Tuesday, February 21, 2012

Skyve Elementary Bistro & Bar @ Winstedt Road

Turning old buildings into something modern and contemporary. That is what is happening to many old places in Singapore. Dempsey, Telok Ayer Conservation Area, etc are some examples. Monk's Hill Secondary School is probably the latest to join in.

Skyve Elementary Bistro & Bar, located at Winstedt Road was the previous Monk's Hill Secondary School. One friend of ours, AromaCookery was once a student at this school and she said coincidentally, Skyve is located in the building where the school canteen was! The school canteen never looked so nice!

What an interesting name right? Skyve. Anyone visiting could be caught skyving!
I was skvying (invited skyving) with AromaCookery and Camemberu together with TheHungryCow.

Skyve Elementary Bistro and Bar
The owners of this place previously operated Table66. I like the feel and look of this place, a bit school like in the furniture, yet chic and contemporary at the same time. I love the light you see in the photo above!


Skyve Elementary Bistro and Bar
Looking like a bound thesis ready for submission, they are the menus!
Keeping with the school theme it seems.

It reminded me of a recent discovery. I was searching for something at my parent's place and I found that mum kept my primary school report book!


Skyve Elementary Bistro and Bar
Bread rolls here though not baked on the premises, is baked offsite with the chef's recipe.


Skyve Elementary Bistro and Bar
Skyve Sous Vide Egg Benedict ($12) 
*Available for breakfast and weekend brunch. A dinner version available at $18.

What you see is a soft poached egg on top a grilled portobello. The soft poached egg was actually sous vide at 52.5C for about an hour! If you are an egg person, especially a runny egg yolk person, try this!

I really liked the confit of cherry tomato too. Look how shiny it is!

Skyve Elementary Bistro and Bar
Skyvefella Oyster ($30- 1/2 dozen, $56- 1 dozen) 
*Available for dinner and bar snacks

The oysters are from Coffin Bay Australia. For those who do not like the taste of raw oysters, order the Skyvefella Oysters. It's partially heated, slighty grilled so it does not taste so raw. The chives sauce, iberico ham and parmesan biscuit makes it quite tasty!

You can easily gulp down 1 dozen of these!


Skyve Elementary Bistro and Bar
Skyve Seared Beef Tartare ($22)

Not everyone I know like beef tartare, but if you a fan of raw beef done this way, try their version here.
Look at the egg yolk. It's truffle miso infused creamy egg yolk on a bed of chopped spring onions.

The light strip is light wasabi mayo. Served with crouton.

Skyve Elementary Bistro and Bar
I like the way it was done. Not heavily seasoned with salt or pepper. Gives you the raw taste of beef, but with the egg yolk and spring onions, it cuts through the rawness. If you want more kick, mix in the light wasabi mayo.

Mixed it all up like what you see above.

Skyve Elementary Bistro and Bar
Served on croutons. I know it's either yummy yummy or yukky yukky.


Skyve Elementary Bistro and Bar
Char Grilled Beet Burger ($30)

The grilled burger comes with beeT or beeF. Yup, for those who do not eat meat, the chef has cleverly make the patty from beet root. What I found interesting was how the patty has texture that is similar to minced beef. I wonder how long the chef experimented to get this right.

Skyve Elementary Bistro and Bar 
Served with melted aged cheddar cheese, lettuce, gherkins and sliced tomatoes.

On the sides were truffle frites!
I personally wish they have a stronger taste of truffles in the truffles frites. LOL


Skyve Elementary Bistro and Bar
Sous Vide Crispy Pork Belly $34
 

Pork belly that has been braised and the skin roasted till its crackling. I like the pork!
The sauce was prune sauce which kind of cut through the fat and crackling skin. I suggest you share this with someone to share the calories!

Served with it was potato and apple gratin. A combination that somehow gives a slightly nice texture in the bite. The fennel salad was nice too, I don't prepare fennel at home because I think I have to waste so much leaves just to eat the middle part it!


Skyve Elementary Bistro and Bar
Sous Vide Spring Chicken ($32)

Tender spring chicken that had been marinated with lemon myrtle spice. Served with cream corn and brocollini. Served with chicken jus reduction.

If you appreciate sous vide method of cooking meat, it's tender. I think after sous vide it has been grilled to give such a nice colour. 


Skyve Elementary Bistro and Bar
Confit of Duck Leg ($34)

Crispy duck leg that is so tempting. I have a soft spot for crispy ducks.
From the photo you can just imagine how crunchy it is right? I like the sweet tamarind sauce that goes with it too.
 

Skyve Elementary Bistro and Bar
Ricotta Hot Cakes ($12) 
*Available for breakfast and weekend brunch.

These ricotta hot cakes reminds me of ricotta hot cakes at Bills in Sydney. Not really the same style of pancakes, but their version is not too shabby. That's passionfruit butter and it's topped with caramelized almond flakes.


Skyve Elementary Bistro and Bar
Homemade Maple Ice Cream ($12)

See the wafer between the maple ice cream, it's to create something 'local' in this previous school canteen! Something old school that has been jazzed up with caramelized apple infused with cinnamon and fleur de sel.

Something very tempting! Look at the caramelized apple!

For those who love to skyve, their Skyving Hours are....
Weekdays 8.30am-8pm; Weekends 10am-8pm and they have:
- $5 half pints Hoegaarden and Stella Artois on tap
- 1-for-1 housepour wines and champagne by the glass 




Skyve Elementary Bistro and Bar
No.10 Winstedt Road
Block E, #01-17
Singapore 227977

Tel: +65 6225 6690
Web: http://www.skyve.sg
Facebook: www.facebook.com/SkyveEBB

Hours:
Tuesday to Friday: 8:30am to Midnight
Saturday and Sunday: 10am to Midnight
Public Holidays: 10am to Midnight
(Monday closed till further notice)



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2 comments:

rinaz said...

Oh my gosh. I used to go for night classes here! *mind boggles* I hope that we could stop by here one day just to see the campus again :-)

Keropok Man said...

rinaz

You will notice the place changed! This restaurant was the canteen! Very very nice canteen now. ;-)

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