast­ing of var­i­ous aged Ne­gro­nis and a bot­tling ses­sion con­cludes the com­pre­hen­sive tour.

Man­hat­tan’s bev­er­age menu show­cases 25 sea­sonal cock­tails that pay homage to the

rich his­tory, di­verse cul­ture and in­tox­i­cat­ing flavours of Man­hat­tan’s ram­bunc­tious neigh­bour­hoods such as Har­lem, the Hell’s Kitchen or Lower East Side.

To com­ple­ment its daz­zling cock­tails and spir­its, Man­hat­tan pro­vides an in­spired food menu cen­tred on ar­ti­sanal in­gre­di­ents and con­tem­po­rary ren­di­tions of clas­sic

New York gas­tron­omy. The Cit­rusy Shrimp Ce­viche Ta­cos are a beau­ti­fully light bite to share, topped with the won­der­ful Bloody Mary cock­tail sauce, which gives them a nice umami kick. Bar pa­trons look­ing for some­thing more up­scale can try the Maine Lob­ster Roll – chunks of firm fresh lob­ster wholly wrap­ping a re­fresh­ing crab salad. Guests crav­ing some­thing sweet and deca­dent can in­dulge in The Big Ap­ple Cheesecake, a scrump­tious rum-in­fused med­ley of moist vanilla sable with rich lash­ings of ap­ple mouse.

Guests look­ing to hold their in­ti­mate pri­vate gath­er­ings with their loved ones can pick from three ex­clu­sive spa­ces tucked away in Man­hat­tan. The Li­brary is a cosy space fea­tur­ing re­gal dark tim­ber pan­elling, hand­some wing­back chairs and lush green Ital­ian ac­cents. With a ca­pac­ity for seven guests, the Li­brary is suit­able for pri­vate dis­cus­sions. The Pri­vate Sa­lon is an ex­quis­ite space com­fort­ably ac­com­mo­dat­ing 10 in­di­vid­u­als. With comfy Ital­ian plum so­fas, uphol­stered Amer­i­can leather seats and warm in­ti­mate il­lu­mi­na­tion, the Pri­vate Sa­lon is a per­fect venue for ca­sual gath­er­ings. For pri­vate cel­e­bra­tions of up to 16 in­di­vid­u­als, the lux­u­ri­ous Rock­er­feller Room is a per­fect venue. Dis­creetly hid­den be­hind a “se­cret” door, the lav­ish space is taste­fully fur­nished with or­nate sil­ver blue walls, plush steel­blue suede sa­loon so­fas and finely wrought mod­ern table pieces.

The Bloody Mary cart

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