Just in time for the festive season, hip Keong Saik spot Neon Pigeon has released its first bar bites menu, conveniently along with 12 new sakes (new additions to their ever growing list), six new Japanese craft beers, as well as an expanded space: more couches and seats at the bar.

The interior of Neon Pigeon

We like to think they’re being thoughtful, making sure there’s enough food to line the stomach, so there’s no reason to hold back on the pre-dinner sake and beer.

As expected, the menu holds bits of Japanese influence like the Tonkatsu Po Boy ($12) that’s not quite like its Louisiana original. Think of a juicy spicy miso paste shrimp and pork chop served in a fluffy burger bun. There’s sweet potato fries served with salt and housemade togarashi (capsicum) powder ($8), and NOT salted egg yolk sauce.

Tonkatsu Po Boy

More unusual bites includes Neon Pigeon’s twist on cheese and crackers, using  crispy seaweed tempura served with slices of creamy brie with a hint of wasbai and shiso ($10) for a salty-creamy, textured bite.

For a heartier snack, there’s the Yuzu Ceviche with jalapeno and tapioca chips ($12), where yuzu juice is used instead of lemon (or lime) for a sweeter finish.

Yuzu Ceviche

All these bites have been pre-paired with their new bar additions. The Tsukino Katsura Magic Rice Sake ($60 for a 300ml bottle) is the perfect sake (and it’s sparkling) for newbies, light and crisp, palatable with all of Neon Pigeon’s new dishes.

There’s also the more unusual Tsukino Katsura Junmai Asahi #4 Rice Sake ($140 for a 720ml bottle) where the once rare Asahi #4 rice is used in its production. Described as medium-bodied and full of umami flavors, it leaves behind a lingering nutty aftertaste. On the beer front, two to try are the rich and roasty Baird Shimaguni Stout ($16) and the Iwate Kura Sakura Arashi IPA ($17) with five varieties of hop used.

The new Bar Bites Menu is available from 6pm to 11.45pm from Monday to Saturday.

Neon Pigeon is at 1 Keong Saik Road 01-03 Singapore, neonpigeonsg.com

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