From the creators of dynamic open-ﬁre restaurant Revolver and the Michelin-starred Hamamoto comes modern izakaya Barood. Tucked away on the second ﬂoor of Revolver’s shophouse, to step into Barood is to enter a hedonistic oasis. Beyond its darkened hallway, sumptuous shades of plum convey an unabashed allure as guests slink into plush seats and ponder a cocktail or three.
A wonderland for the senses, Barood was inspired by the rich Moorish inﬂuences of 1960s Paris, brought alive with tantric beats and intimate lighting. All this sets the mood for an inviting time, whether for couples on a date or friends on a raucous night out.
This vaulted den throbs with sensual rhythm well into the night. Leave your inhibitions at the door because at this steamy paradise, the convivial atmosphere is infectious, oﬀering the tacit understanding that you will be staying put here for a good while.
Sip & Savour
Behind Barood’s black-clad bar, mixologists create a rotating selection of extraordinary, signature cocktails. Imagine a mellow mix of clariﬁed Plantation Original Dark, Plantation 3 Stars, dry curacao, halwa orgeat and lime juice in a drink called Tropical Skin ($24); or Cafe con Leche ($24) redeﬁned with Tried & True vodka, coﬀee liqueur and coﬀee-infused coconut topped with hazelnut hot foam.
Every concoction is carefully thought through so that each is balanced, nuanced and as alluringly provocative as the space itself. Try the Sweet Assassin ($24), made from Altos Reposado and homemade kesar kasturi, a liquor made by blending spices like saﬀron, dried fruit, herbs, nuts and seeds with clariﬁed butter, milk and sugar before they are distilled into a spirit. The Dark Knight ($28) is another must-try, a heady concoction of Mitcher’s Rye, vermouth blend, and mushroom black truﬄe bitters.
There is no denying the sensual nature of Barood, and in this atmosphere, the best come-on is the promise of superb food. The team of chefs, led by Saurabh Udinia, delivers with a menu of exotically spiced tapas. Think Mini Duck Rice Cakes ($22) that are really crisp orbs of paniyaram topped with spiced pulled duck and a piquant tomato chutney. Don’t skip the Goat Biryani Arancini ($26) lush with lashes of pickled mango mayo.
The Hot Chicken Balls ($20) are a sweet-spicy treat of succulent chicken meatballs glazed with spicy Manchurian sauce. Vegetarian options abound too, in the form of Spiced Chickpea Tacos ($12), Veggie Poriyal Pancakes ($16) and Paneer Paratini ($18) comprising mini paratha stuﬀed with butter paneer and tomato espuma. These and many more delectable bar bites are served on bespoke handmade pottery.
56A Tras Street. Singapore 078977
Wednesday – Sunday, 5pm – 12am. Closed on Monday & Tuesday.
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