MRS SINGH WINE BAR AND STORE OPENS IN MELBOURNE’S CBD
Chef-Restaurateur Jessi Singh (co-owner of Daughter In Law, Horn Please, Don’t Tell Aunty, Babu Ji NYC, Bibi Ji) is introducing Melburnians to another fabulous lady in his life: Mrs Singh, a vibrant wine bar and store sitting confidently among serious players on iconic Flinders Lane, ready for both a good time and a long time.
Marbled blue floors, monochrome speckled terrazzo, gold accents and luminescent sherbert orange panelling comprise the palette of the 65-seater dining room, with velvet banquette, bar and table seating in a spectrum of brilliant hues. A Singh-gnature, 70s Bollywood classics are projected on the walls with party tunes forming a feel-good soundtrack. Ready to service every indulgence, a roaming Champagne trolley will satiate the ever-present desire to sip, along with vivacious, produce-inspired cocktails and a 300-strong wine list by award-winning Sommelier Dheeraj Bhatia (est. restaurant). Beer and wine are also available for takeaway, and those picking up one for the road can make expert pour selections using the clever, colour-coded system.
From the kitchen, guests can anticipate a concise menu of small plates, with punchy Asian flavours and Indian flair. A novel concept for Singh, the wine bar format will show the evolution of his new Indian cuisine while offering tasting menu options for extended sittings and $25 express-style thalis for power-lunchers.
Mrs Singh, 88 Flinders Lane, Melbourne
STARWARD AT ST ALI’S
Award-winning Australian whisky producers, Starward are the new kids on ST. ALi’s block, temporarily relocating their Port Melbourne based distillery from the 8th February to begin their exciting overhaul. As the third evolution of the Starward Distillery, the revamp signifies an exciting period as they prepare to meet the growing global demand for their whisky.
Starward will be relocating to the former ST. ALi Smalls Bar in South Melbourne offering a bespoke menu of food and drinks including six specially developed cocktail recipes curated in collaboration with the ST. ALi team. Experience the Espresso not Martini combining Starward Two-Fold with ST. ALi cold brew coffee or the mouth-watering cocktail named Coco-nuts featuring ST. ALi’s cold drip coffee, coconut cream, bespoke syrup and Two-Fold whisky!
Starward’s postcode may have temporarily changed from 3207 to 3205 but their mini masterclasses are still serving up the finest whisky knowledge in their new laid-back location and greeting guests with a smooth, easy-drinking Two-Fold & Tonic – Starward’s fresh twist on a G&T as they partake in a cocktail class available every Wednesday from 6:30pm-9:00pm.
20 Yarra Pl, South Melbourne VIC 3205