Representing over 40 exclusive wineries from 26 regions across Australia, Merchants Wine Cellars are spread across the city and stock the largest selection of boutique antipodean wines in Singapore, many of which have not been exported beyond the shores of Australia until very recently. But Merchants are more than simply a wine shop – each of their outlets is also some combination of a wine bar, bistro, and cafe, each with a slightly different character. The local Merchants down Joo Chiat Road is a new addition to Australian team Ainslie Kenny and David Elliott’s family, and is set to get the East Coast sipping on-site or at home.
The people demanded it, and finally Merchants Wine Cellars have delivered it: their long-awaited East Coast outpost down Joo Chiat Road has arrived, meaning that locals can browse the shelves as easily as they can order their wine online. As with all of Merchants’ outlets in Singapore, the Joo Chiat branch is packed with bottles shipped in from small, boutique wine producers at the top of their game, representing both well-known and offbeat Australian wine-growing regions. A highlight here are the regular wine tasting events hosted by the winemakers themselves, bringing the cellar-door experience to Singapore.
Book yourself and a bunch of equally oenological friends in for one of Merchants’ renowned wine dinners. The Joo Chiat Road outlet will be running these too, and with one of Merchants’ winery ambassadors flying over two Singapore sometimes as often as once a week, you can expect an expertly guided voyage through the synergy between food and wine in a relaxed and intimate setting. That said, the daily business here at Merchants Wine Cellars is simply wining and dining. Merchants’ Joo Chiat location naturally offers some incredible vintages (we recommend the Sparkling Monkey Nut Tree Merlot from the Kies family winery) plus a bistro menu for coffee, brunches and lunches alongside a glass or two of your favourite (or something as yet untasted).
Great food and wine. Service was exceptional and it is a small and quaint place to chill on a weekend. a gem in the east!
Great value of wine matched with good food. Chill out.
The food, staff and beautiful rustic ambience with great Value for money. Parking is free. Variety of menu. Will make this as one of my regular must places for dinner.
Great place to chill and enjoy wine! Heard they are going to introduce a new menu, am looking forward to trying it once it is out.
A much-welcomed spot in Joo Chiat to have interesting wines by the glass or bottle and be able to have decent tasty food beyond typical bar offerings. My friends and I enjoyed 2 different wines and enjoyed duck rillette, meatball nachos (which sounded a bit odd but was delicious) and a cheese plate. Pleasant & informative service. Ambience is fine with various chandeliers and the wine selection as a feature. I suspect this will evolve over time into a more cosy/funky hybrid? (then I'd give it a 5!). At the moment, the lights are a wee bit bright. Lovely evening...
Very friendly and relaxed. Our host, Ram was extremely nice, knowledgable about wine selection and a good sense of humour. The food was excellent, not simple but also not fussy. Well priced to compliment a decent wine selection that also catered to all tastes and wallets.
Just as fantastic as the Duxton location-such as pleasant surprise to see the fabulous Julian working there! Delicious wine, $1 truffle fries, and charcuterie platter...always a pleasure to share with friends!
A bit busier this time, with a noticeable drop in the level of service. Had to request water top-ups (whereas they were automatic last time) and for the complimentary wine bites (which are part of the ladies' night deal) we were served a tiny dish of olives and that's it (last time we got dip, cheese and crackers)
Friendly attentive staff. Fabulous food with generous helpings. Then there is the awesome wine list. Try the sparkling Shiraz. Unusual choice but trust me it is great.
One of the best place in East! For simple wines, food and sweets! Service is good. I have brought different groups of friends here and all of them love it!