***This meal was paid for by UrbanJourney and not sponsored in any way. As a result, we have the freedom to write and review this restaurant without bias.***
New to Fairmont Hotel, Anti:dote is not your typical cocktails and tapas joint. With handcrafted drinks made with fresh herbs and infusions and light bites that fuse eastern and western flavours, this spot has all the hallmarks of a favorite new hotspot for many.
Our first impression of Anti:dote was that it had a nice ambiance with soft lighting, stylish bar seating, tables on the side and a good amount of space to sit on the couches, chill out and enjoy the tunes by the DJ. The staff were attentive, helpful and dressed really well, and really we felt as though we were somewhere else other than Singapore.
Behind the bar they’ve got Tom Hogan and Bannie Kang, who will be representing Singapore in the Diageo Reserve World Class SEA Finals in May, so you know they’re serving up some seriously great cocktails. They’ve also got their own herb garden, so the bartenders and Chef Carlos Montobbio use the fresh ingredients like Cuban mint, cinnamon basil and marigolds in the cocktails and dishes.
Definitely sample the stellar drinks here. We tried The Blood of Dillinger ($23) with beets, rosemary, honey, lemon, and tequila (which we were able to switch for vodka). It was delicious and went down almost too easy. We also had one of the cool and refreshing tonics—The Gentian ($19) with lemongrass, ginger, parsley, lemon, and rum.
Moving on to food, note that the portions are rather small, so if you’re starving, we recommend having dinner elsewhere. You won't fill up on the dishes here unless you order a lot. That being said, we can vouch for a few fabulous dishes.
The Marinated Sicilian Green Olives ($8) with lemon confit, rosemary and smoked paprika are great for olive fans, as you get a decent portion and the dressing is delicious. The Crisp Parmesan Pizza ($13) with olive oil caviar, tomatoes and fresh basil is an interesting take on pizza, but the crispy parmesan crust definitely worked for us. Another great dish was the Braised Veal Cheek Bao ($20) with caramelised shallots and Perigord black truffle, which came with two decent sized buns that were piping hot, rich and tasty.
We weren’t sure about the The Langoustine Tartar ($16) with peanut tofu and chilled tom yum broth, but it was better than we expected with a nice mix of fresh flavours and a silky tom yum broth. The only dish we tried that wasn’t quite up to par was the Potato Chips ($12) with warm white truffle puree. We found the chips quite oily, so next time we’ll give them a miss.
WHAT WE LOVE
We really enjoyed the cocktails, the ambiance and the bites. Overall it was a very enjoyable experience and we will definitely be back to this cool and trendy cocktail bar.
Anti:dote is a great place to head for a few good cocktails and nibbles as a start to the evening, although you could also easily spend an entire night out here sipping and snacking.
Fairmont Singapore, 80 Bras Basah Road, Lobby Level
Tel: +65 6431 5315
Hours: Daily 5pm - 2am
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