EPI­CURE’S CHOICE

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The things we crave this month

Ge­om­e­try, pre­ci­sion and ex­quis­ite Ja­pa­nese crafts­man­ship un­der­pin the BUNACO SPEAKER (¥120,000/S$25,122) de­signed by nendo. This om­ni­di­rec­tional speaker uses BUNACO’S age-old tra­di­tion of coil­ing nar­row strips of beech wood, grown specif­i­cally in Ao­mori pre­fec­ture, into an el­e­gant home ac­ces­sory. What draws us in, how­ever, is the clear, soft tone due in part to the wood’s nat­u­ral echo-re­duc­ing qual­i­ties and hidden built-in am­pli­fier. Best of all, this eco-friendly marvel comes en­cased in a trans­par­ent, acrylic cylin­der to show­case the in­ner wood­work. Con­tact bunaco-in­ter­na­tional@bunaco.co.jp for details. Leave your pre­con­ceived no­tions of what a cock­tail should be and sam­ple Sexy Fish’s 21 ec­cen­tric mixes. Their new menu fea­tures home­made tinc­tures, cor­dials and off-cuts from the kitchen as part of their move to­wards sus­tain­abil­ity. Dive into the Neonach (£16/$29), a savoury yet re­fresh­ing con­coc­tion of salmonin­fused Hen­drick’s

Gin, basil, fen­nel and a splash of chilli oil, served in spe­cially com­mis­sioned glass­ware in­spired by the restau­rant’s vi­brant coral reef aquar­i­ums. Or take a sip out of the Soup Du Jour (£18), a flo­ral tip­ple topped with roasted nori and Sichuan blos­soms, that’s pre­sented in a tra­di­tional miso soup bowl. A daz­zling turquoise menu doubles up as a cock­tail cook­book, Cock­tails to Whet your Senses (£15), and in­cludes all the recipes for ad­ven­tur­ous guests to recre­ate at home. All glass­ware, such as their orig­i­nal take on the mar­tini glass, are avail­able for sale. Berke­ley Square House, Berke­ley Square, May­fair, Lon­don W1J 6BR, United King­dom.

Tel: +44 20 3764 2000 The Sin­ga­pore Cock­tail Fes­ti­val re­turns with another stel­lar lineup of guest bar­tenders, ar­ti­sanal spir­its and pop-ups. The event kicks off at their Fes­ti­val Vil­lage (4 to 6 May) at Em­press Lawn (tick­ets start from $28) with the en­er­getic Asia Bar Bat­tle, where five bar­tenders from five coun­tries will pit their skills to cre­ate the win­ning tip­ple. Big names such as Wil­liam Grant & Sons will stand along­side Black Tomato Gin (a Dutch gin made with nat­u­rally black toma­toes) and Black Cow Vodka to show­case their se­lec­tion, while the ev­er­am­bi­tious James Estes (from Jack Rose and Skull­drug­gery) will be bring­ing his sig­na­tures from KL to Sin­ga­pore. Newly minted Caffe Fer­net, Anti:dote and other top bars in town will cre­ate a series of pair­ing menus, bar tours and master­classes (till 13

May). sin­ga­pore­cock­tail­fes­ti­val.com.

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