It's funny to think the strongest martinis I've had in a year have been from a sushi bar. We just launched a happy hour at the Standing Sushi Bar Marina Bay Link Mall branch so being a good owner (read: food and drink sampler) I went down there to see how things went. 3 drinks later I was in bed before midnight, which never happens, and now am awake at 4+ in the morning.
So martinis in a sushi bar underground in a business district shopping mall. Is this something that is actually going to work? Will people come to drink? Who knows, but since the core business at Raffles Place and the financial centre is all during the weekday lunchtime, it allows us to do whatever the heck we want during the evening service.
The start of the year has been interesting; perhaps full of a "I'm going to do what I want to do" spirit. In the past I think I worried about whether the staff were agreeable to my decisions, but these days as long as I "own the decision" then I'm comfortable plowing forward. Maybe it's a checks and balances thing with the staff being cautious while I lean towards recklessness.
Anyway, on to other matters! Tanuki Raw has been getting a fair bit of attention, which is pretty awesome. "Build it and they will come," as the line goes in Field of Dreams. Though it's more like, "Give them oysters and martinis and they will come."
Some of the press write-ups so far:
- Business Times - Innovative Creations
- Business Times - What To Look Out For in 2013
- I-S Magazine - Happiest Oyster Hour
- TimeOut Singapore - Martini and Raw Tapas Bar
- CNN Travel - Small Plates, Big Appeal
- Hungrygowhere - Oysters!
- 8 Days - New and Noted
- 8 Days - Raw and Real
- Honeycombers - Hot New Tables
- Great New Places - Culinary