14 Sep 2014 • 14 reviews • 26 followers
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
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