A modern Italian restaurant and bar with a breathtaking view of the bay
Easy, breezy, beautiful, Caffe Fernet is what every girl aspires to be. It’s gorgeous from the inside out – the shiny long bar beckons with warm tones of brown, brick red and gold, and the restaurant portion offers views of glistening Marina Bay. But it’s just trading on its good looks at the moment.
Happy hour from 5pm to 7.30pm is the best time to visit. There are frosés at $12, spritzes for $13 and specialty cocktails going at $15 – a real steal for those looking for a sundowner poised against an unbeatable backdrop. But the watermelon frosé is more ice-blended juice than rosé. Stick to the classic negroni and King Cole Old Fashioned – stiff with a long finish, they're there to slowly savour while the sun disappears behind the observation deck.
It wouldn’t be bar group Jigger and Pony's concept without an exhaustive list of craft cocktails. Give the restaurant’s name, you’d expect the Fernet and Coke ($21) to be a signature but the blend of Fernet Branca amaro, Coke reduction, lime and prosecco falls flat, quite literally. The prosecco doesn’t have the same bubbly zing as regular Coca-Cola and there’s not enough lime to lift the herbaceous intensity of the Fernet. The Summer Strolls ($22), is a refreshing tipple inspired by a walk in Andalusia, Spain that also works for the stifling heat of Singapore. Fashioned from jasmine-infused Tanqueray gin, Tío Pepe Fino sherry and Cointreau, the sweet and citrusy drink maintains its light floral perfume thanks to the orange blossom honey.
But unlike the other Jigger and Pony concepts that focus on the drinks, the food is of equal importance here. They’ve brought in chef David Tang, who previously helmed Cut by Wolfgang Puck in New York City to create a contemporary Italian menu. Fawn over the incredibly juicy veal meatballs ($18) smothered with tomato sauce, basil and Parmigiana Reggiano and the crispy golden beetroot ($21) that rests on a spiced red beetroot mole with crumbled feta, almond and rocket. But other dishes like the hamachi crudo ($25) and mafaldine cacio e pepe ($25) are easily forgettable, even if it’s made with four types of peppercorns.
With a mixed bag of hits and misses, Caffe Fernet isn’t quite what we expected from one of the city’s homegrown F&B darlings. But it’s still in its early days – we visited during opening week – so we won’t write it off just yet.
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70 Collyer Quay
|Opening hours:||Mon-Thu 5pm–midnight; Fri 5pm-2am; Sat 11am-2am; Sun 11am-5pm|
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