Hidden at the end of a dimly-lit stairwell at Uma Uma Ramen in Forum Shopping Mall on Orchard is a secret Japanese speakeasy serving up seductive cocktails and Japanese inspired bar bites. Small, stylish, and sleek, The Horse’s Mouth is one of Singapore’s hidden gems perfect for date nights, intimate cocktails and convos, or clandestine meetings (if that’s what you’re into).
Why you should come here:
The minute you step through the door, you can sense the warm, inviting vibe thanks to four candlelit tables, colourful origami ‘curtains’ hanging on strings and just 15 seats around a polished wooden bar illuminated by a huge cubist-style lantern light fixture. The bartenders are amiable and quick to strike up a conversation, and they can whip up some pretty incredible concoctions using artisan sakes and spirits, fresh fruits, herbs, and infusions. Also on offer are Japanese whiskies and beers, as well as fresh sushi, sashimi, ramen, and fried and grilled bites.
What we love:
Unlike many other small spots that aim to be ultra-exclusive, The Horse’s Mouth comes off as a friendly spot where anyone is welcome to pop in for a drink and some food. The cocktails change on a regular basis depending on what flights of fancy the bartenders are on, and the food is top-notch, yet very affordable. Try the spicy tuna and avocado tartare with crispy gyoza skins, the fried pork belly strips with nori, or the mentai cheese balls.
Before you pick your poison, have a chat with the bartender, fill them in on your favourite flavour profiles, and then let them create something bespoke based on your tastes. They can also walk you through their small but impressive selection of Japanese whiskies and single malts.
Cocktails ring in at $25++ and bar bites start at $8++.
The Horse’s Mouth, 583 Orchard Road, Forum the Shopping Mall (enter through Uma Uma Ramen at #01-41), t. 8188 0900. Open Mon – Thurs: 6pm – 12am, Fri – Sat: 6pm – 1am
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