Local premium durian concierge, Durian Edition takes our taste buds for a spin with a new rendezvous spot, aptly named Mao King Tavern at Swan Lake Avenue in Siglap. Previously known by locals as Slake Restaurant, this restaurant-turned-pub has now been given a new lease of life with the king of fruits as a centerpiece.
In a bid to further spread the ideology of durians being more than just comfort food, Durian Edition has joined hands with Slake Restaurant to introduce the Mao King Tavern – a concept born from adversity – to provide a local watering hole imbued with all things durian from bites to tipples. Apart from premium fresh durians, the Mao King Tavern also offers a host of unique durian creations, such as their famed charcoal grilled durians, Musang King burnt cheesecake, mochi, Portuguese egg tarts, sorbet, and gelato to name a few.
As you walk in to take a seat, the brightly lit neon signage hung on the tavern’s facade casts a soft glow, welcoming all visitors into a spacious interior modelled with rustic wooden furniture reminiscent of the Dragon Gate Inn of eras past. To complete the look, the tavern’s wooden bar counter is installed in its unpolished state, showcasing the grooves and natural weathering of the bark’s uneven surface due to its natural environment.
Likewise, from Musang King Beer to pure durian fruits, the tavern’s offerings are listed on wooden menu tags hanging on the wall, adding to the nostalgic Asian ambience expected from the rest of the internal decor. In accordance with safe distancing regulations, this cosy watering hole comfortably seats 18 visitors indoors, and welcomes an additional 8 alfresco-loving visitors to grab a seat on the porch.
As a tribute to the Musang King cultivar that Durian Edition is famous for, the tavern’s mascot depicts a cat king holding the king of fruits in one paw, and the tavern’s name on a scroll in the other.
The Mao King Tavern officially opens its doors to the public today, on 1 April 2021, and celebrates its opening with a Musang King Beer, brewed in collaboration with local microbrewery, The 1925 Brewing Co. (1925).
Musang King Beer
Born from a curiosity to explore the limits of what a durian can do, the team at Durian Edition embarked on a collaboration with 1925 to create a durian craft beer, the likes of which has never been seen before in the local marketplace. Instead of using extracted durian essence or any artificial flavourings, the flesh of real Musang King durian fruits are included wholesale in the fermenting process, in order for the beverage to fully absorb the durian’s essence over time.
Crafted by 1925 with the supply of Musang King durians provided by Durian Edition, the beer is housed in a dark coloured bottle to protect the liquid gold from any flavour irregularities caused by sunlight, enabling anyone who pops the lid on this pale ale to find a delightfully fruity and tropical aroma wafting up to caress the drinker’s nose. While this 5% ABV craft beer is brewed with an assortment of hops and fruits, the main ingredient is undeniably the Musang King Durian as the bottom notes hit you with an unmistakable durian aroma. Refreshing and easy to drink, the combination of unique flavours ties together perfectly to make this beverage a truly one-of-a-kind libation.
“Food and beer are inseparable, and this is even more so especially in Asia.
Our motivation is to create beers for the Asian palate, hence it is important to include
the taste profiles of Asian food fare as part of the considerations when we design our beers.”
— The 1925 Brewing Co.
This Durian Edition and 1925 collaboration aims to bring about a uniquely Singapore taste-perience, which emphasises our Asian heritage in every sip. The durian beer is specially crafted for Durian Edition’s new watering hole, MAO King Tavern, located at Swan Lake Avenue in Bedok, and online on Durian Edition’s selling platforms.