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Praelum Wine Bistro

Duxton Bar, Wine Bar $$$ +100
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About Praelum Wine Bistro

Praelum means press-beam or wine-press, a device used to extract the grape juice at the beginning of the winemaking process. Taking this device as its name, Praelum Wine Bistro reminds us that grapes come first, long before they have been vinified into the delicious libation that galvanizes the palates of so many gourmets. Situated amidst the vibrant dining community on Duxton Hill, an historic shophouse conservation area in Singapore, Praelum is all about enjoying French food and wine in an inspired ambience flanked by modern artwork and wine cellars, complete with unparalleled service. With premium cuisine and cocktails alongside its enviable selection of wine vintages, Praelum is a destination for the city’s lovers of the good life.

Opening Hours

  • Monday 18:00 - 01:00
  • Tuesday 18:00 - 01:00
  • Wednesday 18:00 - 01:00
  • Thursday 18:00 - 01:00
  • Friday 18:00 - 01:00
  • Saturday 18:00 - 01:00
  • Sunday Closed
Praelum Wine Bistro, Duxton Hill 4, 089590 Singapore

Further Information

When wine connoisseur Elizabeth Lin decided to parlay her passion for and expertise in all things wine into a wine bar and bistro, she hit the nail on the head when she found her dream’s home on Duxton Hill, in the midst of an already thriving dining district. Considerately transforming a classic heritage shophouse into a vibrant, modern haven for fine wine and food, Lin – perhaps unwittingly – heralded in a new chapter for Singapore’s burgeoning gastronomic and oenological scene.

Lin is joined up Duxton Hill by a stellar and uniformly award-winning team of sommeliers and hospitality industry veterans. Together they invite guests to kick back and relax as they indulge in Praelum’s internationally-inspired (but continental European-leaning) lunch, dinner and supper menus. All matched, peerlessly, with Praelum’s stock in trade – glass upon bottle of the finest drops from France and Italy, Australia and New Zealand, the USA, Spain, Lebanon, Germany, Austria, Chile, Argentina, and old world regions less frequently explored, let alone easily found in Singapore. Book in advance, especially if you wish to attend one of Praelum’s many, regular wine dinner and tasting events.

CHEF'S CHOICE

87 Reviews

5.1 /6 Excellent 87 Reviews
Noise: quiet
Atmosphere: entertaining
Service: extraordinary
Quality/Price: cheap
Waiting Time: short
Food: delicious
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2 reviews so far 6
27.05.2017 14:13

I had an enjoyable evening here. I was served excellent wines for my flight of 5, with each wine very different from each other, with its own distinct character. I also ordered pork parcels, which coincidentally (or not), came between my first 2 wines (a prosecco and a Pouilly-Fume) and paired very well with both wines. Service was excellent and staff were knowledgeable about their wines too. Definitely a great place for even beginners to learn more about the wines out there.

1 review so far 6
13.05.2017 18:10

Great service! I had 5 glasses Flight wine Set, they personnalisé the tasting set based on my preference and each wine complemented the food perfectly. Each pour Comes with interesting sTory about the vineyard and grape variety. Highly recommended for those who want explore & learn more about wine appreciation. Much appreciated, Michelle

2 reviews so far 6
09.05.2017 08:45

Very helpful staff - they explained the wines very well and some great choices on the menu for food. We had a Sauvignon Blanc with a crispy thin tart.

1 review so far 6
05.04.2017 11:20

Excellent quality of modern european food with fantastic service throughout the night. The staff have excellent knowledge of wines, recommend to try the flight of 3 or 5 wines

1 review so far 4
25.02.2017 08:58

Ordered an appetizer, two mains, a dessert and two drinks. Our appetizer was served to the table next to ours before the customers commented they didnt order that particular dish. It was then sent to our table. After a long wait, my pork ribs came,without the garlic mash i ordered. Beef cheeks arrived but actually we ordered steak. Our steak order was sent to us a while later.After the mains,we asked for dessert to be served. Thought it was strange to be given a clean set of fork and knife for a creme brulee. I joked that maybe they will serve us the wrong dessert, perhaps key lime pie as that was probably the harder texture dessert that requires knife. True enough,waitress came with key lime pie. We alerted them about the wrong dessert served and they decided to give us the key lime pie complimentary,on top of the creme brulee which will be served. When bill came,credit card for palate dining was given but was not automatically 50% off. We informed the waiter and problem was rectified. I enjoyed the complimentary bread,calamari as well as the recommended drink (i like sweet alcohol). Complimentary dish was a nice way of saving the day but I wish there werent so many cockups.

