With a suave in­te­rior, ex­otic Cuban-in­spired cui­sine and an en­vi­able col­lec­tion of spir­its, HA­VANA wel­comes vis­i­tors to sit back and en­joy its warm hospi­tal­ity.

Exquisite Taste - - Contents - – By Steven Jauw Waludin

Dis­cover out­stand­ing din­ing des­ti­na­tions, in­clud­ing Up In Smoke in Jakarta, Mozaic in Bali, Lavo in Sin­ga­pore and Beefbar in Hong Kong.

En­sconced in the uber-chic Pon­dok In­dah Mall Street Gallery and ac­cessed through a pri­vate lift, HA­VANA oc­cu­pies a comfy niche and dis­cre­tion that its vis­i­tors will ap­pre­ci­ate. The dé­cor of the bar-restau­rant is de­cid­edly mas­cu­line, with warm tones from dark pol­ished wood, in­tri­cate steel ac­cou­trements and stretches of comfy dark hazel­nut sofa booths per­fect for a week­end ren­dezvous.

A mez­za­nine cuts the din­ing area into two dis­tinct lev­els – the lower level for those who like the com­fort of easy bar ac­cess and the seg­re­gated mez­za­nine level is per­fect for more in­ti­mate gath­er­ings and catch-ups. Framed quirky posters and il­lus­tra­tions take up a swath of wall space, an artsy touch that gives the space a splash of vi­brant colour.

HA­VANA at its heart is a bar first and fore­most, de­spite the wide se­lec­tion of scrump­tious culi­nary de­lights. The bar is a sleek af­fair of dark pol­ished gran­ite and warm toned mar­ble sid­ings. A row of dap­per bar stools line up invit­ingly for guests to pull up and ad­mire the wide se­lec­tion of im­ported ar­ti­san spir­its stashed up in the hand­some wooden niches. HA­VANA's tal­ented mixol­o­gists are al­ways more than happy to chat, spec­u­late and of­fer up a se­lec­tion of fine pota­tions for the bar pa­trons. The drinks pro­gram is headed by head mixol­o­gist An­dru Adha, a vet­eran of award-win­ning bars in Jakarta. De­spite his youth­ful ex­te­rior, An­dru has gar­nered var­i­ous ac­co­lades in pres­ti­gious such as the best barista at Café Vergano Barisata Com­pe­ti­tion 2016. Mo­jito lovers are rec­om­mended to or­der one of the three Mo­ji­tos avail­able at HA­VANA. Our per­sonal favourite is the Faler­mary Mo­jito, an ad­ven­tur­ous con­coc­tion of Ja­maican white rum, faler­num syrup, rose­mary, lime, mint and soda wa­ter.

The fo­cus on whiskies is ap­par­ent in the bar-restau­rant's sump­tu­ous col­lec­tion of the pop­u­lar spirit. For fans of The Ma­callan, The Ma­callan M is a manda­tory in­dul­gence – a mas­ter­fully blended whisky crafted from seven unique casks of The Ma­callan cho­sen from 195,000 bar­rels. Lovers of blended whiskies would be re­miss not to try the

John Walker & Sons Odyssey – a blended whisky which ac­cen­tu­ates the flavours of three ex­tra­or­di­nary sin­gle malts through the process of mat­u­ra­tion in Eu­ro­pean oak casks. Our per­sonal favourite is the Hibiki 30 Years Old, a per­fect mar­riage of sin­gle malts from Ya­mazaki and Hakushu, aged to per­fec­tion in a va­ri­ety of casks – the end re­sult is the quin­tes­sen­tial ex­pres­sion of Ja­pa­nese whisky per­fec­tion.

Fans of HA­VANA en­joy the bar's nightly pro­mo­tions from Mon­day to Satur­day. On Latin Night Mon­day, come early for some latin dances as well as 1 for 1 cock­tails and whiskeys. Thurs­days are Cuban-style rum and cigar night. Fri­day Feels will take you back in time with the top 40 old school songs.





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