Drunken Farmer, one of Singapore's leading authority on all things natural wines by lifestyle collective Spa Esprit Group, is brewing up its signature brand of unadulterated funk to natural wine lovers and families living in the east with the launch of a second sourdough-focused bistro and natural wine bar concept in the colourful Joo Chiat neighbourhood on the East Coast.
Riding on the success of turning Common Man Stan—the CBD outpost of Common Man Coffee Roasters—into a 'two-faced concept' earlier this year, the recently opened Joo Chiat joint of the specialty coffee roaster and cafe is set to undergo the same day-to-night transformation from cafe by day to natural wine bar and bistro by night, adding more colour to the familyfriendly estate's vibrant dining scene with a wholesome and gut-friendly package of sharing plates and quaffable natural wines.
Curated with a focus on feeding the posse of wine-loving pals or family nights out, the menu at Joo Chiat brings in a small but sumptuous introduction of new dishes. Adding on to the widely-received sourdough-centered menu conceived back in its Le Vin Levain days, diners can first line their bellies with snacks including the anchoring signature Sourdough Karaage (S$20) for a juicy crunch of slow-marinated then sourdough battered chicken thigh chunks with a zingy homemade kimchi mayo; seasoned and skewered Prawn Sticks (S$20) that are best enjoyed with drizzles of smoke paprika aioli, and a perennial Sharing Spread Platter (S$22) of pita bread served alongside a hearty trio of avocado cream, pumpkin hummus and seeds praline for dips.
Indubitably integral to the experience at Drunken Farmer is its diverse and ever-growing collection of natural wines that span across the spectrum of red, white, rosé, orange and sparkling. Wine lovers in search for a convivial watering hole in the east can look forward to a rotation of 14 labels available by-theglass (from S$18) for fresh discoveries at every return, or have their pick from a bottle selection of over 80 labels (from S$87) that is well on its way to offering the largest selection of orange wines and pèt-nat in Singapore. For the unintiated or adventurous, the Farmer’s Selection (S$50) offers three glasses curated by our natural wine experts to help begin your natural wine journey or simply pair with your meal. (Nov 2021)