Previously known as Skvye Elementary Bistro & Bar, they have since re-branded themselves, did a deed poll, and now known as Skyve Wine Bistro. They thought it apt, since they hold over 70 wine labels in their cellar. I couldn’t agree more. From red wine to white wine, to champagne, you can get what floats your boat from just $49. Available in both by the glass and bottle.
Owned by Celine Tan, the restaurant kitchen is now helmed by previously Sous Chef of Hummerstons Restaurant, Jachin Tan. A Graduate from the esteemed and prestigious Le Cordon Bleu in California, the Executive Chef’s works have influences from America and Australia, while still retaining nuances of Asian flavors.
This power-packed family-pair has further kicked its standard a notch higher.
Management-wise, I have to salute Celine Tan for her well-thought out arrangement. The alfresco area proves best to be for early morning breakfast and brunch. Brunch is served on weekends and Public Holidays, 10am – 4pm. Menu can be found here. I can see myself dropping by very soon for my favorite meal of the day.
Further, it is also best to sit back, relax and be surrounded by the brief foliage when the sun sets.
Skiving Skyving hours are from 4pm – 11pm from Sunday – Tuesday, and 4pm – 8pm from Wednesday – Saturday. Drinks menu can be found here.
If drinking outdoors aren’t your mug of beer, its chic interior with primarily black and red furnishings might interest you instead. It is also the spot to just wind down and listen to live music performances every Wednesday from 7.30pm – 10.30pm and every Friday 9pm – 12am.
For me, I had my dinner here. A more proper table + chair for dining, if you don’t like to be in a constantly forward-leaning position, what you get when in a sunk-in cushioned seat.
The Sleeping Oysters :: I usually wouldn’t describe oysters like this, but I have to say the ones here are well-fed; they are fat and juicy. Save for the plain and original ones which is priced at $28 before taxes, the rest of the creations are at $34 before taxes for half a dozen. The variety changes with season, and are available daily from 6pm – 10.30pm. From the ascending order of intensity:
Chilean ($34++) is one of my favorites – with serrano, lime juice, red wine vinegar and cilantro, it went exceptionally well with the smell of ocean and taste of salt.
Kilpatrick ($34++), on the other hand, with lardon of bacon, worcestershire (vinegar, soy sauce and spices) and chives wasn’t to my liking. Though its sauce was easygoing, I did not like that the rough texture of bacon interfered with the otherwise baby-skin smooth oysters.
I also liked the Japanese-inspired Mentaiyaki ($34++) – mentaiko, ebiko, lemon juice and aioli. I already foresee more ‘oooohh yes’es for this.
Petuna & Ume Somen ($20++) :: Prepared most ideally as ‘medium-rare’, the Petuna was the star of the dish. It was moist and non-flaky, not did not crumble with the softest touch. You can undoubtedly taste its freshness with its light dressing of chili sesame yuzu dressing. However, the pairing with Ume Somen wasn’t my favorite. The thin Japanese noodles came a little too sticky-to-the-teeth for me.
Skyve Beef Tartare ($22++) :: Made of mostly raw beef, truffle egg yolk, and cilantro (also known as coriander), with sprinkles of thyme sea salt and ancho chili aioli, I would strongly recommend this orgasmic appetizer to start your night. Just imagine, beef without the strong gamey flavor, egg yolk, and truffle (TRUFFLE!), subtle but sufficient to taste its presence with each mouthful. I was savoring every last bit of it. I also like that the thyme sea salt was at our mercy – however much we like it, we add it. It being sea salt makes it fresher-tasting.
When mashed all together, you now can serve it up with the given flat bread.
Sous Vide Poulet ($34++) :: Thanks to it being prepared by way of Sous Vide, the moisture retains very successfully. It was also a more intriguing poulet dish than usual because of its apricot-base sauce glaze, accompanied with candied pecans (good pairing), and pommes (potato) puree. A more than decent option – one I would ask for you to go for if you are lost on which to choose.
Spicy Kalbi Beef Short Ribs ($36++) :: Showing its Korean influences, the Chef had the Ribs glazed with Spicy Kalbi. While the meat was soft yet with a bite (similarly, Sous Vide style), I wasn’t quite a fan of the glaze – yes to the spicy part, but no to the slightly overly sweet part. The meaty taste was overshadowed by it.
Mango & Cheese Semifreddo ($12++) :: We were advised to eat top down for the right flavors to sink in. Semifreddo means that it is a class of semi-frozen dessert. From the frozen lime foam, to the mango, rippled frozen mousse and sablee cookies, each part does its part brilliantly and they leave you wanting for more. It is one well-balanced sweet + tinge of sourness after meal. Plus, it being cold is refreshing. Hands down, the better of the two desserts we had.
Snickers Bar ($12++) :: Not your expected Snickers Bar, eh? Skyve has a take of their own, composed with distinct layers of salted caramel pudding, peanut butter, and chocolate ganache feuilletine, While there wasn’t anything done wrong here, it didn’t portray a big picture all in all. The flavors worked well independently but not interdependently. It is accompanied with flambed bananas and vanilla gelato.
Skyve Wine Bistro is definitely a spot you need to check out if you haven’t already. It was on my ‘Temptations‘ for the longest time before, and I’m glad I’ve had it checked now. A very apt place for all occasions – chilling, birthday parties, brunch, dinner, wine. If you are intending to head down to Skyve for brunch some day, give me a holla’ and I’ll definitely join you.
If you are a wine person, you need to be informed of Skyve’s Katnook Estate Wine Dinner on 29 August 2013. Be treated to a wine-pairing, 6-course dinner in this classy establishment. If I didn’t have the Asian flush issue, I’d probably be heading down myself.
And psst. Which restaurant has their own phone app? Search ‘Skyve’ for their very own Skyve App on your Play Store / App Store. In case you have trouble locating Skyve, this app helps palliate your pain of searching for the restaurant.
Special gratitude to Laetitia, Michelle and the FoodNews team, and Celine and the Skyve Wine Bistro team for the hospitality and hosting the invited tasting event.
Address: No. 10 Winstedt Road, Block E, #01-17 (Previously District 10)
Telephone: 6225 6690 (Takes reservation)
Opening Hours: 10am – 1am (Daily)