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Expat Living (Singapore) - - Contents - – Melinda Mur­phy

A night spot with a salute to New Or­leans

43 Tan­jong Pa­gar Road

First im­pres­sions: De­spite the ad­dress, this cosy bar is, in fact, around the cor­ner from Tan­jong Pa­gar Road, tucked in an al­ley off Cook Street. It’s per­fect for a low-key, in­ti­mate evening with great drinks and a theme that changes ev­ery few months; right now, it’s Magnolia, a salute to New Or­leans!

The Cho­sen One: Many of the truly beau­ti­ful drinks ($ 25 each), in­clud­ing the Truf­fled Saz­erac and the But­tered French 75, pay homage to NOLA’S restau­rant in­sti­tu­tions. Our hands-down fave was the Big Chief, a con­coc­tion of ap­ple­jack and bour­bon. For a spot of fun, try The Baron, a rum and cof­fee cock­tail served in a black skull with a cin­na­mon stick “cigar” – a nod to the Big Easy’s voodoo cul­ture.

The Cheap­skate: Ju­nior doesn’t serve beer or wine, so the least ex­pen­sive drink op­tion is a frozen daiquiri ($18); the flavours ro­tate weekly. Bite on this: The cre­ole food is flavour­ful, though served a bit cold. The jam­bal­aya ($12) had real an­douille sausage, a treat here in Sin­ga­pore. For a twist on the clas­sic, the beignets ($12) were filled with a café au lait cus­tard. But it was the fried okra ($8) that won my heart, crisped with a corn­meal bat­ter, just the way my mama used to make it.

Last but not least: To wel­come Magnolia, the Ju­nior team have done more than just change the drink and food menus; they’ve com­pletely re­dec­o­rated, in­clud­ing de­tails such as red vel­vet wall­pa­per on the ceil­ing. Even the mu­sic has a good jazz vibe. It all adds up to make you feel like you’re out on Bour­bon Street.

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