Review : 5 Emerald Hill Cocktail Bar


 The 5 Emerald Hill Cocktail Bar

The time is around 6pm in the evening, and along the road of old shophouses - one can truly reminisce the nostalgia which the street of heritage embodies. A stark contrast from the hustle and bustle of the busy city life only a few steps away. It was as though a sudden retreat into the past, one of peace and coziness. The therapeutic feeling of calm settled in, and I agreed for sure that the ambience was well set.

I have heard about the 5 Emerald Hill Cocktail Bar being famed for its chicken wings, warm service and excellent ambience, and this being my first time official to a bar, I must say I left the place deeply impressed. 


Outside the 5 Emerald Hill Cocktail Bar

I decided upon two dishes, both from the bar snacks menu - The Soft Shell Crab, and the all time famous Chicken Wings. I also called for the Fresh Fruit Punch.


Chicken Wings and the Soft Shell Crab


I am particular about how chicken wings are deep fried. For the past few years, I remember eating excellent chicken wings only at a few places (one at Church and the other at Crystal Jade Restaurant located at Causeway Point).

It really took me by surprise that the old taste of the fragrant prawn paste well coated into the wings burst out with the first bite I took. Crispy on the outside and tender on the inside - A Winning Combination. It was not too salty and neither was the coating too thick.


Drumroll.....The 5 Emerald Hill Chicken Wings. Best Seller!

The Chicken Wings (pictured half portion) were also served with a cup of sauce - chilli mixed with tomato I reckon, and they complimented the wings very well. For this dish, I give it my two thumbs up!


Bar Snacks Menu - Soft Shell Crab

Usually when it comes to deep fried food, the coating would be thick and almost cover the taste of the food. Sometimes, it overpowers and not compliments the taste of the dish.

However, the Soft Shell Crab at this bar is of another particular mention. Coated with a delicate tempura batter, the crab came out crispy and yet juicy. The full-bodied flavour of the crab could be tasted with each bite and the coating added that extra crunch.  

The crab came with a cup of special "crab sauce". It gave the impression of the Singaporean Chilli Crab sauce thickened up and sweetened to go well with the tempura. An excellent choice!


Fruit Punch

The Fruit Punch ended off the light snack favourably. It was light and slightly sour-sweet, most importantly it was very refreshing.

If you think of taking a break from the hectic bustle of life, perhaps you can plan to take a stopover at 5 Emerald Hill Cocktail Bar for that afternoon getaway or even enjoy the cool night with your friends. I hope you enjoy this place as much as I did.

Chicken Wings (1/2 portion) - $9.00

Chicken Wings (full portion) - $16.00

Soft Shell Crab - $12.00

Fruit Punch - $8.00

Ratings (Chicken Wings) - 5/5

Ratings (Soft Shell Crab) - 4/5

Overall Rating - 4.5/5

Bar and Restaurant Name : 5 Emerald Hill Cocktail Bar

Venue : 5 Emerald Hill Road (Take the train to Somerset MRT Station, and exit towards Robinsons. The Bar is located in an alley next to it.)


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