15 reviews so far 5
09.01.2016 15:13

Excellent food (we had the lamb and angus steak) and fantastic friendly people as always :) also we had the key lime pie which wasn't fantastic but was still a good end to the meal. One thing to note: we used the entertainer app, which at Praelum covers almost everything in the menu. So do take note that desserts are considered in the same category as mains and thus the cheapest item (usually the dessert) will be free. Order two mains if you wish to take full advantage of the promo :) Thanks Praelum for always delivering a satisfying meal.

7 reviews so far 5
08.12.2015 10:09

My partner and I had the pork parcels and salmon en-croute. The food was well-executed and unique. I personally felt that a little side salad would have given the dishes some balance and improved their overall presentation (they looked a little bare). On a random note, we noticed that the price difference between the menus in the restaurant and the one displayed on their website had price differences of about $10+ per dish. This is quite a jump and should be updated. Nonetheless, I enjoyed my meal here and recommend this place even for those who are not wine lovers.

1 review so far 4
29.06.2016 14:09

A bit disappointed by my last visit at Praelum. they didn't have the wine we wanted and only had more expensive ones to suggest, main courses all came at different times (there were 6 of us), and side dishes arrived late, once everyone had finished their food. some main dishes (such as lamb ribs) are very small for the price tag. the manager saw we were disappointed by the dishes arriving at different time and too late and nicely gave us free deserts (good commercial gesture that you rarely see in Singapore). overall experience: food is pretty good and place is chilled, but a bit pricey for some dishes and service can be improved.

1 review so far 6
24.03.2017 12:03

Nice cozy wine place which serve good food & good wines. Gerald the sommelier there was patient in selecting and recommending wines to us based on our preference. His vast knowledge on wines had made the evening not only a wonderful dining experience but also a good learning experience. I would definitely recommend this place to those who want to learn more about wines and taste good wines by the glass at reasonable prices!

2 reviews so far 6
24.12.2016 08:39

This was our first visit and it was wonderful experience, thanks to the outstanding service of Gerald. He is thoroughly familiar with the menu items and recommends in great details. We had Salmon-En-Croute and Grilled Chipotle Chicken - delicious. Gerald Lu, National Sommelier Champion 2010, is indeed the main man you’ll want to seek out for recommendations. We had red and wine, absolutely great. Looking forward to coming back.

1 review so far 6
03.11.2016 10:03

Hi, we really enjoyed our time in Praelum, The staff was patient and introduced us several great wines, and the food selection is excellent. We had the pork parcels , baby back ribs and most importantly our favourite was the baked brie. It went very well with our medium bodied red Rioja. We would def go back again! Thanks for showing us a great time!

2 reviews so far 3
09.06.2016 17:47

Our table was near the entrance (with a door permanently opened) so it's like sitting in the smoking zone. The place was packed so we can't shift to a table further inside the restaurant. The food was pretty decent but after serving us some nice bread, the next course (scallops) came about an hour later. It took nearly 3 hours to wait and finish our soup, scallops, main course and dessert, all the while with cigarette smoke filtering in. The promised candle on the dessert (we were celebrating a birthday) didn't materialise either. However, they were nice to give us the dessert on the house. I suppose we've chosen a wrong place to celebrate as it's basically a watering hole.

1 review so far 6
13.10.2016 11:23

An unforgettable evening being educated in some incredible wines. A nice casual environment where we sat at the bar and had two random flights of 5, being taught by a talented somm about the stories behind each wine and the pairings that would go with it. I would recommend this to anyone curious or passionate about wine!

