February 17, 2017

The Wall @ Tanjong Pagar ~ A Bar Specializing In Whisky From All Over The World & Japanese Sumiyaki

Whisky and Sumiyaki? Doesn't sound like the most typical food and drink pairing, but The Wall has confidently coupled the two together.

Recently-launched in Tanjong Pagar, The Wall is a whisky and sumiyaki bar that seeks to de-mystify the art of whisky drinking and make it accessible to a wider audience.

It is also one of a few whisky bars that serves a full food menu which focuses on sumiyaki, or Japanese charcoal grill.

One striking feature of the bar's interior is the well-preserved brick walls that lined each side of the two-storey shophouse unit.

Not only does it gives The Wall its evocative name, it also lends much character and an old-world charm to the establishment.

The lower floor is where the hipster bar is, while the upper level exudes a more cozy ambience with an intimate lounge-like area and private VIP room.

To be honest, I was rather apprehensive about checking out this whisky-centric bar.

Afterall, what do me, a total whisky noob know about the gems that are housed in The Wall's rare whisky cellars, or the limited Yamazaki 50yrs (distilled in 1961 with only 150 bottles worldwide), Crystal Black Bowmore 29yrs (1st edition with only 5 casks created) and Macallan 1948 Select Reserve 51 yrs (with only 366 bottles available).

Drink I can, appreciate I cannot. The whiskies will be so wasted on me.

Thankfully, there is the affable bar manager who is around to guide us along and answer any questions that we might have.

A whisky tasting chart, indicating the characteristics of whiskies, from delicate to smoky, from light to rich, is also a great help for drinkers in selecting the type of flavor profiles that will suit their palates in a non-intimidating way.

People who are less familiar with whisky can start with something we are more comfortable with - Food! - then ease into the drink.

Food selection includes appetizers such as Miso Nachos ($8) - salted bean nachos with minced beef, Fugu Mirin Bushi ($25) - grilled marinated puffer fish, grilled seafood like Ebi Shiso ($18) - live prawn with shiso & pork belly, and of course the sumiyaki options of Piman Niku ($6) - Japanese capsicum & minced chicken, Kurobuta Kushi (9) - black pork, Gyu Kushi ($9) - beef, just to name a few.

My favorites are the Tsukune ($6) with bits of cartilage to give the homemade chicken balls an added crunch, and also the Tebasaki ($5) - grilled chicken wings!

The pleasing savoriness and charred aroma of the Hotate Bacon ($9) is very worth an order too.

I thought the Menu Set consisting of Chicken Wing, Chicken Thigh, Homemade Chicken Ball and Chicken Thigh & Leek skewers is really a steal at only $12!

The catch? It is only applicable upon ordering of any Whisky Flight ($37 to $113).

And so my companions went on the East Meet West Flight ($37) which took them from Scotland's Auchentoshan Three Wood to France's Les Moissons, Japan's Yamazaki Distiller Reserve and Taiwan's Kavalan Single Malt.

Quite a good choice if you're looking at trying different whiskies from various parts of the world.

With the opening of The Wall, the bar has positioned itself as one of the places in Singapore to experience top-quality whiskies by at friendly prices starting from just $14 per glass.

Whisky & Sumiyaki Pairing Set starts from $49, and Chef's Omakase with Whisky is at $168.

For a drink that can be customized to taste, do check out their bespoke Whisky Cocktail ($23-$28) offerings.

The Wall

Address: 76 Tanjong Pagar Road, Singapore 088497
Contact: +65 6225 7988
Website: http://thewallsg.com/
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/TheWallSG/
Opening Hours: Mon-Sat 5pm-1am

Prices are (1) Stated in Singapore dollars (2) Subject to 10% service charge & 7% GST (3) Correct at point of published date.

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