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Praelum Wine Bistro

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Praelum offers a list of extensive wines that are served by the glass and bottle from its walk-in cellar. Pair the bistro's mix of French and Indochinese cuisine with wines that are dispensed from the Enomatic machine, which helps to preserve the flavours of wines from opened bottles.

Mon - Sat: 17:00 - 01:00


Dinner Hours: 6pm - 10.30pm

Supper Hours: 10.30pm - 12mm

Closed: Sun

$60 based on 24 submissions
After Work (8 votes), Chillout (5 votes), Dinner (5 votes)
Des T 78

Excellent and Personal

Wanted to try a different place from our usual dining spot and chanced upon this nice wine bistro. 

Joel was excellent in serving us and gave us good recommendations for food and wine. He took time to explain the food and the wine. Service was personal. 

The food was good. The Pork parcels and salmon were the favorites. 

Thanks to Joel and the Chef, this will be a place to be frequent. 

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19 Nov 2014 • 1 review • 0 follower

Excellent and Personal

Wanted to try a different place from our usual dining spot and chanced upon this nice wine bistro. 

Joel was excellent in serving us and gave us good recommendations for food and wine. He took time to explain the food and the wine. Service was personal. 

The food was good. The Pork parcels and salmon were the favorites. 

Thanks to Joel and the Chef, this will be a place to be frequent. 
14 Sep 2014 • 14 reviews • 26 followers

Not many establishments will or can right a wrong... Praelum can and did.

So, in 2012 I wrote a scathing review of Praelum, for a mismanaged situation on their part. 2 years and a couple more visits later, I'm ready to change my thumbs down for Praelum to a thumbs up.

The story went a very pregnant me was about to eat at Praelum for the second time in 2 months, but cigarette smoke from patrons outside was reaching me. I asked to be moved farther into the restaurant, only to receive extremely lousy service from the manager on duty. We left without having dinner that night.

Following my review, we received an apology from a staff of Praelum, gave ourselves a couple of months to feel alright enough about Praelum to return and give it a second chance. Since then it's been good, no more smell of smoke when inside, no more caustic manager (haven't seen him since, probably was asked to leave), food is consistently fresh and flavoursome, my husband liked the wine he had there once, service has been excellent (hello Gerald! are you reading this?).

I'll recommend this chic hangout to anybody who appreciates fusion and wine, and enjoys chilling out with friends or colleagues after a hard day's work in the CBD nearby. We really like the pork parcels and the scallops, try these if it's your first visit and you're not sure what to get.

PS: AMEX palate membership entitles you to substantial discounts here.
The management of Praelum Wine Bistro responded to this review:
05 Oct 2014
Jocelyh,
Thanks for the warm feedback! We are glad to see you return, and enjoy the food and service this time round. 2012's "caustic manager" was a part-timer who fortunately is no longer with us. ;) Gerald, the team, and I look forward to welcoming you back soon.
- Liz, Director
03 Aug 2014 • 224 reviews • 1 follower

OK Food Excellent Service Great Drinking Place

See my full reviews & photos at = http://chefquak.com/2014/08/03/average-food-very-good-service-praelum-wine-bistro-on-1aug2014/

couldn’t think of a place for dinner. looked at the palate outlets & decided to try praelum wine bistro at duxton hill. a slight put-off though thinking of the traffic & parking. anyway we decided to park at craig place carpark which charges hourly. came to S$4.50 for parking but at least no hassle.
it was actually a great watering hole, great place for a drink. praelum is latin for wine press for crushing grapes & extracting juice. but i don’t drink so that was wasted on me. haha! 
nice ambience & crowd. it was 8pm on a friday night & all the tables were taken up so we sat at the counter.
to their credit this place served & did not charge for water. my wife ordered one full pint of hoegaarden. it tasted great, i agree. 
the baguette was nice & warm! i guess we were hungry but this was good with the butter.
we ordered mostly their recommendations. the young server was very helpful. the crispy crust tarte flambe was the french answer to italian pizza? very crispy dough. onions gave it sweetness & the egg some texture. wife felt the cheese was not “pang” aka flavourful enough. overall, quite edible maybe average or above cannot really c/w a good pizza.
the herb escargot was the best of the lot. it’s like a dozo cheese gratin escargot combined with a usual herb seasoning. quite excellent, and the bread went very well with the remaining sauces. 
the portobello was a little strange. i liked both blue cheese & portobello but they didn’t seem to combine very well. grilled portobello with simple olive oil & sea salt is very nice & easy to do at home & someone the added blue cheese masked or reduced rather than enhanced the flavours. i was ok with the ribs. i was expecting the sweet sticky version, not my favourite but an ok dish. wife though it was below average c/w say tony roma’s.
after amex palate 50% discounts for 2pax, the bill came to S$36++ for the 4 dishes. the beer was another S$14 no discounts.
while the food was not quite what i would crave for, it was competent 7 pretty ok for the price, after palate discount that is. 
& i can see that many (young & old) would enjoy the ambience, crowd & drinking here.
must say something about the truly excellent service. the young partner is a wine specialist – he said he was in the trade from 16. & all the young servers were very very friendly & helpful. 1 lady asked if we would like to shift to a vacated table but we were quite happy to sit at the counter & let others have the table.
31 Jul 2014 • 5 reviews • 0 follower

Great place to wine and dine

My friend and I just had dinner here tonight for the first time, and we loved the place! The food and wine were amazing - definitely value for money. Ambience was great as well..not too noisy so you can actually have a nice conversation over dinner. The wine tasting "vending machine" was a great concept especially when you're not sure what you'd like to have. It reminded me of wine tasting at vineyard cellar doors. For food, we had the "pizza" with tomato and basil, canadian ribs (very tender...meat came off the bones so easily when you cut it!) and salmon pastry - all very good! Gerald and his team provided superb service with a personal touch which made the place pretty special as not many good restaurants provide such service these days. Very glad to have discovered this place and will definitely be back! 
10 Jul 2014 • 2 reviews • 0 follower

Cosy little hidden gem

Nice place to chill out with your girlfriends or just to hide out from the rest of the (more noisy) bars in the area!

The staff were very friendly and helpful, knowledgeable too about the wines. Good food and comfortable pricing, will be back again.