5 reviews so far 4
18.02.2017 11:19

The food was only OK but the wine that we were recommended was incredible. One of the staff (tall Indian man that night) wasn't very helpful. I tried calling him several times and he only responded when a smaller female waitress came to us. The smaller waitress was also very confused about things when we asked her about the T&Cs for the Entertainer App promotion with Praleum. We only received great service from the Chinese man with dyed blonde hair who had recommended our wine.

6 reviews so far 5
07.04.2016 09:57

Nice restaurant with a good ambiance. Friendly service crew and sommelier who upped the whole dining experience with detailed and good recommendation of wine! Food was averagely good tho tad salty for my palate. Beef cheeks were very tender and love the bread too! will definitely be back =) Observed that the restaurant has a lot of regulars/friends. pretty much a good sign

3 reviews so far 6
30.04.2016 08:00

A very relaxed vibe. Service was a bit rushed as the place was rather busy. Lots of interesting wines by the glass. The food menu is small, but the dishes we had were excellent - baked Brie, roasted prawns, salmon and beef cheeks, followed by chocolate fondant. Would recommend it!

2 reviews so far 5
26.10.2015 21:17

Service was friendly n good. My friend and I enjoyed d escargot although it was a bit salty for my taste. D striploin was tasty and we enjoyed the salmon the most. It was wrapped in crispy pastry like a pie. The salmon was moist and tasty. Wide range of wines and free tasting before ordering. We liked that!

6 reviews so far 5
29.11.2015 07:44

Food is freshly made and has great flavor even though we were told this is mainly a wine tasting place. On the pricey side. Overall, would have given 6 if not for ambience which was ruined by a large very noisy group of wine tasters. Also, replacing the plastic chairs will help with upping the ambience.

1 review so far 5
08.09.2015 22:43

A overall decent experience at Praelum Wine Bistro. Restaurant has an extensive wine list but food menu needs to be more comprehensive to complete the experience.

15 reviews so far 6
19.11.2015 09:10

It's only my second time here but the owner remembered me and the wine I liked, and we were treated like royalty! So rare to find somewhere in Singapore with such amazing service. Will be back here for the food soon :)

1 review so far 5
03.06.2017 11:13

Celebrated my mum's birthday at Praelum Wine Bistro. The service & food was great. Huge selection of wine available. Overall a enjoyable experience that evening.

8 reviews so far 6
22.10.2015 09:42

Gerald was a gracious host with great wine knowledge. I thoroughly enjoyed the Chianti Classico Riserva (Il Molino di Grace) he had recommended. Food here is really tasty - had the baked escargot and the Tarte flambée. Definitely would be back!

1 review so far 4
19.02.2016 20:11

Food quality is good. The pork parcels are definitely a must try. However, when I made my reservation, I did state that I was going to use the entertainer 1-for-1 promo. They didn't say it couldn't be used that day even though they did contact me to ask about special requests and only informed me when I got to the restaurant.

25 reviews so far 6
29.02.2016 01:13

Great food and wine selection. Pork parcels and cod fritters were great! Riesling was pretty good too. As always, owner Gerald was fantastic and gave us a brief history of wine making in both Burgundy and Germany.

2 reviews so far 5
11.02.2017 07:46

great experience in a place full of positive vibe. Besides the service (never seen so many nice staff in the same place), the food was very nice (try the salmon! really unique) and the list of wines never ends. Amazing place, well done guys!

6 reviews so far 5
09.05.2016 09:04

High quality food and wine. There was a large (comparative to the small bistro anyway) rowdy party on the day we were there so ambience was a little spoilt plus service was nothing memorable as their attention was on the bigger party.

2 reviews so far 6
12.11.2016 09:15

Excellent experience. The staff were friendly and very good. The food took a little while to arrive, the only minor complaint, but was very tasty. And a great selection of wines. Will be back!

4 reviews so far 5
04.12.2015 14:48

The service was excellent. The Angus beef steak and salmon that we ordered were delicious. I love the key lime pie but my friend found it too sour. Overall, great dining experience and will definitely go back again.

