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All class: The Woods, a new cocktail concept bar from the creative collaboration between three sisters, Victoria, Juliette and Regina Chow, has transformed the space formerly known as Homebase, into a sleek, elegant venue with plenty of class. Intricately-carved movable screens divide the space into two distinct areas: a prix-fixe “white bar” of marble, and a main lounge area. The main lounge serves up classic cocktails with house-infused spirits, while the prix-fixe bar seats eight lucky guests and features a four-course cocktail menu comprising of an appetiser, a main course, a dessert and a digestif ($688).
Gin basil smash
Refined libations: Feeling rather naughty, we started our indulgent afternoon of cocktails at the prix-fixe bar, with an appetiser of bin basil smash. The muddled basil gin came injected in a hollow globe of ice, and we had to smash through it to get to the refreshing drink. The main course of bacon bourbon luge, with bacon-infused bourbon, maple syrup, and five-spice powder, came paired with a mouth-watering luge of roasted bone marrow. Dessert was Absinthe Floss, paired with an airy fluff of meringue dotted with cool cucumber jam. A concoction of fresh yoghurt, cucumber, honey, rosemary and absinthe are poured over a dreamy cloud of candy floss. We concluded our tasting (or sipping) menu with a digestif of hot jasmine and gin tea infusion, simmered over a small flame with lemongrass, lemon peel and galangal.
Verdict: The Woods elevates cocktails to a culinary art form. This is the kind of place you go to really enjoy a drink, rather than pounding back one-too-many which leads to one-too-many mistakes afterwards. The Woods “keeps it classy”!
The Woods, 17 Hollywood Road, Central, 2522 0281