Atlas Bar, Singapore - Is this the finest bar in the world?
Since Atlas opened its doors in March 2017, there has been a huge amount of hype around their legendary bar. There is a level of exclusivity not many bars in Singapore can claim to have, so naturally we had to check it out for ourselves during our last visit to 'The Lion City'. We were told that reservations ought to be made a month in advance to guarantee you a table. This proved to be very good advice, as it's near-impossible to gain entry as a walk-in on a Friday night.
There was a slight fear that we maybe disappointed due to the level of hype, but this certainly was not the case. The Art Deco-style (think Gatsby) interior is gilded gold, with accents of lush velvet and deep copper - all hallmarks of the decadent era. The three-story gin tower is the centrepiece of Atlas. It's visually enticing, yes, but what it holds is the quite remarkable. There are over 1000 gins in Atlas' collection, earning the bar the accolade of having the worlds largest gin collection. There's also a rose gold champagne room housing more than 250 kinds of champagne.
With immaculate concoctions created by Head Bartender Roman Foltan, formerly from Artesian in London's Langham Hotel, and regarded as one of Europe's leading bartenders, we knew we were in good hands. We were warned that the 'Atlas Martini' would be strong, and it certainly did pack a punch. Made with London dry gin, ambrato vermouth, orange bitters and champagne vinegar, the finished product is a fragrant, balanced martini. Should you prefer a 'Vintage Martini', it's yours for around SGD$200.
It's not all about gin and cocktails here. Atlas has an excellent wine list and some extraordinary spirits and champagne on offer too.
A showcase of extraordinary European cuisine is delivered from Executive Chef Daniele Sperindio who has a prestigious background having worked in Michelin-starred kitchens in London, Chicago and Tokyo. You would expect an excellent dining menu in an establishment such as this, and Chef Daniele doesn't disappoint.
The black bass with crispy scales, saffron crème fraiche, root vegetables bamboo groove was cooked to perfection and visually fascinating. And then there's the home made Trofie pasta. Chanterelles mushrooms, black winter truffle, butter and sage - superb.
It's essential to save some room for the Atlas dessert. The 'Everyone Loves a Piña Colada' coconut float is not to be missed. This dessert alone is worth making a trip to Atlas for.
Atlas is of course, first and foremost a bar. But when you have amazing décor and food that matches that of top-notch restaurants - there is nothing else like it anywhere in the world.
Pro tip! If you ask one of the friendly staff, they will take you on a 'tour' of the gin tower.