An international wine cellar to accompany fuss-free, affordable and simply good food.
For some, the words “wine bar” may conjure images of candle-lit banquettes, sommeliers dressed in velvet and eye-wateringly expensive menus. But upon stepping through the doors of Wine Link, tucked away in the Marina Residences on Kaba Aye Pagoda Road, it instantly became clear that this is not that kind of wine bar.
The restaurant is bright and practical, somewhere big groups could gather for a birthday or families could return to regularly on a weeknight. True, they have a huge selection of wines on display from all around the world, from an Overstone Merlot from New Zealand to an En Passant organic wine from France, but many of their bottles are priced very reasonably, starting at around the 15,000Ks. As a result, Wine Link can be treated as an easy-going wine cellar, somewhere you can browse for a bottle to either enjoy at your table or take home.
Keeping prices affordable was key to Head Chef Kevin Cape, who purposefully created a menu to include 10 main dishes priced at 6,000Ks and under. This way, Wine Link is inclusive and suitable for wine-lovers of any budget.
The menu is undoubtedly a people pleaser; dishes include everything from whole pizzas for under 6,000Ks to slow cooked BBQ ribs or a spicy pork curry. To start we tried a rocket and Parmesan salad (3,900Ks) and spicy barbecue wings (4,900Ks), closely followed by grilled seabass with pesto (7,900Ks) and 18-hour slow cooked BBQ ribs (8,900Ks). Finally to finish we also ordered a crème brûlée and a rich chocolate indulgence (both 3,600Ks).
The food at Wine Link is not full of surprises. The dishes are all things that a western guest will have tried many times before, but Wine Link is deliberately not trying to create culinary shock waves. It’s fuss-free, affordable and, simply, good food. The best comparison would be to equate Wine Link to reliable chains like TGI Fridays or Jamie’s Italian and, fittingly, they also have plans to expand their empire, with hopes for four more outposts in the next two years.
The beauty of Wine Link is in the appeal it will have for all, no matter their taste buds or wallet size. Just as you can pick your wine for the evening from the vast and varied selection, guests can choose the kind of experience they have when they visit Wine Like, from the lavish to the economical. We left feeling jealous of the residents of Marina Residence who have Wine Link on their doorstep, and counting the days until they announce their next location.