Almost Famous in Chijmes: Craft beers, bar bites and an interior worthy of your Instagram feed
A minimalist's haven
Chijmes has a new addition to its list of restaurants and bars — enter Almost Famous. The unassuming craft beer bar stood out from the row of cafes and restaurants with its minimalistic interior, upholstered by basic shapes and a strictly monochromatic palette. Contrasted with lightboxes located on the ceiling and by the wall, they provided a visionary deception of natural sunlight shining into the establishment. Simplicity was achieved in form and function as furniture and cutleries were stripped of any unnecessary aesthetics and displayed in its most basic form. If we didn't know better, we could have easily stumbled into someone's moody Instagram feed.
Fortunately, this is a real craft beer bar where you can imbibe — 16 beers on tap from local and international breweries such as Brewland & Co. (Singapore), Young Master Brewery (Hong Kong) and Pilsner Urquell (Czech Republic), just to name a few. A smaller selection of premium craft beers is available that range from stouts to seasonal limited edition brews. We loved the watermelon IPA which had a slightly floral tone that we reckon would be a favorite among the ladies. The Pilsner Urquell was smooth and came with a choice of half or full foam — the full foam option provided a slightly sweeter taste than the former.
Steering towards Asian influences, the bar grub comprises of typical offerings like fried chicken, fries and gyozas. We enjoyed the Tom Yam gyozas, which provided a tangy and spicy-enough kick to the run-of-the-mill dumplings. The chicken and waffles were also a delight with its juicy chicken pieces sizing up to be a good balance of thigh meat and fat. A hipster's heaven? Close enough. But we also imagine that anyone could feel at ease here at Almost Famous.
30 Victoria St, #01-06, Tel: 9722 1787
Opening hours: 3pm-12am