Zhi Yan Chia •
04 Apr 2009 • 8 reviews • 0 follower
Date: 21 March 2009
Time: Around 2230hrs
Meal Type: Chillout
Occasion: A very close friend’s birthday
Have always wanted to visit Dempsey but the sky-high prices have so far managed to keep us away. That was until I came to know about Woods (a subsidiary of The Wine Company).
For those who are not familiar with Dempsey, Block 14 is at the very end where it’s not well lit. It’d be nearer for people who are walking in from the bus-stop to follow the exit for cars right before you reach the fountain.
Woods has a large variety of good wine and tasty finger food to go along. Although they do serve main courses, there aren’t many choices available. We had two red and one white wine, a couple of beers and coffee plus finger food – Goujons (Fried Fish), Cheese and Sausage Platter, Wasabi Mayo Prawns and Fried Chicken Wings.
I particularly like the white wine from Steigelmann - Gimmeldinger Meerspinne Riesling Kabinett Halbtrocken (2005, Germany). It’s especially fruity and sweet, making it very easy on the palate. I’m sure it will win over new converts who have never been a fan of wines.
Fancy dining in the rainforest? Woods offers an experience very close to that. Tucked neatly behind The Wine Company, its alfresco area stretches into the vegetation, giving it a better ambience over its parent company that faces the carpark. On the other hand, Woods’ indoor area is rather small. Given that we had nine people, we ended up outside, praying very hard that it wouldn’t rain because it was drizzling earlier.
There were surprisingly no mosquitoes, but for those who are paranoid of shedding blood, the staffs are more than happy to light mosquito coils at your request. I’ve one complain though – the alfresco area is too dark. Illuminated only by a candle at each table, I could hardly make out the faces of people sited at the next table. Then again, darkness adds to the ambience doesn’t it? Fortunately, we were provided with torchlight to read the menu.
The washroom is basic but clean. However, it’ll be inconvenient if it rains as the washroom is located at a separate building.
Any establishment that doesn’t charge Service Charge and GST offers good value. This is particularly so when prices are already extremely reasonable at Woods. Just to name a few – Spaghetti Aglio Olio is $6 while Fried Rice is $8 nett. Where else can you find such prices? The wines are also sold at retail prices. Hence, Woods do charge a corkage fee of $6 for every bottle consumed on the spot.
Remember to check your bill though – I noticed that we were charged an additional $3 (not a lot considering that we spent $201) when I checked the receipt after I reached home.
Service was prompt and the staff were patient (there was a little confusion when so many of us placed our orders together) and very professional in handling the wines. One can observe them following a proper routine when opening the bottles and serving. However, as customers start pouring in later into the night, they can get a little busy.