So the other day I was having dinner with a group of media acquaintances and the topic of “hey, have you been to anywhere new recently” came up (as it always does). At that time, Adrift by David Myers was (and still is?) creating a buzz in the local foodie scene and I was surprised when someone started condemning this place, even going as far as labeling it “lousy”. On the contrary, I was (and still am) all praises for Adrift! Really enjoyed my meal here, so much so that I can’t wait to explore more of the menu together with K!
I was already impressed by chef David Myers’ dishes back in September last year during the Epicurean Market held at Marina Bay Sands. His coconut and green papaya shooter was a liquid bomb of flavours and I’m thrilled that it’s now permanently on Adrift’s a la carte menu. Ditto for the addictive caramel popcorn!
Caramel Popcorn ($9++)
The menu at Adrift blends playful snacks with raw items and artisanal toasts with charcoal-grilled treats. Many of the mix-and-match small plates (read: tapas style) are meant for sharing and feature interpretations of chef Myers’ most beloved dishes from his travels throughout Asia.
Rice Cracker ($11++)
green onion salt, yuzu kosho aioli
These include cheeky nods to American classics such as fried oysters and buckwheat battered chicken with karashi honey mustard sauce. Gosh, those oysters! Despite being deep fried, the oysters remain plump and delightfully fresh tasting! For the record, I don’t even like oysters.
Fried Oysters ($21++)
green garlic, black lime dip
Buckwheat Fried Chicken ($18++)
honey mustard sauce
From the “toast” section, the king crab melt with pimento cheese is exactly the kind of worthy carbs we should all aim for in life. Generous fillings of crab meat and gooey cheese are sandwiched between evenly browned warm toasty bread. So good that I had double my share, oops. Beef tartare and ricotta have their fans too but on my next visit, it’s definitely going to be the uni butter (hello, uni butter!) on pumpernickel for me!
Beef Tartare Toast ($26++)
sesame, egg yolk, chili
King Crab Toast ($35++)
pimento grilled cheese
Ricotta Toast ($24++)
preserved lemon, okinawan black sugar
The “nomadic” (i.e. seafood) selection may be limited to just six items but what I tried, I liked! Especially the cured hamachi with ginger flower – simple and elegant – and the salmon-ish arctic char curry which has enough kick from the spices.
Cured Hamachi ($27++)
ginger flower, creme fraiche
Arctic Char ($28++)
spiced tomatoes, curry
Even the sides are admirable – crispy baby potatoes lightly sprinkled with parmesan and aromatic grilled corn are dangerously moreish little bites! But there’s something in the braised morning glory which didn’t agree with my palate so I pretty much ignored it.
baby potatoes, seaweed, parmesan;
braised morning glory, lime pickle;
grilled corn, dashi butter, furikake
Desserts are 2/3 lovely. The small chocolate pot looks unassuming but it’s so dark and rich! Raspberry parfait is quite a beauty too – I love the contrasting textures from the creamy ice cream, chewy mochi and crunchy nuts. The only sweet that didn’t had me swooning was the caramel french toast – soaked and soft in the middle but lacking crisp and the scoop of coconut sorbet was way too small.
Caramel French Toast
coconut sorbet, kopi syrup
Chocolate Pot De Creme
guanaja chocolate, burnt marshmallows
rose, cocoa mochi
My thanks to Philicia for hosting dinner!
Adrift by David Myers
Marina Bay Sands, Hotel Lobby Tower 2