The thing is, scoring a decent bottle of wine at any restaurant in Singapore wouldn't actually be considered a feat. But any self-respecting oenophile would know better than that. It's about sussing out the places that pour themselves entirely into the art of wines, farmers, grapes, you name it. And with our list, are places that also serve up a stellar food programme. Shake and bake, wine and dine — here's where to head to get your vino fix.
Located along Carpenter Street, Wine RVLT is a wine bar founded by 2 veterans sommeliers of the F&B industry - Alvin Gho and Ian Lim — seeking to create a real revolution in the food and wine experience in Singapore. Akin to an omakase experience in a Japanese restaurant, Gho and Lim put forward their personal preferences on the wine list. While some may find their tastes too mellow or extreme — but it is sure to entrall those looking for a new wine adventure. With food playing out as a key aspect of the bar, they focus on sustainable produce with a mind for “Lightness and Freshness”.
Nosh to order: Hokkaido scallops, horseradish cream, grated scallop roe
38 Carpenter St, #01-01, Singapore 059917, Tel: 6909 5709
Opening hours: Mon - Fri (4-10:30pm), Sat (1-10:30pm)
Tucked in a charming corner of Singapore’s Keong Saik enclave, Bar Cicheti honours the tradition of a daily Italian meal — pasta and wine — with a homegrown authenticity to match. Think an eclectic and global wine list that ropes in a number of biodynamic, organic, and sustainably farmed labels to the fore, puppeteered by Ronald Kamiyama, the Cicheti group's resident sommelier.
Nosh to order: Paccheri
10 Jiak Chuan Rd, Singapore 089264, Tel: 6789 9801
Opening hours: Mon - Sun (12-2:30pm, 6-10:30pm)
Le Bon Funk
Along the ever-bustling Club Street lies this intimate spot featuring easy eats and most of all, an impeccable selection of wines. There's an ever-evolving list featuring various regions, artisanal labels, etc. With chef-owner Keirin Buck at the helm, you'll also be treated to house-cured charcuterie and specially made crudites to bring a whole new meaning to the term "bar food".
Nosh to order: Beef Tongue and Gribche Sammy
29 Club St, Singapore 069414, Tel: 6224 1490
Opening hours: Tue - Thur (5-10:30pm), Fri - Sat (12-10:30pm)
The latest on our shores, Rebel Rebel aims for patrons to have good conversations and most of all — pair it with a lovely glass of wine. Luckily for us, we recently had the pleasure of visiting them to taste their wines and mains. Chef Deborah Yeo, formerly at Burnt Ends and The Ledge by Dave Pynt, lends her touch to Rebel Rebel's tenacious menu. With regards to wine selects, some of the tipples here promise to be thought-provoking but fun; energetic and sensual.
Nosh to order: Prawn uni paste brown butter toast
14 Bukit Pasoh Rd, Singapore 089828, Tel: 62245466
Opening hours: Tue - Sat (5-11pm)