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Skyve Wine Bistro @ Winstedt Road June 2, 2013

Posted by gurkhason in food, media invite, singapore.


Every visit to Skyve Wine Bistro; previously know as Skyve Elementary Bistro & Bar; promise to be great experience.  I love the environment, ambience as well as the great food and drinks it has to offer.


Feels like back to school when I head towards Skyve Wine Bistro because it is situated in an old school compound.  You will pass by Anglo Chinese School Junior, and straight into where Monk’s Hill Secondary School used to be.  Choose to be seated alfresco style at it outdoor area or lounge at it chic looking bar area with comfortable seats.

???????????????????????????????Love the lounge area for a laid-back after work drinks


The dining section is very interesting and old-school with mismatched classroom like chairs.  Skyve will promise to be a great place for friends or family get-together or if you would like to have a party, they can segment the area to provide for a more intimate setting.  Skyve is just minutes away from the hustle and bustle of the city, and provide for a quiet respite.  As it is in an old school compound, hence there are suitable parking within the premise and if you don’t drive, it is just few minutes walk from Newton MRT.


Skyve recently have a new menu which includes many culniary delights of Asian inspired modern European food.    To start off, we have the warm onion buns.  I have not really started on anything yet but the onion bread is enough to tell me how good things are to come.  I am pretty sure if the bread is good, so will be the food.


Compressed Watermelon Oyster ($34 for half dozen)
 diced compressed watermelon with pickled watermelon rind and extra virgin olive oil


“Escargot” Style Oyster ($34++ for half-dozen)
Gratinated in nori butter, shaved bonito flakes and toasted sesame seeds


Lychee “Saketini” Granita Oyster (34++ for half-dozen)
lychee & sake sorbet and seaweed “caviar”

For a place with a varied and fine wine list, it doesn’t come as a surprise how good their oysters are.  Freshly shucked oysters are available either served original ($28++) or with special concoction of flavours.   I am actually quite a fan of oysters so was extra delighted to be served 3 huge oysters prettily presented.  I started off with the watermelon oyster and it is very refreshing, just like drinking a good cocktail.  Next I slurped up the lychee “saketini” granita oysters, and as I bite on it the seaweed “caviar” also bursts in my mouth.  Both were so good I can’t decide which is better!  Doesn’t matter, as oysters are good for man, I shall order BOTH the next time I come again!  The final piece is the “escargot” style oyster which is savoury and served warm.  I would very much prefer this “escargot” style oysters compared to the real thing.

Grading: A grades are awarded for each style of oysters.

???????????????????????????????Sous Vide Egg & Spaghettini ($18++)

The sous vide egg & spaghettini is an undisputable favourite amongst those at the dinner.  It is a special combination of soft poached egg with truffle hollandaise sauce with iberico ham. Beneath it angel hair pasta with truffle salsa.  However, I feel that the entire dish overwhelms me with the taste of truffle.  Nonetheless, I find the interplay of texture from the pasta and the poached egg to be very interesting to the palate.

Grading: This innovative dish has passed with Merit.

???????????????????????????????Vegetarian Pizza ($34++)

This vegetarian pizza is really a misnomer.  I feel that it is just a good excuse to exhibit varied vegetables on a soft bread.  I am never ever a fan of vegetarian pizza but this vegetarian just won my heart.  I LOVE IT SO MUCH.  So many ingredients grilled seasonal vegetables are going on at the pizza like baby carrots, tomatoes, etc and even potatoes and pumpkin done the sous vide method.  It retains the sweet aroma and taste of these vegetables.  This has got to be the most memorable pizza for me.

Grading: This vegetarian pizza not only deserves an A*, it shall be awarded with a summa cum laude.

???????????????????????????????Asian Inspired Confit of Duck Leg ($36++)

Most of the time we get a regular confit of duck, the taste is so mundane.  This asian inspired confit of duck leg is done with sous vide method and marinated with asian five spices.  Not a fan of strong taste, I love the subtle hints of the spices on the crispy skin of the duck.  This dish comes with polenta fries which is so crispy on the outside.  The pickled fennel and orange segment salad adds a tangy flavour to the dish.

Grading: I shall award the confit of duck with an A grade with Distinction.

???????????????????????????????Sous Vide Pork ($36++)

This pork shoulder is braised in root beer and spice, cooked with the sous vide method.  The sous vide method is used to cook the meat evenly and retain its juiciness.  The meat is tender and the spices tingled the taste bud.  The sweet root beer taste is also quite pronounced in the dish.  You will also get a portion of savouring crackling skin which taste quite special as it is dry and crispy.  The pineapple and pomegranate salsa complemented the pork very well as the pork shoulder was a huge chunk and can get a little heavy on the taste bud.

Grading: With all the right element coming altogether in the dish, this sous vide pork is deserving of an A grade.

???????????????????????????????Mango & Cheese Semifreddo ($12++)

This dessert is a delight with ripple frozen mousse and frozen lime foam on the mango and cheese semifreddo.  Semifreddo would be a semi-frozen dessert, just like an ice-cream but this is even creamier.  I like the sablee cookies that’s underneath the whole dessert with its crunchy texture.  Makes a good light dessert to end the meal with.

Grading:  Like the mixture of the creamy mango & cheese and mousse.  Together with the sablee cookie I award a A- for this.

???????????????????????????????Tiramisu ($12++)

Merely looking at this tiramisu is a delight.  Do you agree that it look really handsome?  I have never seen tiramisu presented in this manner with its richly sponged lady finger with coffee liqueur exposed like this.  The whipped mascarpone cream and kahlua granita atop the delightful dessert.

Grading:  A+ for presentation and A for the taste.  Although this may not be my favourite way of tiramisu but it certainly is my dining companion favourite dessert for the evening.

???????????????????????????????Callebaut Warm Chocolate Molten Cake ($14++)

Just like the pretty tiramisu, this warm chocolate cake is a sweet medley of the a scope of maple walnut gelato and strawberries.   I quite like the taste of the gelato with the sweetness of maple and some crunch of the walnut.

Grading:  An eye pleasing dessert, I give it an A for presentation but B for taste as I was a little disappointed as there is no molten chocolate at the core of the cake.

???????????????????????????????Inspired by Red ($12++)

Inspired by Red, as the name suggests is an all-RED-affair.  It’s a strawberry parfait, sous vide strawberry in balsamic vinegar, raspberry sobert, flower tuile and dehydrated raspberry all come together in this dessert.  The wonderfully delicious strawberry parfait is sweet and creamy and the raspberry sorbet sour taste breaks the sweetness from the strawberry.  What surprises me the most is the flower tuile – a thin, crisp sweet and savoury biscuit.  It probably doesn’t capture the attention of the diner because it looks like a piece of white chocolate not deserving of any status in an all red dessert, but it was so good tasting that I wish there was more of it.

Grading: Absolutely A* for it gorgeous presentation and pleasing taste.  The addition of the tuile in the dessert is also deserving of a First Class Honours in the Class of Dessert.

WOW, what a meal it was.  There were pleasant enjoyment at many levels for this dinner.  I really enjoyed every aspect of the bistro & bar: the ambience and back-to-school feel,  the fresh oysters, the marvelous vegetarian pizza, asian-inspired dishes and desserts.  It is worth it just coming for the dessert as they not only taste great, but also so pleasing to the eyes.

Thank you Food News and Skyve for hosting this wonderful and memorable dinner.

Skyve Wine Bistro

10 Winstedt Road
Block E, #01-17
Singapore 227977
Tel: +65 6225 6690
Open Daily: 10am to late



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