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I sat down for dinner with minimum expectation as I had read mixed reviews about Bread Street Kitchen, the highly anticipated restaurant and bar by Gordon Ramsay at Marina Bay Sands. Offering classic British European fare, the signature dishes include pork belly, shepherd’s pie, roasted veal carpaccio, as well as the BSK burger with melted Monterey Jack cheese and spicy sriracha mayo in a brioche bun. Sound delicious on paper but we had none of those.

Instead, we chose what we know we will like – crispy flatbread topped with naturally sweet butternut squash (must try!), seared bouncy scallops, roasted black cod for me and a hearty slab of rare Irish rib-eye 28 days aged for K. Every dish was well-executed and thoroughly enjoyable! The only misses were the bland Alaskan king crab cocktail and Chinese/Korean-ish spicy tuna tartare which we would not recommend. Maybe the salmon ceviche next time?

Our last course was excellent – again, as with the savoury, we decided not to go for much-publicized-on-blogs sweets such as the treacle tart with crème fraiche ice-cream. We scored with the expertly prepared desserts – the chocolate fondant had an impressive flow of rich dark molten lava; the cheesecake was light and a perfect match with roasted balsamic strawberries; and the coffee white chocolate parfait? Simply lovely!

Pick wisely and I’m sure you will have a great time here.

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Flatbread ($20++)
butternut squash, taleggio cheese, mushrooms, pine nuts, basil pesto

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Alaskan King Crab Cocktail ($28++)
apple, pink peppercorn

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Seared Scallops ($24++)
carrot purée, treacle cured bacon, apple, celery cress

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Spicy Tuna Tartare ($19++)
chilli, garlic, sesame oil, wonton crisps

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Roasted Black Cod ($44++)
crushed potatoes, salted capers, artichoke, red wine, lemon sauce

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Irish Angus Rib-eye Steak ($68++)
12oz 28 days aged grass fed, green peppercorn sauce

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Half Lobster (supplement $25++)
make your own surf and turf with any grill

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Chocolate Fondant ($20++)
salted caramel, mint chocolate chip ice cream

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Monkey Shoulder Cranachan Cheesecake ($18++)
roasted balsamic strawberries

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Coffee and White Chocolate Parfait ($18++)
poached blackberries

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My thanks to Philicia for arranging dinner!

Bread Street Kitchen
Bay Level, L1-81
The Shoppes at Marina Bay Sands
+65 6688 5665

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I’m sure you already know – Epicurean Market 2015 opens tomorrow and will run till 16 August. I’ve been to the previous two events and no way am I going to miss the latest third edition! These are the dishes which I’m eyeing from the celebrity restaurants:

Adrift: californian heirloom tomato toast with vanilla and turmeric, and its signature King crab melt with pimento cheese (pineapple tamarind glazed pork ribs sound interesting too);
– Long Chim: grilled eggplant salad with dried prawn (meaty dishes include beef skewers, charred rice noodles with pork and yellow beans, and deep-fried chicken with plum sauce);
– Waku Ghin: marinated botan shrimp with sea urchin and oscietra caviar which is a familiar favourite (though I think the menu is quite boring and repetitive every year);
– Osteria Mozza: grilled octopus (there is also a new cold pasta dish – squid ink chitarra freddi with sea urchin, fresh crabmeat and jalapeno pesto);
– Spago: spicy tuna tartare (looking forward to this the most as it’s a sneak preview ahead of its official opening!)

Stay tuned by my Instagram tomorrow evening for my thoughts on the hits and misses!

Credit: Marina Bay Sands

Credit: Marina Bay Sands

Besides food, the other highlights are:

– Over 35 masterclasses from celebrity chefs and various experts
Farmer’s Market with the freshest produce, including Chef Daniel Boulud’s famous Epicerie Boulud
– Fine wines, spirits and premium coffee
Cocktail Bar and Whisky Lounge by Diageo with mini-workshops by experts
After Party on 14 and 15 August 2015
– Exclusive tasting sessions of LOUIS XIII de Rémy Martin and Single Malt by Glen Ord Distillery
Instagram contest: share your most instagrammable moment with us and stand to win an experience for 2 at the cheese and chocolate bar!

Credit: Marina Bay Sands

Credit: Marina Bay Sands

Epicurean Market will be held at Sands Expo and Convention Centre, Basement 2, Hall D & E from 14 – 16 August 2015.
Priced at $28 per person for a three-day pass, tickets include a complimentary pair of Schott Zwiesel red wine glasses.

