Pssst…the codeword is GIN…

Story and photos by Dr. Michael Lim The Travelling Gourmet TM

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The inquisitive and irrepressible Travelling Gourmet TM discovers the secret of the plain dark door in…

MARRIOTT Tang Plaza…you may not remember the Roaring Twenties (1920s) when the 18th Amendment was the law of the land in the USA. SAS (short and simple) = NO Alcohol! NO legal alcohol that is, or PROHIBITION! This led to the rise of Bootleg Whiskey, homemade Bathtub Gin (no prizes for guessing where the Gin was made…), Moonshine in the Kentucky boondocks, and the rise of La Cosa Nostra…aka the Mafia…which mi grande amici in Sicilia and Campagnia assure me…ONLY exists in the over-imaginative minds of Hollywood screenwriters…

To the left of the extremely skilful pianist, charming Serene, who welcomes me with “As time goes by” from the movie Casablanca 1942…

is a small discreet door which is LOCKED. Press the bell and whisper the codeword “GIN”…it shall open to reveal the only SPEAKEASY in Singapore and probably the world. It is called “The Other Room”…sounds like some super-secret division of a spy agency…

Black out curtain…

I swept open a thick black-out curtain a la WW2 which automatically made my hands stiffen and clench into a fist and a shuto…but no reason for alarm…a salubrious “cavern” with loud chatter, happy drinkers enjoying hand-crafted spirits IN-HOUSE! Big Old barrels filled with alcoholic beverages abound. The atmosphere is warm and very jolly! Good spirits and cocktails does that to you! Wahahah! 🙂

More details in my next article on “The Other Door”…so stay tuned loyal readers…per favore (please in Italian)

Cheers! Cin! Cin! 🙂

The Other Room


320 Orchard Road, #01-05

Singapore 238865

Tel: +65 6100 7778

Hours: Mo to Th 6pm to 3am the next day

Fri, Sat and Su 6pm till 4am the next day!!!






About thetravellinggourmet

As a renowned Travel, Food & Wine Writer he has travelled the world in a keen & indomitable pursuit of exotic delicacies & fine wines. His articles have been published in over 20 prestigious publications, both local & international. Dr. Lim has toured and trained in Wine Evaluation & Oenology in most of the world's top wine producing areas from France to Australia. The Travelling Gourmet says, "Gastronomy has no frontier. These are the gastronomic voyages of The Travelling Gourmet. My unending mission. To explore strange new cuisines, to seek out new wines and new culinary experiences, to boldly go where no gourmet has gone before...." Have pen, will travel. All rights reserved. No part of this publication may be reproduced or transmitted in any form or by any means, electronic or mechanical, including photocopy, recording, or any other information storage & retrieval system, without permission from Dr. Michael Lim The Travelling Gourmet and/or MSN. Material may be works of fiction. Names, characters, places and incidents may be true but may also be products of the author's imagination or are used fictitiously. Any resemblance whatsoever to actual person or persons, either dead or living, events, or locales may be entirely and purely coincidental and unintentional. No part of this website may be used to villify others or for criminal purposes. Interests: Travel, Food, Wines, Cooking, Wine Appreciation, Parachuting, Languages, Music, Reading, Swimming, Hunting, Ballet, Fencing, Archery, Anthropology and more... The Travelling Gourmet is a copyrighted trademark. All rights and photos reserved. No part may be reproduced without permission.
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