6 reviews so far 6
03.02.2016 18:41

Try the steak, seriously. You won't regret it. Service is also consistently good, with the staff well-trained to provide lots of good advice on wines and wine pairings for the food.

3 reviews so far 6
28.08.2016 12:04

The atmosphere is causal and engaging. Great service from the staff! We had good recommendation of wine to pair with our food. A fantastic place for gathering with friends and family.

1 review so far 4
31.05.2017 09:28

the food was pretty good. however, service was much better the last time around. despite having very few people in the restaurant, hardly any attention was given. a pity as it is a really nice place to chill out with friends to have decent drinks.

1 review so far 6
19.02.2017 11:45

Gerald as usual is a great help to select an excellent wine to accompany the delicious meal. The salmon-en-croute is really a must-have. Try also the chocolate cake for dessert.

2 reviews so far 6
04.12.2016 11:13

Good ambience not so crowded and very helpful sommelier. Foods are great too. I totally recommend ppl who want to chill with wine and want to chit chat in here

3 reviews so far 5
21.01.2017 09:19

Praelum had a wide selection of wine and the selection of food was wide. Service was impeccable and personal. I highly recommend it to anyone, be it a dinner with friends or that special someone.

1 review so far 5
24.11.2016 11:47

Nice place and very kind staff! I highly recommend this bistro also because of the location and the wide selections of wines. Food is fine as well though the menu is a bit too limited

2 reviews so far 6
27.12.2016 08:28

A superb place if you enjoy wines and well stocked with the best wines and with the best value. This place is full of people that know their wines!

1 review so far 6
05.03.2017 08:51

Delicious food, sumptuous wines and stellar service... Praelum is one of the best options for a memorable night out with friends. And you won't break the bank either!

1 review so far 4
25.04.2016 08:30

Gerald is awesome in providing good tips on affordable wine out of their very fairly extensive winelist. Service and food was lacking a bit, but can be sorted out to enhance the dining experiences. Will be back again for the wine!

4 reviews so far 6
22.12.2015 00:22

Always a great time at Praelum! Good wine recommendation from Gerald and food complemented the wine very well too. Dessert (key lime pie) could be improved though.

1 review so far 6
29.03.2016 09:53

We really enjoyed ourselves. Good food, great wine and a casual friendly atmosphere I found Praelum an excellent place to catch up with friends and unwind.

1 review so far 6
06.01.2016 12:21

Extremely friendly service from Zack and Gerald, food was great and the ambience was cosy. 10/10 will return again for more drinks and dinner. Highly recommended.

1 review so far 4
26.01.2016 22:01

Food was impeccable and service was great. But the place could do better with some air conditioning. Our food took a tad long to reach the table but it could be due to the crowd on a Friday night.

1 review so far 5
22.01.2016 15:33

Good food and wine! Excellent and attentive service. Servers are knowledgeable with both food and wine menu which is an extra thumbs up. But they no longer serve wine tasting portions.

1 review so far 6
04.04.2017 23:34

First time in Praelum and had a wonderful time with my wife. Excellent service and great food and wine pairing was awesome! Will go again.

2 reviews so far 6
15.07.2016 08:42

Great service, food was good as well. Gerald the head sommelier is knowledgeable and friendly. Really enjoyed my time there. Will be back for sure!

2 reviews so far 6
28.07.2016 19:30

Excellent as usual. Gerald continues to be extremely friendly and knowledgeable. Great place for group meet up. Food was good. I will definitely be back!

1 review so far 6
23.12.2016 08:41

Praelum is a sweet little enclave tucked away in duxton. Great service, superb food. Next time I'll be here to try the wines! : )

1 review so far 6
20.01.2016 13:12

a great spot, made enjoyable by the good food and wine and the very attentive and friendly staff who certainly add to the overall experience

1 review so far 6
09.11.2015 08:39

Nice Food, good environment, friendly staff and thoughtful. Love their baby ribs it was really delicious. Good place for a drink with choices of beverages.

3 reviews so far 5
27.03.2016 08:11

Food was very good and the service was excellent. They were very knowledgeable about their wine and dishes. Lots of backstory on the wines as well. Will definitely come again.