New head bartender and new drinks @ Smoke & Mirrors

After a long hiatus, I was glad to visit one of my favourite bars in Singapore. Smoke & Mirrors is a rooftop bar at National Gallery Singapore, just a stone's throw away from the Central Business District. This cosy spot is the first place that comes to mind whenever I have overseas guests visiting — especially with its magnificent views of the Singapore skyline I was greeted by the new head bartender Jorge Conde upon my arrival. Originally a graphic designer by trade, this f

Smoke & Mirrors, National Gallery Singapore

Nestled on top of the National Gallery, you'll find nothing but the amazing view of the city, warm hospitality and a delightfully creative cocktail menu to indulge in. Headed by one of Singapore’s top bartenders, Yugnes and his amazing team, you can be sure you’ll be taken care of when you step into Smoke and Mirrors, especially if you intend to come here with a really special someone. I started my evening out with the Velvet Gin & Tonic ($22++), and it really lived up to its

Smoke & Mirrors, National Gallery Singapore

After an amazing omakase lunch at Yàn, we ascended to the rooftop bar of National Gallery. Overlooking the Padang and Marina Bay, we were sitting at one of the most scenic spots in Singapore getting ready to indulge in some of the most creative and gastronomic cocktails at Smoke & Mirrors. The interior of Smoke & Mirrors reminded me of a scene I had watched in a tv series of an old gentlemen's lounge. The bar itself is quite compact but its design is really cool and much like

Yan Omakase Menu, National Gallery Singapore

Generally, the word omakase is used for the Japanese dining experience where the chef of the restaurant picks what you will be eating for the meal. But Yàn at National Gallery Singapore is not a Japanese restaurant. In fact, it is a traditional Cantonese restaurant in a modern setting, incorporating the omakase concept but still keeping essential Chinese ingredients and styles of cooking. Yàn is designed in a very Chinese manner but with modern elements in its decor. It is a