My City: Ethan Leslie Leong
The perfect day in Singapore for the director and master mixologist of bespoke cocktail bar and cafe Maison Ikkoku in the cool Bugis neighborhood.
What do you love most about Singapore’s dining scene?
Singapore’s dining scene is so unique. You can find cuisines from all over the world in one city: you name it, you’ll find it and it tastes really good, too. One of my favorite spots for Japanese food is Hashida Sushi (#02-37 Mandarin Gallery, 333A Orchard Rd., S(238897), MRT: Somerset) as it’s really fresh and well-executed.
What are your favorite local dishes and where do you go to get your fix?
There are so many—from chicken rice and laksa to nasi lemak, roti prata and braised pork knuckles. I like bak kut teh (broth tea soup with pork ribs) at Ah Hua Bak Kut Teh (#01-05/07 Tanjong Pagar Complex, 7 Keppel Rd., 6222-9610, S(029053), MRT: Tanjong Pagar). I also love chili crab and my favorite restaurant is Tao Seafood Asia (Asia Square Tower 2, 12 Marina View, S(018961), MRT: Downtown).
Where are some of your favorite hangouts?
I will usually hang out at my own bar, Maison Ikkoku (20 Kandahar St., S(198885), 6294-0078, MRT: Bugis), where I get to create new cocktails and share the joy of mixing with the guests in the house. When craving something sweet, I get my ice cream cocktail fix at the Haagen-Dazs concept cafe (4/F Ion Orchard, 2 Orchard Turn, S(238801), MRT: Orchard).
My Perfect Day
7am - Go for a run.
I usually go for a run that’s 12km-long and stretches from the Singapore River to Marina Bay and Marina Barrage.
9am - Dig into breakfast.
I’ll head to my cafe, Maison Ikkoku Cafe (20 Kandahar St., S(198885), MRT: Bugis) and get a classic eggs benedict with an Americano.
1pm - Have a mid-day read.
I’ll go to Imperial Treasure Nanbei (#05-12/13/14 Ngee Ann City, 391 Orchard Rd., S(238874), MRT: Orchard) for a dim sum lunch. Then I spend time reading at Kinokuniya (#04-20 Ngee Ann City, 391 Orchard Rd., 6737-5021, S(238872), MRT: Orchard).
6pm - Dinner with a view.
I love having dinner at breathtaking rooftop restaurant ME@OUE (19/F Oue Bayfront, 50 Collyer Quay, S(0493210), MRT: Raffles Place).
12am - Party the night away.