A rather distracting month so far. So much so that I delayed writing an entry till now. But then I think its alright to live life first when the opportunity shows itself and keep reflections for the quieter, hot nights when sleep plays hide and seek :)
The beginning of this month presented itself with a birthday dinner of a long time friend. A few of us visited Xiang Ba Lao, an eatery located at 298 Jalan Besar, #01-01, Allenby House, Singapore 208959, Tel: 62947986 for a wine dinner. You can alight at Lavender mrt station and take a short walk to this eatery. This place is presently managed by Ms Katherine Choo, who mentioned that they commenced operation the later part of year 2010.
The good news for wine drinkers is that this eatery allows you to BYO wines and it does not charge any corkage fee. This waiver applies seven days a week.
The place is air-conditioned, has 2 private rooms and a main hall which holds 10 tables. The 2 private rooms are spacious and have side cabinets, which makes it convenient to hold your wines, decanters and ice buckets.
Ice buckets are provided if your wine requires chilling. The wine glasses provided by this establishment are more appropriate for white wines though. So if you are particular about glassware for the evening, then I suggest that you bring along your own red and sparkling wine glasses (and decanters too if your wines need aerating). (We brought along glasses and decanters, and I must say the wines benefited from the extra effort on our part.)
The menu has a good range of dishes which should satisfy the needs of both vegetarian and non-vegetarian diners. Folks keen to explore food and wine pairings will find themselves with sufficient dishes to experiment with for the evening. I particularly enjoyed having roast duck with wine over here :) After all, what's dinner without some meat? :p