Wine & Chef

June 17, 2017 Ivan Teh - RunningMan 0 Comments

Wine & Chef
7 Keong Saik Road

https://www.facebook.com/Winenchef/

http://sgwinecellar.com/


Angus Beef Short Rib & Foie Gras (SGD $42)



Tasty Modern Singaporean Plates & Fine Italian Wines

(Ratings: On a scale of 1 to 10, with 1 = Worst and 10 = Best)
Overall: 8
Ambience & Setting: 7
Food & Beverage: 8
Service: 9
Value for Money: 9
Spent about SGD $30 per person.


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Established since December 2016, Wine & Chef is an exciting modern gastrobar, whose concept is modern Singaporean. Featuring a cuisine blend of Chinese Hokkien with Italian in their dishes, and offering an extensive range of wines from across Italy, all at affordable prices in a comfortable, casual setting, Wine & Chef has quickly but quietly gained a loyal following. We visited for a birthday celebration.

Ambience at Wine & Chef is casual and comfortable. The dimly lit area is neatly spaced with heavy but sturdy wooden furniture. An open kitchen lines half the area, offering diners a view of chefs preparing their food. Ventilation here is good too, I didn't detect any food odours in the air. The extensive and well-stocked wine racks at the front offer ample opportunity for browsing, and they even have a small outdoor al-fresco dining area.

Service at Wine & Chef is attentive and friendly. Orders are quickly fulfilled, and staff will introduce each dish as it's served, displaying decent product knowledge. They're helpful with requests, and will assist to clear away empty / dirty plates and tables efficiently. If the owners are present, you'll see them move around and engage diners in conversation, offering personalised attention.

Food at Wine & Chef is modern Singaporean, innovative, exciting, and delicious. A heady, hearty blend of Chinese Hokkien and Italian flavours, each dish is bold in flavour, beautifully presented, and generally well executed and tasty. Portions are large for individuals, and sharing is recommended. Despite their position as a gastrobar, Wine & Chef actually offers affordable, wallet-friendly prices. Budget about SGD $30 per person for a meal here. Will return for more!


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Wine & Chef Exterior
Wine & Chef Exterior


Wine & Chef Interior
Wine & Chef Interior


Seating Outdoors


Seating Indoors


Italian Wine Map
Italian Wine Map


Open Kitchen


Wine Rack


Wine Rack


Water Glasses



I like the straightforward and well executed Crispy Cajun Fries (SGD $6). Piping hot, with a slightly crisp exterior and a fluffy interior, each of these shoestring fries have good potato flavour, complemented by a touch of savoury spicy seasoning. Worth ordering!

Crispy Cajun Fries
Crispy Cajun Fries (SGD $6)


Crispy Cajun Fries



Loved the fresh, clean-tasting Egg Tofu & Century Egg (SGD $6). This homemade appetizer features a silky smooth, homemade egg tofu, garnished with diced century egg, red radish, century egg sauce, and super crispy pok cui crackers. The combination of soft and crispy textures, and the contrast of earthy sweet salty savoury flavours is so delicious. Highly recommended!

Egg Tofu & Century Egg
Egg Tofu & Century Egg (SGD $6)


Egg Tofu & Century Egg



What I like about the Curry Pork Knuckle With Achar (SGD $20) is the generous portion, a huge pork knuckle with a good ratio of tender, lean pork meat to succulent fat. The homemade curry sauce is nicely thick and savoury salty in flavour, however, it does make the Curry Pork Knuckle skin / crackling less crisp than it should ideally be. The surprising highlight was the delicious Achar, a medley of homemade pickled cabbage, cucumber, carrots, and pineapples, juicy sweet sour yet still pleasant.

Curry Pork Knuckle With Achar
Curry Pork Knuckle With Achar (SGD $20)


Curry Pork Knuckle With Achar


Achar
Achar


Achar


Curry Pork Knuckle
Curry Pork Knuckle


Curry Pork Knuckle



Being Chinese Hokkien, the Crab Meat Hokkien Mee (SGD $26) here resembles the Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia style noodles in taste. Thick, bouncy linguine pasta noodles in a dark, slippery, savoury salty seafood stock, shellfish, and soy sauce gravy, garnished with premium seafood. This includes mussels, tiger prawns, deshelled blue swimmer crab meat, and crispy pork lard. Tasty for sure, but less intense in flavour than the Malaysian version, ultimately, rather forgettable.

