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“Nice, different, unusual”
Review of Tippling Club

Tippling Club
Ranked #18 of 11,073 Restaurants in Singapore
Certificate of Excellence
Cuisines: International
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Dining options: Late Night, Reservations
Neighborhood: Chinatown
Reviewed May 27, 2013

The title is a quote from the Australian TV show Kath and Kim. I think they would have enjoyed it, although Kim would definitely have asked for larger portions! I had thought that I might feel the same way, as the Tippling Club offers a tasting menu (2 different tasting menus, to be precise), with lots of small dishes, accompanied, if you wish, by paired drinks. We chose the smaller of the two menus and the paired drinks option. In fact, there was plenty to eat, as small course succeeded small course over the course of the evening. The meal started with a series of amuse- bouches and the cooking of the chef, Ryan Clift, certainly does amuse your bouche, as well as several other parts. He does not consider his cooking to be molecular gastronomy ( I know this because he came and chatted to us a couple of times over the course of the meal), but, having eaten at Heston Blumenthal's Fat Duck, I recognise several of the elements. Highlights for me were the carrot gnocchi, although I found the broth they were in just a little sweet, the chicken with mushrooms and truffle macaroni and the pre-desserts. The almond foam on "everything almonds" deserves a special mention among the pre-desserts. It smelt most wonderfully of almonds yet had the texture of nothing when you put it in your mouth - it literally disappeared on the tongue.

The food gets a big tick, the drinks less so. The pairings were mainly cocktails, which, in my view, are less good with food than wine is. That said, we wanted to give the whole experience a try, as intended by the chef, so we went for it. One of the issues for me was that the amount in each glass was no more than a couple of slurps, and I'm a several slurps per glass girl!

So, it's a thumbs up to the food, which is pricey but unlike anything else Singapore has to offer, a thumbs up to the ambiance, provided you sit at the bar and watch the kitchen action unfold in front of you and a ho hum to the drinks pairing. I said the food was pricey, but it represents much better value for money than the drinks, in my view. The food is a work of art, imagination and some strong technique. If you have a special occasion coming up, and like some theatre with your dinner, consider the Tippling Club.

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1  Thank maggiavelli
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Reviewed May 20, 2013

good service, good atmosphere. Too experimental and in the style of the worst of Michelin restaurants, they assume that having exotic ingredients will automatically create a great meal. The skin on the milk of Mongolian buffaloes sounds great but do something great with it and dont stick in a dish because it is the skin of the milk of nnnnnnxxx. Read AA Gill on Michelin and you will understand better

4  Thank Neil5757
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Reviewed May 19, 2013 via mobile

Honestly going outdoors for a cocktail is not a great start to the evening. It's unkept and shabby more akin to a beer garden.
The male door host couldn't give a toss about a warm greeting. So after you slip between the curtains and past the empty tables and relegated to the shabby outdoors and wiltered plants because you don't have a table reservation - you are thinking the cocktails had bloody better be good.

The cocktails (we had 3 each) are fabulous. Thank god they didn't serve any in test tubes but the perfume bottle was cutting it fine - however the liquid pink was absolute sensual pleasure.
Cocktails would score 8/10 if there was less ice (in those that had it)

Wait staff were knowledgable - imagine in singapore too.
Overall beer garden experience just didn't cut it. Oh and no interesting nuts to accompany our drinks just very ordinary menu items. Honestly for the price of the cocktails a few peanuts is not a big ask.

Thank Noshtrekker
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Reviewed May 5, 2013

We decided to have the 10 course tasting menu with paired drinks. I was there with my adult daughter. We sat up at a horseshoe shaped bar to eat and spoke to the servers as they finished assembling each dish as they described the dish including ingredients's origins. We had 6 amuse bouches. This included tomato water (served in a test tube served in a test tube rack) with a clear straw containing a green plug (basil oil) through which you drank the tomato water. Theatre and fantastic flavor in one. Scallops, seaweed, beef, quail eggs... the list goes on - all beautifully presented and amazing mixtures of complementary flavours and colours. Each course was a surprise and delight, even the end was amazing - fresh salted soft caramel chocolates. I'm not a sweet fan but I loved these, so much so I asked to take some home.

I wish I could have a copy of the menu but you don't get one! The only downside for me, as I can't remember it clearly towards the end - or was that the amazing cocktails, champagne and wine?

All in all an amazing experience. If you like Aramburu in Bueons Aires you'll live this.

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2  Thank Dml34
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Reviewed April 10, 2013

I came here for a special occasion and to try out their tasting menu, which you have a choice of 5 or 10 courses, with drinks paired with each course.
The whole experience was great, although the bill was hefty.
The service from arrival was seamless, with friendly, attentive waiting staff that guided us through our meal without being pushy or overbearing.
Our table was overlooking the kitchen / bar space, which was great as it meant we could oversee the many chefs preparing our food right in front of us.
We started with some amuse bouche and then into the 5 course tasting menu.
All dishes were beautiful presented and showed originality and variety.
Not all courses were perfect/ to my taste (inevitable with experimental dining) but the vast majority.
Highly recommended for a special occasion but get saving!

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Thank Mark S
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