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Praelum Wine Bistro

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Address: 4 Duxton Hill

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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 - Fri: 12:00 - 01:00

Sat: 17:00 - 01:00

Dinner Hours: 6pm - 10.30pm
Supper Hours: 10.30pm - 12mm

Closed: Sun

$60 based on 25 submissions
After Work (8 votes), Chillout (5 votes), Dinner (5 votes)
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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. 

The HGW community like this place for...

  • Complimentary bread and butter spread2 votes
  • Pork Parcels2 votes
  • Scallops with almond sauce2 votes
  • Calamari1 vote
  • Canadian baby back ribs1 vote
  • Home-made ice-cream1 vote
  • Pork Prime Rib1 vote
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12 Jan 2015 • 2 reviews • 0 follower

Disappointing experience

My partner and I tried Praelum as the place we wanted to go to was full and we didn't want to wait for a table.

This turned out to be a poor decision: unremarkable food & wine and quite pretentious.

There are much better options in the area for this price point...
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The management of Praelum Wine Bistro responded to this review:
13 Jan 2015
Hello HungryTummy!

This is Gerald from Praelum and we are deeply disappointed to receive a bad review from you.

We would like to improve and if you could share with us what and why was it not good and how our staff were pretentious, we would gladly make the necessary changes.

After which, we hope you can give us another opportunity to make it up to you.

Please contact us and share deeper details. My email is gerald@praelum.com.sg

sincerely
Gerald & Joel
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. 
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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.
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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