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Wine & Dine - - CONTENTS - 29 Club Street. Tel: 6224 1490; lebon­funk.com

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The brain­child of chef-owner and Burnt Ends alum­nus, Keirin Buck, Le Bon Funk is the wine bar we’ve all been wait­ing for. This lat­est ad­di­tion to the Lo & Be­hold Group boasts a con­vivial ‘fine ca­sual’ vibe, dy­namic nat­u­ral wine se­lec­tion and thought­fully pre­pared plates.

De­signed with jux­ta­pos­ing el­e­ments, Le Bon Funk’s clean and min­i­mal­is­tic ex­te­rior is a clear con­trast to its warm and wel­com­ing in­te­rior. Its dé­cor and de­tails con­trast fur­ther with a mix of re­fined tex­tures like brass and ter­razzo against raw yet so­phis­ti­cated fur­nish­ings like cork­wood and rat­tan. The re­sult is an elegant and invit­ing space that is full of char­ac­ter.

The nat­u­ral wine pro­gramme is spear­headed by Le Bon Funk’s head som­me­lier and restau­rant man­ager, Josée Yeo­mans. The cu­rated se­lec­tion is de­signed to cater to winelovers of all kinds—from fa­mil­iar and tra­di­tional flavour pro­files for the nat­u­ral wine novice to unique and more funky wine op­tions for the sea­soned wine con­noiseur. As a huge ad­vo­cate for nat­u­ral wines, Yeo­mans keeps the wine list di­verse and com­pelling by en­sur­ing ever-evolv­ing op­tions largely sourced from France in­clud­ing Bur­gundy, Provence, Loire and Al­sace; as well as Aus­tria and Aus­tralia. With a deep ap­pre­ci­a­tion for the care, pas­sion and work that goes into each bot­tle, she con­sid­ers the maker of the wine even more than the re­gion from which it is sourced. Work­ing only with pro­duc­ers she has ei­ther met per­son­ally or who she trusts in terms of their com­mit­ment to the prac­tice, ev­ery wine se­lec­tion is hand­picked by Yeo­mans her­self. While craft­ing the nat­u­ral wine pro­gramme, she was also care­ful to con­sider min­i­mal in­ter­ven­tion wines that not only travel well, but suit Sin­ga­pore’s trop­i­cal cli­mate, and most im­por­tantly, har­monise with the es­tab­lish­ment’s clean pro­duce-cen­tric cui­sine.

At Le Bon Funk, guests can ex­pect a truly dy­namic wine and dine af­fair, with wines by the glass chang­ing daily, de­pend­ing on the day’s weather, as well as the en­ergy and mood in the es­tab­lish­ment. Also with a sim­i­lar ver­sa­til­ity, the wine-tast­ing menus are cre­ated in ac­cor­dance to guests’ ap­petite and taste for ad­ven­ture.

WORDS SAVRINA SHAHI

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