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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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Where to eat at Marina Bay Sands

Since I have been going to Marina Bay Sands pretty often lately, I thought I’d do a summary on cheap places to dine at at MBS. Don’t be fooled into thinking that you have to pay through your ear and nose when at MBS, there are cheap dining options if you know where to go. Of course, MBS is also known for its high-end, celebrity restaurants too. A number of them overlook the MBS casino area. It’s quite mind-boggling, the rows of poker tables and slot machines there are, it takes a few seconds before the eyes get oriented to what you’re actually seeing. Make sure that you learn some poker skills if you want to try your hand at the poker tables. For me, just the slot machines on their own are able to entice me for hours. Anywaysss…

The cheapest place to have a meal at Marina Bay Sands is at the food court. There are 2 food courts, Rasapura Masters and 1983 A Taste of Nanyang. Rasapura Masters is huge, and faces the skating rink. 1983 is much smaller, with some booth seats too. There are about 5 or 6 stalls, so there is no need to worry about a lack of variety. They are located at the opposite ends of each other, so I guess the choice depends on where you are when the tummy starts growling.

The cheapest place to have a cup of tea or coffee at MBS (apart from at the food court) is undoubtedly at ToastBox. Actually, this is one of the most expensive ToastBox in Singapore, with a teh going at about $2. But it’s cheap if you consider that you’re at MBS. This is where you can get a slice of cake at an affordable price of about $3. Sure, the cake is not that big, but it’s something to munch on while having gentle conversation.

The cheapest place to have a steak at MBS is at SouthCoast, on Mondays. On Mondays, from 6.30pm, you can get a super affordable set dinner for only $15. You get the steak, plus a glass of wine or a beer! The steak’s not the best of steaks, but STILL!!! The rest of the SouthCoast menu is pretty affordable too, and I love it that they have interesting options like pies, rolls and Antipodean favourites.

One of my favourite, MUST GO restaurants at MBS is Au Chocolate! Even if you don’t dine there, you must at least WALK PAST IT! If it isn’t evident enough from the name, let me tell you upfront. Au Chocolate is a chocolate and sweeties wonderland! There is a huge cake display, with the most luscious looking cakes beckoning to you. There is an ice-cream gelato stand. If you’re lucky, you can also view chocolate pralines and truffles being made on the spot at the see through kitchen preparation area. The chocolate bars, sweet buckets, jelly beans and more, it’s tough walking out empty handed. Food is pretty affordable at the restaurant café. Burgers are about $20, crepes around $20 too, milkshakes $10. If you don’t know what to order, may I suggest the Fish & Chips? Their fries are great!

DB Bistro Moderne and Osteria/Pizzeria Mozza are nice places to dine too. I wouldn’t consider it cheap to dine there, but there are dishes you can order which don’t break the bank. For example, a lot of the DB Bistro Moderne main courses go around $35 onwards. Look out for their daily specials, which can be really attractive. The last time I was there they had a bucket of mussels go for $26, and the portion was enough to fill for dinner. Pizzeria Mozza’s pizzas go around $30 too, and if you are small eaters, can be shared!

I wish I could recommend you the Celebrity Restaurant I tried, unfortunately it closed down because the owner died, in Singapore no less! It was a treat to dine at Santi, a memorable evening I will never forget.

What to eat for cheap at Marina Bay Sands MBS? Now you know. Smile

Daniel Boulud DB Bistro Moderne – Dinner

After our first visit to DB Bistro Moderne at Marina Bay Sands Shoppes, we were so pleased with the experience I brought my parents there again 1 week later to celebrate my mother’s birthday.

Dinner was more expensive than brunch, and my pockets were visibly lighter after the meal. Nevertheless, it was a delightful evening with good food. Service was also impeccable and our server who is from Korea, went out of her way to attend to all our questions and requests.

