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这家酒食馆，就算你滴酒不沾，点上他们家一桌的精心料理的「下酒菜」也能心生满足之情。同时也因这家位于 Puteri Harbour 的酒食馆稍不留神就会与之擦肩而过，若非友人的呼唤，大人将会错过夏夜的一场微醺料理飨宴呢！「请原谅大人一心以为酒馆的外观就该与深色系挂钩啊！」
If your idea of a night well spent is mostly wine, wine, and more wine, the latest addition to the wine bar scene right smack in Puteri Harbour will undoubtedly get your drink on. For non-drinkers looking for bar bites fulfilling enough to pass off as dinner, these small plates are tasty on its own even when not paired with a few alcoholic drinks. Who needs alcohol when you have food! Okay if we were you, we will go for the food AND the booze. What’s more, the area is surrounded by tons of lush greenery in the marina area, allowing us to enjoy a nice sip and meal over a scenic view.
公主港最为人熟知的既是各国好酒美食料理齐聚一堂，於2017年12月6日启业的 7 Grapes Wine & Tapas, 不同于其他餐厅以大份量的主食选择示众，由于主人家夫妇 Shuren 与 Dhalya 皆来自五星级酒店专业背景，7 Grapes 所祭出的新旧世界好酒 (价格介于 RM100-RM400之间) 与精致下酒菜自是他们的纯粹之选。
Check out the newly opened 7 Grapes Wine & Tapas, the brainchild of Shuren and his wife Dhalya, taking over what used to be Rouge at Puteri Harbour. Dhalya runs 7 Grapes full time while Shuren still works with Fullerton Hotel in Singapore. We know we’ll be in good hands here, as the couple commands decades of experience in F&B management, food catering and menu engineering within the hotels and hospitality industry, which lend a hand in their selection of moderately priced Old and New World varieties, ranging from RM100 to RM400.
7 Grapes 的狭长室内就好似一个小型储酒室，不论是选择在长吧台上把酒言欢，或是在小圆桌前圈绕三两好友谈心，由 Shuren 亲自挑选收藏的每一款酒品值得让你钦点，橱柜上所摆放的每一支酒皆已被细心归类为：
7 Grapes prides itself as a bar for both novice and experienced wine drinkers and is our best bet for now if we’re looking for a crash course on wine. If complicated vino jargon puts you off, fret not as wine is demystified in this walk-in cellar, with whites are divided into “smooth”, “fruity” and “sharp”, while reds are split into “calm”, “light” and so forth…
• Smooth and Delicate
• Fruity Aroma
• Sharp and Crisp
• Calm Drinking
• Light & Bright
• Heavy Element
除了一系列精选红酒与白酒之外，7 Grapes 亦提供各式啤酒与鸡尾酒等与下酒小菜搭配，「不瞒各位，他们家的精致下酒菜绝对能让各位一试成主顾啊！价格更是亲民地让人诧异。」原来是热爱与友享用美食美酒的 Dhalya 尚未经营 7 Grapes 之前，早已暗下决心有天当拥有自家酒馆之际，必要以细水长流、口耳相传的理念让同好们能过足酒食搭配之瘾，这不正应了品酒艺术中那一句「食物对了，酒才好喝啊！」
The philosophy here at 7 Grapes is that everyone should be able to appreciate fine wine minus the pretentious atmosphere, and we couldn’t agree more. PLUS, retail wine prices served in a restaurant setting is what 7 Grapes is all about, making this a great spot to drink vino and watch the world go by on the marina. We decided to sit outside for dinner for the natural breeze and a more bustling ambience.
