The UTW (“Under Ten Words”): Industrial, New York-style basement speakeasy with great drinks and grub.
The must-orders (if any): This One Also Works with Tequila, Americano², Naan, Hanger & Kale
Summary: Situated in the basement of 12 Ann Siang (the top floor is rooftop angmoh haven The Screening Room, whilst the ground floor is Asian-style charcoal grill concept Coriander Leaf Grill), the cosy, basement-sexy, New York-style speakeasy Catchfly – helmed by head mixologist Liam Baer – manages to juggle industrial chic vibes, great drinks and good bar food all at once. The selection of cocktails is extensive and provides for casual female drinkers, braggadocio alpha males, sexy party girls and quiffed gentlemen alike. The individual cocktails each possess a fair bit of personality – “It’s Not the R, It’s the Sea” plays it like a houjicha pina colada, whilst elsewhere the playful “Americano²” combines both meanings of the word in one fizzy Negroni-coffee package. “This One Also Works with Tequila” is a refreshing riff on the gin and tonic, while “This Monkey’s Gone To Heaven” is the mouthly equivalent of a kiss from a rugby-playing smoker.
The bar also readily entertains bespoke requests – from classic Negronis and G&Ts to the lemon meringue-esque Ramos Gin Fizz, the off-menu requests pleasured as much as the on-menu selections.
The food menu is surprisingly satisfying by bar standards – the Hanger and Kale is a tender, salt and crunchy pepper maelstrom of flavour, and the fact that Coriander Leaf Grill is upstairs means you also get to enjoy items like pillowy Naan with a range of dips.
Catchfly manages to be comfortably laid-back yet chic and sophisticated at the same time. I would be back.
It’s Not The R, It’s The Sea – All the Rums, Passionfruit, Mezcal, Coconut Cream, 5 Spice Macadamia Orgeat, Lime, Toasted Rice ($23).
This One Also Works with Tequila – Gin (or Tequila), Dill, Cucumber, Green Chartreuse, Lemon, Lime, Salted Grapefruit Soda ($22).
Americano² – Cold Brew Coffee, Campari, Chinato, PX Sherry, Tonic ($18).
Classic Gin & Tonic.
This Monkey’s Gone To Heaven – Blended Scotch, Banana, Fernet Vallet, Chocolate Bitters, Cinnamon, Laphroig Rinse ($24).
Ramos Gin Fizz.
Hanger & Kale – Barbequed Hanger Steak, Sautéed Kale, Pine Nuts, Beet Purée ($29).
12 Ann Siang Road (Basement)
This was a hosted meal, courtesy of Catchfly.