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Time Out Says

This well-loved izakaya might have since closed its Keong Saik outlet, but Neon Pigeon has since found a new coop. If anything, Neon Pigeon 2.0 might be even cooler than its predecessor. With its new address comes a bigger, sleeker space, and fresh additions to the menu.

Despite the increased seating, the 84-seater still manages to retain its grungy charm, thanks to the dim lighting and raw, concrete finishing. The same artist responsible for the previous wall decor, street artist ZERO, returns once again to give the bare walls a graffiti treatment: murals that feature the namesake bird.

Also new to the swanky nightspot is a raw bar, which serves up small plates that feature seasonal catch. Highlights might include the Kumamoto oysters ($16 for two), topped with smoked dashi gelee to balance its salinity; or the horse mackerel crudo ($24) served with bits of tempura nori to help lend texture and crunch. Fresh creations from the kitchen feature togorashi monkfish ($23), with a spicy sauce that takes its cues from Korean army stew, and the unassuming sweet cornrice ($16). Natural sweetness from the corn comes suffused throughout a risotto-like bomba rice mixture to create a luscious, creamy dish.

Of course, hot favourites from the old menu makes a return, too. Tokyo Hummus ($10), with blended edamame and curry chips, are best enjoyed with a drink or two from the cocktail bar. Sip on the gin-based Ichi-Go-Lightly ($22), where sweet strawberry comes packed with a hint of umami from nori; or try the Kosupure ($23), a fizzy combination of midori and fino sherry, served in adorable bird-shaped glassware.

Fabian Loo
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Fabian Loo

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Address:
#01-01
36 Carpenter St
Singapore
059915
Opening hours:
Daily 11.30am-2.30pm, 5.30pm-10.30pm
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