Prive Cafe on Keppel Island at the water's edge overlooking the marina makes a lovely spot for a languorous boozy brunch. Although I generally abhor the alfresco because I usually find the weather way too hot and humid, I actually enjoy the alfresco here because it's so breezy.
Picturesque setting aside, I'm not so keen on Prive's food. In this day and age where brunch spots are a dime and dozen, it's no longer sufficient to just get by with so-so grub. It's not that the food is bad, it's just that it's not good enough to distinguish itself.
The Avocado and Chorizo Tartine ($18) with a duo of chilli-freckled poached eggs was well-balanced with the tinge of sour cream and peppery rocket and watercress.
For a health-conscious option, the Egg White Omelette ($19) laced with baby spinach and sauteed button mushrooms, didn't compromise on flavour one bit. This was at once tasty and fluffy and moist. A grilled Roma tomato, wholemeal toast and mesclun greens sided this.
The Eggs Royale ($18) with poached eggs stacked upon smoked Norwegian salmon and toasted english muffins, was slathered in a velvety, albeit slightly watery, hollandaise sauce.
The Linguine Carbonara ($18) though plentiful with thick-cut bacon and mushrooms and a poached egg, got cloyingly creamy halfway through.
The Ultimate Fish & Chips ($22) didn't quite live up to the hype, despite the dorys' generous portioning and beer-battered crust which gave it an extra fizz. This passed muster but I wouldn't say they were the best I've ever had. Tartar and malt vinegar were handy dips for the chunky fries.
For sweets, the Vanilla Bean Ice-Cream ($4) was refreshingly decadent.
GF, Marina at Keppel Bay
2 Keppel Bay Vista
Tel: 6776 0777
Open daily from 9am to 12midnight