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The legendary cocktail bar Maison Ikkoku will close

The 12 Years Cocktail Bar and Modern Japanese Restaurant will remain open until December 31, 2022.

SINGAPORE, October 10, 2022 /PRNewswire/ — Maison Ikkoku plays an important role in that of Singapore cocktail culture ushering in modernist Japanese cuisine and the techniques and development of cocktail making with an emphasis on the use of fresh ingredients in the culinary arena. Like El Bulli, the world famous Spanish restaurant and molecular gastronomy pioneer, “I remember those days when drinkers wanted to have a bourbon cola with vodka cranberries and I refused to serve them that. They didn’t have no choice but to try the Old fashioned sour whiskey or vodka cocktails made with fresh fruits and herbs displayed in front of them.Since then we have managed to convert many people for them to enjoy the cocktails,” Ethan said.

Founder and Chef Mixologist Ethan Leslie Leong started his culinary journey at 15, became a bartender 5 years later, then worked his way up to become a managing director and consultant at a well-known publicly traded company. After spending 32 years in the restaurant industry, Ethan has announced his retirement from this multi-award-winning restaurant and cocktail bar located next to the Sultan Mosque. He has prepared his cocktails, canapes, dinners and masterclasses for several respected and esteemed luxury brands such as Chanel, Rolex, Cartier, Montblanc, Mercedes Benzand Rolls-Royce Motor Cars.

Owner of the starred restaurant JAG, Anant Tyagirecounts fond memories saying, “To me, Maison Ikkoku is a place of precision coupled with warm hospitality and it has been that way since its inception. Ethan and his team have always made me feel at home. a place that I always find extremely comfortable. Conversations, food, drinks have always been very smooth. I love Maison Ikkoku.”

The 3-story rooftop bar and restaurant opened in 2011 and serves Ethan’s first bespoke cocktail and modern Japanese cuisine at Singapore. Maison Ikkoku has also become the best place to drink with Asian actor Crazy Rich Henry Golding attending and hosting his wedding ceremony as well as a popular meeting place connecting a range of people in the industry with employment and fundraising opportunities. Additionally, it has topped awards in multiple categories, including but not limited to “Best Cocktail Bar” for many consecutive years by locals. Singapore and claiming the distinction of the “Legendary Bar Awards”.

“I am so grateful to all of my clients who have been with us for 12 years,” Ethan said. “Every party has to end somewhere and I hope to find an entertainer with a passion for food and drink to continue that legacy.”

About Maison Ikkoku

Maison Ikkoku is an award-winning and pioneering bespoke cocktail bar and modern Japanese restaurant in Singapore located in the arab street area.

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About Ethan Leslie Leong

Ethan began his career as a commis chef to chef, specializing in Eastern and Western cuisines in 1990, before moving into the bar scene in 1996. Since then, Ethan has focused on the development and evolution of the F&B industry.

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