Despite opening shop only late last year at where the former District 10 Bistro (which has since shifted to UE Square near Robertson Quay) used to be at, Skyve already sees a stream of loyal patrons, myself included after this recent visit. This is no surprise though, since the team behind Skyve used to run the now defunct Table 66, one of my favourite European joints when it was still in operation.
While keeping true to what Table 66 is good at (namely Modern European fine-dining with a strong inclination towards sous vide style cooking), Skyve caters for a more casual dining experience, adding in aspects of a brunch menu and a bar which were previously absent at Table 66. An affordable 2 and 3 Course Set Lunch is priced at $25++ and $30++ respectively but I think it’s only available on weekdays.
The wine list is pretty extensive though the bottle prices are pretty pricey in relation to the food. However, if you just want to knock back a beer or house pour, the happy skyving hours are anytime before 8pm daily, where Hoegaarden and Stella Artois are available on tap at $5 per half pint, and house pours go 1-for-1, definitely value for money.
Not every item on the menu is available throughout the day however, as I discovered this visit. On Sundays at least, they do away with the lunch menu entirely, seemingly expecting everyone to be loafers and arrive at Skyve for brunch/breakfast even at 2pm. This was quite unexpected for Raina and me, since we had dropped by earlier around 11am for brunch and had intended to do a late lunch here, revising for our upcoming mid-terms between meals. Hence, we ended up having 2 breakfasts items each.
Compared to the conventional Eggs Benedict where the eggs are poached, the Skyve Sous Vide Eggs Benedict ($12++) here uses the sous vide style to cook their eggs, resulting in a more delicate egg white and runnier yolk, as the eggs are cooked under a vacuum at low temperatures. This dish is accompanied by a whole grilled Portobello mushroom slathered in creamy Hollandaise Sauce and crisp Brioche, useful in soaking up any excess yolk and Hollandaise.
Other items worth trying would be the Potato Rosti ($12++), which comes with slices of Smoked Salmon, Tomato and Avacado Salsa. The Rosti resembles the generic hashbrown only on the surface where it is fried to a nice crisp, whereas it retains a mash-like interior where the potato mash is mixed with bits of bacon.
The Ricotta Hotcakes ($12++) are awesome too! The pancakes are light and goes well with the caramelized almond flakes (tastes almost exactly like caramel popcorns!) and maple syrup that is served along with it. Definitely one of the best pancakes I have come across in Singapore.
If you like something a bit heavier, the Classic Breakfast ($18++) will be perfect, where you get 2 Eggs (either scrambled, poached, overeasy or sunny side up), Mushroom Fricassee (aka mushrooms sauteed in white wine), Pork Sausage, Grill Tomato and choice of Brioche or Sourdough. I had my eggs scrambled and was pleased to see that it came out evenly coloured and not overcooked, though I felt it could have done with a bit more cream and seasoning. I really hate it when I get cheap sausages filled with more starch-based fillers than ground meat, you know the kind our primary schools used to sell at 30 cents a pop? Thankfully, Skyve makes no such folly and serves up very chunky and tasty ones.
I like how Skyve is slightly off the beaten track such that you don’t see long queues of customers all glaring at you from the reception, at least for now. Unhurried meals, a suitable environment to chit chat, and best of all, good food, that’s all I can ask for in a day meant for skyving.
PS: It might get a little noisy once the crowd starts filing in so studying here might not be that conducive. (Just me showing some love to like-minded mugger toads out there :D)
Skyve Elementary Bistro & Bar
Address: 10 Winstedt Road, Blk E #01-17
Tel: +65 6225 6690