Published on Sunday, 01 October 2017 00:00
Written by Cheryl Teo Kai Lin
Hundreds of thousands of financial investments and business deals take place in the Central Business District (CBD) of Singapore everyday, but the best investment you can make in the CBD is by satiating your appetite with wholesome fusion cuisine and quenching your thirst with revitalizing tipples that will perk you up on any dreary day at The Bank Bar + Bistro.
The Bank Bar + Bistro is a spacious contemporary bank themed restaurant furnished in a high society style with a long marble bar counter, an impressive towering bar framed with dark oak panelings and adorned with an eclectic rainbow assortment of liquors and liqueurs, plush cushioned high stools, and solid mahogany tables.
The all-in-one bar and restaurant is located within the bustling Shenton Way scene, offering a pleasant and soothing ambience with an air of sophistication. The menu features international fusion cuisine (Asian elements interweaved with western techniques) with a strong focus on fresh and high quality produce imported from Australia and New Zealand. From hearty and sinful dishes that appeal to the unapologetic foodies to the healthy and refreshing mains catered to those on a diet, there is a little something for everyone.
For parents with young children who juggle between the options of staying home to look after the kids and having a pleasant dinner with friends over drinks, the dilemma has been solved by The Bank Bar with its thoughtfully constructed kids’ playroom, safely tucked off to the side beside the bar under the watchful eye of the conscientious staff, equipped with a full sized bouncy castle (it took all of our willpower to forbid ourselves from jumping on it with child-like glee) and a mini slide.
Drinks galore await you at the bar. Pick your poison from thirst-quenching beers to complex cocktails, knock-out shots to sweet liqueurs, hard liquors to mild non-alcoholic refreshments.
The Bank Bar carries its own bespoke range of signature cocktails that are way too tempting to pass up, especially if you work in the financial sector, with names like: Financial Squeeze, Liquidated Damages, Offshore Account, and White Collar Crime Martini, just to name a few.
From left to right: Financial Squeeze ($16), Offshore Account ($16), The Bank’s G&T ($17)
Financial Squeeze has gin as a base liquor, its strong piney flavor complementing the zesty and fruity uplifting notes from the hand pressed lemon and fresh muddled strawberries. Offshore Account has a foundation of rum, the sugary scorch of the alcohol is offset by the refreshing menthol coolness of mint and further sweetened with fresh strawberries and tangy citrus. The Bank's G&T is essentially a Gin & Tonic enhanced with refreshing mint, and bitter-sweet grapefruit juice.
Glen and Mavis sharing a Waterfall ($25). A couple that drinks together, stays together.
If you crave a stronger drink to get the blood pumping, The Bank Bar's Waterfall cocktail will do just the trick. An amalgamation of Sambuca and Blue Curaçao is poured into a martini glass while a bottle hovering just above the martini glass gives the beautiful waterfall illusion when a flaming shot is poured down its summit. As soon as the flaming alcohol cascades into the martini glass, dunk your straw into the martini glass and relish the sweet syrupy scorch of the fiery Waterfall that sets your insides ablaze and ignites a party in your head.
Australian Lamb Rack, $34
Mashed Potato, Mixed Salad, Mint Sauce & Red Wine Sauce
The aromatic and intoxicating fragrance of the lamb wafted to our table as soon as it was brought out of the kitchen. Three extremely chunky and succulent lamb chops, each outlined by a thick layer of sinful melt-in-your-mouth fat, are perfectly grilled medium and drenched in a savory red wine sauce. The mint sauce served by the side adds a refreshing burst of sweetness that wholeheartedly complements the musky and earthy flavors of the lamb rack.
Butter Chicken, $22
Chicken Thigh in Butter & Rich Tomato Gravy Served with Pita Bread & Crispy Corn Chips
The Bank Bar’s Butter Chicken slightly deviates from the ones found in Indian restaurants. For starters, the Bank Bar’s Butter Chicken does not pack as much spice as what the traditional Indian recipe calls for, and the curry has a tangy flavor and a chunky texture with a slight bite that adds a richness to the dish, providing a more fulfulling mouthfeel. The boneless chicken chunks are silky smooth, tender and buttery, its meat thoroughly permeated with the flavorful spicy sauce. Scoop up the velvety curry with the crunchy corn chips and fluffy pita bread.