Caesar Salad | Wild Mushroom Soup | Roasted Red Pepper Tomato Soup
这儿其实还蛮适合来场轻食小聚，点一份拌以 Homemade Dressing 的清爽 Caesar Salad (RM13)，还有备受人客力赞、以四种菌菇细搅而成的超浓郁 Wild Mushroom Soup (RM11) 与 Roasted Red Pepper Tomato Soup (RM10) 「一般餐馆均选用三种菌菇制汤，7 Grapes 则精挑了四种，浓稠层次无疑调升了一级，极得人心不无道理；而番茄汤的口感与意大利面红酱颇为相似，搭上烤得香脆的蒜香面包，酸甜开胃。」
Our first experience in 7 Grapes was initiated with some apple-infused cocktails before a bevy of authentically-adjusted tapas fare for our local palates took over, starting with the simple but satisfying Caesar Salad. The homemade dressing and the generous amount of cheese on top were worthy of mention, and so were the soups on offer. Made by blending four types of mushrooms together, we love the sweet, savoury layers of flavour and the soft gritty texture of countless palatable bits of fungus in the rich and satisfying Wild Mushroom Soup; while the Roasted Red Pepper Tomato Soup wasn’t heavy on cream but with good tomato flavour and body nonetheless. A fitting recipe to enjoy on a cold January day!
Lemongrass Chicken Skewer | Prawn Crostini | Bacon-wrapped Asparagus Spears
三位主厨 Chef Ben, Chef Shark 与 Chef Burn 所炮制的精致下酒菜滋味果然不同凡响，大人真的好喜欢这道滋味清雅至极 Lemongrass Chicken Skewer (上图，RM11)，「香茅的那股淡淡异香总是让人着迷，恰如其分融入软嫩多汁的烤鸡肉中，煞是好味啊👍 ！」
意大利文中的 Crostini 意指小面包，可搭以各式丰富配料果腹，而这儿的 Prawn Crostini (左下，RM10) 则以满满的虾粒奶油酱汁淋浇於面包之上，「别担心，这充盈着奶油酱的面包毫不显腻哦！」再点份微焦咸香的 Bacon-wrapped Asparagus Spears (右下，RM11) 平衡味蕾，品一口今夜的 House Wine, 特别尽兴。
Helmed by Chef Ben, Chef Shark and Chef Burn, the ingenious use of the fibrous stalks of lemongrass to double perfectly as skewers. while imparting a mild lemongrass aroma to the meat makes this tender Lemongrass Chicken Skewer the perfect starter! Don’t forget to squeeze a bit of lemon over it for some much-needed zest!
The Prawn Crostini was quite delightful as well, thanks to the aromatic fennel and zesty mayo that uplifted the taste but the layers of streaky, smokey-sweet bacon creating a thick and juicy meat roll that holds the pair of fresh, crisp asparagus together makes this delicious Bacon-wrapped Asparagus Spears starter perfect for any special occasion and were gobbled up in a flash!
Crab Cake | Stuffed Calamari | Deviled Chicken Drumlets | Loaded Nachos
总是让人无法回绝的酥炸下酒小菜，在 7 Grapes 可是丝毫不马虎地上桌示人。Crab Cake (上图，RM13) 乃是主厨们细心将满满的花蟹肉丝搭配面粉压制成饼状酥炸的成果，带有些许微微香料辣意丰富层次，「无需出动手指即可优雅享用最爱的蟹肉，怎不心花怒放？」
让大人念念不忘的还有这道以一烤一炸现身的 Stuffed Calamari (RM13)，「在烤炙的花枝里藏匿了极度可口的腌制香料鸡肉，蘸酱后简直惊为天人！」而微辣脆香多汁的 Deviled Chicken Drummets (RM11) 与撒满澎湃牛肉碎粒的 Loaded Nachos (RM11)，绝对是无酒不欢的人客们的挚爱之选！「就是这亲民的价格让大人沦陷了！」
If you are like us who loves crab but hate to pick out the delicate slivers of meat from the shells, then this Crab Cake is for just you (and us). The breaded crust was thick enough to offer more contrast in textures and some crisp, with subtle layers of spiciness and sweetness from the crust outside and the moist flower crab meat inside.
We were equally impressed with how the chefs managed to turn something so simple to one that’s evidently a grade above the rest. The Stuffed Calamari gave us the best of both worlds – the chewiness from frying, and the smoky flavour infusion from grilling! What can we say? This succulent squid dish was literally packed with surprises inside out!.
We were also super excited when both the Deviled Chicken Drumlets and Loaded Nachos came to our table. The cheese, salsa and beans were all heaped onto a pile of nacho chips, topped with beef which had a rendang-like texture but tasted surprisingly good and was super sinful. On the other hand, the fried crispy breaded drumlets were tender although the wings weren’t as spicy as we’d hoped, the sweet and tangy sauce really did come through and fused together very well with the savouriness of the chicken.
