An ode to Bond girl turned interior designer Anouska Hempel, Anouska’s brings you her favourite drinks from around the world spanning the disco era of the 70s and 80s, coupled with mouth-watering delights from The Yellow Pot. The savant of the visual, Anouska Hempel is revered across the world for her originality and for her influence. This is a designer who sees everything, and instinctively understands it. Wherever the trade routes have passed or the trade winds have blown – that’s her territory and at once you are thrown into a throng of creativity that is impelled to take every realm of design to more thrilling and higher heights. There is mystery, romance, theatre and perfection; an utopian whirl of stories to be told and worlds to unfold. The stuff of dreams, a glimpse of beyond – from dignitary to vagabond – a corner for every inch of thought alongside beauty, delight and charm.
Anouska’s showcases top – shelf spirits, premium wines, local craft beers, artisanal Chinese teas and cocktails expertly injected with nostalgic Eastern influences — well suited to city dwellers looking for an urban escape. Having helmed the bar programmes at award – winning establishments from Singapore’s own Tippling Club to The Zetter Townhouse, London, Czech-born Kamil has created Anouska’s vision with a selection of signature cocktails (SGD 22++ each) that incorporates native Chinese herbal ingredients, and sweet botanical accents.
Inspired by the flower of Kaifeng city, the bar’s trademark cocktail ESCAPE TO KAIFENG infuses house-made chrysanthemum cordial with Tanqueray London dry gin for a delicately floral aperitif. Its non-alcoholic counterpart, THE KAIFENG (SGD 9++)—one of four natural tonics the bar offers—replaces gin with artesanal sparkling water and is offered as a complimentary welcome drink for guests upon check-in at the hotel.
CHEN PI COLLINS is an East-meets-West spin on the timeless Tom Collins with Mandarin-infused gin and a sprightly citrus fizz; while the citrus-tinged PEARL LEMONADE is a cooling remedy of freshly brewed Chinese barley water spiked with single malt whisky. Subtly sweet and sour with a nutty aroma, the CANTON SOUR is a fragrant blend of whisky and Luxardo amaretto, with a dash of Angostura bitters and sprinkling of toasted black sesame seeds. Chocolate lovers can satiate their cacao cravings with HONG LONG CHOC, a seductive swirl of whisky, chocolate liqueur, aromatic bitters and Lapsang Souchong—a distinctive pinewood smoke-dried black tea native to the Wuyi region of China’s Fujian province.
ON HER MAJESTY’S SECRET SERVICE is a playful tribute to designer Anouska Hempel—a former Bond Girl from the 1969 namesake film—in the form of a dry gin martini tipped with yuzu and green tea bitters. Fans of the iconic martini can also try three unique variations of the Bond-approved classic with MARTINI TRIAD, a tasting flight of the bar’s signature martinis—including a dirty martini clouded with house-made pickled green chilli and brine.
Bringing the creativity and style from the adjoining Singapore Chinese Icon, Yellow Pot Restaurant, Chef Sebastian has created an ingenious offering of Chinese fare made for both intimate gatherings and larger groups. Favorites include Lemongrass Pork Sliders (SGD 12++) topped with bonito and wakame slaw; Curry Marinated Prawn Ball “Xia Qiú” (SGD 14++) with fried curry leaves; or pop a couple of highly addictive Sichuan-style Popcorn Chicken (SGD 14++)—all paired perfectly with a selection of cocktails.
You are in for an eccentric, elegant surprise as you enter the bar, which includes large golden fans and strong hues of black, gold and yellow, layered with Oriental screens and calligraphy wallpaper from Anouska’s personal collection.