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Two restaurants at One Holland Village great for drinking while dining

Ginkyo by Kinki

One Holland Village has been a much-anticipated mall opening. Not only does it bring even more dining and drinking options to the area, but it is also one of only a few pet-friendly malls around.

We headed down and checked out two venues – Fireplace and Ginkyo – both opened by Commonwealth Concepts, the fellas responsible for well-known brands the likes of Marmalade Pantry, Fat Cow, Bedrock, Kinki and Oriole.  

Fireplace, a wood-fired grill concept by Bedrock, was our first stop. The first thing that caught our attention is the fact that there are no stoves found anywhere. Everything is cooked over fire here, and the air is palpable with aromatic smoke wafting from the open kitchen.

Interior of Fireplace by Bedrock

Being a sister brand of acclaimed steakhouse Bedrock, you can expect the wood-fired meats here to be exceptional. But it also goes beyond that. The elements are applied expertly to everything from seafood and vegetables to fruits and desserts too.

The oven-baked Bone Marrow Toast (S$28) is our kind of appetiser. Unctuous, decadent, and bursting with flavour from the pickled shallot, caper, parsley, and caramelised onion toppings, it’s a great preamble to the quality of the mains to come.

You must get the Dirty Duck (S$52). While we love a good steak as much as the next person, Fireplace’s Irish duck dish has outdone itself with a rub that is best described as uncontrollably addictive. Or get the Suckling Pig (S$138 for quarter / S$240 for half) for a generous showstopper that will fill both bellies and hearts with satisfying comfort.

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With this much smokiness, fat, and protein, something to wash it all down is essential. What Fireplace offers in that regard is a great selection of New World wines (including natural wines) and single malt whiskies, as well as a range of well-priced twist-on-classic cocktails (S$13-S$22).

What we’re especially loving are the whiskies from renowned Melbourne distillery Starward, especially the rich and fruity Starward Octave Barrels ‘Yalumba Octavius Old Vine Shiraz’ (S$22/dram). The rehoboam format pours (S$13/dram) of Scallywag and Timorous Beastie by independent bottler Douglas Laing are fun too, and provides a spectacle for everyone at the table as a side benefit.

We then headed to Ginkyo for more food and drink. By the folks behind famed CBD haunt Kinki, this modern Japanese bistro feels like the classier, more contemporary sister of its sibling venue – and we’re digging it.

As is customary (for us, at least), we simply had to have a highball first. Their take on the Japanese classic, which they call Superhigh (S$17), is faithfully made using Kakubin whisky as its base, then topped with soda water plus just a hint of chrysanthemum for posterity.

Ginkyo’s Kyoto Sour

Cocktails are generally affordable here (S17-S$24), which is always nice given the alarming prices charged at many bars these days. Give the Kyoto Sour (S$18) and the Blackout (S$23) a go. The former is made using Kinki’s own sake label as a base, while the latter is a twist on the negroni using charcoal-infused shochu instead of gin.

There is a decent selection of wines and beers here too. But our eyes naturally lean towards the sakes. Definitely try the Kinki Private Label Junmai Ginjo (S$160/bottle) if you haven’t before, or get the Nito Junmai Ginjo Omachi 55 for a crowd-pleasing sake that pairs supremely well with food (S$95/bottle).

Speaking of food, to start, we’d highly recommend the Truffle Fat Wings (S$19) and the Swordfish Ceviche (S$19), that both make for great accompaniment with drinks. A unique item, the Okonomi-Rosti (S$30), is worth having too. A okonomiyaki and rosti hybrid, it fills the tummy just enough without overstaying its welcome.

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For something truly filling, and also luxe, go for the Best of Toyosu Market ($52). This chirashi bowl is filled to the brim with an assortment of sashimi, then blanketed under truffle shavings and a topping of caviar. If that’s not enough, the option to add an onsen egg (+S$4) or creamy Hokkaido uni (+S$17) is always available.

We like that Fireplace and Ginkyo both offer plenty for both diners and tipplers, and especially so for someone who is looking at enjoying both good food and drink in one place. So if you’re like us, someone who prioritises culinary and beverage offerings equally, you’ve just found two new venues to head to.

Fireplace is located at 7 Holland Village Way, #03-27/28 One Holland Village, Singapore 275748. Ginkyo is located at 7 Holland Village Way, #03-01 to 04 One Holland Village, Singapore 275748.

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