Heels tap against the tarmac, the purring of the engine grows louder, newspaper rustles as someone turns the page. Fasten your seatbelts and prepare to fly across the Atlantic in style courtesy of Idlewild, Singapore’s newest, most exciting cocktail bar.
Idlewild, the original name of the John F. Kennedy International Airport, was at the heart of the action when the first commercial transatlantic flight took to the skies in the 1940s, heralding three decades of what we would come to know as the Golden Age of air travel as travellers set off to exotic lands in search of untold stories and new adventures.
Inspired by the decadence and romance of air travel’s resplendent years, Idlewild takes guests on a journey through the era’s greatest hits – popular travel destinations along the transatlantic route, music that defined that generation and the indulgence and luxury that underscored it all. Each element has been interpreted for a modern age from a stellar cocktail programme featuring modern craft spirits infused with influences from around the globe, to a live band playing postmodern tunes. Expect an eclectic mix of music from the late 1940s to 1960s from pulsing, rhythmic funk and soul to booming big band swing sounds and haunting, heart wrenching blues. Smooth, lilting jazz tunes take centre stage this month with London-born singer songwriter Janine Annice in town as the first lead singer at Idlewild accompanied by a four-piece house band.
Enter Idlewild through a salon style entrance which keeps arrivals discreet and adds to the intrigue and mystery of the space. Something glittering will catch the eye – a Cabinet of Curiosities lined with glistening mirrored tiles; inviting guests on an exploration of the world through over 50 rare and exotic spirits and a plethora of trinkets and drink paraphernalia curated from travels across the globe. Perfectly complementing the main holding of over 250 craft spirits and liqueurs.
The interior is separated into two distinct areas, the Parlour and the Main Room, both characterised by plush furnishing and vibrant accent pieces gently lit by the use of warm, old-world club style lighting that transitions throughout the day, adding a soft, dreamy glow. For something more private, choose one of the raised large bay window booths that provide a secluded spot for a romantic date. Upon departure, immortalise a night at Idlewild with a stop at the Ribbon Wall – a modern day message board – to leave a note or a signed coaster for a friend to discover on their next visit.
Their cocktail programme was inspired by 10 cities along the popular Transatlantic Route – Dublin, Rome, Lima, Lisbon, New York, Casablanca, London, Paris, Mexico City and Havana. 20 signature cocktails (from S$20++ each) are artfully created using innovative and modern techniques and include a variety of artisanal spirits often sourced from small batch distilleries in each location, and rare vintages. Each location is also represented with a tapas-style bar snack (from S$15++) including Atun Chifa, Duck Rillette and Avocado Fries that draw inspiration from respective native cuisines.
Experience being at one with nature through the elevated art form of sushi at ISHI (ç³), established with the aim of serving as Singapore’s gateway to Japan’s finest, freshest and most premium seasonal ingredients through an extraordinary cultural and gastronomic experience of creative cuisine and impeccable service.
Situated in the historical enclave along the Singapore River at InterContinental Singapore Robertson Quay, ISHI spans 1370 square feet, and offers up to 28 diners at any one time the best of traditional Japanese fine dining an intimate, rustic yet sophisticated setting.
Helmed by Executive Head Chef Hideki li and Head Chef, Masaaki, the Japanese sushi counter at ISHI offers premium sushi and sashimi one would expect of a Ginza-style sushi-ya, but also with more kaiseki-styled cooked dishes ranging from grilled meats and shabu shabu. Diners can also look forward to exotic seasonal offerings from Japan such as fresh conches and hairy crabs.
Be it from Tsukiji or Kyushu, Osaka or Hokkaido, the provinces and towns from which each ingredient hails from have been strategically sourced for according to their reputation and seasonal availability. While remaining firmly devoted to tradition, the chef intends to continuously incorporate new ingredients and techniques with every change in menu so as to retain an element of surprise for ISHI’s guests.
Courses begin from $68++ for the three-course Ulala menu comprising a starter, kaisen chirashi don, soup and dessert, to $185++ for the premium Hanakaze meal featuring an assortment of sushi, sashimi and maki with a variety of sides.
Publico is a gourmet destination playground which offers classic Italian cuisine and cocktails with a contemporary touch. Located at the new InterContinental Singapore Robertson Quay, the multi concept restaurant & bar has been designed by award-winning firm AvroKO. The trio of experiences includes Publico Deli, which transforms in the evening to Marcello, Singapore’s first Italian cocktail bar alongside a dessert bar, as well as Publico Ristorante with an adjoining terrazza by the river.
During the day, Publico Deli offers all of the traditional fare you’d expect from a gourmet delicatessen – Italian cold cuts, imported cheese, warm flaky pastries and more. They’ve got an à la carte menu for leisurely lunch and a grab-n-go counter for bites on the run.
If you’re looking to elevate to a riverfront atmosphere, Publico Ristorante caters to your business or social needs with a weekday Set Lunch and Sunday Brunch Menu. The breezy venue features a terrazza outdoor lounge for late afternoon cocktails and Italian stuzzichini.
At night, Publico Ristorante lights up the riverside. Cuisine is classic Italian with a contemporary twist, and their wine list will take you on a journey through Italy.
The discreet cocktail bar, Marcello, crafts Italian classics and signature tipples with style. They even make their own vermouths, infusions and house the largest collection of Amari in South East Asia.
Evenings at Publico are about more than wining and dining. With year-round festivities planned, there's always something new happening.
Founded by Mr Wolfgang Zwiener, New York City chain Wolfgang's Steakhouse by Wolfgang Zwiener is set to open its 1st restaurant here in Singapore by early October at InterContinental Singapore Robertson Quay.
Wolfgang’s Steakhouse Singapore is a joint venture between W Steak International Corp. and THP Global Inc.
The Singapore outlet will have around 150 seats and spans across a space of 6500sqft, and it will have an in-house aging room for their steaks, which the temperature and humidity are carefully controlled to create the distinct flavour and tenderness. The restaurant will also house a a bar/lounge.
Wolfgang’s Steakhouse uses only the certified 2% USDA Prime Beef that is transported by air weekly from the US, and stored in an in-house aging room for dry aging. The meat is thickly sliced and cooked in a broiler at 1600 degrees Fahrenheit. The indulging steak is then served on a hot plate creating flavourful taste.
The original Wolfgang’s Steakhouse opened in 2004 on NYC’s Park Avenue.
Now boasting 17 locations worldwide (not inclusive of the upcoming Singapore one), this leading steakhouse has become a global sensation, recognized for its perfectly prepared 28-day, dryâaged steak. Not only does Wolfgang’s serve phenomenal Porterhouse steak, but the ambience, the expanded menu, the services and the accessibility of the locations are appealing to even the most exacting diners.
The hotel is set to have a vibrant and bustling environment as it will be built atop restaurants, bars and retail outlets. The 225 contemporary rooms will have magnificent views of the Singapore River and the city’s skyline.
Nestled on the ground level of the hotel and taking over the premises of the previous restaurant Olive Tree is contemporary European dining restaurant Ash and Elm.
The ritzy space here has a cozy upmarket vibe with high-ceilings, gliterry chandeliers, and an intricately designed mosaic flooring complemented by marble and aged oak timbre tiles. Adding to the airy and spacious surroundings is a skylight canopy that runs through the entire length of the dining area.