The Black Swan, The Quadrant, 19 Cecil St. Singapore, 049704 Singapore
Nearest Train:Raffles Place
Opening Hours:Mon-Thu 11:30am-3pm, 5pm-1am; Fri 11am-3pm; Fri-Sat 5pm-2am
Open Since:July, 2013
The buzz: The good folk at Lo & Behold (Loof, The White Rabbit, Tanjong Beach Club) just launched this 1930s-style joint in heritage building The Quadrant at the heart of the CBD. They aim to make the restaurant a destination dining spot: rare and special (like the places described in Nassim Taleb’s well-known namesake book, The Black Swan).
The vibe: Striking art deco outfittings with bold geometric shapes—including some cool frosted spherical lights—and a stunning U-shaped bar made of granite, all contribute to The Black Swan's pitch perfect period feel.
The food: American classics with a contemporary twist, dreamt up by consulting chef Sebastian Ng (Restaurant Ember). Start with beef tartare ($26)—featuring diced nashi pear—or baked bone marrow with chilli and konbu ($18). Then, move on to mains like sous vide duck confit ($34). There’s also a set lunch (Mon-Fri 11:30am-3pm) priced from $28 for two courses, plus, a condensed after hours menu (after 10:30pm).
The drinks: Tipples inspired by old school speakeasy favorites, from fresh rhubarb gin & tonic ($19) to Golden Parachute ($19), their take on an old fashioned made with 15 year old bourbon, apricots and manuka honey.
Why you’ll be back: Besides the comforting selection of hearty American standards and gorgeous setting (few places in the CBD have this much character), it isn’t too stuffy: ideal for after work drinks with colleagues or even a first date.
Eat this at The Black Swan: Baked bone marrow. It's one of I-S Magazine's 50 things to eat before you die (2013).