Hip new modern Japanese izakaya Neon Pigeon serves up Asian-inspired small plates with big, bold flavours
One of Keong Saik’s hot newcomers is modern Japanese izakaya, Neon Pigeon. From the graffiti murals on the walls to the quirky ninja cocktail “cups” from the bar and the industrial-style, dark wood-fitted space, everything about this buzzing social house is pretty damn hip.
On the menu, you’ll find Asian-inspired sharing plates crafted by Australian chef Justin Hammond, who did a stint at Melbourne’s famous Asian-fusion dining establishment Gingerboy.
If it’s just two people for dinner, order a mix of six to eight items to go communal. Highly recommended are the decadent roasted bone marrow (which is laced with a little bit of zest thanks to the furikake seasoning used, from $18), the smoked baby back ribs (comes with sake-infused barbecue sauce, from $18), as well as the miso soups. The latter come in two options: miso black cod ($10) and Hokkaido buttered corn with oxtail ($8), but both are so flavourful, we’d hate to have to choose one!
Drink-wise, feel free to challenge the bartenders and get them to customise your poison to your liking. We asked for a White Russian and Neon Pigeon’s excellent rendition of the classic cocktail featured vanilla-infused vodka and ice cream. Yum. On the other hand, you could order one of their cocktails, such as Harajuku Girl ($16) – a mix of Fords Gin, Fee Brothers plum bitters and shisho leaf.
Neon Pigeon, #01-03, 1 Keong Saik Street, Singapore 089109, p. 6222 3623. Open Mon-Sat 6pm-12am. Closed Sun.