In an intimate 54-seater space, this food and wine bar places proud emphasis on vino from the Old World, with 32 European wines rotated every week alongside a Grands Crus selection – the highest level of vineyard classification in Burgundy, France. Owner Jean-Christophe Cadoret works closely with his 11-man team based in France to select wines for import. And diners may want to indulge in a glass of 2000 Château Latour or 2005 Mouton Rothschild (from $18/glass), or the 2014 Domaine Heimbourger Chablis ($16/glass, $80/bottle). You don’t have to commit to a full glass, either – there are tasting (25ml) and half-portions (75ml) available, which start from $10.
If complex vino jargon puts you off the stuff, worry not, because wine is demystified here: reds are divided into categories such as ‘smooth’, ‘fruity’ and ‘spicy’, while whites are split into ‘dry’, ‘rich’ and so forth, complete with a colour-coding system so you’ll have an idea of the colour of your drink. Napoleon’s iPad menus also come preloaded with wine information and short clips from winemakers describing their vino – e-sommeliers, if you will.
Complementing the wines is a repertoire of European dishes such as smoked whole spring chicken ($30) and hand-cut Angus beef tartare ($30).
|Venue name:||Napoleon Food and Wine Bar||Contact:|
206 Telok Ayer St
|Opening hours:||Bar: Mon-Fri 11.30am-midnight; Sat 6pm-midnight Kitchen: Mon-Fri 11.30am-2.30pm, 5pm-10.45pm; Sat 6pm-10.45pm|