Giving wine lovers a cheap way out (but still of quality) is their mission.
Merchants Wine Cellar & Store directly imports mostly unique wines from the vineyards themselves. Completely doing away with the middlemen makes the cost price cheaper. And you should be glad to hear that they’re ‘passing on the savings’. I’m nowhere near a beer / light alcohol person, let alone wine; if you are one, you should head down to their physical store either at Duxton or PasarBella. They have cartons of wines (from independent, boutique winemakers) it’s like you are going on wine-shopping, except to drink it on the spot (or not).
Wines brought in are largely from down under.
Sparkling Shiraz is one of their more unique ones; one they have gotten generally really good reviews on. And instead of the usual mass-produced ciders you get, you can expect real ciders (made with real apples and pears from Victoria).
Wines by glass can go from as low as $12.
Truffle Fries ($10) :: Never mind the overpriced, mainstream Truffle Fries you’ve been hearing these days. Merchants’ rendition of Truffle Fries – thick cut of fries, deep-fried to crisp yellow, served piping hot, with a strong truffle aroma and truffle-infused mayonnaise. For a truffle addict, it was heaven to my ears, mouth and taste. And for $10, it was a reasonably huge bowl of fries, and absolutely anything but stingy with their truffle. I daresay it’s one of the most worthy Truffle Fries you’ll get in Singapore.
Truffle Cream Pasta ($18) :: Though still generous on their truffle, it was a little mushy and cloying in taste. There was a lack of presence of mushrooms in it as well, in terms of taste and smell. Biggest pity though, is that you get very easily cloying with this.
New Zealand Tenderloin with Truffle Fries ($31) :: If you are looking to indulge in a well-executed piece of beef meat in its nude form, you’re in the right place. We requested for a medium-rare doneness, and I was pleasantly surprised that they had daringly done it. It was spot on because when diners ask for medium-rare, they’re really actually asking for a bloody one. It’s served with béarnaise sauce and / or red wine sauce on the side. And a smaller bowl of orgasmic truffle fries.
This Duxton outlet has only been opened for less than 6 months, but I already see potential. Service is good. But menu is disappointingly small. It has a number of sandwiches, but limited in mains; you can count them with one hand. I hope that they’ll expand on that soon. Then, there would be more reasons to return.
—> Note #1: Prices stated are nett. No GST and service charge.
Address: 52 Duxton Road
Telephone: 6222 1162 (Takes Reservation)
Opening Hours: 8am – late (Daily)