The Place One of the first to introduce weekend brunch, Prive at Keppel Bay continues to be a popular destination for that relaxing meal to wind down beside the marina. Since 2006, Prive has opened 3 other outlets in Chijmes, Asian Civilisation Museum and recently, Clarke Quay. Staying close to their origins, Prive continues to serve all-day breakfast and brunch items, with the new outlet at Clarke Quay taking on the influence of its vicinity. Throw in the drinks and get dancing with the daily live music, this is Prive at its hippest moments.
Done with outdoor seats facing the centrepiece water fountain of Clarke Quay, and the indoor high tables and booth seating giving the party goers their ideal gathering haunt. No stranger in getting their restaurants all set in the theme, Prive completes this outlet with a centre bar counter, private room at the far end and, not one, but two stages for the musicians to get the crowd starter on a night of drinking to good food.
The Food The best of their all-day breakfast are also serve here, adding to the list are more bar snacks and new creations, matching the drinks menu here. One must-have drink here is the Absolute Elyx Cocktails, with the Ocean Drive ($20) being my choice for the early evening. Served in this bronze pineapple cup, the cocktail was refreshing especially after an earlier afternoon flight back to Singapore – done with Absolute Elyx mixed with passion fruit puree, agave syrup, cayenne pepper, kaffir lime leaves, and of course, fresh pineapple juice!
Starting the meal with the recommended Mozzarella Cheese Sticks ($11 for 6 sticks), which we found falling slightly short of expectations. The sticks was a tad too dry, and lacked the melted cheese texture.
This was surprisingly good, the Forest Mushroom Soup ($14) had us at the first mouth full. Very balanced, complete with truffle oil, making this an enjoyable starter.
We knew what to expect off their brunch menu, so we decided to head for the less obvious choices here for mains. The first being their Steak Frites ($31), a 200g grass-fed Australia ribeye done medium rare. Done almost-perfectly, and enjoying meats with my cocktail, even more perfect.
This is a must-try here, the Penne with Pink Vodka Sauce ($24) has its cream sauce prepared with Absolut Vodka and topped with Smoked Salmon. Not for the kids, but finally a pasta done with the adults-only in mind. Prive got this pasta really right.
Make sure you finish your meal here with their Ice Cream Sandwich ($15). Combining toasted caramelized brioche, strawberries and vanilla bean ice cream, this reminds us of our all-too-familiar $1 ice cream, just done more refined. Full marks on the mix of textures here, that crisp toasted bake and the ice cream going so well together.
Rants Prive has gone from their exclusive location at Keppel Bay to a chain with four outlets now. Somehow, I don’t feel this will be taken well by many – we still like that marina view and relaxing vibe of their first branch. Well, unless being a chain is exactly what they set out to do.
Will I Return Again? I have always preferred live music bars to clubs, and at Clarke Quay, the fourth Prive might have found itself a good spot – central location and in an area not usually associated with having good food. Amongst my top choices if I were to choose to hang in this area.
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Taste bud: 3/5
Hole in the pocket: 4/5
Overall Experience: 3/5
Prive Clarke Quay
3 River Valley Road
Block C #01-09A
Tel: +65 6776 0777
Monday to Tuesday: 5pm to 2am
Wednesday to Friday & Public Holidays: 5pm to 3am
Saturday: 11:30am to 4am
Sunday: 11:30am to 2am
Eve of Public Holidays: 5pm to 4am
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