There’s something about Skyve Wine Bistro that’s just inviting you to, well … skyve. Whether or not you’re illicitly doing it, the warm, welcoming ambience of this spacious Winstedt Road restaurant is the perfect spot to catch up with friends, or to have some quiet time reading a book over a glass of wine.
The restaurant isn’t new, having opened for about two years now, but they’ve got a new Executive Chef, 30-year-old Jachin, who worked there previously as its Senior Chef de Partie and Sous Chef of Hummerstons. He’s revamped Skyve’s menu and its focus is on hearty European fare with an Asian touch.
For starters, you can’t go wrong with the Petuna and Ume Somen, $20. The petuna is quite similar to the look and texture of salmon but without its overly fishy flavour, though it came lightly seared. This Japanese-inspired dish came served cold, with a myriad flavours that dance on your tongue. Apparently, this dish is so popular that there have been requests to make it into a main serving size.
Also not to be missed is the Skyve Beef Tartare, $22. This simple dish gets its complexity from the truffle egg yolk, ancho chili aioli (a Provencal sauce made with garlic, olive oil, lemon juice and egg yolk), and these also helped temper the “rawness” of the beef.
The amazing starters set the tone for the rest of the meal. The main course menu is varied enough to suit a variety of palates without overwhelming. Vegetarians are bound to be delighted with the creatively-executed Polenta Mushroom Stack, $34 – delicious grilled Portobello sandwiched between two polenta cakes and accompanied by mushroom fricassee, vegetables and homemade pesto. The variety of textures on one plate made this dish positively delightful and proved to be quite filling, thanks to the dense polenta cakes.
Carnivores. you’re definitely not left out either. Chef Tan’s clearly a huge fan of the sous vide machine, as the two meat dishes we tried were prepared using that method. The Sous Vide Poulet (chicken), $34, was amazingly juicy, and you’ll find yourself addicted to the candied pecan and potato puree that accompanied the dish.
But to me, the highlight of this tasting had to be the Spicy Kalbi Beef Short Ribs, $36. I loved that the sous vide short ribs had quite a bit of fat attached to it, giving it that lovely melt-in-your-mouth texture. That, coupled with the sticky, spicy, Korean-inspired glaze was just heaven in my mouth.
Skyve Wine Bistro is one of those places that you’ll want to stay and linger for just a little while longer. And there’s no reason not to, considering their amazing happy hour (or what they call “Skyving Hour”) deals. Draught beers and selected wines are one-for-one from 4pm to 8pm (Wednesdays to Saturdays), and 4pm to 11pm (Sundays to Tuesdays).
Skyve Wine BIstro is at 10 Winstedt Road, Block E #01-17. Tel: 6225 6690
The dishes featured here are from Skyve Wine Bistro’s dinner menu. Material World was invited to do a tasting, and was not paid for this review. All opinions expressed are the author’s own.
About the Author: Denise Li is a founder of Material World and a freelance writer-editor. Before that, she spent a few years in the Features section of CLEO and Cosmopolitan Singapore. She considers Chiang Mai her spiritual home and makes it a point to head there for a yearly pilgrimage. She’s also a fitness buff and enjoys boxing, running and the occasional yoga session. She’s always on the lookout for the best happy hour deals in town. Follow her on Twitter @DeniseLiTweets.
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