Remember that Mediterranean holiday? Sipping wine along the coastline and sampling the sunny vibrant food. Relive that experience with Winestone. This establishment is a restaurant, late-night bar and wine retail store all in one, serving up affordable wines and authentic Mediterranean platters. Wine and Stone are integral aspects of the service this place provides: a selection of quality but affordable wines (from $10 per glass) and signature meals served on stone boards. This is well represented in the signature Winestone Express Platter ($22), which includes a mixture of cold cuts, cheeses, olives, bread and a glass of wine. Other signatures include Ricotta and Veal Meatballs ($14), Battered-fried Whitebait ($12), Seabass and Dolma Prawns ($26), 150-days Grain-fed MS2+ Beef Tenderloin ($87) and more. Take note all you late night revellers: as night falls, the music gradually transforms from chill beats to house music; Winestone is the only restaurant and bar on Stevens Road that operates till 2am on Fridays and Saturdays. Take-home wine is also made available at Winestone Retail, located within the restaurant, with a separate entrance to the driveway.
30 Stevens Road, #01-09, Singapore 257840. Tel: +65 6491 6100
Situated in the Sunset Way neighbourhood, Summerhill features the comforting and hearty fare that speaks to the heart and the stomach. This family-friendly establishment is run by chef-owner Anthony Yeoh, the former head chef of popular French restaurant Cocotte, and serves up food that make “both kids and parents smile.” Dishes to try include a Roast Pork Collar in Creamy Mustard Sauce ($25) and homemade pastries like Salted Caramel Banana Bread ($6.50). The Roast Chicken ($23 half, $45 whole), which fans of the previous Cocotte Restaurant would recognise as its siganture, is also available. Regular customers who aren’t content with the standard menu can look forward to the regular specials that head chef Christopher Soh creates each month. This cosy bistro is also available for private events. It’s location in Sunset Way is great for neighbourhood get-togethers and family gatherings.
Clementi Street 12, Block 106, #01-62, Singapore 120106. Tel: +65 6251 5337
Don & Tori
Don & Tori is a Japanese restaurant that does away with the stuffy traditions of Japanese cuisine to offer modern dishes and cocktails. The menu features an innovative list of donburi bowls and maki rolls, as well as yakimono (grilled or pan-fried) items. Items like the Truffle Wagyu Foie Gras Don ($38) and Sakura Ebi Angel Hair Pasta ($32) come with the indulgent addition of luxury ingredients like truffle oil and foie gras to their donburi and caviar to their noodles. If one is more partial to sashimi, Don & Tori has that covered with their Mixed Sashimi Platter (starts from $30). Their seafood is flown directly from Japan’s iconic Tsukiji Fish Market. Don’t just focus on the food; check out Don & Tori’s small, punchy cocktail menu. Drawing on unexpected savoury ingredients such as salmon and wagyu as well as more traditional flavours like yuzu and sakura, their drinks take you on a flavour ride that you’ve probably not had before. The Bold Fashioned ($23), for example, features Japanese whisky washed in decadent beef fat, an uplifting tang of cinnamon bitters and a refreshing twist of yuzu and is topped with a wagyu beef cracker.
74 Tras Street, Singapore 079013. Tel: +65 9811 7888
Showcasing a menu that maps out the evolution of the Singaporean palate through different cuisines, alittle tashi encourages diners to eat in the communal Asian dining style, almost like sharing a spread of ‘zi char’ dishes. Diners place their orders at the service counter and save on the ten percent service charge. Choose from Chinese fare like the Lion’s Head ($16), a Shanghai-style braised pork meatballs and cabbage dish that complements the Tashi Broth($7), a staple cooked in a chicken and pork master broth. Said broth is also used in the comforting Tashi Rice Soup ($9), which includes Japanese rice, salmon roe, pickled ginger and spring onion. If French food is your thing, get the Snails and Marrow ($32) – a creation where garlic rice accompanies baked veal marrow and escargot. alittle tashi has a variety of house-made pickles like the Spicy Red Radish ($7) and Garlic Cucumber ($7) which can complement a meal or drink nicely. If you’re more in the mood for a drink, alittle tashi has its interestingly-named Laundry Room. Here, you can get your relaxing tipple with an assortment of bar snacks like the oozy baked Mozzarella ($10) with furikake on sticks, which is reminiscent of sticky Chinese malt candy.
39 Tyrwhitt Rd, Singapore 207538. Tel: +65 9757 3680
A quaint little shophouse establishment residing along Craig Road, Ma Cuisine Singapore is a Gastro Wine Bar boasts one of the most extensive wine offerings in Singapore, with over 600 labels to choose from. The wine list features a wide range of labels from diverse terroirs of wine-producing regions in France and beyond. Ma Cuisine is boldly “wine first, food second”, with a food menu that is catered to their wine collection and designed to bring out the best in every vintage. All dishes here are meant to be paired with wine. A Côtes du Rhône “Khayyam” 2015 Domaine Mas de Libian ($78), may be enjoyed with La Pissaladière ($19), a crisp anchovy tart typical of Nice that is perfect for sharing. The Le Jambon Persillé ($27), a homemade terrine of braised pork shoulder with garlic and parsley goes nicely with the Meursault “Les Casse Tetes” 2015 Domaine Tessier ($132). Expect to spend around $70 per person for your meal, excluding wine; wines start at $65 a bottle.
38 Craig Road, Singapore 089676. Tel: +65 6224 1838