Multi-concept venue serving Australasian fusion cuisine in a vibrant cosmopolitan atmosphere
March 19th, 2018
Established in 2011, The Exchange introduced a high-end multi-concept brasserie and bar to Singapore’s CBD financial district – prominently located within Asia Square Tower 1. The expansive 5,000 square-foot venue exudes a distinctly contemporary metropolitan vibe with a design created by local design house Designphase dba. Large glass windows and white-washed bricked walls offer a comfortable sense of spaciousness – with the multi-level venue facilitating both vibrant after work socialising and discrete private dining spaces. Catering to a primarily corporate clientele, The Exchange offers the flexibility of all-day-dining – commencing with breakfast – and with menus transitioning through the day and evening. A vibrant indoor-outdoor bar area is a popular destination for after-work drinks.
An impressive central communal table, tan-coloured leather banquettes and chic mosaic flooring in tones of grey highlight the main upper dining area, while the recently renovated lower dining area caters for private functions with seating for 40 guests plus its own bar. For smaller groups in need of exclusivity, the private lounge seats guests on plush leather Chesterfield sofas – surrounded by a glass-encased library of the restaurant’s best wines and liquors. Standing at the heart of The Exchange is the main bar and open kitchen with its stunning marble counter – complemented with entertainment section which encourages guests to engage in a convivial discourse.
Executive chef Kacey Whaitiri-Roberts – with venue operating company Tadcaster Hospitality since 2011 – hails from New Zealand, bringing with him culinary skills garnered from experience cooking with a variety global dining brands such as Gordon Ramsay’s flagship restaurant in London; the Fullerton Hotel’s much-lauded San Marco Restaurant; and Emanuel Stroobant’s European-styled brasserie, Picotin. At The Exchange kitchen he enhances authentic Australasian flavours with light touches of fusion – expressed with wholesome herbs, richly marinated meat, buttery sauces and vegetable side dishes.
The Exchange offers a wide range of cocktails, draught beers and house pours spirits – including a library of concoctions created with gin, martini or tequila. Its cocktail specialities include the quirky mixes Japanese Slipper, AK47 and Grand Grumble, all impressive party drinks. Guests can also indulge in The Exchange’s wine menu – mostly representing Australian and New Zealand labels that pair nicely with grilled meats and seafood.
The Exchange is open Mondays to Fridays from 9 am with all day service including breakfast, lunch and dinner – plus a vibrant bar in the evenings.
The Exchange interiors
The Exchange cocktails
The Exchange Cuisine
Featured contributor Caris Cruz
(Images credit The Exchange)