Usually one goes for food and drinks- but what if food is the drink? That’s the experience you can expect at Madame Fan. They don’t call ‘em bartenders anymore- mixologist is the new buzzword, and Davide Boncimino uses his signature finesse of sourcing inspiration from the kitchen for ingredients, techniques and traditions that raise the bar (yes, pun intended) in creating inventive libations and delight in balance, texture, flavour and finish- transcending the usual and familiar notes found in cocktails.
First things first- some background about Madame Fan bar: located at the NCO club, which is within the JW Marriot South Beach property, it’s part of an elevated restaurant bar experience launched by famed restaurateur Alan Yau. Every inch of the place screams posh and refinement, which makes it definitely the perfect first date place to bring her.
So what do you expect drink-wise? As Davide explains, “We don’t search for a sherbet, we find the best strawberries and cherry tomatoes and then make them into a sherbet from scratch. We make our own liqueurs which add flavor, depth and complexity in specific flavors or infusions that transcend the usual and familiar notes.”
This is also expressed through Davide’s layered ‘drink-eat-drink’ concept where guests are invited to take a sip of their cocktail, followed by a bite of the house-made edible garnish, then back to their cocktail – in discovery of how the process empowers the drink palette in layered complexity, balance and finish. For example, cocktails such as the Tián Mì Mì come accompanied with an amber honeycomb to balance the sharp and bittersweet flavors of the black peppercorn cordial and mandarin fruit skin.
When we were there recently, we tried their signature cocktails: the Moloko Royale; (Not) Classic PBJ; Tian Mi Mi; Yù Chă; Portofino and Velveteen, and they’re as exotic as their snazzy monikers. Our personal favourite might surprise though- we went old school with the Yù Chă: a flourish on the classic Martinez, a mix of Beefeater 24 gin and whisky is enlivened with slow-roasted Iron Goddess Tea (Tie Guan Yin), topped with savoury shiso vermouth. Smooth and balanced, the Yù Chă is a sharp blend of herbal and bittersweet flavours. Go try it!
Opening Hours: Madame Fan Bar is open from 12.00pm to 11.00pm, daily.
Madame Fan is open on Mondays to Sundays, including public holidays, from 12.00pm to 3.00pm (Monday to Sunday) for lunch, and 6.00pm to 11.00pm for dinner.
For More Information: www.madamefan.sg/