BAR STAR: Crispy bacon with blue cheese dip
You heard it here first – Bedrock has a new five-item bar snacks menu and it rocks our socks! You can’t go wrong with a mound of crunchy bacon strips (pictured above). We like the mild and creamy blue-cheese dip that comes with it – it’s not just good with the lightly dusted bacon (with flour to keep the oil manageable), it’s great for dipping the equally sinful deep-fried mac ’n’ cheese poppers, too.
Happy hour 6-7.30pm. #01-05 Pan Pacific Serviced Suites, 96 Somerset Rd (6238 0054, www.bedrock.com.sg). MRT: Somerset. $8.50.
FREE BAR STAR: Petit filet mignon sandwiches
You won’t just be able to get your martini fix ($11.95, usual price $21) here; complimentary steak sandwiches (usually $20 for four) served with mustard mayonnaise also make their rounds during ‘Mortini’ hours. Replenished trays tour the room every 15 minutes so you can have your fill. Just remember to stay smart-casual – and we’re not just talking about the dress code.
Mortini hours Mon-Fri 5-7pm. 4th floor, The Oriental Hotel, 5 Raffles Blvd (6338 0066, www.mortons.com/singapore). MRT: City Hall.
BAR STAR: QP Pizza
The QP Pizza may look simple but underneath the generous strips of grilled bacon, bell peppers, fresh Roma tomatoes, and a sprinkling of mozzarella and parmesan cheeses, is a tomato herb sauce that hides a mini spice kick. This large, cracker-like wheel is big enough to split between two. If that’s not enough, order a bottle of house wine – it’ll come with a complimentary plate of the day’s tapas, which we’d detail if we didn’t have to pick just one.
7 Emerald Hill Rd (6235 6626). MRT: Somerset. $16.
BAR STAR: Puff pastry pizzas
Yes, our brows are furrowed too – a rectangular puff pastry base does not make a pizza, it makes a tart. However, its generous size and flavourful toppings make us more than willing to look past semantics. The truffled parmesan is a heady choice, but go for the salami, tomato sauce, mozzarella and fresh chilli pizza for something heavier, and slightly greasier, to wash down your drinks.
Happy hour Mon-Fri 5-9pm, Sat 9pm-midnight. Ground floor, Pan Pacific Hotel, 7 Raffles Blvd (6337 0800, www.stereolab.sg). MRT: City Hall or Promenade. $5++.
BAR STAR: Croquetas de queso con jamón
You’ll get a complimentary plate of tapas with every order of a glass of wine or pint of beer at this Little India hotspot. Satisfy your soft spot for golden breadcrumbs and hot, stringy cheese with the croquetas de queso con jamón. This simple cheese-and-ham fritter may never be compared with what you would find in Barcelona or Madrid, but its salty, piping-hot character puts it in la liga of its own. An assortment of olives is a good pick for those leaning towards a less greasy option.
68 Dunlop St (6297 5875, www.tapasbar.com.sg). MRT: Little India.