Seared Seabass, $25
Creamy Clam Chowder with Tomatoes, Edamame & Brioche Toast
This creamy and decadent dish is perfect for seafood lovers. Pan-fried seabass sits atop a bath of clam chowder, filled with plump and juicy clams.The seabass has a crisp exterior with moist flakes of meat within. The rich and creamy clam chowder heavily saturated with the distinctive sweet and salty flavor combination of the clams, and pairs wonderfully with the delicate tasting seabass. The brioche toast is crunchy and buttery, its porous nature making it the perfect medium to soak up every drop of the smooth and fragrant clam chowder.
Spicy Prawn Salad, $18
Ebiko, Mint, Shallot, Lettuce, Cashew Nuts, Cherry Tomato Tossed with Raspberry Balsamic Dressing
While this dish may look like any typical salad, the secret to its gastronomical appeal lies in the complex flavors and textures that have been ingeniously put together. The prawns are sweet, springy and spicy, topped with the salty umami pop of ebiko to taste. The lettuce and cucumbers are extremely fresh and crunchy, the shallots giving a subtle sharpness that cuts through other flavors, with the cherry tomatoes bringing forth a juicy explosion of sweetness with a zing. Mint is added to intensify the refreshing palette of the salad. The cashew nuts provides that much needed nutty and earthy crunch, while the fruity, tangy and slightly acidic raspberry balasamic dressing brings the entire dish together with its vivid flavor dimension.
Miso Salmon Salad, $18
Cha Soba, Lettuce, Cherry Tomato, Cucumber, Edamame, Avocado & Sesame Dressing
This generous salmon is slathered in miso sauce and lightly torched so that the miso slightly caramelizes and forms a gratinated crust. The coating of miso is creamy and imparts a salty umami taste to the salmon, which balances out the oily richness of the strong-tasting fish. The entanglement of chilled cha soba, that the salmon sits on, is light and refreshing on the palette with a nuanced ever-green taste. The diverse elements of the cold noodles and warm salmon meld together to form a myriad of ever evolving flavor and textural compositions with every bite. The sweet and zesty cherry tomatoes, fresh and dewy lettuce, crunchy and juicy cucumbers, and the soft and nutty edamame really adds a summery freshness to the salad.
The Bank Beef Burger, $19
Homemade Beef Patty with Crispy Bacon, Cheese, Tomato, Lettuce, Gherkin & Tomato Mustard Sauce
The Bank Beef Burger is frankly a little disappointing following all the superbly concocted dishes. There is a fragrant taste of rosemary within the patty, but the patty is extremely dry, like the minced beef has been overmixed prior to cooking. Overmixing minced meat will result in the lost of moisture and the meat will be tightly congealed together like paste, creating an unpleasant cardboard-like texture when cooked. The bacon is wonderfully crisped up, which partially saves the burger, but the sauce falls flat in taste. This burger is quite underwhelming, but the delicious fries and quinoa salad served on the side are surprisingly rather good.
Salted Egg Prawn Sandwich, $18
Prawns Tossed in Homemade Spicy Salted Egg Sauce & Lettuce
Plump, springy and succulent prawns are drenched in a thick, luscious and chunky salted egg yolk sauce and sandwiched between two fluffy buns. The chili padi and curry leaves' flavors are infused with the sauce to give it just a little kick without being too spicy, while the thick and pillowy buns hold everything together and balances out the rich and flavorful salted egg sauce.
Oriental Seabass Pasta, $20
Soybean Glaze Seabass, Garlic, Onion, Chives & Spicy XO Sauce
Every strand of pasta is throughly coated and permeated with the flavorful and fragrant spicy XO sauce. The spicy XO sauce contains complex Chinese flavors; sweet, spicy, and salty with a smoky wok-hei taste. The two seabass fillets are topped with a sweet and salty soybean glaze and torched till it leaves a slightly charred flavor that perfectly complements the smoky aroma of the spicy XO pasta.
The Bank Bar + Bistro
Address: One Shenton #01-01, 1 Shenton Way, Singapore 068803
Hours: Mon: 11am – 11pm, Tue - Fri: 11am to 12am, Sat / Sun / PH: 11am – 12am
Tel.: +65 6636 2188
Hi, I'm Cheryl. I possess a joie de vivre spirit unique to my character, my expressions of euphoria are wild in nature and I approach life like one colossal party. I love venturing into the unknown and exploring all that is possible; from exotic foods to cliff-diving. When I am not seeking out something extraordinary to check off my bucket list, I love curling up on a comfy couch with a glass of wine and a book in hand. Follow my personal adventures in my blog here where I let loose of all inhibitions, voice my inner-most emotions, exult in all that is wonderful, unleash the monsters within, lose myself in beautiful reveries, reminisce treasured memories and curate recherché experiences.