Prive Bakery Cafe – Dates and Sticky Dates

5 03 2011

When one of my friends asked me to suggest a place to celebrate his birthday cum 1 month anniversary (with his gf), Prive immediately popped into mind. Located at Keppel Bay, it’s an idyllic getaway to spend the weekend afternoon brunch. You would definitely love the setting with the numerous private yachts berthed within the marina, and the surroundings are great for cam-whoring! To complete the experience, do come in your summer frocks and colourful summer hats! I’m sure you’d have a blast taking marvelous pictures worthy of making it into your highly exclusive album of facebook profile pics.

On the other side of the same coin, the ambience for dinner is totally different. The diminishing natural lighting makes the area seemingly more private and romantic. A short stroll from the restaurant and you will arrive at a small pier, a place best for whispering your sweet nothings to your dear beloved, maybe to even pop an important question or two.

Anyway I have been digressing.

Sitting side by side, Prive Bakery Cafe is the less costly alternative to Prive Restaurant, which I find much more appropriate for a casual dinner.

I had the N.Y Burger ($26++) which I thought was fantastic. A nicely charred 200g Wagyu Patty, Melted English Cheddar, Crispy Onions, Aioli and Fries, this is definitely one of the best burgers I have had in Singapore (way better than the overhyped Original DB Burger I had recently at DB Bistro Moderne). It’s reminiscent of The Hand Burger’s The Works, though I much prefer Prive’s version as the patty was thicker yet more succulent. Bonus marks for the well toasted buns and yummy crisp onion ring too. They should seriously consider offering these onion rings are sides on the menu, I’m sure it would be an instant hit!

Prive Cafe serves a pretty decent Fish and Chips ($19++) as well. Battered, not breaded, is just the way I like it.

On the other hand Prive and its sister restaurant Cafe Hacienda @ Dempsey have not left me with any positive feelings about their pastas so my advice is best to avoid it. The Spaghetti with Meatballs ($22) was boringly simple and mediocre at best.

For Desserts, I would suggest the cakes, be it the Luscious Chocolate Peanut Butter Crunch Cake (Reese’s lovers will probably be fond of this!) or the Hazelnut Praline Royale.

The Tiramisu ($7++) is pretty good too.

While Sticky Date Pudding ($10++) is my all time favourite dessert, Prive’s rendition (served with Butterscotch and Vanilla Ice Cream) is left wanting. It’s a bit too high on the “datey” taste and the core of my pudding was utterly dry. So far, sticky date puddings in Singapore are served with caramel or butterscotch sauces, but the best sticky date pudding I have eaten by far was in Adelaide where a chocolate dip was used instead.

While driving to Keppel Bay is highly encouraged, the walk into Keppel Bay from Harbourfront can be rather pleasant as well.

Few places in Singapore boasts the charm and allure that Keppel Bay possesses. It’s definitely a great place to bring dates where the atmosphere is light and casual, rather than the rigidity inherent in most fine dining restaurants.

Bon Appetit!



TEL: +65 6776 0777

Modesto’s @ Vivocity – $48 Nett Set Dinner for 2

22 06 2010

Whenever I eat out, I have this general policy: The restaurant and it’s food must either be freaking awesome(regardless of price), or else I would rather head down to some food court or coffeeshop in an attempt to budget(I can’t believe how my economic rice managed to spiral to $7.70 at Wisma’s Food Court last Wednesday…) for my next freaking awesome meal.

That’s probably the reason why I haven’t patronised Modesto’s yet. I have heard that it’s good, but is it good enough? I guessed a $48 Nett Set Dinner for 2 pax wouldn’t hurt…much

The Modesto’s @ Vivo is very family friendly. Nothing too fancy bout the decor and with the construction of Resorts World almost complete, I can imagine the view at night would be great, with the lightings over at Sentosa and all.

Here at Modesto’s, instead of the customary complementary Bread Basket that Singaporeans love so much, they ask instead if you would like Garlic Bread($6++) to start off the meal. I didn’t ask but if there was a choice of complementary bread basket over this Garlic Bread, I would surely have taken it. The 3 pieces of Garlic Bread were drenched in oil, soggy and chewy, to the extent that it was hard to tear…using my teeth. I would rather have bought 4 Breadtalk buns and settled my dinner with $6 there and then.

Garlic Bread($6++)

For the $48 Nett Set dinner, you get a choice of 1 Appetizer, 2 Mains & 1 Dessert. It sounds inadequate but trust me, the portions are so ginormous here S and myself wouldn’t have finished this even without the Garlic Bread(thank you very much for wasting stomach space).

I would have preferred the Caeser Salad but since S doesn’t care for my concerns of her getting colon cancer, piles or constipation in the near future, we had the Mushroom Soup instead. Anyway, I figured Mushrooms ain’t that bad, it contains Chitin which acts as roughage in our digestive tracts in place of the Cellulose found in Plants. Science facts aside, I unexpectedly really loved this Mushroom Soup, which was divided for us into 2 bowls! S found it a tad salty but I thought it was perfect and with all the different types of mushrooms blended together, makes for a pleasant earthly starter.

Mushroom Soup

The Chicken Sausage Pizza was next up! Modesto’s prides itself on making traditional Italian Wood-fired Pizzas and it’s thin crusted pizzas have earned my respect. I love how the crust was not made soggy with the tomato base and cheese but on the other hand, I’m not really a fan of sausages on my pizza. S forgot there was actually another main coming up because this pizza was so amazingly huge for 2 people to share.

Chicken Sausage Pizza

I’m a boring person. This is probably my 3rd Linguine Vongole this month but at least, this makes me somewhat of an expert on it now right? Not to bad I thought, some irritating sand particles here and there and with slightly too much salt and oil, that’s about all the feedback I can garner.

Linguine Vongole

An Italian Classic; The Tiramisu. The Mascarpone was more cream than cheese but with Tiramisu, I have learnt that there is no best 1 in the world. Only the 1 most preferred by the individual. So, while I would say I liked this Tiramisu, it’s not my most preferred.


While I hate shopping centres for their lack of restaurant choices, mainly because the same restaurants chains end up sprouting in every shopping centre, I would definitely consider Modesto’s again for their simple fuss-free Italian fare.

Bon Appetit!





TEL: +65 6376 9808

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