It was bound to happen eventually. It has happened everywhere else, so why not Singapore. The natural wine scene is lifting its head also in where its hot and humid. As I am very jet lagged, I will keep this short and sweet: three recommendations for natural wine spots in Singapore. That all you need really – they are all awesome!
Wine RVLT is a wine bar on the edges of Chinatown and Clarke Quay. Its a bit rough around the edges. On purpose. The space is industrial meets artsy, with modern wine posters covering the walls. This place has a fantastic selection of natural wines by the bottle. The only downside is – well that almost everything is by the bottle. There are just a few silly wines by the glass. This is off course not a problem for a group of three or more people, but just popping by for one drink is nearly impossible. Wine RVLT also has some bar food, such as charcuterie and cheeses.
Le Bon Funk
This restaurant and wine bar has come to shed some new light on Club Street – cozy, friendly and stylish. And not to mention a great selection of natural wines. What is special about le Bon Funk is that they serve wines always one bottle at a time – the “by the glass” list rotates even within the same evening. The chef and owner of the restaurant is an alumni of Burnt End. The menu changes daily and is delicious but unfussy. Imagine home baked sourdough bread, comté cheese with tapioca or heritage chicken with potatoes and fennel pollen. Wash it down with some un-oaky French chardonnay.
Cheek by Jowl
Cheek by Jowl is a one-star restaurant in Telok Ayer, owned by a lovely Australian couple with a great sense of hospitality. We popped in for my birthday lunch on a Monday and the restaurant was so packed that we barely fit in. Perhaps because this place has one of the most affordable one-star lunches in town. Two (2) courses is 42 and three (3) courses 48 Singapore dollars. A six course surprise tasting menu sets you back 68 SGD. The wine list is well considered and rich with nice natural wines and grower champagnes. I had a glass of Bereche to start the vacation.
So safe to say that Singapore got a few more points as a travel destination (although it has ranked pretty high before). I cant wait to see what has popped up next time when I go.