It’s something of a novelty to combine a familiar household necessity like a post office with a hip watering hole. They complement each other by the juxtaposition between old school charm and the new world feel, instantly bringing the two worlds together.
From the same people who brought you KPO at Killiney Post Office, Imaginings has teamed up with the Carlsberg group to present the flagship Grimbergen bar 1128 [pronounced Eleven Twenty Eight] and its complementary casual dining and drinking concept Nassim Hill tucked in the snug junction of Tanglin Post Office and Nassim Hill to exclusively serve a range of three different styles of Grimbergen on tap – Blanche, Blonde and Ambrée – that’s sure to leave even the pickiest of beer snobs with something to love. At S$10 for 250ml all day, customers can even try tapping it themselves at both 1128 and Nassim Hill with guidance from the staff.
1128 – The Flagship Grimbergen Bar
Named after the year in which the premium Belgian Abbey beer was established, beer lovers can now rejoice as they unwind to refreshingly smooth pints of their preferred Grimbergen beers. The bar draws inspiration from the Grimbergen beers in colours of gold and brown hues and this is reflected in its architecture in a blend of rustic and contemporary touches, setting the welcoming tone of the place. The seamless indoor to outdoor experience celebrates the al fresco setting in the midst of lush greenery and pet lovers will be pleased to know that special water troughs have been set up by the side of the outdoor bar area for their canine companions. Now there’s more reason to bring your pet out for an evening stroll, and grab a Grimbergen while at it!
To celebrate the versatility of Grimbergen beers, the bar bites menu that 1128 is inclined towards local flavours such as Crispy Chicken Skin (S$10), Chicken Liver Stir-Fry (S$12), Chicken Heart Stir-Fry (S$12) and Pork Cubes (S$12). To balance out the heat from the bar bites, the refreshing Grimbergen Blanche with its citrus and fruity character is a sure solution to cool the tastebuds.
Nassim Hill – Bakery, Bistro, Bar
Nassim Hill, the contemporary sister casual dining concept of 1128 serves up triple the goodness as it transits from a bakery by dawn, bistro by day and a charming bar by dusk.
Expect the crowds of families that flock to this charming destination in the weekends for brunch offerings or post-working groups huddling along its sleek black marble slab that functions as a communal table for customers to share dining space and mingle while tapping their own beers upon ordering.
Some of the chefs’ Grimbergen-inspired specials here include the signature Grimbergen Ambrée bread (S$8 per loaf) – the first Grimbergen-infused bread in the world and an original creation of head baker Audrey Tan. To taste a combination of the other breads Nassim Hill has to offer, order the Artisan bread basket (S$6) that comes with four slices of bread that customers can pick and choose from their range of breads that includes White Ciabatta, Cranberry & Walnut bread and the Ambrée bread (just to name a few), just by letting the friendly staff know! This is served with butter and homemade fig jam on the side.
If you’re heading over for lunch or dinner and need something more filling, don’t miss out on the Grimbergen Fish and Chips (S$22), a Grimbergen Blanche beer battered Pacific Dory fish, served with fries. The batter was crispy and light, crackling noisily the way it should when we cut into it.
Another signature dish created with Grimbergen beer in mind is the Hot Reuben (S$16) – a veritable crowd pleaser of emmental cheese that is perfectly melded with corned beef, sauerkraut and onions over the Grimbergen Ambrée bread. Good for sharing, we could see why this was a hot favourite with the brunch, lunch and dinner crowds.
My personal favourite for the night was the Braised Meatballs with Artisan bread basket (S$22). This was served with chasseur sauce prepared with Grimbergen Ambréebeer, veal jus, onions and mushrooms. On first bite, I dubbed it the “Meatball for rainy nights”. Three hearty meatballs with smothered with the flavourful gravy was exactly what I wanted to come home to on bad days, on days that we get drenched in the rain, on days we drop our brand new iPhone 5s (sob)…. You get the idea.
The 3 beers span across the preferences of beer loving individuals. While the Blanche wheat beer provided a citrusy revival, the Blonde ale gave spicy and fruity character. However, it was the Grimbergen Ambrée that won me over. The amber ale had a complex yet flavourful with a caramel touch. Intriguing the taste buds, I was enticed to take further sips to figure out the complexity of flavours that intertwined on my tongue and proved to be a definite conversation starter.
Swing by 1128 and Nassim Hill for the only places to tap and try the range of premium Belgian Abbey Grimbergen beers!
(All prices quoted are nett)
1128 is open from Tuesdays – Sundays, 4pm – 12midnight, Closed on Mondays
Address: #B1-02 Tanglin Post Office, 56 Tanglin Road, Singapore 247964]
Nassim Hill is open from Tuesdays – Sundays (8am – 12midnight), Closed on Mondays.
8am to 5pm – Breakfast and Brunch
11am to 5pm – Lunch
5pm to 1030pm – Dinner
Address: #01-03 Tanglin Post Office, 56 Tanglin Road, Singapore 247964]