Origin Grill & Bar
Shangri-La Singapore has definitely up its game with its new dining concept called Origin Grill & Bar. It was such a swanky place to chill, have a drink and dine. Personally, I am super impressed with the locally-inspired drinks they offered at the bar, and I’m pretty sure that I would be back for more cocktails at Origin Bar.
Origin Grill & Bar was inspired by the origin of flavours, travel adventures and Singapore’s history of bountiful trade and colonial charm. The interior was more colonial and European-inspired than local. But their drinks menu is inspired by the various districts in Singapore. I guess there were going more for the modern and chic outlook.
The moment I stepped in, I felt as if I was brought to a different time zone. Have I stepped into this time machine that brought me back to the 1960’s? The bar and restaurant interior evokes romance and nostalgia of travelling by train.
The New York’s downtime vibe is going strong here. With those blues going behind the background, I thought I was at a secret bar close to a subway in New York. Classy is the right word to embody all of these.
I’m not a ‘bar-type of person’, but this place swept me off my feet.
The drinks at the bar are inspired by the five well-known districts in Singapore where most of our local attractions could also be found. They are Orchard, Chinatown, Little India, Boat Quay and Marina Bay. Kudos to their talented bar manager, Adam Bursik, who had done a great job in concocting the various drinks using ingredients carefully sourced from South East Asia. This region is well-known for its spice trade, and it was a clever use of spices in cocktails to add that distinct flavour and kick.
I’ve tried a couple of drinks at the bar, and so far none has disappointed me. This glass of ‘City of Flower’ cocktail consists of torch ginger flower, hibiscus, honey and gin. Their selection of cocktails is very interesting, and it would take you a while to decide what you feel like having for that evening. The mocktails or ‘no-alcohol cocktails’ are perfect for the health-conscious individuals because the ingredients used are mostly fruits, vegetables, herbs and spices. I would recommend their ‘Superfood’ cocktail which is a refreshing whirlwind of a non-alcoholic cocktail packed with wolfberry, chia seeds, watermelon and lemon.
Rose, cinnamon, almond, lime, pineapple
Art of Liquor
Don’t be fooled by its colourless appearance. It’s coffee cream liquor.
After having some drinks, we headed over to Origin Grill which right next to the bar. It was lovely to meet Chef de Cuisine Heidi Flanagan again as we met during a four-hands dinner previously at Shangri-La Hotel, Singapore. It is also refreshing to see a female chef helming the main kitchen where is usually dominated by male chefs.
Origin Grill & Bar also has an excellent wine selection featuring over 45 artisanal grape varietals from some of the world’s best wine-producing regions like Italy, France, Hungary and Slovakia. Each of our dishes is paired with a different wine.
Chilled Potato with Eggplant Jelly and Caviar
Rangers Valley Black Market Market Score 5+ Sirloin
Foie Gras, buttered spinach and shallot jus with San Felice
We had an assortment of desserts from cakes to exquisite mini tarts. It was a great meal and genuinely enjoy the wonderful ambience at Origin Grill & Bar.
Are you onboard?
Shangri-La Hotel, Singapore
(Lobby Level, Tower Wing)
22 Orange Grove Road
Dinner (6.00 pm to 10:30 p.m daily)
For reservations and further information, call (65) 6213 4595 or send an email to email@example.com for the restaurant and firstname.lastname@example.org for the bar.