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5 must eats at Marina Bay Sands’ Epicurean Market 2017

If you’ve been following my Instagram, you would have realised that the annual Epicurean Market at Marina Bay Sands is currently on until 13 August Sunday. This is already the 5th year and the event is bigger than ever before! If you’ve always wanted to check out the Celebrity Restaurants, now’s the time to do so because many of their signature dishes can be sampled for a fraction of the price it would cost at the restaurants.

Epicurean Market 2017 - Opening Ceremony

Photo Credit : Marina Bay Sands

This year, aside from Celebrity Restaurants, enjoy the Singapore Street Food experience by trying local dishes/hawker fare presented by the newly refreshed RISE Restaurant. And of course not forgetting over 30 masterclasses, tasting sessions, special appearances, bespoke cocktails. And before you leave, take home some fresh gourmet produce from the Farmer’s Market.

Each $39 per ticket gives you unlimited entry plus a $15 signature dish of your choice. OK with so many celebrity and signature restaurants to choose from, how do you decide where to spend your money? After sampling each of the restaurants during the media preview on Friday, here are my top 5 picks based on taste, value-for-money and uniqueness. Enjoy!

Epicurean Market - Lobster Roll $25 from DB Bistro and Oyster Bar

Lobster Roll $25 from DB Bistro and Oyster Bar

If you love lobster rolls, you will know that they cost a pretty penny in Singapore. I know of some restaurants/cafes to be charging in excess of $40 per roll! So this $25 lobster roll from DB Bistro is great value considering the size of it and considering that it’s from DB Bistro. It’s big enough to actually be sufficient as a meal too, if you are on cost-savings mode.

Epicurean Market - Sweet Corn Agnolotti $20 from Spago

Sweet Corn Agnolotti with truffle shavings $20 from Spago

With practically every restaurant offering dishes boasting premium ingredients like crab, lobster and carviar, it’s hard to choose a favourite because they were all good. This sweet corn agnolotti with truffle shavings might just be my favourite dish from Epicurean Market. It’s so different from the other dishes. I really like the pillowy soft pasta parcels bursting with sweetness, and the earthy contrast of the truffles. I won’t lie about the portion size though, it’s as small as it looks… but tasted so good! I really want to return to Spago again for the full-sized portion!

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ME@OUE–Catch unblocked views of the NDP fireworks for $6!

NDP Fireworks (1)

NDP at the Floating Platform (1)

View of the Marina Bay Floating Platform and the NDP Preview Fireworks last week

The rooftop bar at ME@OUE is like a hidden gem in the heart of the CBD with front row tickets to watch any fireworks held at the Marina Bay area for next to free! Did you know they didn’t charge anything extra at all for all the NDP rehearsals? YOU could have gotten this view for a $6 espresso or $12 for 5 jumbo prawns. In fact, there is no cover charge at all at the rooftop bar, except for ME@OUE Fiesta days, which is like only several times a year. Now don’t say I didn’t give you a heads up for the upcoming F1…

August 9 though, will be a ME@OUE Fiesta day (only the 2nd this year). From 5.30pm – 8.30pm, they will be having ME@OUE Fiesta – National Day Edition which will feature amongst others:

  • Pop-up live roast stations featuring Dried Rubbed Greater Omaha August Tomahawk & Prime Rib and “Bangalow” Sweet Pork Belly Char Siew etc
  • Saint Vaast Oyster Bar
  • Japanese Robatayki skewers using Kumamoto A4 Wagyu Beef Cube, Chicken with Shiro Negi, Meikajiki, Tiger Prawns, Shishito etc.
  • Live Sushi stations
  • Butler-passed canapés and desserts

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Desserts from the 1st edition of ME@OUE Fiesta – Japan Edition

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Marriott Cafe’s Durian High Tea

If you’re craving for durians this durian season, and want to be a bit posh about it instead of getting your hands dirty, you might want to check out Marriott Cafe’s Durian Lover’s Dream High Tea. From now until 9 August 2017, Marriott Cafe will be offering a High Tea buffet spread featuring a number of sweet and savoury durian creations, alongside their usual local and international dishes.

