British chef-patron Ryan Clift has worked his way through some of the world’s best restaurants including Claridge’s in London and Vue de Monde in Australia and since arriving in the Garden City in 2008, his unique take on pairing outstanding food with outstanding wine and cocktails has seen his stock rise and rise. Within two years of opening, Tippling Club was voted one of the best restaurants in Singapore and in October 2010 made the Mièle Awards as one of the Top 20 Restaurants in Asia.
There are two tasting menus – Classic and Gourmand – and each one is a gastronome’s dream, including such delights as eel with charred shallot and mustard ice cream paired with a cocktail of tequila, habanero shochu, citrus and honey and snow crab with kyoho grapes, tomato heart, olive oil gel and hanaho flowers paired with a sparkling sake from Japan.
You can opt for each menu with or without pairing and the Classic Without is S$160, while the With is S$260. The Gourmand is a little pricier at S$265 Without and S$420 With.
Located in three beautifully renovated shophouses in Chinatown, Clift serves his interpretations of modern European cuisine to just 22 covers and his style is described as ‘fun, playful and fresh’ and you can sense a touch of theatrical artistry to the cacophony of flavours, textures and presentation.
The Tippling Club is somewhat of a juxtaposition. The food is sensational, it’s meticulously prepared and it’s Michelin-star pricey but the ambiance is more ‘local brasserie’ and that, it seems, is Ryan Clift’s recipe for success.