Singapore: Skyve Elementary Bistro & Bar

12 Mar

There are so many new restaurants opening in Singapore now that it’s impossible to keep up with them. Now that I’m living overseas, I keep in mind the ones that I want to go and try to cram as many to visit when I’m back. Some are style over substance, some are overrated, some sadly haven’t gotten the marketing down pat, but Skyve Elementary Bistro & Bar was definitely one that had both style and substance. The team behind it used to helm the popular Table 66 at Tras Street which I heard good reviews about (now closed).

Located in Newton (taking over the premises of District 10 and formerly Monks Hill Secondary School), Skyve is a school-skiving themed whole day dining concept that caters to even the breakfast and drinks crowd. I am really digging the interior of the space, it’s very cheery and chic, with plenty of natural light.

Old school biscuits in a jar

Tiffany blue chairs

An interesting placemat incorporating a biology class?

We were there for their “Sluggish Lunch” – a set lunch of either 2 courses at $25++ (either starter or dessert, coffee or tea + main course) or 3 courses at $30++. Since we were going to have coffee at Papa Palheta nearby, we decided to skip the dessert course and go with the 2 course set lunch.

We ordered a cocktail each from their small but enticing cocktail menu named “Rebellious Drinks” – I can never pass up having a cocktail anywhere, anytime. Both of what we had were light, fruity and refreshing. This was the apple strudel cello (bacon infused bourbon, limoncello, apricot jam, apple compote) ($20). Not bad, but I couldn’t taste the bacon.

This was the peach rosemary collins (rum, vodka, marmalade, peach, rosemary infusion) ($18), which was very good! I love cocktails with rosemary and herbs in general, and the rosemary flavour really shone and complemented the fruit.

Fluffy onion bread was served hot with a pat of butter. This was actually pretty good.

For appetisers, we picked the two salads, the other choice being soup of the day. This was the beef pastrami and iceberg lettuce with sun dried tomatoes, black raisins, garlic croutons and blue cheese dressing. It doesn’t look appetising in presentation, but it was good! Non-blue cheese fans please beware, because the dressing here is unabashedly strong in blue cheese flavour, but I’m a blue cheese fan so this was totally up my alley. All the elements in the salad here really worked.

The prawn with mesclun leaves, avocado wedges, diced mango, cherry tomatoes and citrus dressing was much lighter and very tangy but I wished there was more avocado. I enjoyed both salads very much.

Skyve is known for the technique of sous vide (pronounced “soo-veed”) cooking, which involves vacuum sealing and placing food in water baths at predefined temperatures to ensure even cooking and that retaining of natural juices. Hence, for our mains, we had to have the sous vide crispy duck leg, maple syrup roasted seasonal root vegetables and sweet tamarind jus (supplement of $8). It was one of the better/best duck confits I’ve ever had –  it had good flavour, a nice crispy skin, moist meat, and I loved the accompanying vegetables which cut through the richness of the duck.

The beef minute steak was with herb roasted potatoes, grilled seasonal vegetables and veal jus was extremely tender it almost toasted of roast beef. I liked the accompanying veal jus too, but after a while it was a little too salty for me.

From the pretty looks of Skyve, it looks like another one of those “see and be seen places” where food is secondary. Hence I was pleasantly surprised as the food actually demonstrated finesse, even down to the the humble salads. I thought it was quite good value too. I would love to go back for brunch as I’ve heard good things about the brunch dishes. Food and decor wise, it’s definitely worth a visit. The service needs serious improvement though, as our waiter was quite fail and we couldn’t understand what he was saying. Also, when we walked in nobody attended to us so we just found ourselves a seat. And that was when they were only like 20% full.

Price: $$ – $$$
Location: 10 Winstedt Road Blk E #01-17
Tel: +65 6225 6690

6 Responses to “Singapore: Skyve Elementary Bistro & Bar”

  1. Jie hui March 15, 2012 at 2:22 pm #

    My favorite restaurant of the moment! Thanks for featuring my humble phone in the review!

  2. chowandthecity March 15, 2012 at 6:03 pm #

    hahaha i can feature ur face also if u want, ons? :P

    • Jie hui March 16, 2012 at 4:03 am #

      No thanks!!!

  3. hui min March 15, 2012 at 9:43 pm #

    sounds like some skiving wait staff they have. i’m so gonna try the sous vide crispy duck leg!!!

    • chowandthecity March 16, 2012 at 1:11 am #

      haha huimin, good one there! :) and yup go try! heard the pork belly is good too!


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