Saint Pierre @ Sentosa Quayside – Saturday Brunch Menu Unveiled

6 06 2013

Saint Pierre has officially moved to its new location at Sentosa Quayside last week. While you might not have heard of them before, I’m sure other names such as Brussel Sprouts which does fine tasting mussels, Picotin, SQUE Rotisserie at The Central @ Clarke Quay or Rocks Urban Grill & Bar @ The Sail might ring a bell. What these eateries share in common is their chef/owner Emmanuel Stroobant.

I tried Saint Pierre’s set lunch 3 years back when it was still housed in Central Mall and didn’t think much of it then but that visit was prompted after having the best lobster bisque I have had to date at one of Chef Stroobant’s now-defunct restaurants The French Kitchen, so I really didn’t know what to expect now.

Saint Pierre’s Saturday Brunch Menu

While primarily operating as a French fine dining restaurant, Saint Pierre additionally serves Saturday Brunch and Sunday Semi-buffet Roasts (priced at $68++/adults, $38++ for children aged 4-9), during lunchtime (11.30am to 3pm) to cater to the weekend crowd. On this occasion, I was here to review their Saturday Brunch menu.

I much prefer the setting of its new premises, which overlooks the yachts moored at the Sentosa Marina. The vibes I got was far friendlier and less stifling compared to its previous premise, so its definitely a lot more inclusive with regards to clientele now, catering to dates, family outings with kids and mere catch up sessions with friends.

As usual, I couldn’t decide which ala carte brunch main to get so I just opted for the Brunch Set ($38++), which includes a glass of Fruit Juice (Watermelon, Carrot or Orange), Homemade Assorted Breads, a Choice of Main from the brunch ala carte menu and Coffee/Tea.

Initially I thought that the assorted bread was just going to be small bread rolls but what came over was a basket of Ciabatta, Brioche and Croissants, with homemade jams and a wad of butter. Of the 3 types, the brioche was my favourite followed by the croissant, though both aren’t items that I would particularly come back for.

My favourite brunch item was the Eggs Benedict ($24++). Instead of sourdough, brioche is used instead so if you like your breads buttery, you would probably enjoy this as I did. The Hollandaise Sauce too was richer than what I have had in other places. Iberico Bellota ham is used in this dish as well and it’s a higher grade of iberico ham because the pigs are fed with acorns rather than the normal corn feed. My only reservation about this dish was the poached egg. Not sure if it was on purpose but both my eggs yolks had a similar texture to the ramen egg yolks, which was more viscous than expected. Either way, it didn’t really bother me as this rendition of eggs ben tasted great!

I wasn’t a fan of their Scrambled Eggs ($22++) topped with black truffles as it was rather salty for my liking.

The Beef Parmentier ($18++) came as a recommendation from the staff. Essentially, its thinly cut slices of corned beef with onions over a bed of mash. Personally, it felt slightly heavy as a brunch dish as the mash was rather dense. I would love to see it as a staple during Saturday evening BBQs though.

CJ was quite excited when she saw the Waffle ($18) on the menu but it was far from what she expected. Instead of the common saccharine dessert waffles, this one was a mix of sweet, sour and savoury, with the ice cream replaced by foie gras mousse, apple compote & vanilla beans. Still pondering whether the dish is creative or confused but I would probably have found the mousse and apple compote more suitable on a brioche instead.

Would I recommend Saint Pierre’s brunch? Well, the food is pretty average in terms of taste, quirky, classy but average. The main draw then would be the ambience. If you haven’t been to Quayside, please mark in down somewhere on your calendars, it’s a really awesome chill out place…think Keppel Bay but with more restaurant choices.

This meal was sponsored by Saint Pierre. Special thanks for hosting the tasting.

Saint Pierre

31 Ocean Way, #01-05 Quayside Isle

Tel: +65 6438 0887

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Swensen’s – A Weekend Breakfast Alternative

8 09 2012

I haven’t been back to Swensen’s since my Junior College days more than half a decade ago. I guess just like with all the cafe cartels, seoul gardens and sakae sushis that we students used to frequent, these joints no longer seem as cool as compared to chilling out at those hipster standalone cafes that serve gourmet coffees. However believe it or not, on my recent trip to Swensen’s, I actually found the new breakfast menu promising enough to warrant future return visits, especially when the breakfast sets are priced so reasonably. Their breakfast menu is only available during weekends and public holidays between 8am to 11am for all outlets except the outlet at Changi Airport Terminal 2, where the breakfast menu is available everyday from 3am to 11am to cater to travelers.

