Hanging Out the Izakaya Style
If you are looking for a new vibe of a speakeasy, you should consider the izakaya style. Originated from Japan, izakaya is a concept of traditional Japanese pub where you can find splendour of Japanese’s well-known spirits which come along with varied side dishes.
Dub as one of the renowned izakayas downtown, Neon Pigeon is ready to fulfil the needs of Singaporeans (and its visitor, of course) for a peculiar kind of speakeasy. Self-proclaiming as an Eating Drinking Social house, Neon Pigeon embodies the culture of urban living fused with underground vibes.
Nestled at 1 Keong Saik Road, you will be greeted with a funky mix of grunge concrete walls with the use of traditional Japanese porcelain plates. The menu is divided into Birdfeed (tapas sized starters), Miso Soup, Vegetables, Seafood, Meat & Poultry and Rice. The drinks which quite cleverly infuse jasmine tea, yuzu, cucumber and matcha syrup in the mix will certainly be a unique companion. Tingle your taste bud with recommended dishes with the likes of Hamachi Crudo with Grapefruit and Pomelo, Fried Shallot & Shisho, and Pan Roasted Grouper with Sweet Potato Puree, Sesame Oil, and Wakame. Raise that glass and gracefully cheer Itadakimasu! Nearest MRT Station: Outram Park
Hari Raya at the City
Marking the end of the Islamic holy month of Ramadan is the festival of Eid, known in Singapore as Hari Raya Aidilfitri or Hari Raya Puasa. Ramadan is a period of sober repentance for Muslims, with approximately 30 days of dawn-to-dusk fasting.
One of the highlights of Hari Raya Aidilfitri must be seeing the women don their most beautiful ‘baju kurung‘, sometimes accompanied by a matching headscarf (‘tudung’). Often made of silk or hand-dyed batik, the vivid colours, lively patterns and delicate stitching along the baju’s collar make these outfits a sight to behold.
Head to Geylang Serai Bazaar and Sultan Mosque where we can treasure the heart of the celebration. The bustling afternoon bazaars offer a vast array of Malay and Middle Eastern products teeming with its delight. Brace yourself with series of carnival consisting of music, dance, and unique ethnic performances throughout May to June.