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Afternoon tea at Marina Bay Sands Renku Lounge– Sip tea blends customised just for you!

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How do you like to spend your weekends? For me, one of my favourite ways is to enjoy afternoon tea at a posh hotel. There’s nothing quite like sitting back amongst luxurious surroundings while nibbling on dainty food and sipping cup after cup of tea. Conversation is not always necessary, sometimes I like to just stare into space, contemplating life. You know they say creative people need space to just think…

Marina Bay Sands Renku Lounge Afternoon Tea (18)

So, when Marina Bay Sands recently opened Renku, I made sure to quickly check it out. The tea takes centre stage at Renku, literally. There are professional Tea Masters who will provide tableside service and recommend tea blends customised to your preference. There will also be a tea pouring performance at some point during the afternoon tea!

Marina Bay Sands Renku Lounge Afternoon Tea (5)

 

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The Bird Southern Table & Bar at MBS – Worth crowing about?

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I’ve been waiting for over a year for The Bird Southern Table & Bar to open at Marina Bay Sands in Singapore, and that day has finally arrived. The Bird, also known as Yardbird, is an award winning restaurant featuring US Southern cuisine and hospitality, founded by renowned restaurateur John Kunkel. Yardbird is known as The Bird in Singapore to minimise confusion with the same named Yardbird hailing from HK, which I hear is going to be opening in Singapore too sometime soon.

Why was I so keen for The Bird to open? Fried chicken! As you might guess from its name, it is most famous for its fried chicken and waffles with watermelon. But another reason is because I’m always on the look out for restaurants serving Southern food to see if they match up to what I remember of Southern food when I was studying in Atlanta years ago. Featured in their menu include other Southern favourites such as Shrimp ‘N’ Grits, Buttermilk Biscuits, and Butter Lettuce and Grilled Mango Salad.

The Bird Southern Table & Bar Interior

Even the modern-rustic design of The Bird is inspired by the Southern United States, with its use of reclaimed wood, recycled machinery parts and mason jars.

Here’s what we had the opportunity to try during our media tasting session a few weeks back.

The Bird Southern Table & Bar - Chicken N Watermelon N Waffles  (3)

Chicken N Watermelon N Waffles

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

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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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Man-Cakes?! You have to visit LeVeL33 Craft Brewery and Restaurant to try them!

I am so smitten by these Man-Cakes that I had to just mention them upfront. Now is this creative or what? Mini pancakes served in beer mugs, with generous dollops of clotted cream. And did I mention bacon, because bacon just makes things taste better. You will laugh when ordering it, and it will be fun to eat too.

LeVeL33 - Bacon Man-Cakes (Banana, Maple, Clotted Cream) $15 (2)

Bacon Man-Cakes (Banana, Maple, Clotted Cream) $15

And I think the Man-Cakes epitomises the philosophy of LeVel33, which is to establish itself as a relaxing and fun place to dine at, especially on the weekends. There are so many items on the menu I want to try just because they sound so interesting! Btw, the person holding the beer mugs is Executive Chef Jimi Tegerdine himself. Chef Jimi has been working in the culinary world since 2001, and has had experience in numerous locations such as The Relais de Coche in South of France, Wagamama and Cho Gao in Australia. At Cho Gao, his role was to give a fresh interpretation of traditional Asian dishes from Thailand, Vietnam, India, China, Indonesia and Japan. And you will see these Asian influences again in the dishes that are served at LeVel33.

Scroll down further for our review of the recently revamped Saturday lunch menu.

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Me@OUE–The only standalone restaurant in Singapore to serve Kumamoto Beef

Me@OUE is the only stand-alone restaurant in Singapore to serve Kumamoto Beef. Kumamoto beef comes from Kyushu, the most southwesterly island of Japan. Kumamoto wagyu is celebrated for its perfect marbling as the meat is from one of the few, if not the only, free-grazing cattle in the whole of Japan. Most wagyu cows feed on grain instead of grass so to be able to gain access to grass-fed wagyu is indeed a rare treat. Gaining access to the prized meat is but half the battle, knowing how to handle it being the other. Me@OUE’s chefs have the luxury of having access to the entire animal which means freedom and flexibility to use the various cuts that best suit the various dishes.

Speaking of chefs, Me@OUE’s Executive Chef Sam Chin is but 33 years old. He recently rejoined Me@OUE again, previously having worked there in 2014. This young chap speaks with passion in his voice when you ask him about his dishes. Keep a look out for his name because I’m sure we’ll be hearing it quite often in the culinary circle going forward.

The dishes I tried during dinner a couple of weeks back were very good, and yes the Kumamoto Beef was fabulous. There are a number of ways to enjoy it, such as in raw form or as a steak (tenderloin, striploin or ribeye) and either cooked Japanese style or French style. I tried the beef in tartare form as well as steak form and sushi style. All were very good in their own ways.

ME@OUE - Hand-cut raw wagyu tartare

Hand-cut raw wagyu tartare
Nashi Pear, Spicy “Kochujang” Dressing, Egg Yolk, Potato Crisp, Micro Greens

The wagyu tartare in particular was really memorable due to the kochujang dressing. Normally kochujang goes with cooked meat, but in this case the taste of the raw beef is very mild because of the spicy kochujang dressing. But what you do experience in exchange is the luxuriously soft texture of the raw beef. Initially, I thought it would be a shame to mask the natural flavours of the raw beef with such a heavy sauce, but this dish works because the textures become the focal point and because of the sweet and spicy flavours imparted.

ME@OUE - Charcoal Grilled Kumamoto Wagyu A4 Striploin (1)

Charcoal Grilled Kumamoto Wagyu A4 Striploin

Pumpkin Purée, Mashed Marble Potatoes, Seasonal Vegetables

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