Wine and Chef, a new bar/restaurant along Keong Saik, is setting the scene ablaze with affordable wines, delicious cocktails, and mouth-watering food.
Wine and Chef opened its doors early this year, presenting frequent visitors of the rather happening Keong Saik/Bukit Pasoh district with a new alternative – a restaurant in a wine shop. Boasting close to 400 types of Italian and international wines, you’ll never run out of options while you’re here. And what’s more? The food and drinks are actually affordable and not ridiculously priced like in many other well-known (ahem ahem) establishments in the country.
For a place that has such an exclusive collection of wines, their food is amazing. I would recommend the scallops with mango sauce to anyone and everyone who loves seafood. The mango and mint gave the dish such a unique twist, tangy and with the soft and yielding scallops, there’ll be a flavour party on your tongue. Their menu is broken into the small bites, fillers and sharing plates sections – each with generous portions and wallet-friendly prices. Steamed black mussels make a fantastic starter, at $18 – this dish is made with Chinese wine and will be served steeped in a delicious chicken broth. I couldn’t get enough of the mussels or the broth. If you’re looking for something more local, try the Crab Meat “Hokkien Mee” ($26), which is really the iconic Singaporean dish with linguine instead of the usual yellow/white noodles. And the crab meat clings to the noodles in the most seductive way – this is one dish that you must try.
- Cavalier Bartolomeo Altenasso Barolo DOCG ($59+) – A limited wine produced with grapes from a specific vineyard in Piedmont, Northwest of Italy. This exclusive wine has a medium-bodied mouthfeel with rich and dense flavours.
- Azienda Viviani Amarone della Valpolicella Classico DOCG ($69+) – Usually retailing at over $100, this highly-coveted intense full-bodied Amarone wine from the Northwest region of Veneto uses a special blend of three kinds of grapes; Corvina, Rondinella and Monlinara.
- Tenuta Uccellina Ramebla Bianca Ravenna IGT Famoso ($32+) – A medium-bodied refreshing white wine made from an ancient native Italian grape variety called Famoso, this wine displays pronounced aromatic notes of Acacia flowers, nectar and green apples.
- La Montina Franciacorta ($49+) – Besides popular Italian sparkling wines such as Prosecco, Franciacorta is regarded as the “queen” of Italian bubbly and is made using traditional methods with a second fermentation in the bottle, resulting in fine, delicate bubbles, compared to mass-produced sparkling wines.
Wine and Chef is located at 7 Keong Saik Road. It is open from 10 am to 11 pm on Mondays through Saturdays and 10 am to 5 pm on Sundays.