12 year-old cocktail bar and Modern Japanese Restaurant Maison Ikkoku by Ethan Leslie Leong is set to close 31 December 2022. Maison Ikkoku has played a significant role in Singapore’s cocktail culture ushering in modernist Japanese cooking and cocktail-making techniques and development with a focus on using fresh ingredients.
Maison Ikkoku opened in 2011 and has been housed in an ingeniously-designed 4,000 square feet, three-storey multi-rooftop bar and restaurant at 20 Kandahar Street. The space has gone through many iterations over the years.
Maison Ikkoku also became the top drinking spot with the likes of Crazy Rich Asian actor Henry Golding frequenting and hosting his wedding ceremony as well as a popular hangout connecting a range of industry people with job and fundraising opportunities. In addition, it has dominated awards in several categories including but not limited to being the “Best Cocktail Bar” for many consecutive years by the people of Singapore and claiming the accolade of “Legendary Bar Awards”.
“Maison Ikkoku for me is a place of precision coupled with warm hospitality and it has been so ever since its inception. Ethan and his team have always made me feel at home. It is a place I always find extremely comfortable. The conversations, the food, the drinks have always been very fluid. I love Maison Ikkoku,” said Michelin-starred restaurant JAG owner, Anant Tyagi.
Founding Mixologist and Chef Ethan Leslie Leong started his culinary journey at 15 years old, switching to become a bartender five years later then climbing his way up to general manager and consultant in a reputable public listed company.
Having spent 32 years in the F&B industry, Ethan announced his retirement from this multi-award-winning restaurant and cocktail bar located next to Sultan Mosque. He has catered his cocktails, canapes, dinner and masterclasses to several respected and esteemed luxury brands such as Chanel, Rolex, Cartier, Montblanc, Mercedes Benz, and Rolls-Royce Motor Cars.
“I am very grateful to all my customers who have been with us for the past 12 years. Every party has to end somewhere and I hope to find an artist who is passionate in food and beverage to continue this legacy.”Ethan Leslie Leong