With this place’s chill and laid-back vibes, we guarantee that this will soon become your squad’s favourite haunt.
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To start on a lighter note, we had the White Sands ($24). This tropical cocktail instantly transported my mind to those carefree days spent at the beach unwinding.
As if that does not sound tantalising enough, the drink is topped with white chocolate foam and lychee spheres.
Plump and Juicy Oysters
Warm and Spicy
For the unacquainted, mulled wine is a spiced, alcoholic drink served warmly.
Hopscotch’s variation of this traditional festive drink adds an Eastern twist to it by infusing Chinese herbs and spices — such as Assam black tea, Angelica, red dates and goji into the red wine. It is served alongside crispy lotus chips and tea leaf quail eggs.
It is served in a bento box, together with truffle udon and pickled ginger.
Have a sip of the “spiked” miso soup before dipping the udon in it, for a different experience altogether.
It was light yet complexed at the same time, but one thing’s for sure — I’ll never look at Japanese lunchboxes the same way again. It’s definitely not going to feel complete without this comforting bowl of alcohol-infused miso soup.
Chill and Relax in the Sunset
With Abuelo Anejo dark rum and Peach Schnapps as its base, this cocktail is served in a cute Tiki mug. Fresh calamansi and citrus are infused into the drink, and it is served with almond jelly, mango roll-up, dehydrated pineapple, Amarena cherry and Angostura and orange bitters mist.
Inspired by old-school Singaporean shaved-ice desserts, we were told that this drink pays homage to the “uncles from the traditional dessert store”.
Smokey and Mouth-Watering
What’s a booze-filled gathering without some satisfying bar bites? To the folks at Hopscotch, barbecues are a symbolic rite of passage most Singaporean teens go through, a step to forging deeper bonds with friends. From chalets at Downtown East to poolside parties at our friend’s condo, a must-have is always the barbecue.
As such, they wanted to evoke nostalgia by offering the same experience sans the mess and unpleasant odour of grill smoke lingering in your clothes and hair.
Even before it reached our table, we caught a whiff of the mouth-watering, robust smoky aroma from the delectable platter of barbecued Skewers ($1.50 – $12.90).
Other than the usual suspects such as Chicken Thigh ($3.20), Pork Cheek ($6.90), Flank Steak ($4.90) and Portobello Mushroom ($5.90), if you’re feeling indulgent, you can even go for the rich and decadent Foie Gras ($12.90) or indulge in the Spiny Lobster Tail ($12.90).
I’ll leave you with this: it’s definitely worth the little splurge.
Smoked Beef Brisket
While it was already amazing on its own, I suggest dipping it in some of barbecue sauce for a more harmonious combination of flavours.
Baby Black Ribs
Doused in their house special spice blend, the fork-tender ribs are sous vide before being finished on the hot grill. The end result? Juicy, melt-in-your-mouth meat that is masked with a prominent smokiness and falls right off the bone.
Milo Shots to end the day
And finally, one for the road! Regulars of Hopscotch Bar would be familiar with the Milo Shot ($6). Think of it as an alcoholic Milo peng with the consistency of a milkshake, topped with toasted marshmallow.
AND another toasted marshmallow on a skewer by the side, ’cos why not? That, after all, is the part many of us look forward to nearing the end of a barbeque — the toasted marshmallows. Mmmm.