Bread Street Kitchen by Gordon Ramsay at MBS (with menu)

Bread Street Kitchen by Gordon Ramsay at MBS

Address: Bay Level, L1-81 The Shoppes at Marina Bay Sands

Opening hour: Daily lunch 11:30am – 5:30pm, Daily dinner Sun to Wed 5:30pm – 10pm, Thu to Sat 5:30pm – 12am

Introduction

Bread Street Kitchen by Gordon Ramsay in Singapore is it’s fifth branches, with it’s first branch being at Bread Street in London. Everyone knows about Gordon Ramsay but obviously he will not be the chef of this restaurant. This branch is headed by Chef Sabrina Stillhart, who had worked in London, the original Bread Street branch.

It’s situated at Level 1 of the Shoppes at Marina Bay Sands that is at the far end of the mall that is nearer to Raffles Place. The restaurant offers a good view of our Marina Bay and definitely a good spot to catch a some firework actions at the comfort of your seat in the restaurant during this National Day period.

The main course range from $26++ for a fish and chips and up to $180++ for a premium steak and most of them are priced at about $40++

Bread Street Kitchen Menu – Click to enlarge

Dingley Dell Pork Chop $44++

I was a bit caught unaware when the waitress asked for the doneness of my Pork Chop so I went for the safe option of medium well. After doing some research, I come to know that Pork Chop indeed can be served in different doneness but unlike beef, medium is the rawest you can go.

This dish does not come with a side dish and this slab of meat cost me about $51.50 nett. For a pork chop standard, the Bread Street Kitchen one is pretty succulent and tender. It’s well grilled and lightly flavoured with salt and pepper and part of the surface is grilled to char for a delightful flavour. The slab of meat also comes with a cut of the pig’s skin. However i’m not too impressed cus the grilled skin is a little greasy. Taste wise, it’s pretty decent but the price wise, I wouldn’t consider it as value for money.

Grilled Baby Chicken, Chimichurri Sauce, Burnt Lemon $34++

This is one of the most affordable dishes at Bread Street Kitchen, at about $40 nett for a baby chicken, with no side dishes as well. No doubt this chicken is indeed tender, i think there’s nothing too fancy about it. Just some good old grilled chicken. For the Chimichurri sauce, it’s a sauce originated from Argentina that is specially paired with grilled meat. It is made of finely-chopped parsley, minced garlic, olive oil, oregano, and white vinegar. Although the tangy kick is quite interesting when it’s paired with the grilled Chicken, the star of the show, the grilled chicken is still only decent. I would say there is still plenty of room to justify for it’s price tag.

Macoroni Cheese with Garlic Roasted Crumbs $16++

This is actually my favourite savoury dish of the day and it cost about $18 nett. I like the strong cheese flavour and the good creamy texture. The Macoroni is soft, freshly baked and cheese-infused. It’s a pity that portion wise, it’s barely good enough for one pax.

Coffee and White Chocolate Parfait with Poached Black Berries $18++

Parfait refers to a frozen dessert made from a base of sugar syrup, egg, and cream. The cream is very well done, with just the right creamy texture and level of sweetness. The add-on of the coffee crumbles added another tinge of fragrance to the already delightful cream layer. I would say I rather enjoyed this dessert.

Ricotta and Dark Chocolate Cannoli with Morello Cherries $20++

Cannoli is a kind of tube-shape fried pasty filled with a sweet creamy filling. The ricotta cheese cream was not what I expected. It has a grainy texture, which i personally prefers something smoother.

It’s moderately sweet with a very mild taste of cheese. If only the cheese flavour can be stronger. I think this is pale in comparison to the Parfait dessert. Not the most enjoyable dessert that i had.

Conclusion

At a glance, the main course doesn’t seems too pricey for a MBS-celebrity-chef-owned restaurant. However if you think about it, the main course does not come with a side, and a portion of fries cost $12++. My grilled baby chicken would be about $54 nett with a side dish. Honestly, with the price that i pay, the meal was not as satisfying as expected.

Badass Pork Chop Knief

Taste wise, on the contuary to many online reviews saying how cannot make it the main courses are, I feel that the dishes are skillfully prepared, just that they are unable to justify it’s price tag. Some of the sauces used are actually quite brilliant and it’s something i’d never tried before but it’s just not catered to our local’s taste bud. For example, we don’t normally pair our pork chop with sourish Bearnaise sauce, which is a mix of Egg Yolk, Butter and White Wine Vinegar.