One of my favourite breakfast sets is the All American Buttermilk Pancakes ($9.90++), which comprises of pancakes served with a side of maple syrup, honey butter cream, chicken sausages, hash brown and sauteed mushrooms. Every aspect was done competently and the pancakes were thick but light. Mushrooms were delicious as well as I suspect it was sauteed in butter. In addition, all breakfast sets come with a cup of coffee and tea to wash down the hearty fare.

You can opt to do away with the peripherals and just get the Simply Pancakes ($6.90++).

The Ultimate Breakfast Sandwich ($9.90++) is essentially a ham and egg sandwich. What I love most about this sandwich is that a sweet airy Japanese Bread is used, whose texture is in between that of bread and spongecake. The set also comes with a side of BBQ Baked Beans, similar to what you can get at Astons. My only gripe was that the egg was slightly bland and dry.

The same Japanese bread is also used to make the Classic French Toast with Honey Butter Cream ($10.90++), so the toast turns out really fluffy as well.

As with most of the breakfast sets here, you can opt to have the Simply French Toast ($7.50++) without the accompanying hash brown, sausages and sauteed mushroom.

What I find spectacular from the Swensen’s Sunrise Omelette ($10.90++) is not the omelette per se but the Ciabatta rolls. They are included in some of the breakfast sets and they are awesome! Not only were they served crisp and piping hot, but honey butter is also pumped into them for a sweet finish. Instead of having the eggs in an omelette style, you can also opt to have your eggs scrambled or sunny side up. My advice is to go for the scrambled.

Good Morning Sunnies ($11.90++)

Ciabatta Rolls pumped with Honey Butter

For those on a heavy protein diet, there’s also the Hearty Steak & Eggs ($14.90++). You get what you pay for so don’t go expecting top quality beef but I would say its good enough for a casual meal. Plus you get yummy caramelized onions…

No western breakfast place is complete without the ubiquitous Eggs Ben and the ones here are served with Smoked Salmon ($12.90++). While a little too sour for my liking, the density of the Hollandaise was about right and my eggs weren’t overpoached.

There’s also the Eggy Delight ($6.90++) for the kids, where you get sunny side ups, grilled chicken sausages and potato smiles. All the kids breakfast sets come with a glass of fruit juice too!

Apart from the western breakfast sets, there’s also 2 sets that cater to local palates; the Fish & Century Egg Congee ($9.90++) and Prawn Bee Hoon Soup ($11.90++). The congee wasn’t available so I only had the Bee Hoon Soup which I found very forgettable as the bee hoon hadn’t infused the flavours from the soup and hence tasted bland. Anyhow, the chicken soup base wasn’t fantastic to start with.

Overall, I would say that Swensen’s really exceeded my expectations this time. The food is in general above average for cafe breakfast standards, prices are really competitive and the seating capacity is ample to avoid the long weekend queues. If only the breakfast menu hours are extended past 11am on lazy weekends…

Special thanks to Swensen’s for hosting this tasting!





Cafe Epicurious (Rail Mall) – Baked Eggs to die for

2 04 2012

*This meal was sponsored by Cafe Epicurious.

Cafe Epicurious was one of the first blog posts I made on this blog almost 2 years ago. When I look back at that post, two things strike me. First is that my food photography skills and photo editing skills have indeed come a long way, from being a total noob to the rookie I am now. Second is that I used to be so much more creative in my writing. I guess right now, the luxury of time is just not on my side, while back then I was still waiting to enroll into SMU. Anyhow, I wonder what the two year later me would say when I looks back at this post?

I was invited down to Cafe Epicurious at Rail Mall for a tasting session. Given that it totally sucks to do a tasting alone (I hate wasting food and worry about the awkward silences that might ensue between the host and myself), Xinli from The4Moose and myself coordinated to go down together on a not so lovely Saturday where I had 2 concurrent project meetings to attend. I find myself blessed to have understanding group mates, who are very supportive of my foodie adventures even at the expense of their GPAs (I like to think of myself as an indispensable group member whose work actually has a bearing on the final project grade 😀 ). I’m a very last minute worker so I hope they know I will pull through at the end.

