Being a foodie, I’ve always been intrigued and amazed by the skills, knowledge and experience that go into preparing quality food. Though I’ve never been a die-hard follower of any chef or cook, some of these talented individuals have certainly caught my attention…with Gordon Ramsay being a prominent one. I admit that it was mostly theatrics and his fiery temper that got me watching Hell’s Kitchen, which was notorious for glorifying Gordon’s antics.
But what kept me interested in learning more about the “Michelin Star Chef” was the TV show, Gordon’s Great Escape, where Gordon explores culinary traditions across Asia. When I saw how he could create dishes that didn’t just replicate traditional flavours but elevated them to a point that impressed even the native food critics, I realised just how much talent this chef had in him. So when my wife suggested we try Bread Street Kitchen to celebrate her birthday, I seconded the notion.
Also, it was a great opportunity to add another entry to my hunt for the best steak in Singapore, and find out whether this place delivered the value that the owner himself often preaches on television.
What I loved about the menu was how there wasn’t an overwhelming variety of dishes to choose from. And The dish that caught my eye almost instantly was the Traditional Sunday Roast with Yorkshire Pudding ($45). When the dish arrived, it was a pleasing sight for both the meat-lover and value-hunter in me.
Generous slices of roast beef were accompanied with a nicely browned Yorkshire Pudding and a separate plate full of roasted potatoes and spiced honey carrots. The roast beef slices boasted an even, reddish blush that reflected the perfect ‘medium’. The meat was tender and juicy but the gravy it was doused with was overly salty, so I didn’t use any of the additional portion they provided. The roasted potatoes had that wrinkled texture which was expected, but some pieces were really dry. While the portion was wholesome, the dish just didn’t come as harmoniously as it could.
Anyone who has watched Hell’s Kitchen will know that a lot of the participants – mainly professional chefs – can’t seem to properly pan-sear scallops (may have been staged?) and when they do, Gordon always exclaims that they’re delicious. So when I saw that they served Seared Scallops ($24), I just couldn’t pass up on the opportunity to find out how good these temperamental ocean gems could be.
They were delicious. When you cut into the scallops, they had that slightly translucent look achieved only when it’s cooked just right. When consumed with the celeriac puree, chicken skin crumble, julienned apple and celery cress, my mouth experienced a seamless blend of flavours and textures, all of which championed the scallops. The thought of ordering seconds did come across my mind for a couple of seconds.
The Roasted Black Cod ($39) wasn’t too impressive. While the fish was indeed fresh, the sauce drizzled over it was just too salty and it overpowered everything else. The crushed potatoes, salted capers (more salt?) and artichoke were unfortunate casualties of the overly seasoned sauce.
As I mentioned earlier, I liked how the menu didn’t have too many options to choose from, because that’s usually a warning sign for potentially low quality food. There were just 6 categories with an average of about 6 choices each. So the focus on quality seemed apparent.
The service varied from server to server, with some avoiding my signal because they were busy and others taking the time to create a warm and comfortable atmosphere. The ambience was nice but since several doors were opened to the outside of the mall for that alfresco feel, outside heat did slip into the restaurant quite a bit.
Should You Try It?
Well, yes but with some caution. The culinary skills are definitely there – seen in the perfect-medium roast and amazingly-seared scallops – but it appears that salt is in abundance here. I’m not sure if it was a one-time thing but that’s something you might want to watch out for. Maybe ask for all gravies and sauces to be placed on the side?
Bread Street Kitchen
Bay Level, L1-81,
The Shoppes at Marina Bay Sands
10 Bayfront Ave, Singapore 018956
Mon – Fri: 11:30 am to 4:00 pm (Lunch)
Sat – Sun: 7:30 am to 10:30 am (Breakfast)
Sat – Sun: 11:00 am to 3:00 pm (Brunch)
Sun – Wed: 5:00 pm to 10:00 pm (Dinner)
Thu – Sat: 5:00 pm to 11:00 pm (Dinner)
Tel: +65 6688 5665
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