If you ask me, will I visit Bread Street Kitchen very soon? Once is quite enough for the hype i think. I still very much enjoy my non-celebrity, affordable and most importantly, satisfying restaurant meals. I don’t think much can be done in term of pricing, however in order to attract crowd to return, I think there’s still some fine tuning to suit the taste bud of our locals.

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Au Chocolat – Excellent Truffle Fries and Duck Confit

Au Chocolat

Address: 2 Bayfront Avenue, The Shoppes at Marina Bay Sands L1-03

Operating Hours: Bistro 11.00 am to 12.00am (Daily) Last Order at 11.30pm
Operating Hours: Confiserie 11.00am to 12.00am (Daily)

Introduction

Au Chocolat (pronounced as “o sho koh lah”) is situated at MBS level one at the side that is very near to the Helix Bridge. It spans itself over two units, the Confiserie sells pastries, ice-cream and desserts while the Bistro, is a seated restaurant that serves main course. The price range of their dishes is considered as higher than an ordinary restaurant but probably one of the most affordable in MBS.

Their menu (with price) can be found here

Duck Confit – S$27.00++

What exactly is a duck confit?

Duck confit is a dish that is prepared by rubbing salt, pepper and other spices, wrapped and kept refrigerated for up to three days and this is known as the salt-curing process. The longer you place it in the fridge, the saltier it will become and the more it will absorb the herb and spices. The duck is then rinsed and poached slowly in the oven for generally from four to ten hours.

One of their must-try. Many agreed that this is one of the best duck confit (pronounced as “con-fee”) that they had in Singapore. For myself, I love their crackling skin and i think the taste has a little resemblance to KFC chicken original recipe. The waitress actually gave me a heads up that this dish will be salty and jsut to ensure that I’m OK with it.

I am rather satisfied that the duck remained tender despite the crispy exterior. It also comes with a mash potato side in chocolate sauce. I think not everyone can handle a orange chocolate sauce to go with a salty dish. Judge it for yourself. It’s pretty brilliant Imo. This dish also comes with slices of white wine poached pear. The only complain is for it’s small portion but it’s a no choice cus a duck can only grow so big as well as for their thigh. How about considering a duck confit two piece meal?

Ultimate Benedict – S$22.00++

Ahhhhh… Sweet mother of mercy. Just looking at the dish made me heavier by two kg! This dish is made up of roasted ribeye steak, crispy bacon strips, shredded chicken in cheese sauce (I think), sautéed spinach, two pancakes and two egg benny with their dark chocolate infused hollandaise sauce. It is a pity that the chocolate hollandaise sauce lacks a punch and in fact it taste rather bland. Among all the items, i like the shredded chicken best. As for the rest of the ingredients like the beef steak, bacon and pancake, they taste ordinary and tasted like what they should rightfully taste.

Will I order this again? Maybe not in recent visit. Did I regret ordering this? Not exactly. It’s actually a decent dish but just that having this ultimate benedict together with the truffle fries should had depleted all my available calories for the entire day. Those who are into calorie tracking are already sweating for me. It’s not something to feast on on a regularly basis.

Truffle fries – S$15.00++

Some of us would have already heard of this “best truffle fries” from Au Chocolate. I was wondering what is so great about this truffle fries that everyone is shouting out for and the price is not even cheap. And I realised why.

At $15.00, the portion is reasonably large and it’s good to be shared among four people. It’s sizzled with white truffle oil and seasoned with truffle sea salt and comes with a BBQ sauce and mayonnaise dip. I like Au Chocolat choice of a thick straight-cut instead of a thin one. As such, this fries were fried to a perfect crispness without losing it’s taste. I think it is not too exaggerating to say the this is the best fries that I had eaten. It is even able to retain it’s crispness even when it’s cold. The fries are really addictive and we finished the whole thing unknowingly. Bye bye to all my available calories.

Conclusion

Overall i am quite satisfied with Au Chocolat. I did not try their dessert as i intend to pop by Lady M Confection that is just across the Helix Bridge. This meal cost me not more than S$80.00 which i think it’s reasonable for it’s quality and location. In my opinion, the Truffle Fries lived up to it’s online reputation as well as it’s Duck Confit.

Didn’t have the intention to try their dessert on that day, so feel free to share if you had tried a very good dessert from Au Chocolat and think that it’s worth the try. I think i read quite a lot on their Choc-A-Bloc Tower Cake and the portion is really big! From the way i see it, it’s good to visit this place in a small group, like a group of four, so that we can get to share more dishes without stuffing yourself to death from the side dishes and desserts.

By the way, why not take a night stroll at our Singapore’s famous Helix Bridge after the hearty meal at MBS Au Chocolat?