Marriott Cafe’s Durian High Tea (6)

Here are some of the durian dishes that you can look out for

  • Durian Strudel made with D24 durian puree
  • Durian Cream Puffs
  • Fried Durian Balls
  • Durian Swiss Rolls
  • Durian Creme Brulee Tarts
  • Durian Pizza (YES it’s true!)
  • and more!

Monday to Friday / Saturday and Sunday
Adult: $45++ per person / $48++ per person
Child (5 to 12 years old): $27++ per child / $30++ per child

Scroll down for more pictures, reservation information and reviews of other Marriott F&B outlets.

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Mandarin Gallery Singapore Food Trail–Special dishes from Antoinette, Arteastiq, Lawry’s and The Providore

If you haven’t visited Mandarin Gallery in a while, now’s the time to pay them a visit because from now until Singapore’s 52nd National Day on 9th August 2017, and in conjunction with the Singapore Food Festival, you can enjoy special dishes/drinks with a local twist. The participating outlets are Antoinette, Arteastiq, Lawry’s The Prime Rib and The Providore. Scroll down to check out the pictures of the food!

Shoppers can also stand a chance to win dining vouchers worth $100 from each of the above restaurants, simply by following Mandarin Gallery on Instagram (@mandaringallery) and Facebook (facebook.com/mandaringallery), and leaving a comment on their campaign post telling them which dish you would like to try the most and why. Go try your luck!

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Arteastiq - Two Way Lobster (Lobster Thermidor and otah stuffed lobster shell, served with barley risotto) $38

 Two Way Lobster (Lobster Thermidor and otah stuffed lobster shell, served with barley risotto) $38 

This pretty as a picture lobster dish was equally tasty. I really liked the lobster thermidor half, but I was thankful to still have the otah half, or else the whole dish might have been too creamy. It’s not common to see barley being used as the starch, but I think it complemented the rich thermidor and otah flavours. I also liked the bouncy firmness, and hey barley has many health benefits which is great!

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Yuba Hut–Get makis slathered in lots of sauce, minus the queue

I had a quick lunch today at the recently opened Yuba Hut. Yuba Hut is a Japanese casual eatery at Heartland Mall next to Kovan MRT that specialises in makis and donburis. When I think of makis slathered in lots and lots of sauce, I think of the popular Koh Grill at Wisma which always has a long queue. Yuba Hut offers such makis too, and the best part is you won’t have to queue an hour for them.

There are 5 different makis to choose from in Yuba Hut’s menu

  • Cream Cheese Mentaiko Salmon (4psc $9.90 / 8 pcs $16.90)
  • Champion Floss Maki (4psc $9.90 / 8 pcs $16.90)
  • Taiyou Century Egg Maki (4psc $9.90 / 8 pcs $16.90)
  • Salmon Aburi Maki (4pcs $8.90 / 8 pcs $15.90)
  • Samurai Unagi Aburi Maki (4pcs $8.90 / 8 pcs $15.90)

We tried the 1st 3. I am told that the Champion Floss Maki is the most popular order and it’s not hard to tell why. The sweet salty sauce tastes like a combination of teriyaki and mayonnaise, and it kind of reminded me of Okonomiyaki. I also liked the Cream Cheese Mentaiko very much. My dining companions said the sauce was too jelak/cloying, but I loved it! Loved the salty combination of cream, cheese and mentaiko on top of the seared salmon! Apparently there was unagi encased within one of the makis, but it got lost in all that sauce. But I say, when enjoying such “messy makis”, the enjoyment is in the “in your face” flavours, and it’s not the time to nit-pick on subtle flavours. Didn’t like the Century Egg Maki though, the sauce needed some getting used to.

Yuba Hut - Cream Cheese Mentaiko Salmon (1)

Cream Cheese Mentaiko Salmon

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