Sipping on bubbles in the heart of the city will never be the same again at Ô Batignolles.
Being a self-confessed Francophile, the opportunity to spend a lazy Singaporean evening pretending I was dwelling in Paris again (a year spent in the French capital is always a good idea) was a dream come true. I had often walked past the quaint, Parisian shopfront of the charming Ô Batignolles bistro en route to the office (it happens to be located in the heart of the CBD) so I was extremely excited to finally step inside. The gorgeous interior didn’t disappoint with slatted doors flung wide open to allow the street bustle to heighten ambiance and maximise people-watching capacity (a favourite past time of any Parisian who knows their Rive Gauche from their Rive Droite).
The mingling of cultures was wonderful and the ever-balmy evenings of Singapore make this a monthly must-do, or at least an occasional stop and sip for an indulgent pause. The inspiringly informative and friendly owner Antoine Rouland, who heads up both Ô Batignolles and sister restaurant Ô Comptoir, was on hand to divulge the history of the wine from vineyard to table. It was incredible to hear about the heritage behind the carefully crafted wines. French wine is certified by an AOC seal of approval (appellation d’origine contrôlée), a strict control on its sourcing, so that the consumer has knowledge of its geographical origin, determining its taste in combination with the year of harvest. From knowing how the soil used to grow and how the grapes would affect the flavour to the weather conditions of that vintage year, Monsieur Rouland was a fount of knowledge.
The four wines myself and a girlfriend sipped upon were from the Domaine du Moulin located in the Southwest of France. It is a family run vineyard estate established in 1827 and now in its 6th generation of the Hirissou’s ownership. The wines lived up to their divine reputation, from crisp, fruity white to my favourite — Red Old Vine — made up of a melange of Braucol (a grape native to their vineyard) and Merlot, to develop the deep, smoky taste. They were perfectly paired with the strong cheese and cured red meats of the charcuterie and cheese board.
If you fancy yourself a wine connoisseur or wannabe sommelier, you should make a post-work stop at this little paradise in the heart of the CBD. Their monthly wine tastings are a delight for all the senses and a truly relaxing way to enjoy the city.
Reserve your place here for their next monthly event, focussed around Rosé, the perfect pink tipple for summer days (and a very Sassy-endorsed colour, if you haven’t noticed!) Tuesday 21st July 7-9pm. $28 for 4 wines by the glass, less than sharing a bottle at home!
Ô Batignolles also hosts champagne nights on Wednesdays for ladies, a group of 4 Mademoiselles receives a free bottle of bubbles!
Ô Batignolles, 2 Gemmill Lane, Singapore 069247, (+65) 6438 3913