Bread Street Kitchen is the latest celeb restaurant to open, and we had the privilege to be there last week. Unlike Elaine who got a chance to take a snap with Gordon Ramsay when he launched BSK in Hong Kong, Madam here didn’t — partly also because he was mobbed. He didn’t say much either to the invited media, but he had come round table to table to say hello. But I am not much of an autograph hunter or a selfie taker; and was here to check out the restaurant. Does it live up to the great Gordon Ramsay’s reputation.
Very smart and hip, his two -floor restaurant at Marina Bay Sands has a slick industrial edge with the main dining room and bar on the first floor overlooking the bay. Downstairs is a smaller, cosier dining area with open kitchen and private dining. The full glass front of the restaurant facing the afternoon sun could be rather hot during lunch time but in the evening, it’s a nice stop for casual cocktails and dinner.
For food, don’t expect bells and whistles from multi-Michelin starred Gordon Ramsay. Helmed by Executive Chef Sabrina Stillhart, BSK’s food is casual and easy-eating, uncomplicated food, with prices that aren’t too hard on the pocket either (starting at $26++ for mains).
However, it was a little hit and miss with the food. For starters, the roast veal carpaccio ($26) with dill and tuna dressing was elegant and tasty. The flatbread ($20) presented a thin tartin-like crust heavily laden with melted cheese, juicy mushrooms and lifted with pesto — very enjoyable — and I liked the tamarind spiced chicken wings ($18). In the absence of a bar food menu, the latter two dishes would make a nice accompaniment to BSK’s cocktails.
On to mains. The pork belly ($28) was a flop with crackling so stubbornly rubbery it wouldn’t give even with extended mastication, but I really liked the traditional fish & chips ($26) which had a deliciously light, crisp batter which splintered away so delicately to reveal the sweet, juicy fish inside; all accompanied by one of the best mushy peas with mint Madam ever tasted. The black cod ($44) was moist and flaky with a lovely crisp skin, nicely complemented by artichokes and salted capers, and turned out one of the favourites among many diners. We heard that the duck breast with potatoes and mulled berries sauce ($38) is also good. The side dish of macaroni and cheese (was a little bland, but the spiced honey carrots and chips were decidedly addictive. By the way, the breads are good too.
For dessert, the banana sticky toffee pudding with clotted cream was to die for! Worth every excess calorie, it was head and shoulders above the monkey shoulder cranachan cheesecake, which was also lovely, served with a sophisticated pairing of roasted balsamic strawberries. Makes you feel very grown up indeed. BSK has a good range of nice original cocktails. Get Aviation for something a bit ladylike and boozy, or Tio Abuelo, for a light refreshing pre-dinner drink. For wine-lovers, it’s also got a whopping 25 wines by the glass.
The restaurant is open from 11.30am through to 10pm, and to 12pm (Thur- Sat).
The Shoppes at Marina Bay Sands #L1-81
Tel: 6688 5665