The Wall – An Extraordinary Wall that Offers the Best Whiskies in Town!
As I entered the bar, I can’t help but notice the rustic and raw red brick walls at the sides. There is just something so enthralling about bare brick walls. And that is also how The Wall derived its reminiscent name – from the walls on each side of the unit that dated back to the original construction of the shop house in the early 1900s!
Located in one of the shop houses along Tanjong Pagar Road, The Wall is a new Whisky and Sumiyaki Bar, which seeks to re-orientate the world of whisky drinking in Singapore. There are two levels to The Wall. On level 1, the 10-seater bar offers a casual and friendly setting, and on the upper floor, it is a lounge area for guests who prefer a more private space. On the same floor, there is also a VIP lounge catered for the whisky aficionados and their companions. There are various displays of the founders’ private collections of whiskies all around the bar. Some of these whiskies are even from the pre-war period!
Whether you are a novice whisky drinker or seasoned whisky lover, you will surely be able to find a whisky that suits your palate. Whiskies by the glass are offered at very affordable prices, starting at only $14 per glass. Whisky flights runs from S$37 – definitely very friendly prices for those seeking to explore and learn more about whiskies.
What sets The Wall apart from other whisky bars is the full sumiyaki menu that they offer. Sumiyaki is Japanese charcoal-grilled skewers. Of course, in a whisky and sumiyaki bar, you can look forward to experiencing the wonders of whisky and food pairing! There are several thoughtfully paired sets starting from $49. Also, you can choose to dine omakase-style too.
For those who aren’t experienced whisky drinkers, like me, but are looking to learn more about whiskies, you can give the East Meet West whisky flight (S$37) a try!
With just an additional $12 on top of the whisky flight, you can experience the wonders of sumiyaki and whisky pairing. I have tried Tebasaki paired with Auchentoshan Three Wood, Kashiwa Chicken Thigh paired with Les Moissons, Tsukune paried with Yamazaki Distiller Reserve, and Negima paired with Kavalan Single Malt.
The Kashiwa Chicken Thigh paired with Les Moissons is my favourite pairing. The chicken thigh is seasoned with salt and served with dollops of wasabi. The wasabi lifted the flavours of the chicken and the whisky really well.
Aside from these sumiyaki pairings, there are also other ala carte sumiyaki available, such as the hotate bacon ($9), miso nasu (Japanese eggplant with minced chicken in miso, $6), and piman niku (Japanese capsicum filled with minced chicken, $6). The grilled capsicum was filled with minced chicken with cartilage and yuzu peel. Trust me, I’m not lying when I say they were all absolutely divine – I loved the charred and smokey aroma of the sumiyaki!
Other appetizers available include miso nachos ($8), eihire (grilled skate fin, $15), surumi ika (grilled squid, $18), as well as desserts like warabi mochi ($10). The grilled dehydrated skate fin is served with spicy mayonnaise and is very addictive. It has a very similar taste to grilled cuttlefish, except sweeter and better!
For those working in the CBD, you’re in for a treat! The Wall has recently rolled out their lunch menu, which is available from Mondays to Thursdays from 12 noon to 2:30 pm. You can look forward to various donburi (rice bowls), such as yakitori donburi and sumiyaki donburi – all for under S$20!
Address: 76 Tanjong Pagar Road, Singapore 088497
Phone: 6225 7988
Opening Hours: Monday – Thursday: 12:00 pm – 2:30 pm (Lunch), Monday – Saturday: 5:00 pm – 1:00 am, Closed on Sundays
This was an invited tasting.
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