Amalfi-esque views and potent libations
Cocktail bar veterans, the Jigger & Pony group’s latest offering is a gorgeous waterfront spot at Customs House. Minty, spicy and herbaceous fernet bitters (botanically infused alcoholic mixtures) feature in a few cocktails – like the King Cole Old Fashioned, adding a herbal dimension to the classic cocktail of sugars, bitters, citrus and whisky ($22). The bar is stocked with 15 varieties (mostly from Northern Italy), with the Fernet Vittone and Fernet Vittone Menta among those they carry exclusively. “The recipes are a secret, but they usually feature herbs like cardamom, aloe and myrrh,” says group bar programme director Aki Eguchi. He’s confident that his audience will welcome fernet for its herbal and minty flavours, worldwide cult-appeal, and flavour profile (which is similar to traditional Chinese medicine potions). Eguchi encourages firsttimers to take a shot to get familiar with its flavours.
Small plates and appetisers pair well with lighter cocktails, and crowd-pleasers include the unctuous housemade ricotta ($15), which sits in thymeinfused chestnut honey. Larger plates include the lemon and cheese spanner crab spaghetti ($29), featuring lemonlaced cheese sauce and fresh crabmeat. And the chicken piccata ($36) is incredibly tender after being brined for a couple of hours before being grilled and finished with a barely-there lemon and caper sauce.
Two herbal offerings: Fernet and Coke (left), and King Cole Old Fashioned (below).