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Bar Scene, Eating Out in Singapore

Orgo, Esplanande

Hello again!

I’ve somewhat been on a hiatus lately because of work but it doesn’t mean that I haven’t been into some good restaurants this past week.  I have been eating out but it’s the same shops,  Anyway, Bob surprised me by picking me up after work last night and thought to bring me to that one place that we always wanted to go with friends (but it never happens). It’s at the top of Esplanade.. a small roof top bar called Orgo.

The bar is alfresco type with a view of the Marina Bay and CBD.  It’s not really high up (only set at 4th floor) but enough breeze passes thru.  It made me feel quite tiny as the huge backdrop of buildings seem to hunch over.  Spectacular are the lights.  The evening was just getting started.

Bob and I didn’t call for reservations but thankfully they have seats for us.  The waitress led us to our “space”.  It was just a concrete ledge of the big patch of grass with bushes and flowers on it.  Theres a small mimic rattan weave table in between a red and black “tush plush”.  A candle gave a faint light, 2 wet packets of towelettes and few grapes in a martini glass to munch was set in the middle of our table.  Infront of us are the gigantic office buildings with sparkling bright lights to keep the less than romantic mood festive.

complimentary grapes for us to munch on

I’m giving a 2 thumbs up on the cocktail list.  Extensive and the flavors are creative and interesting. They love fresh fruit for their cocktails. There’s fruit flavored champagne cocktails, mojitos, daiquiris and even beer cocktails but I decided to go for a fresh margarita and I picked the most uncommon pairing to me… Passionfruit with Coffee Salt.  Cool beans!

Pleasantly surprised that they go well together!  The flavors complement so much each other that I think I licked the entire coffee salt on the rim of the glass as I sipped. My new favorite!

Bob on the other hand was quite disappointed with the beer list. Only 4 to choose from but good thing that there’s a pint of Erdinger to choose to make my boy happy.

One happy camper!

Another disappointment was the limited tapas and a la carte food menu.  I’m quite shocked they didn’t serve fries or chicken wings, such bar snack staples.  Out of the list, Bob selected the Fish Ceviche on Potato with Balsamic Dressing.

The dish tasted odd to me.  Ceviche and potato? My palate couldn’t quite comprehend. Based on their tapas list, I had identified some classics.  Ceviche is a classic tapas but on a potato, that I am not too sure. But if the starch (which is the potato) is used to cut off or probably balance the sourness, it did quite well.  The ceviche wasn’t that awesome either.  Too much lime, barely any seasoning.  The dish was a total fail for me.

I was quite hungry so I went for the linguine with prawns, aglio olio style. Nicely seasoned and the heat was just nice.  Loved that they were generous with the prawns. Minor buzz kill? Slightly over cooked noodles.

Anyway, Orgo is still a fantastic place to chill out.  If you’re going with a big group, their private glass rooms are cheap to book.  Rates go from SGD 200 to SGD 500.  Awesome watering hole!

I know I’ll be going back sometime soon at least for their drinks.  I found love with their margaritas.

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Orgo
8 Raffles Avenue, #04-01, Esplanade-Theaters on the Bay, Roof Terrace,
Singapore 038982

 

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