Niner Ichi Nana
The people working at the new Globe Tower in The Fort are blessed people, indeed. At the ground floor of the 28-storey building is a bar, called Niner Ichi Nana (which means 917, a Globe number), directly connected to the airport-like office (not NAIA, more like Zurich). And it isn’t the typical bar serving watered down drinks and blasting music at nerve-wracking decibels. It’s the kind that serves duck fat fries and cocktails with popcorn and bacon infusions. They have craft cocktails, at your behest. Fancy, yes. Albeit, far from being pretentious or snooty.
Welcome to Niner Ichi Nana
With subdued lighting at night and natural lighting by day, the place gives a welcoming vibe made more cozy by rustic details and comfortable leather seats. Sit by the bar to watch the bartenders craft your own concoction; strike a conversation, and they will gladly indulge.
Erwan Heussaff crafting bespoke cocktails
Daily InfusionsThe Blackstar (P380) smells strongly of anise because it has sambucca. Mixed with grapefruit, lime, Belvedere and syrup, the result is a cloudy concoction that is equal parts heady and refreshing.
Dusk MelodyThe Dark and Stormy (P340/P690) is a classic mix of rum, galangal (a relative of ginger), ginger beer and lemon juice. It is an easy choice, especially for those who intend to pop in for conversations and cocktails, because one will last you through the night. Nah, make that two, just because you won’t be able to help yourself.
Dark and Stormy
EurasiaBar chow at Niner Ichi Nana is satisfyingly varied—they don’t serve grease-laden snacks typical in most pubs.
It’s safe to say that the Duck Fat Fries (P288) is a favourite. I look at other tables and three out of four, I see a platter of the delicious-smelling fries being shared by a group. Cooked in duck fat and flavoured with pimenton dulce, rosemary, garlic, and parmesan, these fries are topnotch—crisp on the outside, and bursting with flavour. These are meant to be shared, of course, because you’ll want to be able to visit and enjoy this again the next time around. Also available at Hungry Hound, these fries are fast approaching iconic bar snack status.
Duck Fat FriesComfort food can also be found at Niner’s menu, and they have excellent tomato soup, for starters. Their Tomato Soup with Goat Cheese, Crostini, Cherry Tomato & Basil (P290) is a hearty treat, best enjoyed on a rainy day or when you’re feeling particularly glum. The play of fresh tomatoes and cream is deliciously familiar, it’s hard not to wipe every drop with a piece of goat cheese and crostini.
Tomato Soup with Goat Cheese, Crostini, Cherry Tomato & Basil
Herring & Toast
Fried Chicken Offals
Pork Plate Confit