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Have you heard, have you heard??

The well-known KU DÉ TA in Singapore is now known as CÉ LA VI, after a rebranding exercise led by L Capital Asia, the Asian private equity business sponsored by LVMH Moet Hennessy Louis Vuitton. Abbreviated from the French phrase, ‘C’est La Vie’ (‘This is life’), the newly launched CÉ LA VI at Marina Bay Sands Skypark will undergo a significant renovation this summer and I’m so thankful that I went for dinner a couple of weeks prior to the official announcement!

I must admit that I went with quite a low expectation of the food because the venue itself is already larger than life – iconic rooftop location commanding breathtaking views in a spectacular setting (go in the evening to catch the sunset!) – and will not have any problem attracting diners even if the cuisine is mediocre. But how wrong I was! True, I still think it’s a “to see and be seen” type of dining location but the Modern Asian cuisine churned out by the kitchen was impressive and I’d say 80% of the dishes we ordered were above average, cross my heart.

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To kick start dinner, the crispy-sticky baby squid is a must-try! It was literally that – fried to a crisp with a thin sticky batter and this addictive bar bite disappeared from our table very quickly!

Crispy-Sticky Baby Squid ($19++)
black pepper, lime drizzle

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Personally sourced by Executive Chef Frederic Faucheux, the swordfish is imported fresh from South Africa, where he was based for four years to help pioneer the highly lauded opening of Nobu in Cape Town. The firm and meaty texture of the swordfish made this a delightful starter.

Line Caught Wild Snapper Sashimi and Fresh Summer Truffle ($42++)
alba oil, roasted shallot, truffle salt

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I’ll never say no to fatty melt-in-the-mouth chutoro (upper tuna belly section)! So fresh!

Sliced ‘Chūtoro’ Semi-Fatty Southern Bluefin Tuna ($48++)
wasabi soy, hajikame, lime

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To balance the rich and sinful food to come, the grilled prawn salad was competently assembled though not particularly outstanding.

Grilled Prawn Salad ($22++)
baby spinach, parmesan, dried miso, truffle oil

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The spicy tuna roll features prawn tempura atop maguro tuna and asparagus sushi. This was pretty normal and I prefer to get my fix of maki elsewhere!

Spicy Tuna Roll ($23++)
maguro tuna, prawn tempura, asparagus, spicy dressing

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Miso eggplant is a love-it-or-hate-it kind of vegetable. Luckily for me, two of my dining companions didn’t like it which means all the more for me, yay! The grilled eggplant here is thick and heavily coated with the dark sweet-salty miso dressing.

Aubergine ($12++)
den miso, bonito shavings, sesame seed

Background: Pan Seared Hokkaido Scallops ($36++)
edamame, cauliflower purée, soy emulsion

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An exceptional seafood option would be the signature roasted black cod (you gotta remember Chef used to be from Nobu!), expertly cooked to a tender succulent texture served with shishito, pickled red onions and lemon. The pan seared jumbo Hokkaido scallops matched with delicate flavours of cauliflower puree, soy emulsion and tempura edamame were also excellent!

Roasted Black Cod ($56++)
shishito, pickled red onions, lemon

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For meat lovers, K highly recommends the Prime ‘Brandt Beef’ ribeye accompanied by homemade wasabi salsa, spinach and sesame dressing. I kept stealing bites of the blanched spinach on the side because of the fragrant sesame sauce! Honestly, it’s so delicious that it deserves a spot on the a la carte menu as a side dish.

U.S. Prime ‘Brandt Beef’ Ribeye ($54++)
wasabi salsa, spinach, goma dressing

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Desserts at CÉ LA VI are difficult to pass on with the group’s Global Executive Pastry Chef and recent Iron Chef Thailand champion, Jason Licker’s philosophy to craft inspired Modern Asian desserts that’s irresistible even after a heavy meal!

Toasted Citrus Gateau ($18++)
kalamansi curd, blood orange, guava sorbet

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If I can only pick one dessert (I hope this won’t ever happen!), it will definitely be the goma cake. I’m naturally inclined towards anything black sesame and with green tea in the mix? Just take my money! I love how the various components gel together and this is one beautiful dessert that is hard to forget!

