Bayswater Kitchen in picturesque Keppel Island must be one of the most compelling places to have Sunday brunch in Singapore. With fine views of the picturesque marina and the striking “Reflections” condo in the distance, it’s just the place I would imagine enjoying my eggs benedict on a day that’s free from the thought of work.
Recently, I was invited down to Bayswater Kitchen as they launched their first ever brunch menu. The venue is part of The Prive Group and guests actually enter Bayswater Kitchen via the Prive restaurant in front of it.
The maritime theme is palpable from the moment you enter with different shades of blue contrasted against familiar motifs such as a giant octopus. This is done without being tacky at all – the look remains sharp as is the case with Prive restaurants in my experience.
I started the meal with the Soft-Shell Crab Benedict ($26), a serving of which consists of two eggs. The eggs were cooked just right with the yolk oozing immediately upon a slight touch of the knife on the delicate outer layer. The highlight are the soft-shell crabs which add a new dimension to this popular brunch dish. It was well-flavored and delivered a crunch with every bite. I normally have my eggs benedict with ham or salmon so the crustacean topping was definitely new to me.
The Mussels and Clams in a Pot ($25) was more mediocre compared to the dish that preceded it. While there was a generous portion of clams and mussels in the dish, I did not find anything exceptional taste-wise.
I loved the Traditional Fish and Chips ($26) which came next. The batter was cooked to perfection, delivering a sharp and crisp texture as one’s teeth sink into the fish. The ratio of meat to coating was also notable with a thick layer of supple flesh within the golden brown exterior. With the accompanying chips, mushy peas and tartar sauce; this dish alone would be sufficient for one person’s meal.
If you are feeling peckish, the Sunday Roast Beef Ribeye ($38) delivers as an all-around option with plenty of sides. Two tender slices of beef come with yorkshire pudding, cauliflower cheese, roast potatoes, broccoli, bacon and cabbage and peas to round up the meal.
Creamed Corn ($10) is an interesting side to have if those accompanying your mains are deemed insufficient – though as in my experience, I doubt it would be the case. Nevertheless, the corn came sweet with just the right amount of oozing cheese to have on its own.
The Mixed Berry Pavolva ($12) is a refreshing end to the meal. I liked how the sour flavors of the berries and the raspberry sorbet contrasted with the meringue below.
2 Keppel Bay Vista
Sunday Brunch By The Bay runs every Sunday from 11.30am to 5.00pm.