DB Bistro Moderne -  Steak Frites

Steak Frites (10 oz Grilled Sirloin, Mesclun Salad, Pommes Frites, Sauce Bearnaise) $42 – The steak was juicy, tasty and cooked to the right level of doneness that I requested. I felt the sauce Bearnaise to be a little bland. On the whole, I felt that the entire dish was just too heavy a combination. Sauce Bearnaise is chock full of butter, plus the steak, and the fries, it was just too much oil for a meal. Perhaps I have something against steak frites. I tried steak frites a few weeks back and once again thought it to be overwhelming.

DB Bistro Moderne -  Special Seabass

My father ordered the special fish dish of the day which was off the menu. Our server recommended it as DB Bistro Moderne had just received a fresh batch of the seabass. It was an excellent recommendation as the fish tasted so fresh and flaky. The combination of sauces and vegetable garnishings paired very nicely with the fish. A non seabass lover like me liked it and that’s saying a lot.

DB Bistro Moderne - Lamb Couscous

Lamb Couscous (Grilled Brochette, Merguez, Moroccan Vegetables, Lamb Jus) $35 – My mother had this dish of couscous with lamb skewers. The meat was very tender. The juices of the lamb and the sauce were absorbed into the couscous, making each mouthful explode with a variety of flavours. I loved the couscous and helped my mother to polish the whole pan clean. To summarise, DAMN GOOD.

DB Bistro Moderne -  Alsatian Rabbit Fleischnecke

Alsatian Rabbit “Fleishnecke” (Baby Spinach, Black Trumpet Mushroom, Grainy Mustard Jus) $28 – This was also partly the reason why we chose to dine at Daniel Boulud again. I don’t believe I’ve ever come across any restaurant offering Rabbit until we went to DB Bistro Moderne. When the Partner saw that, he just had to try it out. It’s fairly common enough in New Zealand I believe, but definitely not in Singapore, although this may change given that it’s the year of the rabbit?

This dish is basically minced rabbit meat rolled up in pasta into a wheel-like shape. I can’t say I have much experience in eating rabbit, but I thought the wheels to be quite dry and slightly tough. The Partner said it was fine though, but for me I just can’t stand anything that is tough and dry. Flavours wise, rabbit doesn’t seem to have a very strong flavour. If you told me it was chicken or pork, I would have believed you. Still, it was interesting and I definitely want to try more rabbit again sometime in the future.

DB Bistro Moderne -  Aioli Provencale

Aioli Provencale (Olive Oil Poached Cod, Shrimp, Mussels, Sweet Garlic Dip, Quail Eggs, Crudités) $26 – We ordered this as a starter and I would definitely recommend this if you’re dining in a group at DB Bistro Moderne. It’s good enough for 4 or even 5. The poached cod tasted fantastic in particular. The vegetables were also fresh. Great starter especially if you’re having a heavy main course. Also loved their special garlic mayo dip, which added an extra oomph to the healthy vegetables.

DB Bistro Moderne -  Clafoutis Tout Chocolate (2) DB Bistro Moderne -  Clafoutis Tout Chocolate

Clafoutis tout chocolate (warm flourless chocolate cake) with vanilla and chocolate ice cream $15 – Thought we should also try out the dessert to round off the meal but it was a let down. The chocolate cake was quite below expectations. It was rather dry, and the centre was just moist, but not oozy like what I was hoping it to be. For this price I’m sure I can find chocolate cake twice as good as this.

DB Bistro Moderne - Ice Cream

We’d asked for the chocolate ice cream that comes with the chocolate cake to be changed to the mango-guanabana sorbet. They agreed but forgot, so we got an extra mango-guanabana sorbet on the side as well!

