Food Review: Quaich Bar Wanderlust At Intercontinental Singapore | Take Flight On A Journey Around The World

The Place Located in a corner of Intercontinental Singapore, it is easy to miss Quaich Bar Wanderlust when you are in the hotel. The new concept is a part cocktail bar and part whisky house with a theme of travel as its name suggests.

The space of Quaich Bar Wanderlust is bigger than what it seems from its entrance, where there are various seating layouts ideal for solo drinkers, couples or small groups.

The ambience does exude the wanderlust vibes.

The Food The drinks menu features an assortment of cocktails inspired by flavours from different countries and continents.

For something easy to drink, try the Roses are Red, Grapes are Green (S$25) which is a triple gin concoction (Hendrick’s, Nordes, The Lakes Elderflower) heightened with Sauvignon Blanc and Italian Bergamot Liqueur, rounded off with soda. I like gin and this cocktail is quite refreshing for first drink, with hints of fruity and floral notes.

Another interesting drink I had was the Teagroni (S$25), a play of tea and negroni. There is masala chai notes here along with the negroni, where you get a mix of chai-steeped vermouth, gin, Génépi, Pampelle and Cherry liqueurs served at the table with a pour of liquid nitrogen. Get your cameras ready.

In terms of whisky, if you are not a whisky expert and would like to explore, there is the Tasting Experience Set (S$77) where you get 15ml each of four different types of whiskies.

For the food menu, it is divided into Sharing plates and Munchies for little plates to go with the boozy drinks. Chef Mervin Leung’s menu is essentially his personal spin on a gastronomic exploration of global classics.

One of my favourite dishes here is the Nan Lu Pork Belly (S$16), an ideal marriage between Spanish Pork Belly and Shanghai fermented beancurd that is fried and meant to be dipped in creamy Nanlu mayo. This is addictively good where I forgot all about my diet momentarily.

Another must order dish is the unassuming looking Fried Brussel Sprouts with Teriyaki Sauce (S$16), which is salty and sweet with a nice crunch.

The Grilled Octopus Leg (S$28) serves up tender tentacle on a bed of thyme-flavoured baby potatoes with a spicy tomato puree.

Another seafood option is the Seared Hokkaido Scallops (S$25) with lemon oil, potato puree and little dots of ikura.

I also enjoyed the Fried Japanese Oysters (S$18), which spots a juicy texture and fresh flavours.

For something more filling, go for the Singapore Soft-Shell Chilli Crab (S$20) where the fried mantou and chilli crab sauce are on point.

For a good value, there is also a Happy Hour menu available from Monday to Saturday from 5pm to 7:30pm, which showcases classic cocktails reimagined with a Quaich Bar twist. Priced at a fixed S$18 across 16 cocktails.

Rants Good bar bites and dishes I had here, though I also feel that there is much potential where the food menu could be even further elevated in terms of the quality and selections.  

Will I Return Again? A relatively hidden bar concept in Bugis, Quaich Bar Wanderlust is ideal if you want to enjoy good drinks and bar bites at the same time. It is not too noisy, so it also makes it a good venue for quality conversations.

This was an invited tasting, though all opinions expressed are our own.

TheRantingPanda says:
Taste bud: 4/5
Hole in the pocket: 
Overall Experience: 

Quaich Bar Wanderlust
80 Middle Road
Intercontinental Singapore Lobby Level
Singapore 188966
Tel: +65 9818 0885

Opening Hours
Sundays to Thursdays: 6pm to 1am
Fridays & Saturdays: 6pm to 2am

Ranted by The Ranter 

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