It is not my first time to the Horse’s Mouth. However, the last time I was there, it was for drinks purely. Despite that, I went away with really good impressions of the place – a nice intimate area to have good drinks and catch up with friends. A few weeks back, after a really bad day in school, J told me I needed a drink and as the good friend she was, informed me that I was coming out Friday evening.
Not really in the mood to brave the rowdy crowds over at club street, I suggested going back to the Horse’s Mouth. Quieter, but still guaranteed to offer good food and drinks. While the Horse’s Mouth is a cocktail bar in its own right, it offers a substantive dinner menu which is prepared by Uma Uma – the ramen restaurant just above the Horse’s Mouth and helmed by Ignatius Chan, who is well known for his fine dining restaurant – Iggy’s.
A quick note about the design of the restaurant. We sat at the bar area, and I liked how the seating area was low enough for eating customers to enjoy their food comfortably and yet still not be cut off from interactions with the bartenders. No high bar stools or high countertops where you find yourself fighting for your balance occasionally. None of that here. Comfortable seats, wide wooden countertops. It was a really thoughtful design which I appreciated.
I must say that we went quite cocktail crazy that night. The good news about Horse’s Mouth is that it changes it drinks menu quite regularly. So whatever I had the first time was no longer on the menu. Furthermore, the bar does bespoke cocktails if you’re looking for something different. The bartenders were all very friendly and always checking to see if we were happy with our drinks. If they made you a bespoke drink and you didn’t like it, the bar is very happy to make you a new one – always good to know.
I decided to try the Uma Uma ramen which consists of chasiu, spring onions, black fungus, spicy miso, egg. I got a half portion ($11) since we ordered a few other small dishes to try. I thought that the ramen broth was very good. It wasn’t as spicy as I thought it would be, but it was a good ramen bowl nonetheless and I finished everything.
J had the Bushi Tonkotsu Ramen ($19), which was recommended by the bartenders. It came with chasiu, bonito flakes, diced onions, red ginger, lime, egg. The bonito flakes and lime in the broth was an interesting combination which worked.
We also had a few snacks to share. Yaki Hotate (Grilled Hokkaido Scallops) ($20) – This was a little disappointing, we both thought that the scallops could have done with a bit more sear on them. And for the price, I don’t think it’s something that we would order again.
It was a great night. Great drinks, great food. I went home feeling much better about what had started off as a really bad week.
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