Polished Japanese bartending & refined cocktails at the bar of famed restaurant by Testuya Wakuda
April 29th, 2016
Update July 22nd, 2016: WAKU GHIN awarded 1-star status in inaugural Michelin Singapore 2016 Guide
Acclaimed among Asia’s exceptional fine-dining restaurants – exemplified by maintaining a top 10 ranking on the S. Pellegrino Asia’s 50 Best Restaurants listing since 2013 – Waku Ghin at Marina Bay Sands in Singapore offers guests unique dining experiences and creative European-Japanese cuisine. Opened in 2010 by Australian-based Japanese chef Tetsuya Wakuda, who first garnered international recognition for his famous Sydney restaurant Tetsuya, at Waku Ghin his emblematic culinary creativity is showcased in the 10-course degustation menus and bespoke dining concept developed at his Sydney restaurant. In addition to the exceptional dining, guests can also indulge in the refined cocktail and sake service of the intimate bar and lounge of Waku Ghin. A member of the renowned Marina Bay Sands collection of Celebrity Chef Restaurants, Waku Ghin is located within an expansive space at The Atrium of the main casino, and enjoys spectacular views across the Singapore skyline.
Design A minimalist, modern decor complements harmoniously with the signature dining experiences at Waku Ghin. Adjacent to the entrance, the bar and lounge is suffused with a comforting ambience of contemporary Japanese-chic with its warm timbers, natural stone surfaces, and comfortable contemporary furnishings. Within the restaurant, curving corridors connect a series of private “cocoon” dining rooms with the main dining room, while at the heart of the interior, the dramatic circular drawing room overlooks the city through full height windows – while the glass-fronted wine cellar is a prominent feature.
Cocktails Meticulously crafted classic cocktails, together with an extensive list of premium sake headline the drinks service of the bar. Behind the long stone bar, Japanese head bartender Kazuhiro Chii deploys his well-honed Japanese bartending techniques to handcraft drinks from a cocktail list that extends over 85 items. Categorised under both spirit-type and genre, standout cocktails include Ume-Komachi with Ume-shu, shiso leaf, lime juice, syrup and Lemonade; and Drunken Pooh Martini with Gummy Bear Vodka, apple liqueur, honey, lemon juice, and lavender syrup. And sake aficionados should sample Chef Tetsuya’s personal sake label – Isojiman Junmai Daiginjo M – created exclusively for the restaurant.
The Bar at Waku Ghin is open daily from 5:30pm until late. Every Tuesday enjoy the Social Hour promotion at selected bars of Marina Bay Sands from 6pm – 9pm with 50% off the Waku Ghin signature Samurai Mule cocktail.