You don't have to look very far for a taste of true Southern hospitality as the Manhattan Bar at Regent Singapore is delivering the comforts of soul food right in the heart of our city-state. Turning the spotlight on Harlem, New York's lively borough brimming with the vibrancy of African-American influence, expect mouthwatering delights borne from the characteristics of this diverse heritage.
At Manhattan Bar, soul food fare gets taken up a notch with craft cocktails and innovative gourmet bar bites reinvented by bar manager Philip Bischoff and head chef Nicholas Trosien. Giving soul food staples a fresh twist, Troisen whips up the traditional Chicken and Waffle into scrumptious, crispy drumettes that sit atop extra fluffy caramelised waffles. Served with two separate dips in sweet honeycomb and spicy house-made hot sauce, this bite-sized delight will have you reaching for more than one.
Pairing nicely with the savoury and sweet profile of this dish is the smoky Lenox cocktail that mixes Alipús Baltazar mezcal, Koko Kanu rum, Luxardo espresso liqueur and house-made Grenadine touched with pineapple, lime and peach bitters. A Harlem icon remade with a tiki-esque twist, this reconstructed variation pays homage to the Lenox Lounge that saw many jazz greats such as Billie Holiday, Miles Davis and John Coltrane.
A new take to another Southern classic is the Fried Green Tomatoes, a popular snack dish switched up with succulent slow-cooked pork belly, chilli aioli and smooth melted artisan white cheddar cheese layered over crusty deep-fried green tomatoes patties — golden nuggets of pure lip-smacking goodness.
Polish up your soul food experience with a quintessential Southern cocktail, the Barber Shop, a drink that's steeped in culture and dressed with a distinctive red and white straw evocative of a barber pole. So named as it was cultivated from the social relationships formed in the community's numerous beauty salons and barber shops, the fruity concoction — consisting of Bowmore Whisky, St. George raspberry liqueur, hibiscus syrup, lime juice and ginger beer — goes down sweet and smooth. A veritable rebirth of soul food, pique your tastebuds with gourmet ghetto that can only be had at the Manhattan Bar.
Manhattan, level 2 at the Regent Singapore. Tel: 6725 3377