Bread Street Kitchen by Gordon Ramsay Opens @ Marina Bay Sands Singapore
The name “Gordon Ramsay” is no stranger to any foodie on the face of this earth. Some of us may have either dined at one of the numerous restaurants that he opened around the world- UK, America, Europe and more recently, Asia, or seen his face on the small screen- Hell’s Kitchen, Hotel Hell and most notably, MasterChef US and MasterChef Junior, or heard about the impressive 14 Michelin stars under his belt. One way or another, there is no denying that Gordon Ramsey’s culinary reputation far precedes him.
The opening of his first restaurant in Singapore will be Gordon Ramsay’s second in Asia (the first being Hong Kong in September last year). Located amidst all the other celebrity chef restaurants in Marina Bay Sands, this British European restaurant which spans two floors- level 1 and B1, has a seating capacity of 149 and an amazing view of the waterfront.
While we were down at Bread Street Kitchen for dinner, we were extremely lucky to chat and even take a photo with the surprisingly affable and personable celebrity chef as he made his rounds to the different tables talking to diners and spontaneously taking a “wefie” with anyone who asked. He had been in town for the past few days for the official launch of Bread Street Kitchen and shares that he will try to fly in to Singapore as and when possible. The kitchen in the meantime, is run by Executive Chef Sabrina Stillhart whom Chef Ramsay has only full praises for.
The food here at Bread Street Kitchen has a similar concept to that of the flagship outlet in London, featuring an extensive range of British classics and favourites. Starters start from $18, Mains range from $26 to $46 while Desserts are $15 and up. Not exactly very affordable but fairly reasonable for a celebratory splurge with family and friends.
Noteworthy starters include the Potted Salt Beef Brisket $19, beautifully tender and textually appealing with the addition of grain mustard. Pair the brisket with the Caraway crackers on the side for extra crunch. The Roasted Veal Carpaccio $26 too fared well with its lean and juicy cut and that tuna dressing truly brought out its meaty flavour. Very enjoyable.
The Tamarind Spiced Chicken Wings $18 however was less impressive and could have been more satisfactory with a bolder flavour profile.
For sides, the Spiced Honey Carrots $10 and Macaroni Cheese $16 held their own well despite their modest appearances. The former reminded me of Christmas while the latter with its garlic roasted crumbs wins my vote and ranks close to one of the best few Mac and Cheese that I have had.
Moving to the mains, we strongly recommend the Traditional Fish & Chips $26. Served with crushed peas and thick cut chips, this wooden board is the quintessential British classic that Chef Ramsay evidently does justice to.
The Slow-Roasted Dingley Dell Pork Belly $28 too was another worthy mention with that crackling that was rightfully noisy when munching on it. Complimented by a spicy apple puree to cut through some of that moist succulent layers of fat, we say two thumbs up!
The Roasted Black Cod $44 on the other hand, could have been more memorable.
Finally, do not absolutely leave without trying their desserts at Bread Street Kitchen. This was possibly the biggest highlight of our evening. If you have limited tummy space left, the Monkey Shoulder Cranachan Cheesecake $18 is a must order. Lusciously light yet creamy and topped with roasted balsamic strawberries, this was the first to go on the platter as everyone kept reaching for more.
Chef Ramsay personally recommended his Treacle Tart $18 which he said would have us going to bed with a smile. The mere mention of “treacle tart” brought me back to my Enid Blyton and Harry Potter days and that alone put a smile on my face. Ah, that wave of nostalgia. Nonetheless, my first time trying a treacle tart and it was everything I had imagined it to be having only read the descriptions in my books countless of times. Do not need to hesitate for this one. Just order it.
Overall, would I return to Bread Street Kitchen for a second visit? Yes, most probably. My only gripe is that the earliest reservation you can get now is in August, I hear that the restaurant is fully booked till end July. So if you have a reason to celebrate in the upcoming months especially with SG50 and Formula 1 and do want a chance to meet with the renowned chef, do not forget to make your reservation stat! Word has it that Chef Ramsey might be in town again for those festivities.
2 Bayfront Avenue,
Marina Bay Sands, #01-81
The Shoppes, Singapore S018972
Tel: +65 6688 5665
Lunch: 11:30am – 5:30pm daily
Dinner: 5:30pm – 10pm (Sun-Wed), 5:30pm – 12am (Thur-Sat)