Wine & Dine

The Weekend Agenda: 3 Ways to Celebrate Surviving Half of 2015


Congratulations! You’ve survived half of 2015. That might not strike a chord as being a particularly momentous occasion since mid-years come and go in a blink, but we at Men’s Folio like to believe in willful opportunism – if the opportunity arises to celebrate a modicum of achievement, we’re going to do it just to feel a little better about the seemingly endless office routine we find ourselves suckered into five days a week.

So, with six months of the year in the bag, rev yourself up for the remaining six at these three places and imbibe on the errant hopes that the rest of the year is a smooth one. We know we’ve got our fingers crossed.

Neon Pigeon Inspired by the whirlwind of flavours found in Tokyo along with the vibrantly gritty underground cultures of bustling cities Hong Kong and New York, Neon Pigeon is the newest addition to the Keong Saik neighbourhood, helmed by The Dandy Partnership. Modern interpretations of Japanese snacks dot the izakaya-style menu with small portions ideal for sharing and pairing with their extensive drinks list, featuring Japanese beers, whiskeys, spirits and specialty cocktails.

Also unique to Neon Pigeon is their comprehensive list of sakes, all hand-picked from distilleries across Japan. Pair a selection of appetizers with your poison of choice from the range of Junmai, Daiginjo, Ginjo and Honjozo sakes for an authentic nightlife experience akin to one from the Land of the Rising Sun.

Neon Pigeon is located at 1 Keong Saik Rd, #01-03.

Mitzo Fine dining doesn’t just extend to cuisine from the Euro-centric variety. At Mitzo, traditional Cantonese flavours are made modern and paired with an artisinal cocktail menu for a dining experience that is especially intriguing on the palette. Zhi char staples are elevated at Mitzo, with dining favourites like the creamy Salted Egg Yolk Prawns and sinfully delicious Golden Fried Soft Shell Crab with Curry Floss topping the charts. Their newly introduced four-course lunch set menu is a steal at $28++, so kickstart your weekend by hitting this elegant joint.

Mitzo is located at Level 4 of the Grand Park Hotel Orchard.

Open Door Policy 

Head chef Daniele Sperindio and Chef-owner Ryan Clift of Tippling Club have collaborated to create Open Door Policy’s latest gourmet bistro menu. At the heart of the Tiong Bahru neighbourhood, this hip eatery has been drawing crowds with its artisinal menu and fine wines, and the new menu promises to cater to well-loved bistro favourites and Italian foods with a twist. Start off the meal with a healthy Warm Octopus Terrine, slow poached and served with confit ratte potatos, and move on to the luscious Guacamole Risotto topped with a poached egg for dinner that will have you kissing your fingers and exclaiming “delizioso!”.

Open Door Policy is located at 19 Yong Siak Street.