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Wine bars: We review 13% Gastro Wine in Kampong Glam

By: Emily Finch

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.
 

13% Gastro Wine features an eight-metre mosaic bar, and a special Iberico and cheese counter

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!
 

13% Gastro Wine's tomato tatin, $21


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
6291 6816

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