Gordon Ramsay, the celebrity chef with TV shows such as Hell’s Kitchen and Kitchen Nightmares, has been quoted as saying “I’m not critic-proof, and I still take it personally, but I take it less personally now“. We are thus a bit relieved that we found his Bread Street Kitchen Singapore to be what we had expected with little to criticise. The Ordinary Patrons had visited Bread Street Kitchen London (see post on Restaurants near St Paul’s Cathedral) and were not exactly wowed by it. However, we found our lunch at Bread Street Kitchen in Marina Bay Sands to be a good experience with the quality of food living up to the celebrated reputation of Gordon Ramsay.
Bread Street Kitchen Singapore occupies two levels in Marina Bay Sands. There are dining areas on both levels and an open kitchen on level 2. The bar and outdoor seating area are on level 1. The interior decorations have a smart causal style – elegant but not intimidating. On level 1, the full height glass panels allow diners to have a view of the wide promenade skirting the spectacular Marina Barrage and the majestic skyline of the financial district. As one of our friends had said, sometimes anything would taste good with a view like that.
The menu of Bread Street Kitchen Singapore is not exactly the same as the menu of the restaurant in London. Where the same items are in both menus (such as the roasted cod and hand-cut chips), the Singapore prices are higher! So it is true that eating out in Singapore can be more expensive than dining in London in comparable restaurants.
A complementary basket of house baked bread was served with a very generous slap of butter. The bread was very good.
For starters, we ordered the English Green Asparagus ($20) and Seared Scallops ($24). They were beautifully plated. Poached egg with hollandaise sauce sat on top of spears of asparagus with ends wrapped in Parma ham. The asparagus was tender, slightly crunchy and juicy. The egg was perfectly poached. The combination of the fresh asparagus, slightly salty ham, oozy egg and hollandaise sauce was simply delicious.
The scallops were soft and well complimented by the sweetish carrot puree and saltiness of the bacon strips. The sticks of green apples certainly added interest to the aesthetics of the starter dish but also provided contrasting texture and a slight tartness to make the dish quite special.
We ordered the traditional English Fish & Chips ($26) and Dingley Dell Pork Belly ($28) for the mains. The fish was ordinary and we found the batter a tad oily. The chips were nicely done.
Dingley Dell is an outdoor environment friendly pig farm in Suffolk, England known for producing “superb tasting, welfare friendly pork”. Bread Street Kitchen’s Dingley Dell Pork Belly was slow-roasted and presented on top of a bed of apple puree. A dark gravy was served separately. The meat was juicy and tender and had a good crisp crackling. The texture of the crunchy skin was like that of cracker biscuit. The dish was a delicious delight.
The service at Bread Street Kitchen Singapore was professional and courteous. The server did go through the “sparkling or still water” routine but happily served us iced water when we asked for it. The serving portions were modest so that you can have a 3 or 4 course meal without feeling bloated. On the whole, we had an enjoyable lunch with friendly service, good food and a great view.
Overall Rating: 4 TOPs
Bread Street Kitchen Singapore
Bay Level, L1-81
The Shoppes at Marina Bay Sands
2 Bayfront Avenue
Tel : +65 6688 5665
Lunch : 11:30am – 5:30pm
Sunday – Wednesday 5:30pm – 10pm
Thursday – Saturday 5:30pm – 12am
Sunday – Thursday 11:30am – 1am
Friday – Saturday 11:30am – 2am
Nearby MRT Stations: Bayfront