Located just down the road from Newton Food Centre, Skyve Wine Bistro is a modern European restaurant along 10 Winstedt Road.
Surrounded by greenery and glass walls, natural light filters in, making it a brightly-lit place perfect for the ‘gram.
They also have exactly 88 seats, inclusive of a limited alfresco dining area, so it’s best to make a reservation early to guarantee your spot at this lush-filled bistro.
When I first stepped in, I was wowed by the simple yet beautiful get-up, and thought about how it would make a great place for a first date.
We sampled a couple of dishes from their dinner menu, which is available daily from 4pm until 11pm. Up first were the appetisers.
We were served the Beef Tartare ($18++), which consisted of Miso Cured Truffle Yolk, Shallot Dust, Gherkin Gelee and a biscuit on the side.
I was told that Gherkin Gelee was included in this dish so that people wouldn’t be intimidated by having the miso-cured yolk atop raw beef, which I felt was considerate because many people react adversely to the thought of stomaching raw foods.
The well-marinated Beef Tartare went superbly with the other components on the plate. This was my first dish, but I already decided that it was my favourite.
I do advise you to have it together with the biscuit in order to balance out its saltiness, though. Unfortunately, it was over all too soon, and we had to move on to the next appetiser.
We also had the Mediterranean Octopus ($18++) with Lemon Pickled Eggplant, Vadouvan, and Cauliflower Puree.
For those of you who are ready to toggle your tab over to Google, Vadouvan is an Indian spice made from a blend of curry leaves, fenugreek, mustard seeds, and garlic.
The octopus had just the right amount of chewiness and lightness, and it was overall a very easy-to-eat dish.
Our last appetiser was the Smoked Tomato ($12++) that came with Buffala Snow, Heart of Palm and Basil Sorbet.
The tomato boasted a natural sweetness that I enjoyed, but they weren’t kidding when they said it was “pretty smoky”.
It wasn’t exactly my favourite dish, but if you like deep and intense flavours, this might be worth a shot for you!
By the time we were done with the appetisers, we had already worked up a huge appetite and it was time to bring out the mains.
This was the Smoked Tenderloin ($38++), and the other components on the plate included Gobo, Pickled Green Pepper, Braised Shitake and Truffle Soil.
Our host explained that this was smoked in a chamber made of poi and coconut, and we had it at a doneness level of medium.
There was a band of light pink in the middle, sandwiched between lightly charred brown sides, indicating a perfectly cooked medium steak. Again, the smokiness wasn’t really for me but it was an interesting dish nonetheless.
The Lobster Sang Mee ($32++) with Abalone, Mussels and Egg Drop Soup was the chef’s take on your local Zi Char Seafood Sang Mee.
Before even sinking my teeth into it, I could already tell it was gonna be a party for my palate.
The Egg Drop Soup was slowly poured over the Sang Mee, giving ample time for the noodles to soak up its flavour and soften before being ready to eat.
I was able to cut through the lobster pretty easily, and it wasn’t rubbery at all, so you can tell that it was perfectly cooked. I couldn’t help but go in for bite after bite, and gobbled up the dish before I’d even realised.
Coming in as a close fight, I wasn’t so sure anymore if the Beef Tartare was still my favourite of the day.
The mains whizzed by all too fast, and it was soon time for the sweet treats.
The first dessert we had was the Semifreddo of Lime ($10++) topped with Blue Pea Flower Caviar and Sable.
The lime nodes gave the dish an overall light and refreshing touch. If you’re looking for something to cleanse your palate after a heavy and flavour-packed meal, this is the dessert you’d want to get.
We very reluctantly (I really didn’t want the meal to end!) welcomed the last dessert, Molten Chocolate ($12++) that came with a side of Salted Caramel Ice Cream and Candied Zest.
My colleague sliced it straight in the middle, and we watched in glee as the molten chocolatey goodness oozed out of the cake. And you can bet it tasted as good as it looked, with the cold Salted Caramel Ice Cream melting slowly against the warmth of the fudgy chocolate. Needless to say, it was the sweetest ending to the meal.
As with any restaurant, I love some dishes more than others. But Skyve Wine Bistro doesn’t fall short in both variety and quality, and I’m certain you’ll dig it as much as I did!
Expected Damage: $70 – 90 per pax