What’s Buzzing? New East Wing look for The Ritz-Carlton, Millenia Singapore, which now include a Library Reception and a new food and beverage concept, Republic. The new concept took over the space of what used to be Chihuly Lounge.
A historical trivial fact of Republic is that it is a symmetrical concept to the hotel’s West Wing which houses Colony restaurant. Colony alludes to Singapore’s British colonial history, while the new Republic signifies the formation of the Republic of Singapore in 1965. Other than evening bar bites and drinks, lunch and afternoon tea are also served.
What To Drink? The cocktail menu centres around historical anecdotes originating from Singapore, the United Kingdom, the United States of America and Italy; and a curated selection of the finest vintage spirits epoch of the 1960s.
Go for the Mythical Beast (S$25) if you are a gin lover, a concoction of Brass Lion Dry Gin, Dry Sherry, Port City Syrup and Orleans Bitters. The bartender will be more than happy to explain the historical anecdote behind the drink. A stronger and citrusy alternative to the Mythical Beast is the Mr. Pickles (S$25), a concoction of Widges Gin, Strawberry Vinegar, Raspberry Syrup, Lavender Bitters, Citrus and Egg White.
What To Eat? The food menu spans across The Sea, The Land, The Farm and The Sweets. Start with the fresh Oysters (S$25/6 pieces) with Lemon Granita, Tabasco Pearls and Red Vinegar Jelly.
I love the addictive Smoked Five Spice Whitebait (S$20), served with Crispy Garlic, Vinegar Chilli Sauce and a delicious Charcoal Cream Dip.
The Fish and Chips (S$28) is a unique take on the British classic dish, as this comes with Green Pea Purée, Sour Lemon and Sauce Gribiche. Dip the fish or chips into the green pea purée!
From The Land, the Boneless Texas Buffalo Wings (S$22) is shaped like Criss-cross Chips, served with Barbecue Sauce and Ranch Dip.
A more oriental option is the Braised Beef Short Rib (S$24), where you have Beef Tendon, Daikon Pickles and Coriander with the Steamed Buns, somewhat akin to ‘Kong Ba Bao’.
You also can’t go wrong with the Open Face New York Steak Sandwich (S$32) with Caramelised Onions and Grain Mustard Sauce.
I also like the Mini Chicken Corn Dog (S$22) with Mac and Cheese Croquette and Spicy and Sweet Sriracha Sauce.
From The Farm, you can’t go wrong with the Creamy Truffle Arancini (S$18/6 pieces) with Tomato Chutney.
For The Sweets, two interesting options are the Ice Cream Sandwich Brioche (S$16) with Peanut Nougat and the Sweet “Fries” (S$16) With Raspberry Ketchup and Vanilla Mayonnaise. The former pays homage to retro-style ice cream served in early days in Singapore, while the latter is a fries and sauce in disguise.
7 Raffles Avenue
Tel: +65 6434 5288
Monday to Sunday: 12pm to 11pm
Lunch: 12pm to 3pm
Afternoon Tea: 12pm to 5pm
Dinner: 5:30pm to 10:30pm
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