Sum Yi Tai, the Cantonese Tapas Bar with a ground floor bar, rooftop bar and Mona Lounge, announced today on its Facebook page that it is shutting its establishment at 25 Boon Tat Street because its landlord insists on pre-Covid rent making it unviable to continue the business.
SUM YI TAI has an open house sale of its furniture, dining ware & memorabilia today (15 November 2020) and tomorrow (16 November 2020) from 1 pm to 7 pm.
Sum Yi Tai was Born in 2015
Coterie Concepts co-founders Sandra Sim and Tay Eu-Yen introduced Singapore to the Hong Kong-inspired concept in 2015. It was 9 April 2015 when we first visited Sum Yi Tai. We remember fondly of its official opening festivities as we tried out the food and drinks from the menu.
Mona Lounge was helmed by Head Bartender Edwin Poh last year for a very short time. Entry to the bar required a password at the door. You get transported to the 80s in Hong Kong. The menu plays to Edwin’s forte in crafting culinary cocktails while offering a journey into matriarch Mona’s favourite meals and memories.
Mona Lounge charged S$16 to S$22 for these Hong Kong – inspired cocktail then.
There was the hot teapot of Supper Sipper served with You Tiao, Bak Kut Teh broth and Bulleit Rye with Oolong syrup. Classic desserts infused with vodka such as Black Sesame and Red Bean were also on the menu then.
Sum Yi Tai x Ipoh Curry Mee Pop Up
In March this year, Sum Yi Tai brought Ipoh Curry Mee to Singapore. The Sum YI Tai Cantonese Tapas Bar launched Lucky Mee pop up on tits ground floor for three months from 23 March to 19 June 2020 for weekday lunch until Circuit Breaker hit us all. Our favourites included the Curry Mee Soup, Braised Pork Skin in Curry Sauce and the Ipoh Yong Tau Fu platter.
We’ve returned most recently for drinks with friends on 5 October for a quick drink and we are glad we did. We’ve had fond memories at 25 Boon Tat Street.
We look forward to the day when Sum Yi Tai opens up in a new location if that happens.