[Photos: Kim Choong]
What it is
Mr Chew's Chino Latino Bar and Restaurant
When you arrive at the lobby of The WOLO – a contemporary hotel that houses Mr Chew's and Brasserie Fritz – you'd never think that there'd be a luxurious cocktail bar on the 12th floor. A short lift ride to the penthouse and you'll find yourself in a hallway outfitted with warm wood panels, chandeliers and plush rugs.
Mr Chew's is where you get a beautiful shot of you (and your gang) chilling by the window-side booth or of the giant portrait of an oriental lady. The warm lights, the hushed voices of other guests and comfy leather seats give you the feeling of being in a very, very exclusive bar. It's an ideal place for a special date with a loved one.
The bar upstairs – the one with a bathtub and a DJ deck – has just introduced a new selection of cocktails to its menu. Like its interiors and its guests, the range of libations is just as illustrious and creative.
Be adventurous and try the Fogueira cocktail – burnt cocoa husks, gin, Luxardo Bianco infused with pineapple and coconut, dry vermouth, edible sand, orange bitters and honey. It's a delightful cocktail that's both refreshing and interesting.
Fogueira - Burnt cocoa husks, gin, Luxardo bianco infused with pineapple & coconut, dry vermouth, edible sand, orange bitters, honey
But if you're into something sweet and leaning towards a more traditional taste, we suggest the Inferno cocktail that's made with Japanese whisky, Bentong ginger wine, homemade red dates and ginseng liqueur, and spiced pomegranate juice. The cocktail comes with a fancy presentation where it’s set on fire (quite literally). Its flavour might remind you of your grandmother's herbal concoction from the olden days; the nostalgia is very welcome.
Inferno - Japanese whisky, Bentong ginger wine, homemade red dates & ginseng liqueur, spiced pomegranate juice
What we really loved was Celestial 5 - duck fat washed dark rum, Guinness reduction, orange bitters and hoisin sauce – that came in a Japanese-inspired jar surrounded by straws. It's a very smoky drink so you'll want to get your phones out to capture it in action.
Celestial 5 - Duck fat washed dark rum, Guinness reduction, orange bitters & hoisin sauce
The signatures are still here of course. There's Mr. Chew's 'Takeaway' G&T, a classic gin & tonic combined with pink peppercorns and guava that comes in an oriental takeaway box. Even if you're not a fan of a good ol' G&T, you will be now (do it for the 'gram!).
Mr Chew’s ‘Take-Away’ - G&T Opihr gin, pink peppercorns and guava, Three Cents Aegean tonic
You'll also want to try the Ancient Fashion – Japanese whisky, Creole bitters, 5 spices syrup, and torched kumquat – because it's basically an Old Fashioned, a cocktail you can never go wrong with.
Ancient Fashion - Japanese whisky, Creole bitters, 5 spices syrup, torched kumquat
A swanky place calls for an equally fancy crowd. Kick back with some drinks and enjoy people watching!
Jiangxi Fresca - Rice infused vodka, passion fruit, lime, vanilla & salted pineapple soda
The Emperor’s Lady - Gin, Mei Kuei Lu Chiew, lemon, sugar, egg white, lavender & orange bitters
Telephone No: +603 4065 0168
Operation Time: Daily: 11.30am - 1am