Goma Cake ($18++)
black sesame cake, apricot, raspberry, matcha ganaché

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Although it’s said to be an all-time favourite and signature dessert, I didn’t take to the white chocolate-junmai, with different elements and textures of yuzu scented fruits, salted toffee and white chocolate-sake cream. Can’t appreciate this, somewhat too complex to me.

White Chocolate-Junmai ($18++)
yuzu scented fruits, salted toffee, white chocolate-saké cream

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#2 in my heart after the goma cake is the tropical coconut-pandan verrine since – yes, you guessed right – I’m also biased towards anything coconut and pandan! Love how refreshing it is, though I do wish there’s more of coconut sorbet in it.

Coconut-Pandan Verrine ($18++)
tropical fruit cream, coconut sorbet, pandan foam

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My special thanks to Francesca and Megan for hosting dinner with such a fab view!

CÉ LA VI (Formerly KU DÉ TA)
SkyPark at Marina Bay Sands, Tower 3
1 Bayfront Avenue
6688 7688

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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!

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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++)
togarashi

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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

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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

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Buckwheat Fried Chicken ($18++)
honey mustard sauce

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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

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King Crab Toast ($35++)
pimento grilled cheese

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Ricotta Toast ($24++)
preserved lemon, okinawan black sugar

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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

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Arctic Char ($28++)
spiced tomatoes, curry

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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.

Sides ($9-14++)
baby potatoes, seaweed, parmesan;
braised morning glory, lime pickle;
grilled corn, dashi butter, furikake

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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

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Chocolate Pot De Creme
guanaja chocolate, burnt marshmallows
Raspberry Parfait
rose, cocoa mochi

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My thanks to Philicia for hosting dinner!

Adrift by David Myers
Marina Bay Sands, Hotel Lobby Tower 2
6688 5657

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One weekend a month ago (i.e. 12-14 September 2014), your Instagram feed (if you have been following the foodies’ accounts like I do) would have been bombarded with lots of drool-worthy food porn pictures taken at the Epicurean Market, the 2nd annual food and wine fair held at Marina Bay Sands.

Among the celebrity chefs’ line-up, I was most impressed with acclaimed Los Angeles-based chef David Myers’ dishes. His coconut and green papaya shooter was a brilliant explosion of flavours – my favourite out of the numerous items tried and tested over those two days. The prawns, passionfruit and salted plum creme fraiche was refreshing and even the complimentary caramel-sweet soy popcorn was amazing. I can’t wait for his brand new restaurant concept to open in MBS next year!

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Other memorable bites included:

Soft shell crab salad with ginger flower dressing (delicious and most value for money at $5 only, cheap thrill!!) and buri-oh ceviche with black truffle vinaigrette (so good, reminded me of Mikuni’s truffle kampachi) from Sky on 57;

Nahm yaa gai noodles with chicken and wild ginger sauce (K was so satisfied by this) and the incredibly rich and pungent durian ice cream with sesame wafers from Chef David Thompson. We have been to his Bangkok restaurant Nahm (currently #1 on Asia’s 50 Best Restaurants) twice and are looking forward to the opening of his upcoming restaurant Long Chim at MBS;

Pulled pork sandwich (admittedly not the best so K will have to continue hunting for a really solid one) and the creamy yet light shrimp and crab louis from CUT by Wolfgang Puck;

And because a meal at Waku Ghin is too freaking expensive, we spent most of our dollars at chef Tetsuya Wakuda’s booth. The signature marinated botan shrimp with sea urchin and caviar was gorgeous but way too tiny and 67% more costly than last year, sheesh; sauteed queensland spinner crab with black pepper sauce was nice but nothing too special; carpaccio of petuna ocean trout with bitter salad was so tender and fresh! Since I’m resigned to never stepping into Waku Ghin in the near future, I consoled myself with three petite desserts from the pastry team – matcha coffee cake, dark chocolate mousse and mont blanc #sugarhigh

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It’s not all food and no fun at the Epicurean Market! We also participated in the Great FIJI Water Race, organized by FIJI Water, the “Official Still Water” partner for the event. We won the race last year and bummer, didn’t win this time. Still, there was plenty of laughter as we raced around the hall completing challenges (such as celebrity chef spotting and coffee art design) to earn points. Will try again next year!

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Special thanks to Marina Bay Sands for the media passes and the FoodNews team for the invitation to participate in the Great FIJI Water Race!

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