Veteran bar consultant Julian Serna has gone back to his roots in opening Singapore’s newest bar and grill, Panamericana.
A tribute to his Colombian heritage, Panamericana is inspired by the diverse cultures and cuisines of the countries crossed by the Pan-American Highway, which stretches through North, Central and South America.
This concept has been realised through a carefully crafted drinks offering that focuses on wines, beers, spirits and cocktails derived from the region and a ‘farm-to-fire’ food menu that centres on traditional asador cooking.
Beverage manager Ricky Paiva (former Manhattan Bar and Four Seasons Hotel, California) has fashioned a drinks menu that spans wines and sherries from California, Chile and Argentina, North and South American draught and bottled beers and a range of small-batch spirits including bourbon, rum, tequila, raicilla and pisco.
There is also a list of signature and classic cocktails, inspired by the unique drinking cultures found along the Pan-American Highway. These include the 50:50 Martini – an American classic comprised of equal parts Tanqueray No. Ten gin and house vermouth with a dash of orange bitters; the house White Wine Sangria – a mixture of pisco, sauvignon blanc, Cointreau and fresh tropical fruits; and the Champagne and Absinthe Colada – Appleton rum, coconut and pineapple juice, with splashes of champagne and absinthe.
Street food inspired bar snacks are available to compliment the drinks offering, including confit mackerel tostada stacked with layers of coriander, avocado and lime mustard; beef tartare mixed with olive crisps, horseradish and cornichons; and a rotating menu of classic empanadas.
There is also a full dining menu of Hispanic delights for those with a hearty appetite.
This begins with a number of small plates, such as the beetroot-cured Kingfish lathered with almond cream and finished with pickled grapes and mint; a Peruvian Cerviche composed of fresh snapper and paw paw marinated in citrus, coconut milk, chilli and coriander; and a Belize – a flavourful warm salad of charred snap peas which are smoked, spiced and finished with silky shavings of queso fresco.
Moving on to the mains, the focus is entirely on asador grilling, roasting, charring or barbecuing. Whole fish, meats and cuts such as the trout with tomatillo salsa verde, the rosemary and thyme rubbed lamb and the smoky Colombian Chicken with chilli glaze are all cooked low and slow on the open pit to give them an intense flame-licked flavour. All are best served with a selection of the grill’s homemade sauces, like chimichurri, charred herb salsa and a sumac, fennel, cumin and citrus yoghurt.
Traditional desserts such as corn bread and churros with dulce de leche are offered alongside American favourites like a choc tart and sticky date pudding.
This 6,000 square foot homage to the bright colours and fresh produce of the Pan-American nations is appropriately located at the beautiful, light and airy Sentosa Golf Club, complete with panoramic views of the Singapore Straits.
The space includes an open dining room, decked out with rustic colonial-era inspired furnishings such as Georgian tiles, gold fixtures and lush greenery; a bar area featuring plush sofa seats and a marble horseshoe shaped bar; and a breezy, terrace overlooking the golf course, which easily seats 100 people.
This is a vibrant drinking destination perfect for an afternoon session spent watching the changing hues of the sunset.
Address: 27 Bukit Manis Road,
Sentosa Golf Club,
Tel: +65 6253 8182
Wednesday – Friday: 12.00pm – 11.00pm
Saturday, Sunday & Public Holiday: 9.00am – 11.00pm
Lunch – Wednesday – Friday: 12.00pm – 3.00pm
Bar Snacks – Wednesday – Sunday: 3.00pm – 6.00pm
Dinner – Wednesday – Sunday: 6.00pm – 10.00pm
Brunch – Saturday, Sunday & Public Holiday: 9.00am – 3.00pm