Bar-a-Thym Singapore Jan 2016

To celebrate a birthday and commiserate a farewell a few of my friends and I got together at Bar-a-Thym Singapore. This would be my second time dinning at Bar-a-Thym, the first was the great Grosset Wines Dinner, so I was looking forward to going a-la-carte this time, but that was not to be.

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The birthday girl is a friend of Chef / Owner Francois Mermilliod and he offered to provide us with a special menu, so how can you say no to that. The one problem with this is that I am not sure what each of the dishes were, this did not change the fact that the food was, as always, excellent, so I have guessed what a couple of the dishes were.

The Food

Bar-a-Thym A-La-Carte Menu

What we ate

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1 Croquet

Not sure what was in them, but they were great!!!
2 Haddock, Fenne Land Sundried Tomato Rillettes.

Had no idea what Rillettes were until I moved to Singapore, but have been enjoying them ever since.
3 Freshly Shucked Oysters.

Yum
4 Pork with Chinese 5 Spice (I think).

Whatever it was, it was great!
5 Mediterranean Sotong, Homemade Chorizo, Fregola Sarda.

Always enjoy sotong in Singapore, and this was no exception.

FYI, sotong is Malay for squid
6 Carpaccio of Hokkaido Scallops, Tomato Emulsion, Okra, Hazelnut, Caviar

Great scallops, wish that there were more, seems to be theme with me lately.
7 Wagyu Beef Sirloin, Chanterelles, Baby Zucchini, Epoisse Gratin

Cooked to perfection!
8 Not sure what this was, a vanilla based tart with a short bread base and raspberries.

What ever it was it was very good.
9 Bernard Antony Cheese Selection


The Wine

As we know the Chef, we did a deal with him so that we could BYO wine. Thanks Francois!!

Bar-a-Thym Wine List

What we drank

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1 Louis Rodederer Brut Premier

Vintage: NV
Region: Reims, France
Varietal: 40% Pinot Noir, 40% Chardonnay and 20% Pinot Meunier
Alcohol: 12%
Colour: Straw
Bead: Fine
Aroma: Citrus and lemon and peach
Flavour: Combination of citrus and lime flavours
Finish: Medium to long

A great drink to start off the night!
2 Gosset Champagne Brut Grand Rosé

Vintage: NV
Region: Champagne, France
Varietal: 56% Chardonnay, 35 % Pinot Noir and another 9% Pinot Noir added as red wine
Alcohol: 12%
Colour: Pale salmon pink
Bead: Fine
Aroma: Fresh mixture of peach and strawberries
Flavour: Complex combination of berries and spice
Finish: Medium-Long

A very good NV Rosé, refreshing, with a fine bead indicating the quality of this wine
3 Jacob's Creek St Hugo

Vintage: 2012
Region: Barossa, Australia
Varietal: Shiraz
Alcohol: 14.5%
Colour: Deep ruby
Aroma: Medium-Bodied, black pepper and stone fruit
Flavour: Balanced combination of black pepper and stone fruit, with a hint of spice
Tannins: Developing
Finish: Long

This wine is still developing, needs another 5 years
4 Château Lynch-Moussas Pauillac Grand Cru Classé

Vintage: 2011
Region: Pauillac, France
Varietal: 25% Merlot and 75% Cabernet Sauvignon
Alcohol: 13.5%
Colour: Deep ruby
Aroma: Medium-Bodied mixture of berries, cedar and earthy aromas
Flavour: Cherries and chocolate, slightly tart
Tannins: Savoury
Finish: Medium to long

Very enjoyable, liked the tannins and the tart flavour
5 Warrenmang Torchio Aged Pressings

Vintage: Multi-Vintage
Region: Pyrenees, Australia
Varietal: Shiraz 62%, Cabernet Sauvignon 33% and Dolcetto 5%
Alcohol: 14%
Colour: Deep ruby
Aroma: Full-Bodied mixture of blackberries, blackcurrant and spice, possibly cedar as well
Flavour: Interesting combination of blackberry, blackcurrant and spice
Tannins: Structured
Finish: Long

This an interesting style of wine. From exceptional vintages over the past decade Warrenmang has kept aside the basket pressings of Pyrenees Shiraz and Cabernet Sauvignon. They then blend in the Dolcetto in the best barrels of wine where it is aged until it is time for bottling.

I like this wine!
6 Don Antonio Reserva

Vintage: 2011
Region: Sicily, Italy
Varietal: Nero d'Avola
Alcohol: 15%
Colour: Bright, deep ruby
Aroma: Full-Bodied combination of black pepper, spice and cherry aromas
Flavour: Balanced with black pepper and cherry flavours
Tannins: Savoury
Finish: Long

Interesting wine with a great name. Enjoyable and, even though it is heavy on the alcohol, there is no heat and even a little on the finish
7 Bibi Graetz Testamatta

Vintage: 2011
Region: Tuscany, Italy
Varietal: Sangiovse
Alcohol: 14.5%
Colour: Deep bright ruby
Aroma: Full-Bodied mix of cherries, earth, cedar and vanilla aromas
Flavour: Complex combination of cherries, spice and vanilla
Tannins: Silky
Finish: Long

A great wine, always seem to enjoy Super Tuscans! Love the tannins and long finish


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The Line Up

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Another great night, good friends, good food and good wine always ensures at least a good night, add in a great venue and you have a great night.

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Cheers!

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