DB Bistro Moderne -  Bread Basket (3) DB Bistro Moderne -  Bread Basket

Once again, the complementary bread basket didn’t let us down. Really like the breads here. My favourite is the mini baguette, which must have loads of butter in it because it tasted so wonderful and satisfying. If you finish the bread, DB Bistro Moderne will offer you more. I always wish I can have my fill of the tasty bread but saving space for the mains seems to be the proper protocol… 🙁

DB Bistro Moderne -  Cheese Puff DB Bistro Moderne -  Cheese Puff (2)

When we were there, they also offered us cheese puffs. These were great as well! A crisp texture and a cheesy taste, what’s not to like about it?

Read about my 1st visit to DB Bistro Moderne for brunch

Daniel Boulud DB Bistro Moderne

10 Bayfront Avenue, Singapore 018956 (Directions to Marina Bay Sands)

Monday – Friday
Dinner : 5:30pm – 10.30pm
Saturday and Sunday
Brunch : 11am – 2.30pm
Dinner : 5:30pm – 10.30pm

Telephone: +65 6688 8525

Dress Code: Smart Casual

DB Bistro Moderne Brunch Menu

DB Bistro Moderne Dinner Menu

http://www.danielnyc.com/dbbistroSingapore.html

The shoppes at Marina Bay Sands

Here are some pictures of Marina Bay Sands mall I took during the Christmas New Year period. Half of the shopping wing, the half near the convention centre, is still not ready. The whole mall is pretty massive. Walking from one end to the other takes some effort! Luckily, the mall is straight so navigating isn’t a problem.

Marina Bay Sands Front Entrance

Love the Season’s Greetings silver decoration at their front entrance. The letterings are so large, I could even see it across the Singapore river from Fullerton Bay Hotel.

Marina Bay Sands Mall (5)

It’s cool that you can see the original Singapore skyline from within the Marina Bay Sands mall

Marina Bay Sands Mall (2)

Marina Bay Sands Mall (17)

Marina Bay Sands Mall Sampan Ride

In Singapore, they have been named the Sampan Rides. In Macau and in Las Vegas, they are known as the Gondola Rides. The sampan looks modified. The real Singapore sampans that used to throng the Singapore river don’t look like that. I don’t know how the paddle even works, being angled in this manner. I suspect the currents push the boat along.

Marina Bay Sands Mall (3)

People waiting expectantly for the next sampan to appear.

Marina Bay Sands Mall MozzaMarina Bay Sands Mall Daniel Boulud Restaurant

The Daniel Boulud DB Bistro Moderne – Read my review here

Marina Bay Sands Mall Hermes

Can’t quite see it from the photos but the things on the side were spraying tiny foam balls to resemble raindrops.

Marina Bay Sands Mall (13)

The Society of Black Sheep. What a quirky name for a clothing store.

Marina Bay Sands Mall (16)

Java detour, coffee & tea bar

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The foodcourt Rasapura Masters and the skating rink. Dining here must surely be out of the ordinary. Look how close the skaters are! Wonder if people get shocked and choke if someone accidentally bumps into the glass…Smile

The rink isn’t made of ice btw, it’s some synthetic slippery material. Guess that means it’s eco-friendly.

Marina Bay Sands Mall (6)

Tall robots. Many people were snapping away at them, especially at the lady.

Marina Bay Sands Mall (1)

Some alfresco bar cafe on the outside of Marina Bay Sands

Art and Science Museum

The upcoming ArtScience Museum.

Marina Bay Sands Hotel

The Marina Bay Sands hotel. Will post a review on my stay there soon!

Marina Bay Sands

Email:inquiries@marinabaysands.com
Tel: +65 6688 8868

Address: 10 Bayfront Avenue, Singapore 018956

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Daniel Boulud Yankee Burger

We were at Marina Bay Sands yesterday and fretting over what to have for lunch. My cousin had a birthday celebration at Ku De Ta some weeks ago, but being a scaredy cat who is afraid of heights, I didn’t want to have to scale the 65 floors without a super special occasion as reason. I’d heard about the opening of Rasapura Masters (the Foodcourt) from Tiny Island (the mall spy) so we thought we’d try it out, even if it costs $14 for a bowl of prawn noodles, or was it $17?

