Curiosity always piques when you notice that there’s a new kid on the block and more often than not, it urges you to wander in and find out if there is a pleasant (or unpleasant) surprise in store for you.
Copper is just that; dark on the outside, dark on the inside. Almost like a tall, dark and handsome stranger asking you to take his hand in an alley…
Copper is a cocktail bar that has taken over the space that once held Oriole Coffee Roasters. The interiors are steampunk-inspired with plush black leather seats on the side, ornate industrial-looking decorations and a small bar that captures your attention immediately. Copper, which is owned by the same people at Oyster Bar at Customs House, has certainly started out sneakily – a hushed opening that only a few friends and relatives knew about and operations-wise, is still in its early stages.
This is evident in its bar inventory, currently there’s only a gin menu with an aim to collect more labels and infusing their own gins (such as basil, apricot, star anise, raisin) to make it one of (or the) largest gin menu in town.
While they are off to a good start, although we think they’d have some big shoes to fill in order to catch up with the gin offerings of one of our favourite bars, Spiffy Dapper. The food menu, on the other hand, is more varied with a baffling amalgamation of bar snacks ranging from Angus meatballs, Rillette Platters, Bone Marrow Crostinis, Babi Guling Tacos, Tendon Chips, Samosa to Mac & Cheese balls (and many more).
It’s too early to give any sort of fair review to Copper, especially since we were there during a guest bartender’s shift so we can’t say much on the cocktails. Food-wise, we only had two dishes, but based on first impressions, we were less than pleased with the starchy and Mac & Cannot-find-the-Cheese Balls. Their lamb kaftas though, was moist and juicy with a lovely char on the outside and served with a kick-ass harissa mayonnaise.
Go check it out on your own and let us know what you think.
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