5 Fantastic Wine Bars in Singapore
There’s certainly no shortage of good food in the great city-state of Singapore. And so, too, can it be said about the bar scene. But in the vast colonial-meets-modern architectural landscape, which wine bar should you go to? Here, reveling travelers, we’ve scoped out five reputable wine bars to put on the map the next time you visit the oasis that is Singapore.
13% Gastro Wine
Belgian chef Geoffrey Weckx and wine connoisseur Bruno Vaillant bring years of experience to their 13% Gastro Wine bar, with two locations in Aliwal and Killiney. The thought behind the extensive wine list—which includes personal favorites from France, Portugal, Lebanon and Australia—is for sharing, with bottle prices starting at $36. By-the-glass options can be found written on the blackboard behind the bar; a rotating roster is featured nightly. Dishes are also meant for sharing, with menu items comprising various cheeses and meats including the Iberico de Bellota showcased on the bar, traditional Belgian frites fried in beef fat and served with mayonnaise, Catalan-style strata with tomato and stracciatella cheese, and a five spice-marinated black Iberico pork.
With the slogan, “Coffee by day, Wine by night,” this wine bar/restaurant tucked away in the heart of Orchard is a welcome respite for whatever you fancy. Launched in 2012 by Les Amis Group, Caveau’s wine list showcases over 100 wines from regions around the world, with the majority coming from Burgundy. Wines by the glass start at $9, with options including 2015 Pazo de Señoráns Albariño and 2016 Molly Ducker Shiraz. The food menu is broken down into Bar Bites and À La Carte; highlighted dishes include pan-seared Hokkaido scallops with king oyster mushrooms and chargrilled Australian Wagyu rump steak with horseradish cream.
Founded by Huang Shiying, an MW student, this haunt inside the PoMo mall focuses on natural and biodynamic wines—and their production processes—from boutique producers like Shobbrook and BK Wines, both from Australia. For those not well-versed in these types of wine, staff members are trained to ask guests a series of questions to find out their preferences. Anarchy is also the first in Asia to launch V60 Cacao Brews, made by pouring heated coconut water over single-origin cacao nibs. Anarchy shares its kitchen with Montana coffee bar, known for their all-day waffle menu. Check out dishes like the baked mussels with yuzu miso and the Coffee Gula Melaka Pork Loin.
Le Bistrot du Sommelier
With a resumé including the Palace Hôtel de Crillon and the three Michelin-starred L’Arpege, both in Paris, it’s no wonder that Maximilien Fedkiw’s Le Bistrot du Sommelier has been a favorite on Armenian Street since its opening in 2008. Priding himself on showcasing high quality wines at a low price, the list includes the 2012 Clos Du Mont-Olivet Font De Blanche and François Mikulski Bourgogne Blanc. Chef Brandon Foo cooks up French classics like escargot served in tomato fondue and garlic butter, frogs’ legs with garlic and parsley and pig’s trotter and veal sweetbread ballotine. The second floor is home to the rillete bar; a variety of housemade rilletes, terrines, mousses and sausages are all available. The rillete bar is also home to various tastings and pop-ups hosted by guest sommeliers.
This unassuming coffee shop in the very hip Kampong Glam neighborhood is also home to a great selection of wines from Australia, New Zealand, Franch, Chile and Argentina; wineries include Marlton Estate, Coopers Crossing and Chateau Birot. (A variety of beer, ciders, crabbies and sakes are also on hand.) The food menu has a heavy French influence—owner Abby Lim is a Cordon Bleu graduate. Dinner items include pan-seared chicken suprème, daube of beef short ribs and ocean trout confit.
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