Monday, February 6, 2012

A Sunday Night Out in Singapore

Julius and I met Etienne and Domenico at Lakeside MRT station. It was nice to see some familiar faces after spending the last couple of days fending for ourselves. Etienne took us to a place called the Long Bar at the Raffles Hotel, which is home of the famous Singapore Sling cocktail. The Long Bar is a classy joint that feels like something out of an Indiana Jones film, with earthy decor inspired by Malayan plantations of the 1920s. Peanut shells on the floor and old-fashioned bamboo fans affixed to the ceiling add to the atmosphere, as does the light cast by green glass lamps adorning the bar top. You really end up paying for all that atmosphere though, as one Singapore Sling was more expensive than a very tasty vegetarian meal for four in Little India. 

A very sweet and fruity cocktail called the Singapore Sling

I was just about the only woman in a sea of Indian men in Little India. It was extremely crowded because it was Sunday when everybody has the day off. I'm not sure why there weren't more Indian women around. A friend told me that lots of Indian men come over here to work so they can send money back to their families in India. Anyway, it was like being in a completely different country. The streets were anything but clean, there were lots of diverse bad smells wherever I turned, and I didn't feel as safe. Fortunately I wasn't there alone.

Little India

We went to a restaurant called Komala Vilas and I had the Vegetable Briyani for S$7, which was served on a real banana leaf . A Singaporean colleague said that five years ago it was really hard to find a meal anywhere in Singapore for more than S$5. I guess times have changed! The food was delicious, and the presentation outstanding, so I can't complain.    

Vegetable Briyani

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