The quiet corner of Pan Pacific Orchard will never be the same again — the latest food cum live music venue to hit our shores hails from Switzerland in the form of the Montreux Jazz Cafe, and its presence is undeniable.
Set up as an ambassador to the world famous Montreux Jazz Festival, the Singaporean venue will act as a gateway to Asia, bridging the best of the East and the West. What started out as a jazz and blues festival has now evolved way beyond that title, and the festival has seen artists from all kinds of genres grace its stage.
An impressive collection of previous festival promotional posters adorn the walls of the Cafe’s swanky interior, alongside a stage that has already been christened by the likes of British soul sensation, Omar Lye-Fook, Swiss singer Bastian Baker and jazz musician Jerry Léonide.
The spacious interior oozes character, and is set to be THE place to come for a drink and a chance to enjoy good live music. Besides playing host to established acts the world over, the Montreux Jazz Cafe Singapore hopes to attract more local talent and serve as a platform for rising artistes in the region who are looking for opportunities to showcase their music to the right crowd.
Sounds exactly like more of what we need!
I can already imagine the buzz that this place is going to generate, where a casual yet luxurious experience awaits. The founder of the festival, Claude Nobs, was originally trained as a chef and wanted to combine his passion for food and live music into something iconic that would put Montreux on the map.
50 years on, we too can have a taste of the menu inspired by some of the festival’s most unforgettable moments. The Montreux Jazz Cafe is open for both lunch and dinner, serving fine food and signature dishes like the Quincy Jones Roast Chicken ($32) and Ella’s Cheesecake ($15) (named after Ella Fitzgerald of course).
You can dine while taking in the surrounding captured moments of musical history, and relive years of UNESCO archived concerts, with the Montreux Jazz Cafe Singapore holding the sought after rights to display them. I definitely wouldn’t mind unwinding to a bit of Nina Simone crooning in the background of a fancy meal after a long day at work.
You can also chill out in the outdoor alfresco area where floor to ceiling windows will make sure that you still have a great view of the live performances going on inside.
Guys, I’m excited. The opening of the Montreux Jazz Cafe Singapore marks a step in the right direction for the expansion of the music scene here. It’s so much more than a place for fine dining and great music and don’t let the name fool you – expect anything from electronic dance music to hip hop to echo within its walls.
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