First impressions: A new wine bar housed on the second floor of an ornate corner shophouse in Kampong Glam, 13% Gastro Wine is a sweet spot for post-work drinks, and a good group place where the menu is all about sharing. Beautifully handcrafted (and extremely comfortable!) high, wooden chairs stand tall along the long wood-top bar, which is decorated with pretty Moroccan-style tiles. Behind the bar is an impressive Ibérico ham ready and waiting to be hand-carved.
The chosen one: A glass of the Pierre Moncuit-Delos Blanc de Blancs Grand Cru NV ($17 per glass) – dry, clean and the ideal amount of fizz.
The cheapskate: Bottles of wine start at $40. We sipped on the Dominique Portet Fontaine Rose Victoria ($50).
Bite on this: The food was so outstanding, it would be worth heading here even if wine wasn’t your thing. We tried the stunning and original tomato tatin ($21), a confit of tomatoes, roasted pine nuts and a full burrata melted on top with a balsamic reduction. We simply couldn’t fault this dish. From the grill, we chose the black Ibérico “la Pluma” marinated with five spices ($35); the meat was tender and the flavour not too overpowering. We also tried the splendid C&C ($13), a breaded blue crab cake served with roasted garlic aioli. It tasted fresh and was cut into neat little triangles, which meant you could “dip and down” in one mouthful!
Last but not least: The bar’s mantra is “sip, swirl and savour”, and that’s exactly what we did.
13% Gastro Wine
#02-01, 14 Aliwal Street
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