2 Keppel Bay Vista
6776 0777 | theprivegroup.com.sg
A Signature Mojito ($10)and a view of Keppel Bay Marina proved a welcome respite after an eventful week. A renovation of the premises and the arrival of a Josper grill, a Spanish barbecuing marvel that imparts rich and smoky flavours, explains this restaurant’s recent name change to Privé Grill.
An amuse bouche of gazpacho (chilled spinach, cucumber, mint and truffle oil) was followed by rich salmon tataki ($16), balanced by a light-as-air avocado mousse and peppery arugula. My beloved chose the “man-sized” NZ organic beef tartare with egg yolk and duck fat fries ($30), washed down with a glass of Argentinian cabernet sauvignon ($15), that would later thwart attempts to devour a strawberry rhubarb trifle ($14).
Carnivorous hopes were dashed with news that the Creekstone Angus had sold out, so out came the 340g organic New Zealand Harmony ribeye ($58) with port and red wine sauce ($6) – a tasty and fattier meat due to the cut’s characteristic marbling, served rare as opposed to master’s preferred medium rare but devoured all the same.
My 225g organic New Zealand Harmony tenderloin ($58) with pricey foie gras and black truffle sauce ($22) was worth every cent and a sublime moment in this meat lover’s history. The fennel and rocket salad ($8) provided sharp contrast to our rich steaks while steamed-to-perfection asparagus with tomato sabayon mousse ($8) completed the meat and three veg picture.