Enroute, we went past a nice stretch with 2 restaurants with really cool looking exteriors. One was Osteria Mozza and Pizzeria Mozza, owned by the famous Mario Batali, and the other was Daniel Boulud db bistro moderne, owned by ….Daniel Boulud. Rasapura Masters went out the window and we stood there wondering whether to go to Mozza or Daniel Boulud.

db Bistro Moderne (2)

Daniel Boulud won after we looked at the brunch menu so we went in. According to the Marina Bay Sands website, originally from Lyon, France, it is in New York that Daniel Boulud’s name has become synonymous with fine dining. His Manhattan restaurant Daniel, is considered one of the ten best in the world. The interior was equally delightful. I loved the woody and heavy decor. There were booth seats, table seats and high sofa seats.

db Bistro Moderne Seating Area

db Bistro Moderne bread basket

A restaurant that serves a bread basket is nice. What is even better is if the bread tastes good. DB Bistro Moderne provided us 3 lovely types of bread. My favourite was the right one. It must be the cousin of croissant because it had a really wonderful buttery taste to it. It looks like the simple baguette you can get from any neighbourhood bakery, but tastes 10 times better. Why can’t we get bread this good outside? I wanted to finish it but then i had to leave space for my main course. The middle piece of bread had a really interesting flavour. It must have been the cousin of the pretzel because I could have sworn the flavour was just like a pretzel even if the texture obviously wasn’t.

db Bistro Moderne Omelette Espagnole (2)db Bistro Moderne Omelette Espagnole

Omelette Espagnole $19 – The Partner had this dish of eggy goodness. The omelette was very light and fluffy. The ingredients are not cooked within the omelette but are instead placed on top of it. The caramelised onions were very light and sweet, and together with the salty chorizo, they brought a new dimension to the otherwise plain omelette. I really liked the breakfast potato cubes too. They were crispy on the outside while still retaining their potato flavours. A simple salad was also provided on the side. A couple of token cherry tomatoes split in half would have given some colour to the also plain heap of salad leaves

Daniel Boulud Yankee Burger - Copy

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NY Yankee Burger $20 – You know I have never figured out how to properly eat a burger after al these years. The minute I slice into one, everything falls apart and I end up eating it like how you would tackle a steak on a plate. Anyway it was worth the effort since the burger was so good. At first, I thought the minced beef patty was overcooked. The outer layers were charred and pretty tough. However, after I got past the outer rim, soft moist and juicy mince awaited me. There was hardly any gristle or fat in the mince so they must have used pretty good parts of the cow. They also provided 3 different types of dips: mustard, tomato sauce and mayonnaise. I suppose this is why
DB Bistro Moderne isn’t a pure French restaurant, but a fusion one, as French chefs can be particularly brutal to diners who request for tomato sauce.

db Bistro Moderne caffe latte

Cafe Latte – Quite good I have to say. Intense without being too bitter. And a good sized cup too. I finished most of it. Actually I don’t have high expectations for coffee at restaurants because I feel that’s not their expertise. I rather have lunch/dinner then hop over to my favourite coffee joint for coffee instead. Luckily this one was pretty good.

Conclusion: We liked the place very much, the service staff are so attentive. We are going to return again for my mother’s birthday celebrations! Besides, it is one of the rare few places in Singapore that serves Rabbit, and the Partner is hell bent on trying that!

Daniel Boulud DB Bistro Moderne

10 Bayfront Avenue, Singapore 018956

Monday – Friday
Dinner : 5:30pm – 10.30pm
Saturday and Sunday
Brunch : 11am – 2.30pm
Dinner : 5:30pm – 10.30pm

Telephone: +65 6688 8525

Dress Code: Smart Casual
DB Bistro Moderne Dinner Menu (Lunch menu is slightly different)

Directions to Marina Bay Sands

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