I wanted to go to Wine Connection Deli & Bistro at Robertson Walk but by mistake, we stepped into Wine Connection Tapas Bar & Bistro. I didn’t know there were 2 of such places in Robertson Walk until I found out that this new outlet was newly opened some 2 months ago!
(picture from their Facebook page)
The brick walls and cement floor gives the interior an industrial loft feel. Definitely a casual gathering place rather than a romantic date location. They have alfresco seating as well, which we declined to have as it seems nicer to be indoors.
The bistro was extremely crowded, with a notable percentage of expats since this is Robertson Walk. As they had a large seating capacity we got a table soon enough. The noise level was pretty high so it’s definitely not a conducive place to chat with your friends. You got to shout across the table to make yourself heard.
We were presented with a wine menu, a tapas and wine by the glass menu and a food menu which has quite a variety of food, like soups, salads, appetisers, pastas, entrees, desserts and other drinks. Perhaps I would try their black cod next time. It looked good on the menu.
Westend Estate Golden Mist Semillon
I like sweet wines and I wanted to order Moscato D’Asti but it was sold out. At that point I didn’t realise they had it by the glass too (which wasn’t sold out) so I picked this bottle. It is not cheap at $45++ for a 375ml bottle, but comparing to Inniskilin Ice Wine it’s definitely a fraction of the cost. The taste is somewhere there. It has this thick slightly syrup like texture, which makes it more similar to Ice Wine than Moscato D’Asti does (doesn’t have the high viscosity), and it is sweeter than Moscato D’Asti. However, it really must be drunk very cold because the taste gets too sweet if left at room temperature.
The normal price for this if you get it from the store is $42, so at least the mark up isn’t that high.
They have quite a few choices of wines on their wine menu, starting from $30++ a bottle. This is significantly less than what other restaurants would charge, but you would hate to know that for a $30++ bottle you could get it from their store next door for $19 or something.
Ribeye steak (with red wine sauce) – $20.00++
My dining partner wanted to have steak. Initially I had my doubts about it as many places serve bad steak. However, after trying a piece of hers, I was sold. Of course it’s not the best around but it definitely exceeded my expectations of a $20 steak at a wine bistro like this.
The steak was supposed to be 200g and it comes with a choice of 1 sauce. They have like 6 types of sauces (I think): red wine, black pepper, blue cheese, herb butter, BBQ (I think), and mushroom (I think). I can’t remember for sure, but that’s a rough guide.
The red wine sauce wasn’t very much of red wine, I feel. It just tasted like a savoury oily sauce. Not to say it’s not good, in fact, it was really not bad, just that it doesn’t really taste like red wine.
Ribeye steak (with blue cheese sauce) – $20.00++
I ordered my portion with blue cheese sauce. I have doubts that this is 200g though. It looked really small and it wasn’t exactly very thick. The fats distribution looked weird too. The only complaint I have here is that the meat was unevenly cooked, and the doneness was poorly controlled. I ordered medium rare and my dining partner had medium but hers looked rarer than mine.
The side dishes consists of potato wedges, sautéed msuhrooms and some salsa like mixed vegetables, which I found to be a disappointment as the eggplant was hard. The wedges was alright though.
Overall: A good choice if you want to have some casual food with wine without breaking the bank.
Wine Connection Tapas Bar & Bistro
11 Unity Street
Tel: 6235 5466
Mon – Thu: 16:00-02:00
Fri – Sat: 16:00-03:00
(last food order at 10:30pm)
Robertson Walk Car Park
6am – 6pm:
Mon – Fri: $1.00 1st hr, $0.50 per 1/2 hr, Capped at $6
Sat: $3.00 per entry
Sun & P/H: Free
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Clarke Quay (NE5)
Thanks for the review. Will be heading there this Saturday for a birthday so glad to know what to expect. I agree on the steak, looks like a poor cut of meat with odd fat marbling. But to get this straight..you had a dessert wine with your mains? 🙂
Hi, i think i did mention i was there just to have wine, so we had dessert wine. Later on my friend ordered steak and when hers came i decided to have it too! it wasn’t dinner for me. It read already 10pm by the time. Haha. I probably finished half my wine by the time i had the steak..
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