SocialHaus is a couple of doors down from Open Door Policy. Both were part of the first wave of upmarket cafes and bistros that partook in the Tiong Bahru revitalisation project. Walking in, you'd think this was a watering hole that only served dainty bar nibblets, but they do a full lunch and dinner service as well.
I like this place for its sexy, downtempo cocktail bar vibe, with its romantic low lights and sexy bossa nova ambient music. It's reminds me of Wine Bar (ah, the good old days of hedonistic partying that I can't seem to remember), but with a proper array of food.
We utterly loved the Garlic Shrimp ($12), simply sautéed in loads of olive oil, fragrant garlic and chilli flakes. The small-ish prawns were fresh and sweet, bouncy in texture, and floating in a ridiculous pool of aromatic spiced oil, was great with the toasty crusty baguette. Even after we were done with the prawns, we continued to dip the bread into the oil and lapped it all up. The flavoured oil was that delicious.
The Mushroom Aglio Olio ($11), assorted wild mushrooms tossed with garlic, shallots, olive oil, and a splash of white wine was quite delicious. Spaghetti was al dente and the shitake and white button mushrooms were plentiful. I wouldn't have expected this quality from a non-Italian place like this. Especially since this was ridiculously cheap.
What's a visit to a cocktail bar without partaking in some of their cocktails? All virgin of course because we're responsible drivers. Clockwise from bottom left: Lemony Lychee ($9) lemon juice mixed into a base of lychee juice and soda with a couple of cocktail lychees; Mango Lychee ($9) mango puree with the base lychee juice and soda; and Strawberry Lychee ($9), strawberry puree with the base lychee juice and soda.
11 Yong Siak Street
Tel: 6557 0286
Open Mondays, Wednesdays & Thursdays from 4pm to 11pm
Fridays from 4pm to 12midnight
Saturdays from 12noon to 12midnight
Sundays from 12noon to 11pm