A couple months ago, Tipsy Penguin quietly opened in Tampines. If you can’t guess from the name, it’s a hybrid between Asian fusion bistro, sports bar, and live music haunt — complete with a private karaoke room (it’s got a $250 minimum spend) to attract East-siders in the area.
Decked out in typical industrial chic trimmings with a dash of contemporary touches like marble-topped tables, the spacious eatery obviously wants diners to hang out all night, with its entertainment line-up of bands taking the stage from Monday to Saturday evenings and arcade games like Super Bishi Bashi Champ and pinball.
Good old bar bites abound on the menu, including truffle fries ($8), hot wings ($9), fried calamari ($10), and fish and chips ($14) — but that’s not all.
To shake things up a little, Tipsy Penguin also serves pastas such as crab meat capellini ($16), smoked duck carbonara ($13), and seafood squid ink linguine ($15), alongside donburi bowls ($14) like Hawaiian poké with Norwegian salmon and avocado, and the Singapore-inspired one made of shrimp fried rice, salted egg bits, and Hainanese chicken chop.
For a snack to share, look through the tapas selection, which offers items like mac and cheese ($10, with blue cheese, black pepper cheddar, and mozzarella), Szechuan mala karaage ($10), pork crackling ($10), and salted egg fish skin ($10). Plus, freshly shucked oysters start from $2, and desserts get a little creative with the warm and gooey burnt cheesecake ($9) or the fudgy rye-salted brownie ($8), both served with honeycomb ice cream.
On the tipsy side, draught beer starts from $8 for half a pint, going all the way up to $80 for a three-litre tower, while red and white wines will set you back $10 per glass. Alternatively, designated drivers can choose from iced coffees ($9), flavored lattes ($6) and fresh fruit juices ($6).
Tipsy Penguin is at #01-02A, 300 Tampines Ave 5.
9179-2051. Sun-Thurs 11:30am-1am, Fri-Sat 11:30am-2am.