Basic Brit fare at Bread Street Kitchen

Celebrity chef Gordon Ramsay is in town to officially launch his first restaurant in Singapore, Bread Street Kitchen, at Marina Bay Sands.
Celebrity chef Gordon Ramsay is in town to officially launch his first restaurant in Singapore, Bread Street Kitchen, at Marina Bay Sands.PHOTO: MARINA BAY SANDS
Among its signature dishes is Roasted Veal Carpaccio.
Among its signature dishes is Roasted Veal Carpaccio.PHOTO: MARINA BAY SANDS
It also serves up the BSK Burger, featuring melted Monterey Jack cheese and spicy sriracha mayo in a brioche bun.
It also serves up the BSK Burger, featuring melted Monterey Jack cheese and spicy sriracha mayo in a brioche bun.PHOTO: MARINA BAY SANDS
Baby chicken, chimichurri sauce, burnt lemon
Baby chicken, chimichurri sauce, burnt lemonPHOTO: MARINA BAY SANDS
Traditional fish and chips, crushed peas, tartar sauce
Traditional fish and chips, crushed peas, tartar saucePHOTO: BREAD STREET KITCHEN
Tamarind spiced chicken wings, spring onions, coriander
Tamarind spiced chicken wings, spring onions, corianderPHOTO: MARINA BAY SANDS
Potted salt beef brisket, grain mustard, piccalilli, Caraway crackers
Potted salt beef brisket, grain mustard, piccalilli, Caraway crackers PHOTO: MARINA BAY SANDS
Spicy tuna tartare, chilli, garlic, sesame oil, wonton crisps
Spicy tuna tartare, chilli, garlic, sesame oil, wonton crispsPHOTO: MARINA BAY SANDS
Flatbread, butternut squash, Taleggio cheese, mushrooms, pine nuts, basil pesto
Flatbread, butternut squash, Taleggio cheese, mushrooms, pine nuts, basil pestoPHOTO: BREAD STREET KITCHEN
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Bread Street Kitchen's bar area features a communal table and serves a selection of world wines as well as both classic and distinctive cocktails.PHOTO: MARINA BAY SANDS
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Aviation cocktailPHOTO: MARINA BAY SANDS
Cosmopolitan (1934 Recipe)
Cosmopolitan (1934 Recipe)PHOTO: MARINA BAY SANDS
Tio Abuelo
Tio AbueloPHOTO: MARINA BAY SANDS
The restaurant has a total capacity of 149 and is open daily for lunch, dinner and bar services.
The restaurant has a total capacity of 149 and is open daily for lunch, dinner and bar services.PHOTO: MARINA BAY SANDS
It is located along the waterfront at the south promenade of The Shoppes at Marina Bay Sands on Level 1 and B1.
It is located along the waterfront at the south promenade of The Shoppes at Marina Bay Sands on Level 1 and B1.PHOTO: MARINA BAY SANDS
There, he talked to the media about the restaurant and also went culinary talent-spotting.
There, he talked to the media about the restaurant and also went culinary talent-spotting.PHOTO: MARINA BAY SANDS
The Bread Street Kitchen in Singapore will be led by executive chef Sabrina Stillhart, who has been with the Gordon Ramsay Group for nearly a decade.
The Bread Street Kitchen in Singapore will be led by executive chef Sabrina Stillhart, who has been with the Gordon Ramsay Group for nearly a decade.PHOTO: MARINA BAY SANDS
Coffee and white chocolate parfait with poached blackberries
Coffee and white chocolate parfait with poached blackberriesPHOTO: MARINA BAY SANDS
Dark chocolate and morello cherry cannoli
Dark chocolate and morello cherry cannoliPHOTO: MARINA BAY SANDS
Monkey Shoulder Cranachan cheesecake with roasted balsamic strawberries
Monkey Shoulder Cranachan cheesecake with roasted balsamic strawberriesPHOTO: MARINA BAY SANDS

SINGAPORE - (THE NEW PAPER) Celebrity chef Gordon Ramsay is a star in the food world and this has resulted in heightened expectations of his new restaurant Bread Street Kitchen, which serves British European fare.

But based on early reviews, its reputation is shinier than its food. I was able to confirm that when I turned up unannounced a week after it opened. I was impressed by the service, less so by what they served.

I shared my thoughts with my circle of trusted foodies and they responded with the same: It was not worth the money.

A month after it opened, I was invited back. The food was better but still not spectacular.

But that hasn't stopped Bread Street Kitchen from packing in the crowds. Good luck trying to get a table without reservations. Sometimes it's really just about the chef.

For me, the star dish is the slow-roasted Dingley Dell pork belly ($28), with a crispy and almost hard skin. It was delicious both times I tried it. What gives this dish its edge is the spiced apple puree.


Dingley Dell pork belly from Bread Street Kitchen. PHOTO: THE NEW PAPER

The tamarind spiced chicken wings ($18) have an aromatic coating of spices, but the chicken was overcooked the first time. It was better on my return visit - but not by much.


Tamarind spiced chicken wings from Bread Street Kitchen. PHOTO: THE NEW PAPER

The potted salt beef brisket ($18) was fragrant but the taste was overwhelmed by the mustard. The beef was also dry and almost stringy.


Potted salt beef brisket from Bread Street Kitchen. PHOTO: THE NEW PAPER

I was wrong when I thought the Brits could never mess up fish and chips ($26). The first time I ate this, there was a horrible taste of stale oil in the batter, like they had re-fried it. It had improved on my return visit though.


Fish and chips from Bread Street Kitchen. PHOTO: THE NEW PAPER

I enjoyed the flatbread ($20). It is a simple dish with a savoury topping. A good starter that should please all.


Flatbread from Bread Street Kitchen. PHOTO: THE NEW PAPER

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Bread Street Kitchen
L1-81, The Shoppes at Marina Bay Sands
Opening hours: 11.30am-10pm (Sunday to Wednesday); 11.30am-2am (Thursday to Saturday)
Te: 6688-5665


This article was first published on July 15, 2015.
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