I may have done my pre-trip research on where I wanted to eat - and exactly what I hoped to be chomping down on - during my sojourn in Singapore, but as always, it was the unexpected finds that have stayed longest in my memory.
So in tribute to the places in the Lion City that will definitely have me going back for seconds, here's post 1 in my four-part Top 4 in Singapore series:
It was part accident and part design that I found myself at Catalunya - the stunning glass-domed restaurant perched on the waterfront at The Fullerton Pavillion.
Having realised a little too late that pretty much all of Singapore had fled the island over the long Eid (sorry, Hari Raya) weekend, my friend and I found ourselves walking rather aimlessly up Club Street only to be greeted by one closed bar after another.
So we abandoned our idea of a cocktail evening in favour of visiting Mr Merlion down by the waterfront. Which is when my friend remembered the awesome floral cocktail she had tried at Catalunya a few weeks ago and decided its inventive list of drinks would be perfect for two ladies at a loose end on a quiet night in Singapore.
Catalunya has an impressive pedigree of people involved in its creation - many of whom have earned their culinary stripes at elBulli - my never-to-be-fulfilled dream dinner destination.
Sadly as we turned up just past midnight and had already eaten, trying out some of the dishes on the menu may have to wait until another trip to Singapore, but their cocktail list was equally enticing.
My friend went straight for the delicate Asian Flora - a sake-based drink laced with honey and mixed with lime and apple juice, vodka and cointreau, served with a fragrant marigold balancing on the rim of the glass.
I, rather uncharacteristically, stayed clear of the sweeter cocktails and picked what looked like quite the lethal combination of absinthe, tequila, chocolate and angustura bitters, cinnamon syrup and Italian vermouth - intriguingly called Good Old Fashioned Lover Boy.
Both drinks turned out to be as good as they sounded.
The midnight cocktail hour was made even better by the absolutely charming staff who opened up the dining area just for us so we could sit overlooking the water rather than at the bar... and let us stay there without once trying to hurry us on our way even when everyone else had long gone.
I'll definitely be making my way back the next time I'm in town :)
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