Unlike the Epicurious outlet at Robertson Quay whose clientele is made up predominantly of expats, local young adults and students make up the core clientele for this outlet during brunch. I find it a lot more peaceful at this outlet, where I can take my time with my meal and do some readings without anyone breathing down my neck. The Robertson Quay outlet is just a little too noisy, hot and crowded for my liking.

We started off the tasting with the Pancakes ($8++). Topped with some lightly caramelized bananas and strawberries, it is one of the better pancakes around. It was really light and fluffy, so finishing all 3 wouldn’t have been a problem for me if not for the onslaught of the other brunch items that the 2 of us were sharing. For drinks, Xinli had a Cappuccino ($6++) while I requested for a Honey Lemon Drink (not in the menu) since I was down with a sore throat.

My favourite dish at Epicurious so far is their Baked Eggs with Toast Soldiers ($14++). I recall that they used to serve it either with a choice of bacon, mushroom or prawns, but now diners get the standard two eggs with bacon, mushroom, tomato & cream, covered with cheese and baked until gooey, to be eaten with a side of Brioche. If you are worried that this dish is too cheesy for one to stomach, you can opt for the Half and Half ($16++) which, allows you to mix and match 2 brunch items at half servings, from the choice of Baked Eggs, Eggs Benedict and Green Eggs & Ham.

For our Half and Half ($16++), we got the Eggs Benedict and Green Eggs & Ham, which is eggs scrambled with basil pesto, prosciutto and topped with Parmigiano-Reggiano. Parmiagiano-Reggiano is the italian name for what is commonly known as Parmesan cheese and just like how sparkling wine can only be classified as Champagne if it is produced in the region of Champagne, France, Parmesan Cheese can only be produced in certain regions of Italy. I didn’t quite fancy the eggs ben today as the egg was severely overpoached and the Hollandaise came a little too tart for my liking, though the consistency of the sauce was just right. As for the Green Eggs & Ham, I would say that the eggs are scrambled well, retaining a slightly runny and creamy texture but what didn’t go for me was the combination of basil pesto. What impresses me however, is the Sauteed Potatoes on the side, which comes slightly crisp but not over-fried and lightly salted. The Eggs Ben and Green Eggs & Ham are available in full servings at $14++ as well.

The Ratatouille Omelette ($14++) is simple but tasty. It is a two-egg omelette filled with a herb, tomato, eggplant & zucchini stew, topped with Parmigiano-Reggiano, very much like an omelette filled with pasta sauce. I couldn’t detect the parmesan though. Funny story back in 2007 when Ratatouille the movie was first screened, I thought it had something to do with the rat’s name. That was back when I was an uninitiated foodie. My dad isn’t a fan of western food you see, so as a child I had little exposure to much french or italian cuisine. So I’m making up for lost time now.

The Epicurious Burger ($18++) is listed as IS Magazines’s top 10 burgers in Singapore. After the first bite, I thought to myself, “Is there really that few burger joins in Singapore?”. I have no qualms about the fries, in fact I find it amazing and I definitely award brownie points for the lime aioli which tasted heavily of lemongrass with a suggested thai influence but what I felt could have been improved was the beef patty, which tasted artificially salty and not very juicy nor tender. As for bacon, what’s not to like?

This is also what I’d like to call the burger method of critiquing, you first start with a good point (the fries) so that you don’t seem to be scolding a person directly, then proceed to the body of your message (the patty) where you criticize the object but never the person, and end off on a good note (the bacon). Management Communications 101 😀

There were a couple of misses but the whole experience was surely positive, and I’d still rate Epicurious as a brunch place worth visiting.

Special thanks to Cafe Epicurious for the hosting this tasting session. I enjoyed the brunch much!

Cafe Epicurious

392 Upper Bukit Timah Road

Tel: +65 6894 5926





Skyve Elementary Bistro & Bar – What Was Lost Is Now Found

27 02 2012

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








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