Negroni cocktail at Hotel Indigo Garden at Katong

When you think of the food scene in the east, you’d probably think of some of the best bars or Peranakan food in Katong, cosy cafes along Joo Chiat, or dog-friendly coffee shops near East Coast Beach.

Hotel Indigo Garden is one of the more obscure restaurants in Katong, serving Peranakan food, bar bites, and cocktails, which are designed in collaboration with Aperol Spritz.

Modern Asian and Western menu

The pop-up garden bar, located inside Hotel Indigo Katong (beside Katong Square and i12 Katong), is pet-friendly. Its laidback vibes renders it the perfect place to spend the morning or end the day, either with a cup of freshly brewed coffee, or a glass of handcrafted cocktails in hand.

Hotel Indigo’s menu picks up a page from the east and the west, and anything in between. From China, we have the Angus Beef Cubes ($18), glistening with a thin layer of black pepper sauce, and topped with garlic chips. Meanwhile, from Europe, we have a French Cheese Platter ($19), a careful curation of high quality cheeses from the region. Lastly, for somewhere in between, the Sze Chuan Lamb Pita ($20), an amalgamation of Middle Eastern and Sze Chuan cuisine.

Angus Beef Cubes ($18)

Instead of marinating the protein in yogurt and herbs, a common practice in the Middle East, the lamb leg was smoked with Sze Chuan peppercorn and dried spices integral Xinjiang Cuisine, such as star anise and cinnamon, resulting in a lightly numbing and aromatic profile. The meat itself was tender, but slightly dry. Hence, it paired well with the yogurt sauce smeared at the bottom of the pita pouch.

We recommend the Nyonya Katsu ($14). The batter was light and crispy, while the chicken remained tender. The chicken was marinated with turmeric and galangal, a sharp and bright ingredient that is used in Tom Yam soup. A serving of salad with Japanese sesame sauce is served on the side.

Calamari is one of those hit-or-miss dishes. You either get a delightful chew, or it feels like you’re biting on a thick rubber band. Fortunately, Hotel Indigo prepares their Calamari ($17) differently from most restaurants. They mince their calamari into a fine paste before moulding it back to its ring shape, resulting in a softer texture.

Cocktails with Aperol Spritz

Visit Hotel Indigo Katong on Wednesdays to enjoy 50% off second drinks. Or, start your Sundays with a boozy brunch buffet on second and fourth Sunday of the month from 11.30am to 2.30pm. Diners can enjoy two hours of free flow cocktails and signature dishes at $88 per person

Hotel Indigo Garden

Location: 86 E Coast Rd, Singapore 428788
Tel: +65 6723 2025
Opening hours: 12-10pm

*This article is written in collaboration with Hotel Indigo Garden, but all opinions are my own

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