[dropcap size=small]F[/dropcap]ollowing the success of Vietnamese eatery Nam Nam Noodle Bar and Spanish tapas joint La Taperia, the Les Amis Group continues its foray into casual fare with its newest concept, Jinzakaya. The retro-chic izakaya joint is a good after-work watering hole that serves a substantial selection of grilled skewers and donburi (Japanese rice bowls) to go with the drinks.
Sake labels are curated by the group’s representative Raymond Lim, who is partial to introducing niche boutique breweries. Get the fruit-based sakes that come in blood orange and yuzu flavours. #01-08/10 Owen Link, 1 Farrer Park Station Road. Tel: 6443-1173.
A Bone to Pick
From the same people who brought in Lady M Confections comes a new concept, Bottles & Bones.
Staying true to its name, the bistro serves meaty offerings in the form of roast beef or beer-infused meat stews, paired with hearty carbohydrates like a black truffle mac and cheese. Chase it down with bottles of craft beers like an Alska Pear & Lychee cider or a Fear Chocolate Stout. #01-42 Chevron House, 30 Raffles Place. Tel: 6532-2114.
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.. and one for Coffee Lovers
For a different take on afternoon tea, head to the newly revamped lobby lounge at Intercontinental Singapore. Instead of the light brew served in a teapot, the alternative here is a variety of artisanal coffees enjoyed in cocktails, pastries and on their own. This means coffee scones with a generous dollop of coffee mascarpone, and a coffee martini – for extra strength. Level 1, Intercontinental Singapore. Tel: 6825-1008.