$20-$40

Mad Poet Gastrobar, China Square

Mad Poet Singapore
Sandwiched between &Sons and Folk Collective, inspired by hedonistic writers like Oscar Wilde and Hemingway, the interior of Mad Poet is dark and sexy, in tones of leather and wood, with a extremely high-backed leather chair. That’s my throne!

Mad Poet Gastrobar

To meet the needs of stressful CBD workers, in addition to a wide range of whiskeys and wines, there are some very interesting drinks, such as toffee apple cider ($13), a strawberry-and-vanilla cider ($14), and beers like Lucifer ($14), Dead Pony Club ($12), 5am Saint ($12), and Even More Jesus ($34). The cocktails by Jo Sunafri (from Coq and Balls) are equally fun, Death & Resurrection ($15, white rum with yuzu) and A Made Man ($15, twist to Old-Fashioned). My shaken, not stirred Blood & Skull ($17, award-winning Canadian crystal head vodka, sweet vermouth and cherry heering) was divine! A sweet aroma of orange rind, chased by a very smooth vodka, leaving a sweet aftertaste of cherry.

Mad Poet China Square
The Western food by a Muslim chef Sunny, with halal suppliers, is generally healthy and competitively priced, with lunch starting at $10 nett. For bar grub or starters, go for the rather spicy jalapeno poppers ($10, above), whole jalapeno stuffed with cream cheese, fried in a light tempura style–eat while it’s hot, not so good when it cools–OR the cheese board ($18) with three cheeses, garlic herbblue cheese and camembert. The board comes with dulce de membrillo, a quince jam that makes all cheese palatable. So even if you can’t take blue cheese, just eat it with membrillo.

Mad Poet Sg
For mains, the yellowfin tuna steak ($20, above) was nicely seared on the surface, which was then coated with sesame seeds. Not bad, but nothing extraordinary. The smoked duck breast ($18, below) was better. More than just your average salty smoked duck, this one had layers of tastes and texture: from a lightly salted hamlike taste to a sweet aftertaste, from a tenderness to a chewy skin.

Mad Poet SIngapore review

The desserts were the weak point: only 3 options, and the warm homemade brownie ($8) was so-so. Better to save your calories.
Mad Poet Singapore Price

All in all, the drinks are worth many visits, and the food is healthy. Sexy interior too.

Mad Poet Gastrobar

20 Cross Street, China Court #01-23, Singapore 048422
T: 6557 0312
M-Th & Sat: 11am-11pm, Fri: 11am-12am. Closed on Sun
Rating: 3.108/5 stars

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Thanks, Suzy, Sunny & Jo, for the hospitality.

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