Mon - Fri: 12:00 - 15:00
Mon - Thu: 18:00 - 23:00
Fri: 18:00 - 00:00
Sat: 12:00 - 00:00
Sun: 11:00 - 23:00
This German wine bistro and deli was named one of the top 50 business restaurants in 2008 by the Singapore Business Review. The extensive bistro menu includes all the usual sausages and meats, with the added attraction of flammkuchen, a type of German pizza with sour cream. The deli carries a plethora of German food products including an award-winning wine selection.
Full Magma German Wine Bistro review here: http://ivanteh-runningman.blogspot.sg/2013/12/magma-german-wine-bistro.html
Dining in this multiple award-winning restaurant isn't cheap, and with good reason. Magma German Wine Bistro specialises in authentic, tasty German / Berlin cuisine, along with a huge variety (about 250 labels) of wine from all 13 wine regions in Germany.
Magma German Wine Bistro is tucked away in a quaint restored shophouse, which gives it a charming appeal, but makes it slightly difficult to locate. The small interior is divided into both the bar, and the restaurant. German inspired decor adorns the place, such as posters of the German wine regions, and the open concept kitchen draws the eye with its busy German chef and enticing aromas.
I found the service at Magma German Wine Bistro to be very good. It wasn't busy during my visit, and staff went around to tables to make conversation with customers, as well as introduce them to the various dishes that were served. Staff also were able to show me the various types of bread available for sale, and explain how to treat them. Very good service, knowledgable and efficient.
The variety of German dishes on the menu is decent, and prices befits a fine dining establishment. I found the actual execution of food at Magma German Wine Bistro to be good, in particular, the main 'star' of each done was done beautifully, like the sausages or chicken. However, the accompanying vegetables / potatoes, while fresh, are rather bland and uninspiried, simply acting as fillers / sidekicks to the star of each dish.
The most surprising thing about the Berliner Currywurst Pork Sausage With Spicy Curry Gravy And Schrippe Berlin Bread Roll (SGD $22) was the dark rye bread roll, which was smooth, soft and tasty... I just had to buy more! The Currywurst Pork Sausage was well grilled, meaty and flavourful, and the dash of curry powder lifted the overall taste... Good enough even without the sauce!
See the full review with pictures here.
Magma German Wine Bistro was really empty on a Sunday night. There was a pretty good jazz pianist there although the keyboard was turned up too loud. What exactly is German wine? It’s not real heard of, unlike Italian moscato, barolo, French sauvignon blanc, chardonnay, etc., Spanish rose, cava. I suppose Riesling is German. Apparently (another gobbet of knowledge from our resident European) German wine is actually very good, but they do not produce enough for export. If you look at a map of the vineyards (or fertile-for-grapes area) of Germany (which Magma helpfully furnishes), the wine producing region is a really small sliver of German land, and because of the cold, the grapes are also too small to yield a great quantity of wine for it to be well known.
The waiters at the wine bistro were real character studies, as is the menu.The whole place seemed to be run by chinese although the owner is German. Also the kitchen kind of faces the restaurant, ramen-ya style. Half way through the dinner a repetitive thunking could be heard – they were tenderizing my schnitzel before breading. Very bizarre!
The meal had precious little vegetables (mainly sauerkraut, which I don't care for), lots of potatoes, and lots of pork. A fatty pork dominant diet is totally not sustainable in a tropical climate – F suspects that’s why it was deemed non-kosher by the muslims. And after we had struggled to the end, against our better judgment, we ordered a dessert of fried pancake pieces then dipped in caramel (the sugar + water kind), sorta like ba si xiang jiao.
The German food was alright, but in general I think things like schnitzel and sauerkraut or pork knuckle are easy to prepare/does not require a whole lot of finesse. I really liked the pork ribs as well as the cheese and nut platter though.
In a city full of hidden dining gems, Magma is recognized as one of THE most under-rated. CNNGo rates it as one of the top 5 value business lunches in Singapore, alongside well known names such as Iggy's and Garibaldi's. As you would expect, Magma does meat very well - from its magnificent pork knuckles to juicy schnitzels, from steaks to cold cuts. The bread is home-made and fresh, and you will see why the Germanic world is reputed to be the world leader in sweets and desserts. Magma is particularly well known for its formidable wine collection - one of the largest German wine collections outside Germany.
Magma discount vouchers are available at http://www.makandeals.com/restaurants/magma