Award-winning craft beer brewery Heart of Darkness from Saigon, Vietnam has relocated their taproom to a new space on Keong Saik Road.
With high demand for a bigger, better and badasser location, a major upgrade was needed. Heart of Darkness 2.0 brings the same good vibes and hospitality guests have come to expect, now just bigger and better! Guests can now enjoy 25+ craft beers on tap along with a wide variety of wines, creative beer cocktails and a full kitchen cooking up delicious western fusion tapas.
In the heart of the taproom, the centrepiece of the space, a large mural brings to life a Dragon and Merlion intertwined over a setting sun, emphasizing the collaborative nature between Vietnam and Singapore. A local Singaporean visual artist Tobyato (also known as Toby Tan) teamed up with the Heart of Darkness creative team in Vietnam to help bring the two countries identities together, paying homage to the iconic Vietnam brewery in the Singapore bar.
Heart of Darkness is a privately held company that was founded in 2016 in Saigon, Vietnam with the focus on becoming Asia’s premiere craft beer brand. Inspired by the American craft beer scene, Heart of Darkness produces over 100 new beers a year. All the while maintaining the highest standard of quality, consistency & availability. The Heart of Darkness brewery is located in Saigon, Vietnam and distributes throughout Vietnam as well as internationally in Hong Kong, Singapore, Taiwan, Cambodia,Thailand and Finland. Additionally, Heart of Darkness operates two flagship gastropubs, one in Saigon and the other in Singapore.
A homage to the classic tavernas of Europe; Bar Milano is a casual yet chic italian bistro & cocktail bar on Keong Saik Road. Curated especially for apertivo and italian food lovers looking for a cosy atmosphere that inspire romance.
Neapolitans in particular have a cult-like devotion to fried fare, especially pizza fritta—fried pizza. After WWII, the city found itself in crisis, and the materials needed for pizza —mozzarella and even wood for the ovens—became a luxury. Fried pizza, a less-expensive alternative nicknamed “pizza of the people,” was filled with less expensive ingredients like pork crackling and ricotta. Housewives sold it on the streets to supplement the family’s income. Times were so hard that customers could even get pizza fritta on credit: called pizza-at-eight, “pizza a otto,” it was eaten on the spot but paid for eight days later.
Although finding this dish outside of Napoli is difficult, Bar Milano does it justice. Their specialty Pizza Fritta menu consists of options such as truffle smoked ricotta & wild mushrooms, mortadella & stracciatella, broccolini & anchovy and, of course a classic tomato mozzarella & basil.
Vietnamese craft beer pub Heart of Darkness has moved out from Tras Street and is taking over the premises of Neon Pigeon on Keong Saik Road.
Some people say they make the best craft beer in Saigon, Vietnam. Enter the Darkness and decide for yourself...
Heart of Darkness is all about duality. Good and evil. Sane and insane. Big, bold, crafted brews that will challenge the way you think about beer. Thirst quenching, session beers that will have you bouncing off the walls. Hop bombs that will give you a kick-to-the-teeth, while still being still balanced and smashable. Whatever your taste, they’ve got it…. Browse their unique brews here.
Singapore’s Keong Saik neighbourhood will have a new social heartbeat when the new 45-room Hotel Soloha boutique hotel is unveiled in mid-August 2019.
Cruising along Keong Saik Road and Teck Lim Road, which exude the charming vibe of yesteryear, one is immediately transported to a magical space as one traverses the blue panel doors of Hotel Soloha. These Dokodemo Doors of Fantasy reveal a world urban jungle chic and tropical modernism splashed in amazing technicolour. Witty and bold interiors, artisanal furnishings, underscored by a cool vibe, Hotel Soloha’s burst of colour is a stark contrast to the earthy tones that define the neighbourhood.
Hotel Soloha aims to create a destination hotel that not only fits into Keong Saik’s charming self but is also a modern interpretation of a Singapore that is bold, stylish and cultured. You won’t find a single metal grille gate or repurposed cinema seat here. Instead, our team, exposed to the ways of cosmopolitan Singapore through the years, has internalised Singapore’s culture; that has informed the way they conceptualise and design the property’s interiors and spaces. The property will also stock a curated selection of artisanal products that are perfect as souvenirs and fit well in cabin baggage. Hotel Soloha is the perfect start to experience what Keong Saik and Singapore have to offer.
Keong Saik, one of Singapore’s heritage and cultural epicenters, retains the beauty of yesteryear Singapore with its rows of shophouses across a network of roads. Today, it is home to a good number of bars, restaurants and shops, making it a destination that is layered with culture, gastronomy, energy and personality. Culturemaker and tastemaker Hotel Soloha’s entry to the area contributes to that spirit of Keong Saik and strengthens it – it is a breath of fresh air and the neighbourhood’s new social heartbeat.
Hotel Soloha is designed by interior design firm Avalon Collective and architect ASOLIDPLAN. The artworks featured in the hotel lobby, lift-shaft and rooms are done by local artists, Ethrisha Liaw and Danielle Tay.
The KÄ“Sa House Lobby lounge will serve up the Affogato Bar classics along with alcoholic infused affogatos, a specially-curated cocktail menu and a clever micro-batch ice-cream offering, prepared daily and upon order only.
Indulge in the best of Italian delights, morning to night!
They say all good things must come to an end, but with endings come new beginnings too. After 23 years on Circular Road, Mag’s Wine Kitchen has relocated to the charming Keong Saik Road.
