Great Wine Good Food at Praelum
[Praelum Wine Bistro]
Exploring Tanjong Pagar area, hidden along a quiet stretch of shophouses on Duxton Hill, there was Praelum Wine Bistro. A cosy place you could totally relax in, you felt it the moment you stepped into the shop. Using outstanding red color for their walls and beautiful art pieces, Praelum indeed project a "classy" yet comfortable environment. They have their own walk-in wine cellar with more than 1000 bottles of carefully procured vino.
Greeted politely by the head of this bistro, Gerald Lu himself, whom was also a sommelier, followed by serving us our wine and food. He even told us the history behind the wines and founder but was way too heavy for me to absorb! We tried these wines: [Wine A] White: Reichsgraf Von Kesselstatt "RK" Riesling 2014 (Mosel, Germany) [Wine B] Red: Bodegas Lealtanza Crianza 2011 (Rioja, Spain)
Although I'm not a wine person but personally I preferred the white, it was crisp and sweet.
Food that paired with our wines were delicious too. First we had:
1• Pork Parcels (S$27.00)
- Cream cheese Portobello cubes wrapped in bacon. Bacon pan fried till crisp and drizzled with tomato-basil dressing. Bacon was a little dry and tough but the creamy mushroom fillings improved the overall texture. Apple chutney on the side spiced up some additional sweet tangy flavour too. Rating 3/5
2• Tarts Flambee (S$20.00)
- A German dish that resembles pizza. It comes in a rectangular shaped thin crust, spread with fromage blanc, bacon, onions and a sunny side up in the center. Texture was very crispy and tasted lightweight, compared to our usual pizzas. Great as a snack while enjoying the wine. Rating 4/5
Lastly, we had fish. It's definitely a healthier choice for weight watchers!
3• Salmon-En-Croute (S$32.00)
- Salmon parcel wrapped in pastry and baked till crisp. The golden brown crust was so flaky and buttery, yums! I seldom take salmon because of the fishy aftertaste but I took quite a lot this time. Reason being the herbs fillings, which made up of dill leaves, basil and zesty lemon juice, wrapped between the salmon made the whole dish really delicious. Rating 5/5
*** A cosy wine bistro to rest and relax. Although their main target was to introduce customers with better wines but the food here was quite up to standard too. Great wine paired with good food, its definitely a great spot to chill at with friends and colleagues! Occasionally, Praelum do hold private events/ classes to teach you more about wine. Feel free to contact them for more info. ***
Mon to Sat - 6pm to 1am
Closed on Sunday