Saturday, 13 January 2018

New European Bar and Restaurant Opens at Albert Court

The bar area

   Wine Bonanza is a new restaurant which has just opened its doors in late 2017. Set in the pre-war colonial heritage building at Albert Court, this quaint restaurant exudes a rustic charm and a sense of nostalgia.

The interior

   With an underground wine cellar and exclusive private rooms, it has a relaxed and laid-back ambience, making one feel comfortable instantly. The intimate restaurant seats up to 60 guests indoors while the alfresco dining area accommodates up to 30 diners.

Exclusive private room

   Wine Bonanza's menu is contemporary European with influences from Italy, France, Spain, Britain and America. The food is surprisingly good for a relatively new restaurant. The culinary team focuses on fresh, premium and quality ingredients and hearty flavours.

Flavourful and wholesome lobster bisque

   Start your meal with rich, creamy and wholesome lobster bisque ($18) which is painstakingly braised with vegetables such as carrots, celery and onions for three hours and topped with angelica root and succulent lobster meat. The soup is well balanced in flavours combining the sweet succulence of the crustacean and the earthy taste of the angelica root. It is bursting with flavours and gratifying to the very last mouthful.

Aged Italian bean purée beignet with truffle mayo

   The aged Italian bean purée beignet with truffle mayo ($15) makes a great starter. The bean purée beignets and coated with breadcrumbs and deep-fried to perfection. The skin is crisp and tasty while the interior is moist, savoury and flavourful. Pair it with the restaurant’s specially made truffle mayo to give it more intensity.

Octopus Carpaccio

   The octopus carpaccio ($17) is another winning appetiser consisting of delicately sliced octopus legs, topped with cress and radish and drizzled with balsamic reduction to give it a sweet, smoky and slightly acidic flavour.

Trio Sliders of Chicken, Beef and Mushroom

   The trio sliders ($17) are great for burger lovers who want to savour all three flavours (beef, chicken and mushroom) at the same time. The juicy meats are sandwiched between soft, fluffy buns. Every bite is satisfying, leaving one craving for more. 

Grilled halibut

   For the mains, I would recommend the grilled halibut ($26) and the beef stew ($26). The preparation method is healthy without compromising on taste. Served with roasted baby potatoes and sautéed asparagus, the halibut has a firm texture and a light, sweet taste. It is perfect for the health and weight conscious. Add a little Arrabbiata sauce to give it a more robust taste with a hint of spiciness.

Beef stew

   The beef stew is ideal for diners desiring more intensive flavours. Consisting of beef brisket braised with precision for eight hours to the right degree of tenderness, it will satiate the taste buds of those with an inclination for red meats.

Truffle mushroom cream pasta

   For pastas, a noteworthy item is the truffle mushroom cream pasta ($24) which is perfect even for vegetarians. The pastas are cooked in a creamy sauce with gentle truffle accents and topped with a delightful medley of assorted mushrooms including button and shiitake. For something lighter, opt for the 4-season pasta ($15, add $4 or bacon) which is generously prepared with artichoke hearts, red capsicum and mushrooms in a zesty Pomodoro sauce.

Bread and butter pudding

   Wine Bonanza has pretty good desserts, the bread and butter pudding ($9) is a palate pleaser ending my meal on a sensational note. A classic British dessert, it is prepared by layering slices of buttered bread scattered with raisins in a casserole dish and drizzled with an egg custard mixture. At Wine Bonanza, a scoop of vanilla ice cream is added to give it more depth and dimension.

   In addition to the food, Wine Bonanza offers an extensive array of wines and unique cocktails to go with your meal such as cocktail milkshake (lovely conoction of kahlua, creme-de-menthe green with vanilla ice cream and fresh cream), Wine Bonanza's rendition of LIT (Long Island Tea - creative combination of vodka, gin, light rum, tequila, triple sec, Tia Maria and sweet and sour) and Old Fashion (interesting mix of Bourbon whiskey, orange sugar syrup and Angustura with orange zest)


The entrance

   Wine Bonanza is a fantastic place to enjoy quality food and to chill out with friends. It is located at 180 Albert Street, #01-09 Albert Court, Singapore. It is open from 5pm to 11pm (last order 10pm) from Sunday to Thursday and from 5pm to 1am on Fridays, Saturdays, eve of Public Holidays and Public Holidays (last order for fod is 20pm and after 10pm bar bites is available till 11pm).

   For reservations, please call 6909 3828 or visit their website here. Alternatively, you may also visit the restaurant's official facebook page here.

Thank you Agnes and Wine Bonanza for the invite.

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