The 89 Neil Road Shack’s elegant design is inspired by the vibrant surrounding Chinatown and iconic colorful Peranakan architecture. The historic building retains the original neoclassical bones balanced by modern details such as soft pink and mint hues, rose-gold accents and pink terrazzo. The airy interior is anchored by a tiger mural harkening back to the building’s history as the former Tiger Balm factory. Singaporean artist, Sam Lo, created a striking façade mural inspired by the neighborhood with auspicious Chinese symbols like the Lucky Bat and Qilin, Malay roof eaves and Peranakan tiling.
Two new concretes were created based on local flavors, and Eye of the Tiger features vanilla custard blended with lychee, raspberry and shortbread, topped with lime zest, while Open Sesame is vanilla custard blended with black sesame paste and Plain Vanilla brownies, topped with black sesame seeds and gold-dusted chocolate. Supporting the local creative scene, 5% of sales from the Shack Attack concrete supports Very Special Arts Singapore (VSA), a non-profit organization providing opportunities for the disabled through arts.