Tippling Club has a new head bartender in town, and you may be familiar with his name – Kamil Foltan. Previously at Black Swan, the Czech Republic-born Foltan replaces Zachary de Git, who has left to join William Grant & Sons as a brand ambassador.
While it’s not easy taking de Git’s place – he represented Singapore at the World Class Bartender of the Year final last year, after all – Foltan does come quite bedecked in experience as well. He has a 13-year bartending career across Europe – including cities such as Prague, Dublin and London – and now Asia, he spent some time as head barman at London’s Zetter Townhouse, and worked under the mentorship of renowned mixologists such as Tony Conigliaro and Zdenek Kastanek.
As part of his new role, Foltan has shaken up the cocktail menu at Tippling Club, adding a number of new aperitifs and his own takes on certain classics to stamp his presence. An example is the Bohemian Mai Tai ($22), a version of the Polynesian style cocktail that eschews Curaçao liqueur for herbal Becherovka bitters, as befitting Foltan’s Czech Republic roots. Another is the Jersey Lightning ($20, pictured above), made with whiskey, green apple, cinnamon, vanilla and citrus.
There’s also the very citrusy and mouthpuckering Citroen Fizz ($20), concocted as it is with lemon vodka, citrus, lemon syrup and a dose of sparkling wine. More balanced with equal sweet and sour notes is the becherovka, citrus, aperol, and crème de peche-composed Ornela Vanoni ($20), named after the Italian pop singer; as well as the Pear & Green Tea Bellini ($18), made from pear and Japanese green tea puree and sparkling wine.
Another new addition, but not of Foltan’s creation, is fellow bartender Yugnes Susela’s fabulous Last Chance Gary ($22), a take on the negroni, recently added to the menu after becoming a hit with patrons during the run up to the recent Diageo World Class competition.
Familiar favourites such as the Smokey Old Bastard ($24) – a blend of Islay whisky, cigar syrup, Peychaud’s bitters and orange – has thankfully remained from the previous cocktail menu, as has the Purple Drank ($23), which combines vanilla and raisin spirit, Curaçao, candy gum, raspberry and citrus for a sweet, fruit-flavoured explosion.
Foltan shares that he hasn’t yet had the chance to work with chef owner Ryan Clift on cocktail and food pairings, but we reckon that’s a matter of time.
Tippling Club is at 38 Tanjong Pagar Road.