Nestled comfortably in the corner of Riverside Point, WineGarage offers a relaxing atmosphere where one could enjoy an extensive wine list with wine-friendly food from a Mediterranean-influenced menu crafted by Chef Travis Masiero.
We were offered complimentary crisp sesame bread together with a bowl of hummus dip. It was a refreshing change from the almost standard offerings of bread and butter. The hummus was surprisingly very good - it was thick with a subtle nutty flavour and just a hint of lemon as an afternote.
It was a good munchy while we looked through the thick wine folder. Luckily, the house sommelier, Bala Pasupathi, came to our rescue and offered his help to recommend a German Riesling, Guntherloch - 2006 ($69), which suited us just fine - not too sweet, slightly tart, crisp and not too dry.
The house smoked salmon with aioli, soft herb salad and toast ($26) was a delicious starter. The contrasting textures between the raw innards and the cooked exterior were interesting. and fortunately, it was not too salty as well. I passed on the raw onions though, as I'd rather not have a dragon breath all night.
Moving on, I looked forward to the ricotta mezzalune with spring vegetables ($16/half portion). As it turned out, I was not disappointed. From the beginning, I was swooning (a little too much) over the prettiness of the plating, which I thought looked like an outdoor landscape. Beneath all the foliage lied three plump mezzalune (half-moon raviolis) that were filled with ricotta cheese. The pasta was surprisingly quite bland and required all the flavours from the accompanying vegetables that turned out to be playing quite an important role here. If you are curious, the vegetables were: sweet kernel corn, (cute) cucumber balls and herbs like dill and basil.
We shared a dessert. Asking the waiter for a recommendation (almond milk pudding) turned out unneccessary because we chose the date and brown butter crostata ($13) anyway. Served with whipped cream cheese, a sorbet (I think it was green apple?) and some candied orange peel, the buttery tart was a rich and delicious ending to the night. It was a generous portion too, especially after two courses, but I pressed on when the girlfriends put their spoons down in defeat. In the end, I still could not finish it.
The weather had been good to us and we chose to sit al fresco and enjoyed the cool night breeze brushing gently pass the ears. The night felt almost too perfect - ate good food, drank good wine, generated tons of giggles over random discussions, beautiful people to indulge the eyes, alcohol induced dancing, short cab-wait, smooth ride and then a good night's sleep.
30 Merchant Road, #01-07 Riverside Point
Monday – Thursday: 4 pm – 12 midnight
Friday & Eve of PH: 4 pm – 1 am
Saturday: 11am – 1am
Sunday: 11am – 12 midnight