Thursday, November 7, 2013

Skyve Wine Bistro @ Winstedt Road


Skyve has turned 2 this July and it also brought about some changes to the restaurant. First of all, the restaurant formerly known as Skyve Elementary Bistro and Bar has rebranded as Skyve Wine Bistro. Skyve has extended their wine list to over 70 labels of affordable and good quality wines. The change also sees a new revamped menu under the newly appointed Executive Chef Jachin Tan featuring hearty new creations with nuances of Asian flavours.

Oysters 4.8/5

Oyster fans will rejoice with the different offering of tempting new oyster flavours in the new menu. Starting from left to right, we have the Mentaiyaki Oyster ($34 for half dozen) which is served with mentaiko, crunchy ebiko, lemon juice and aioli. Followed by the Kilpatrick Oyster ($34 for half dozen) which is topped with lardon of bacon, Worchestershire and chives. And lastly the Chilean Oyster ($34 for half dozen) comprised a refreshing combination of serrano, lime juice, red wine vinegar and cilantro. Each oyster has its own characteristic and I enjoyed how the different sauces and ingredients accentuated the experience. The Chilean will be cleaner in flavour allowing one to appreciate the freshness of the oyster. The Kilpatrick has a bolder flavour further lifted by the different textures. The Mentaiyaki appealed to me more with its subtle Japanese influenced flavours.

Crab Momotaro 4.2/5

The Crab Momotaro ($22) clearly demonstrated the chef cooking style of 'organic' and going 'back to basic'. The chilled crabmeat, confit of tomato momotaro, Thai inspired basil pesto and yuzu sorbet was straight forward, clean and refreshing allowing the natural flavours of each ingredients to come through.

Petuna and Ume Somen 4/5

The Petuna and Ume Somen ($20) is a delicate dish of pan seared petuna, ebiko, mango, chilli, sesame yuzu dressing, cold somen and mesclun. An interesting and light dish with different textures and Asian influenced flavours on a plate.

Sous Vide Poulet 4.2/5

One of Chef Jachin's signature creation is the Sous Vide Poulet ($34) that was glazed with an apricot based sauce accompanied with candied pacans, baby vegetables and pommes puree. The chicken leg was cooked perfectly, tender and moist with the skin having a nice sweet crisp. The candied pecans was a welcome addition with its sweet nutty goodness but I did not see how it contribute to the whole enjoyment of the dish.

Cereal Crusted Cod 4.2/5

A good change to the usual breaded crust is the Cereal Crusted Cod ($36) served with seasonal vegetables and soyu ginger vinaigrette, . The fatty cod fish has its skin crusted with cereal and spice which gave it a nice texture enjoyment on top of the excellent execution of the fish.

Polenta Mushroom Stack 4/5

For vegetarian, you can try the Polenta Mushroom Stack ($34) which comprised of crispy polenta cakes, mushroom fricassee, grilled portobello, seasonal vegetables and homemade pesto. The delectable combination did not disappoint and I can gladly say vegetarian dish is no more boring and one dimensional.

Snicker Bar 4.5/5

Skyve rendition of the the Snicker Bar ($12) comes in the form of salted caramel pudding, peanut butter, chocolate ganache, feuilletine, flambed bananas and vanilla gelato was probably my favourite among the 3 desserts I tried. I simply could not help myself going back for more of the chocolate richness.

Camomille Tea Creme Brulee 4/5

A nice twist is the Camomile Tea Creme Brulee ($12) of camomille tea infused vanilla egg custard, puff pastry stick, caramelized sugar and lychee sorbet. The custard base was not too eggy and came with a contrasting layer of caramelized sugar that cracked with the break of spoon.

Mango and Cheese Semifreddo 4/5

For a sweeting ending to the wonderful dinner, the Mango and Cheee Semifreddo ($12) with rippled frozen mousse, frozen lime foam and sablee cookies perfectly summed up the day on a sweet note with the heavenly combination.

Skyve Wine Bistro
10 Winstedt Road
Block E #01-17
Singapore 227977
Tel: +65 62256690
Nearest MRT: Newton (NS Line), Little India (NE Line)

Opening Hours:
Daily: 10am - 1am

1) Alight at Newton MRT station. Take Exit B. Turn left and follow the path way to the overhead bridge. Cross the overhead bridge to Newton Food Centre. Cut across the food centre to the car park. At the car park, turn left and continue walking to end of Monks Hill Terrace. At the end of the road, turn right onto Winstedt Road. Walk to destination. Journey time about 12 minutes. [Map]

2) Alight at Little Indiamb MRT station. Take Exit A. Walk to bus stop along Bukit Timah Road (Stop ID B40011). Take bus number 48, 66, 67, 170 and 960. Alight 2 stops later. Walk down Bukit Timah Road towards Shell petrol station. Turn left onto Winstedt Road. Walk to destination. Journey time about 12 minutes. [Map]