Ultra Singapore 2016: Where to go to satisfy your post-festival munchies
1. CUT by Wolfgang Puck
Are we surprised that CUT by Wolfgang Puck garnered a Michelin star in the inaugural 2016 Singapore Michelin Guide? Well, not quite. After all, it's one of the top steakhouses in the city and we won't hide that we're also big fans of the lounge there. The cocktails are inventive, immaculately balanced, and backed with a sophisticated menu of bar bites that easily turn into a full meal. Think crab rolls that combine sweet Alaskan King Crab with herb aioli and celery salt; fluffy, toasty morsels of gougères flavoured with gruyere cheese; and perfectly cooked steak sided with Caesar salad and tempura onion rings.
#B1-71 Galleria level, The Shoppes at Marina Bay Sands. The lounge at CUT by Wolfgang Puck is open daily till midnight. Tel: 6688 8517.
2. Sum Yi Tai
Wong Kar Wai fans looking to disappear into a film noir dreamscape should make a beeline for Sum Yi Tai, a restaurant and bar on Boon Tat Street that shines with the seductive glamour of 1980s Hong Kong. Tuck into hearty claypots that open to reveal Chinese sausages and preserved meat or call for a portion of their famed crispy roast pork sided with a rich, spicy salted egg yolk dip. Their signature wok-fried carrot cake with XO sauce makes for great late night grub, too. The best seats in the house? Up at their rooftop bar dotted with Chinese screens and inviting rattan sofas.
25 Boon Tat Street. Dinner is served till 1am on weekdays and Saturdays. Tel: 6221 3665.
3. Burger Joint
If nothing hits the spot for you like a good old, greasy burger fix, head over to the back alley of Gemmill Lane and scan the walls for a neon burger sign. Push through the black metal doors to find a buzzy joint annointed with graffiti-covered timber. It's a no-frills experience here. Place your orders at the counter before elbowing the masses for a table. As with the original New York outlet, the Singapore offshoot serves up hamburgers, cheeseburgers, bacon burgers and bacon cheeseburgers. Add on a side of shoe-string fries and head over to the bar to choose from an impressive selection of beers on tap.
#01-03, 115 Amoy Street. Open till 11pm from Mondays to Wednesdays and midnight from Thursdays to Saturdays. Tel: 6221 8648.
Old-school ska, Jamaican reggae, and vintage latin tunes set the stage for this veritable temple of rum — where the bartenders will gladly school you in the ways of this potent spirit distilled from the humble sugar cane. There are well-shaken rum cocktails that tease out all that we love about the tropics — think coconut, pandan, and the occasional touch of lime. Foodwise, the flavours are rich and bold. There's grilled steak to be had, brussel sprouts tossed with bacon and mustard cream, and arancini balls that are perfect for sharing.
102 Amoy Street. Open till midnight from Mondays to Saturdays. Tel: 9732 5607.
5. Bird Bird
The unorthodox folks behind Artichoke and cult ice cream brand Neh Neh Pop started this Thai-inspired restaurant with a zeal for trashy-chic interior decor and menus ridden with tongue-in-cheek typos — drawing inspiration from Thailand's roadside eateries and go-go bars. As its name suggests, Bird Bird serves up plenty of poultry-centric dishes tweaked with bold herbs and spices from the North and North Eastern regions of Thailand. Prepare for a late night feast of Bird-gers and Thai street food favourites washed down with a smooth glass of milk tea.
#01-01. 18 Ann Siang Road. Open for late night supper from 10pm-2am on Fridays and Saturdays. Tel: 6635 2536.
6. OverEasy (One Fullerton)
The all-American diner-bar hybrid is easily everyone's go-to destination for afterwork drinks. Under the night sky, the chill al fresco space of OverEasy provides you a lush view of the glittering cityscape — the perfect backdrop to complement your after-dark venture — and a steady stream of cool tunes. Expect to be spoilt for choice with amped-up American staples the likes of spicy buffalo wings (thrillseekers can get them 'crazy mofo' spicy), waffles with breaded wings, and mac & cheeks (yes, that's braised beef cheeks right there). Top that off with a toast of quirky cocktail inventions in celebration of a well-chosen supper triumph.
#01-06 One Fullerton. 1 Fullerton Road. Open for supper from 5pm-1am (Mondays to Thursday) and 5pm-3am (Fridays and Sundays). Tel: 6684 1453.
7. Employees Only
Come mid-June, the legendary Manhattan cocktail bar and restaurant will debut its first-ever branch outside of The Big Apple in a renovated shophouse on Amoy street. With a dimly lit Art Deco inspired room that harks back to the prohibition era, your midnight escapade couldn't be more luxuriously fun. Alongside flawlessly executed late night tipples, the original New York speakeasy brings in supper grub the likes of truffled grilled cheese fries, the famed EO dry aged burger, and tacqueria specialties courtesy of Mexican Head Chef Maurice Espinoza. As with the EO headquarters in New York, warm cups of chicken soup will be served to the last revellers still standing at closing time.
112 Amoy Street. Open for dinner from 5pm-2am on Sundays to Thursdays and 5pm-3am on Friday and Saturday. Tel: 6221 7357.
8. Lucha Loco
Taking its cue from Lucha Libre, the pro-wrestling sport so beloved in Mexico, Lucha Loco transports its fun and vibrant nature to its warm restaurant and bar space inspired by the rustic Mexican neighbourhood taqueria. Serving honest Mexican street food in an alfresco space set in a luscious landscaped garden, Lucha Loco is one to keep in mind if your idea of a late night snack consists of wild mushroom quesadillas, tacos filled with everything from grilled snapper to spicy chorizo, and grilled corn topped with cheese and lime mayo.
It might not even have a signboard to mark its location along HongKong Street, but this cocktail joint ranks amongst the World's 50 Best Bars. The drinks here are as well-balanced as they are potent and pair perfectly with their stellar array of bar food. We can't stop popping their mac 'n cheese balls, grilled two-cheese sandwich, and taters & tendons. The music's bound to get you grooving too, so slip into your dancing shoes before painting the town red.
28 HongKong Street. Open for late night snacks from 6pm-2am on Mondays to Thursdays, and 6pm-3am on Fridays and Saturdays. Tel: 6533 2001.
10. Ramen Keisuke Lobster King
A queue snaking out the front of any Ramen Keisuke chain restaurant is not a novelty and this outlet specialising in lobster broth ramen is no different. Cited at the heart of Clarke Quay, the eatery has fed hungry punters, party goers, and supper hunters alike. Elevate your midnight instant noodle cravings by tucking into one of four different lobster-broth (they make theirs from scratch with French rock lobsters) based ramens topped with tender slices of pork belly, chicken char siew, and black pepper prawn wontons.
#01-07 The Cannery. 3C River Valley Road. Open from 6pm-5am daily. Tel: 6255 2928.
Ultra Singapore 2016 takes place on 10 and 11 September 2016.