Crab Meat Hokkien Mee
Crab Meat Hokkien Mee (SGD $26)


Crab Meat Hokkien Mee



The Soya Sauce Chicken (SGD $16) features a half chicken, prepared French rotisserie style, except that instead of Western herbs, the marinade uses 5-spice powder, dark soy sauce, and a house blend of Asian herbs. The cooking method results in a tender, juicy, bouncy texture, while the marinade lends a herbal salty savoury flavour, complementing the natural sweet taste of the chicken. While tasty, I felt the flavours become rather one-note after awhile, and it could be better if there was some contrast.

Soya Sauce Chicken
Soya Sauce Chicken (SGD $16)


Soya Sauce Chicken



The Seafood Ciambotta (SGD $38) is a hearty Italian summer stew. A fresh, sweet savoury seafood broth filled with potatoes, zucchini, tomatoes, onions, mussels, tiger prawns, Hokkaido sea scallops, octopus, and a fillet of hamachi / yellowtail fish. A luxurious yet comforting stew, delicious and warming. Great soul food.

Seafood Ciambotta
Seafood Ciambotta (SGD $38)


Seafood Ciambotta



The Angus Beef Short Rib & Foie Gras (SGD $42) is an excellent dish. The slow braised Australian angus beef short ribs have tender, succulent, juicy beef meat which slides right off the bones. Coated in a reduced au jus, with bold notes of savoury meaty flavours. Equally delightful and surprising was the stir-fried royal garlic chives which formed the bed, rivaling any good Chinese Zi Char stall out there with its fresh, crunchy texture and smoky sweet flavour of garlic and wok hei / breath of the wok. This luxurious dish is completed with a creamy fatty slab of rich foie gras. Highly recommended!

Angus Beef Short Rib & Foie Gras
Angus Beef Short Rib & Foie Gras (SGD $42)


Angus Beef Short Rib & Foie Gras



The Wine Elegant Red - Masseria Cardillo Vigna Giadi Basilicata IGT Primitivo (SGD $6 per glass) is an elegant red wine made with 100% primitivo / zinfandel grapes, produced by Masseria Cardillo, in the comune of Bernalda, in the Basilicata region of Italy. It has a deep, dark ruby red colour, with aromas of raspberries, blackberries, star anise, and pepper. It has a robust, perfumy, medium body with soft tannins, and tastes of redcurrants, blackcurrants, blueberries, and oak. Very approachable with smooth, fruity sweet notes, and a short finish.

Wine Elegant Red - Masseria Cardillo Vigna Giadi Basilicata IGT Primitivo
Wine Elegant Red - Masseria Cardillo Vigna Giadi Basilicata IGT Primitivo (SGD $6 per glass)


Wine Elegant Red - Masseria Cardillo Vigna Giadi Basilicata IGT Primitivo



The Wine Refreshing White - Terre Forti Romagna Bianco DOC Trebbiano (SGD $6 per glass) is a refreshing white wine made with 100% trebbiano / ugni blanc grapes, produced by Terre Forti, in the comune of Faenza, in the Emilia-Romagna region of Italy. It has a clear, pale yellow green colour, with aromas of honeydew melon, green apple, lemon, and lily flowers. It has a crisp, acidic, light body with some minerality, and tastes of pear, slate, jasmine flowers, and sage. Very undistinguished with smooth, grassy sweet notes, and a short finish.

Wine Refreshing White - Terre Forti Romagna Bianco DOC Trebbiano
Wine Refreshing White - Terre Forti Romagna Bianco DOC Trebbiano (SGD $6 per glass)


Wine Refreshing White - Terre Forti Romagna Bianco DOC Trebbiano



The Wine Happy Sweet - Beppe Marino Piemonte DOC Bramusa Brachetto (SGD $6 per glass) is a sparkling dessert red wine made with 100% brachetto / borgogna grapes, produced by Beppe Marino, in the comune of Mango, in the Piedmont region of Italy. It has a bright, delicate pink red colour, with aromas of lime, apricot, rose flowers, and cherries. It has a full, fresh, structured body with some persistance, and tastes of strawberries, redcurrants, rose syrup, and peach. Lively and best consumed when young, with delicate sweet notes, and a lingering finish.

Wine Happy Sweet - Beppe Marino Piemonte DOC Bramusa Brachetto
Wine Happy Sweet - Beppe Marino Piemonte DOC Bramusa Brachetto (SGD $6 per glass)



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