Having a very low impact holiday in Hong Kong visiting a friend and discovered this modern coffee joint right by the road side near his apartment at Tai Kok Tsui Road, a stone’s throw from Olympic station.
Sugarhall, the sister restaurant bar of Jigger & Pony, was rather randomly chosen by us on a late Wednesday night after listing out places we would want to try based on one keyword, and the keyword for that night was Cocktails.
Their cocktail menu, which heavily features their impressive stock of over 50 rums, is cleanly sorted into collections of ‘Clear Spirits’, ‘Dark Spirits’ and ‘Tropical’. What I appreciate however, was a thoughtful scale of ‘Hungry-Full’ pegged to each craft cocktail that hints to you how heavy your drink will be. If like us, your stomach was already lined with food, you can take some direction from the scale and try options that are closer to the ‘Full’ rating for example.
Mai Tai ala Sugarhall, $22, pictured above, listed under the ‘Tropical’ selection. My glass of Mai Tai definitely made an entrance, being set down on the table glowing and immediately capturing everyone’s attention on the exquisite blue flame that was burning steadily against a dish made out of fresh lime. While enthralled by this sight, I start registering details, like the dehydrated pineapple garnish, and spot the dull glaze of brown cinnamon dust on the lime burning together with the flame to produce that peering scent I caught a moment ago but couldn’t identify.
The first hit of the amber liquid was strong, perhaps due to the addition of some spiced apricot brandy that is not usually present in Mai Tais? Combined with 2 types of rum (1 light 1 dark) and orgeat (sweet almond syrup), this is not a flirty fruity drink but a well-balanced strong-flavoured glass that will well serve the kick of alcohol you need.
There is no happy hour in Sugarhall and I really really hope they will reconsider because that will certainly help when I return to try the rest of their creations.
102 Amoy Street, Singapore, 069922
6222 9102 / 9732 5607
Operating Hours: Monday – Saturday: 6pm – midnight. Closed Sunday.
Imagine my surprise when I was presented with a Mystery-Flavored Pierre Herme Macaroon. It is one thing to be unable to discern flavors due to language barriers but this my friends, the name and flavor of this particular macaroon was simply a mystery, and the same answer was received when we asked the sales person in the shop. This seems fun if it was launched occasionally!
I’ve known about Citizen Pop for awhile and am so glad that we finally got to try their fresh fruit soda creations at the Night Market event last night.
The concoctionist, Imelda, uses freshly squeezed fruit juice, herbs and spices to create some really interesting and literally refreshing flavors. The pale pink Pear and Lemongrass, $4, didn’t catch my fancy at first when I had a sample shot but the smooth light pear taste and note of aromatic lemongrass that stays on your tongue slowly won me over as I sipped my icy cup. Quite a palatable combination!
My original choice of Lemon and Lavender only had half a cup left so the owners kindly gave it to us complimentary. This was a instant winner with me, with the zingy lemon and subtle lavender giving a much needed uplift in a crowded and humid flea market environment. There were also other flavors like Hibiscus & Apple and Ginger, which was already sold out. I like that their sodas are not sweet and are also made without artificial flavoring or preservatives.
They are currently mostly participating in fleas so you will probably have to follow them on Citizen Pop’s facebook and Instagram (@citizen_pop) for updates on their next location but they also have a mobile station that lets them do your events if you are interested!
Brick is a fairly new online bakery that does cupcakes, whole cakes, tarts and customized orders. Encountered them first at a friend’s baby shower and also subsequently ordered from them ($3 each, $8 for delivery) to try more of their creations because I heard they have many uncommon flavors!