Mag’s has since 1996 been offering customers a venue for good wines, food and camaraderie. Owned by banker turned chef, Mag and her team continue to create bistro styled food with a modern twist. “The premise behind our cuisine will always be simplicity, using the freshest ingredients in the market.” said Mag.
Mag’s is a chic and intimate restaurant serving up modern French cuisine and a curated wine & sake list boasting over 150 different labels.
A lovely new addition to Keong Saik Road's wondrous tenant mix; Olivia Restaurant & Lounge transports guests to a setting that’s unique to Barcelona. Embodying the essence of Mediterranean soul, where values are centred around the kitchen, Olivia Restaurant & Lounge exudes a welcoming atmosphere and champions an elevated homestyle cooking.
Olivia's chef and co-founder, Alain Devahive, was from the now-defunct elBulli Restaurant as well as Catalunya Hong Kong and Singapore.
Immerse in the best of Singapore’s culture, entertainment and dining when you stay at KÄ“Sa House on Keong Saik Road.
Situated in the heart of Chinatown and just a stone’s throw from Singapore’s Central Business District, the newly restored KÄ“Sa House embodies the neighbourhood’s spirited heritage while creating a distinct new destination in the area.
An inviting 60-room flexible-living concept, the experience is amplified by six unique and eclectic bars and restaurants, all under one striking roof. The smartly transformed row of shophouses has been designed for those who want to stop-over or stay a while.
Award-winning cocktail bar inspired by the 1952 Ernest Hemingway novel about a Cuban fisherman and the biggest catch of his life; The Old Man is a Hemingway-themed bar in Singapore with a distinctly Asian touch.
An award-winning bar team, fans and drinking connoisseurs alike can gather and sip on inventive libations in memory of the brilliant writer and cocktail enthusiast.
Pasta Bar on Keong Saik Road is an intimate Italian & pasta restaurant by Chef Alessandro Guistetti.
Nothing is more Italian or more satisfactory to eat than a bowl of pasta. Known across Italy as “piatto unico” or “a complete meal” pasta has become a symbol of the Italian way of life – a symbol of family and friends gathering around the table to share, laugh, eat and create memories. At its simplest, pasta is a basic combination of flour and water but in reality, it is much more than that. Pasta and pasta making are deeply rooted in history, tradition and regionality and the recipes and techniques to make pasta vary from city to city, town to town, family to family.
Drawing on the traditions and techniques of his ancestors, Chef Alessandro draws on family recipes, handed down through the generations, to bring you dishes that reflect the regionality and diversity of Italy. Each and every one of their pasta shapes is handmade daily using a variety of semolina and ‘00’ flours combined with whole egg, egg yolks and water or a varying combination of these ingredients depending on the required texture, bite and intended use of the pasta, providing a different eating experience with every dish.
Set within bustling Keong Saik Road, Gaston Burgundy Bistro & Wine Bar epitomises the French joie de vivre with its convivial atmosphere and vibrant setting. The all-day bistro and wine bar evokes a sense of being in the heart of a kitchen in Burgundy; expect authentic, comfort French fare and delicious wines combined with exceptional hospitality to inspire your dining experience.
Deeply rooted in the Burgundian heritage, embrace classic homemade specialties from the region including Jambon Persillé, Truite a l’Aligoté and Éclair au Cassis. With dishes crafted with the utmost respect for tradition, enjoy the freshest, seasonal ingredients sourced directly from artisanal producers at Gaston.
A meal isn’t really fulfilled without a glass of wine - look forward to an extensive selection of quality, great value wines of close to 350 labels from France and beyond. Committed to ensuring that the wine programme is highly accessible, varied and exciting, most of the wines are sourced directly from the vintners themselves. With an extensive wine-by-the glass selection of up to fifteen wines, as well as a rotating ‘Wine Flight of the Week’, there is something for everyone from novices to seasoned drinkers.
Thevar is a contemporary grill restaurant that serves classic dishes with a unique twist with Indian spices that will amaze your senses. Nestled in the heart of the vibrant and buzzy Keong Saik, you are guaranteed an amazing dining experience.
Click here to view their short but nicely curated menu.
Banana Old Fashion, Pina Shine, Thevars Gimlet and more are cocktail concoctions to try when you visit.
A collaboration between Hong Kong’s Young Master Brewery and Chef Vinny Lauria, The Guild is a restaurant and bar focused on thoughtfully handcrafted offerings, from culinary to craft beer, delivered with old fashioned hospitality and warmth.
Housed at 55 Keong Saik Road, The Guild serves up comfort food highlighting locally sourced ingredients and an extensive drinks menu that includes 19 different taps of independent craft beer, natural wines and cocktails based on small batch spirits.
With a mission to support the craftsmanship of small scale, conscientious producers, The Guild aims to bring together a community of people with the same shared ethos.
Butcher Boy is a contemporary style Asian Grill brought to you by the team at Cure Singapore located along the same stretch on Keong Saik Road.
Helmed by chef-owner Andrew Walsh, the restaurant was named after his favorite novel and movie, The Butcher Boy (1997).
Diners can look forward to Butcher Boy Bacon & Cheese Burger, Crispy Pork Belly ,United States Grain Beef Short Rib, Japanese Tender Valley Rib Eye, Crispy Fish Skin, Duck Banh Mi and more.
Award-winning head bartender Knut Randhem has concocted Asian-inspired cocktail options such as Butcher Boy Negroni (barrel-aged rum, white whisky and plum grenadine), Smoking Carriage Cocktail (Dictador 20 rum, salted caramel syrup, bitters and orange) and more.