BYO wines for western cuisine to Bistro 103 located at:
103 Pasir Panjang road
You will find this eatery located at the end of a row of shophouses at the junction of Jalan Pelepah and Pasir Panjang road. The frontage is nondescript, you can almost walk past it (I did) :p Inside however, you get a feel of being in a quiet osteria away from the day's hustle and bustle. Its a place where you can relax and wind down with a good hearty meal.
This eatery is managed by chef-owner Flix and his wife, Karen. Both have spent some time in Le Cordon Bleu, Adelaide Academy of Hospitality. Together with Karen's brother Eric, they have been operating this bistro for 4 years now.
I must confess here, I am not a food critic :) so I'll just attest to my tummy finding the portions served hearty and the food tasty :)
This eatery carries its own range of wines (mostly from Australia) for consumers. However, it also allows diners to bring along their own wines at a reasonable corkage fee of $5++ per bottle. One need not worry about wine glasses or ice buckets over here as they are well stocked with these.
Some uniques wines
If you are the type of wine enthusiast who like to explore, discover and try unique wines (rather than stick to known culprits), then you have another good reason to drop by this place. It carries and serves the following wines usually not found in other establishments:
2009 Jamabro Rough Cut Diamond Viognier Moscato (a 100% viognier made in a slightly spritzy moscato style). Have you ever tasted one made with viognier yet?
Dutschke Sun-dried Liquer Shiraz NV. Think 'italian passito and port wine making coming together' :p Raisins from shiraz varietal crushed and then fortified with neutral spirit during the initial fermentation process to make this wine.
The following fortified wines from Barossa Valley made by Mark Mader using the traditional Solera process normally reserved for making sherry:
Gumpara Liquer Frontignac (18% alcohol)
Gumpara Liquer Semillon (18% alcohol)
Gumpara Liquer Tawny Grenache (19% alcohol)
You can order most of these curious ones by the glass too. Do go check the place out :p
Note to readers: It’s always good to give the establishment a ring and reconfirm its BYO policy before heading down; things in life have an impulse to change :)