Pilcrow is a progressive dessert bar along Boat Quay serving plated desserts & handcrafted cocktails till late

by Christabel Tan

In need of a post-dinner nightcap (and perhaps a sweet treat or two)? There’s a new progressive cocktail cum dessert bar along the Singapore River — Pilcrow. Situated in an area with a strong bar culture (hello, Boat Quay), Pilcrow strives to be the perfect spot to while away the last few hours of the evening in style.

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Named after the typographical character (¶) that marks the beginning of a new paragraph, Pilcrow aims to write new chapters and deliver a fresh gastronomic experience unlike any other with their sophisticated plated desserts and craft cocktails.

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The natural yet minimalist 18-seater space is decked out in warm earth tones, reflecting the history of Singapore’s bountiful trade, colonial charm, and tropical splendour.

Craft cocktails

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The handcrafted cocktails here combine florals, fruits, and botanicals with a seamless blend of spirits and aromatics. We start off with the signature Pit of the Plum (S$22) — it is marzipan, sweet, and floral with tannic notes. “The Plum I Suppose” by Copenhagen’s Empirical Spirits, comes together with grapefruit and yuzu, creating an acquired taste best enjoyed by fans of Chinese almond cookies and dessert soups.

I was partial to the Butterfly Tonic (S$22) a floral, clean-tasting concoction of Brass Lion Singapore Dry gin, butterfly pea, lavender, and tonic.

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If you’re the type to order an Aperol Spritz at brunch, go for the zesty Effervescence (S$22), a blend of Aperol, raspberry, chamomile, verjus, Murray River salt, and soda that imparts a floral fragrance and a subtle herbal tint. Out of all the cocktails we tried, we enjoyed the umami Folio 34r (S$24), Mackintosh Blended Scotch Whisky with miso, citrus, and chilli, the most.

Plated desserts

Although you can find a savoury selection of Sourdough Pizzas (from S$18), we headed straight for the signature plated desserts.

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The Exotique (S$16), a light and invigorating combination of yuzu curd, coconut mousse, fresh mangoes, and lime sorbet, is the epitome of a Thai tropical retreat.

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I couldn’t stop digging into the Strawberry & Cream Mille-Feuille (S$18), crisp, buttery puff pastry with fruit of the forest sorbet, fresh strawberries and some seriously concentrated pistachio crème diplomate. As a sucker for anything pistachio, I’m telling you that this is a must-order.

1-for-1 cocktails for our readers

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From now till 31 May 2022, flash this article to redeem 1-for-1 cocktails with a minimum spend of S$20 per person. You can choose any cocktails from the menu — why not give the toasted marshmallow-topped Flint & Steel (S$24) or the refined tequila-based Quiet River (S$24) a try?

It looks like I’ll be spending my Friday evening with a tipple (or five) along Boat Quay.

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