The Place Previously opened in 2014 to 2018 on Amoy Street, I checked out the newly reopened Sugarhall houses on the level above Rosemead. The entrance to Sugarhall is via a nondescript backlane on Cecil Street with its original Amoy Street (2014-2018) signboard, which the Jigger & Pony Group relaunches as a rum-focused cocktail pub.
It is a pretty rustic and contemporary interior with dark wood furnishings and warm fairy lights, as the space retains the structure of the 1920s heritage building.
The Food I started with the returning crowd favourite Dark & Stormy (S$24), based on Hampden 8-year aged overproof Jamaican rum where the highball-style classic is finished with fresh lime and Sugarhall’s brand new “I Shot the Ginger” ginger beer brewed at The 1925 Brewing Co..
For bar snacks, the Chicken Liver Toast (S$8) is a rich slab of chicken liver mousse on a crispy toast which pairs well with the Dark & Stormy. I also had the Curry Empanadas (S$8), an easy bar snack to share on the table without making a mess.
Moving on to the next drink, the Daiquiri (S$22) pays tribute to the sugarcane spirit with two types of rums; Bacardi Superior 1909 rum which has fresh notes of citrus and vanilla, while the Veritas blended rum lends its aromatic palate, resulting in a tasty sipper.
Sharing plates include the likes of Fried Chicken with Sweet-Sour Glaze (S$29) and the Snapper & Lava Pie with Peas and Herbs (S$38). The former is like a Korean style crispy fried chicken which is very well-marinated, while the snapper is great especially the crispy crust on the edges.
If you need something more substantial, there is also the Wagyu Cheeseburger with Bacon and Fries (S$35). Good to share for 2 diners, it comes with smoked bacon, mature cheddar and pepperoncini mayo.
Desserts include the likes of Cookie of the Day (S$12) and Elena’s Cheesecake with Rum and Raisin (S$21).
Other drinks highlights include the PornStar Martini (S$24) – pandan adds depth of flavour to the vodka and passionfruit classic – and the H&M Sour (S$24), a gin sour accentuated with green tea and hazelnut.
If you work in the Raffles Place vicinity, Happy Hour runs from 4pm to 6pm daily, where the offerings rotate monthly with cocktails going at S$14 each, as well as the Sugarhall Sorachi Ace Lager and wines by the glass available at S$12.
Rants The food menu is quite limited at the moment, and hopefully there are plans for more food options on the menu in time to come.
Will I Return Again? I love the rustic space of Sugarhall which is a great post-work chill-out venue for the CBD folks. If you are a rum person, this is definitely a bar to check out.
This was an invited tasting, though all opinions expressed are our own.
Taste bud: 4/5
Hole in the pocket: 4/5
Overall Experience: 4/5
Level 2, 19 Cecil Street
Entrance via Cecil Street
Tel: +65 9815 0246
Wednesday to Sunday: 4:00pm to 10.30pm
4.00pm to 6.00pm (last order 5.30pm)
Closed on Mondays and Tuesdays
Ranted by The Ranter