Braised Beef (Red Wine Reductions)
能让在桌的各位吃得尖叫声不断的，当之无愧就是这道 Braised Beef Red Wine Reductions (RM22)！以红酒先炖煮多时的牛肉经收汁后，再以焦糖洋葱拌煮，肉质极软锁汁，「油花在口中纷纷爆开化作销魂滋味，越咀嚼越有味！」再瞧瞧这价格，完全值回票价！
Holy cow!!! It was love at first bite when the Braised Beef Red Wine Reductions was served, as our mouthful with a mix of creamy soft textures. Braised in liquid over several hours, this typically tough cut of meat is transformed into the tenderest, fall-off-the-bone, melt-in-your-mouth beef we have ever tasted, and the small quantity made the burst of flavour very enjoyable without being overbearing.
Seafood Linguine | BBQ-style Pork Ribs (Spicy BBQ Sauce)
盘里的海鲜们因与白酒事先打了交道，让这道 Seafood Linguine (上图，RM20) 的滋味自是与平日所尝有异，毫不张扬的微酸，倒像是因白酒的存在而找到了平衡点。
另一道肉食者的知音，莫过于数步之遥外即能闻到浓郁烧烤香的 BBQ-style Pork Ribs (下图，RM22)，「轻轻一拉就成丝的肉质，既软又润，让人好有食欲。」
Bathed in a slightly spicy homemade tomato sauce seasoned with white wine, this mouth-watering and comforting plate of Seafood Linguine comes with a generous mix of plump scallops, prawns, clams and mussels. A drizzle of white wine gave the dish a hearty punch of flavour, freshness and the right balance without being too heavy, making the spaghetti enjoyable to the last strand, just the way pasta should be.
On the other hand, the BBQ-style Pork Ribs was so rich in flavour, but only because of the homemade BBQ sauce that was brushed on them before they were baked. The sweetness of the BBQ sauce balanced the meat very well, with the exterior of the pork tasted somewhat like “bak kwa” whereas the inner flesh was grilled to perfection while retaining its tender texture.
来品酒怎能少了 Cheese Platter (RM28)？口感滑腻软嫩的 Brie、黄澄澄的 Parmesan 硬干酪与让人又爱又惧、评价两极的 Blue Cheese，风味各异，各有拥趸。「大人建议从最易被大众接受的 Brie 开始尝鲜，将口味最厚重的 Blue Cheese 留至压轴，较能深入感受个中滋味。」带着淡乳酪香的 Brie 始终仍是大伙儿的心头好，瞬间即消失在这幅静物素描里。
Say cheese, as there are few things in the world that pair as perfectly as wine and cheese, hence the perfect complement to any satisfying meal is this Cheese Platter combination of mild and stronger cheeses. The Brie was creamy with a thin rind that didn’t detract too much from the soft cheese interior, while the Parmesan has a hard, gritty texture but is fruity and nutty in taste. For most of us, the Blue Cheese was both a wonderful sensory experience as well as a gut-filling one!
While we love their wine selection, we heart the tapas menu here, even more, so grab a few friends, pull up a pew and chat the night away while working your way through these excellent value bottles.
在美食与酒精的催化下，纵使夜已深，大人此时才茅塞顿开。在门口那幅画作的个中含义，不正寓意了 7 Grapes 是葡萄酒爱好者心中的那座伊甸园吗？
All in all, 7 Grapes is our new personal favourite hangout when we’re in need of chilled out vibes, decent wine and something yummy to eat. For first time visitors to this bar, chill out place of choice of local JB folks and visitors, just remember to keep a lookout for this giant mural of hanging grapes and the unit number LG-07, and everything else would be self-explanatory!
7 Grapes Wine & Tapas
Address: LG-07 Puteri Harbour, Persiaran Puteri Selatan, Puteri Harbour, Iskandar Puteri Harbour, Johor, Johor Bahru.
Contact: +607 – 553 9294
Business Hour: 11.30am-1.00am
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