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1-for-1 at South Coast Bistro and Bar – CLOSED

The other day, the Partner happened to be having drinks with another ex-colleague at South Coast at Marina Bay Sands. Since I also knew the ex-colleague, I decided to join them at South Coast for dinner. I quite like dining at South Coast because the Aussie grub that they serve here is quite interesting. I think they even had kangaroo on the menu the last time I was here. The view of the Singapore city skyline from MBS is also pretty spectacular, if you manage to come here during the twilight hours. The only downfall is that this place is not air-conditioned.

SouthCoast

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Marina Bay Sands Rise Restaurant

Rise Restaurant at Marina Bay Sands has been open for a couple of years now. I’m sure most buffet fanatics out there would have tried this buffet by now. I’ve dined at Rise Restaurant on a couple of occasions but they were always ala carte orders. So I decided the time was ripe to take my parents for a nice lunch at Rise Restaurant. I was pleasantly surprised by the pricing. $49++ for weekend lunch buffet makes Rise Restaurant a very value-for-money buffet, don’t you think? This is especially when you consider the size of the spread.

Even though I look like I’ve been gorging on buffets quite often these past few months, the truth is that I haven’t actually gone for a lunch or dinner buffet in about a year! All the previous buffets you’ve read about on this blog this year were Afternoon Tea buffets, which ahem, is quite different from a lunch/dinner buffet!

Rise Restaurant Marina Bay Sands - Dessert Station

I’m a sucker for pretty desserts. The dessert display at Rise Restaurant is definitely worthy of being part of an Afternoon Tea buffet. My idea of a good afternoon tea dessert display is that it has to be whimsical and eye-popping.

Rise Restaurant Marina Bay Sands - Decadent Chocolate Cake (1)

Decadent and regal looking 3 layer chocolate cake

I am not one to eat desserts before mains, but when it comes to posting pictures, who’s to say we can’t post pictures of cakes and sweet treats first?

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Marina Bay Promontory and MBS

I really like the new Marina Bay area. After having not worked in Shenton Way for several years, I find the whole place refreshing and revitalizing. There are so many new restaurants and cafes there! I suppose those working in Shenton Way may not feel the same way, with the 5 day work drudgery killing off any feelings of wonder. But for me, this place just exudes an enchantment that still captivates me.

Marina Bay Financial District

Here’s a picture I took of the new Marina Bay Financial District from Kinki’s Rooftop Bar. That’s the StanChart building in the background, or at least that’s what I call it. There’s a cool microbrewery and restaurant called Level33 on the top floor. From Level33, you can get one of the best views of Marina Bay Sands as well as the Suntec area. In my opinion, Level33 is also where you can get the best views of the National Day Parade fireworks, with the Suntec area and the Esplanade as your skyline.

Pity those people who have to be in the office even at 9.30pm at night. In the foreground is The Promontory. It looks like an ordinary piece of flat land from this angle, but trust me, it’s not.

The Promontory (2)

At night, The Promontory serves as a romantic spot to get up close and personal with your sweetheart. What can be more romantic than having the wonderful MBS as your backdrop and the Marina Bay waters just beyond the fencing? And the most important thing, it’s dark enough such that nobody can see your face while you’re smooching away. See the picture above? It’s dark.

The Promontory

Lot’s of people at Customs House and lovebirds strolling along the Promontory, but yes, you will not be recognised. Kinki’s on the 2nd level and roof of Customs House. On the right of it is Fullerton Bay Hotel, also with its own rooftop restaurant and pool. Definitely great places to watch the NDP fireworks as well.

Marina Bay Sands (2)

And if kissing or ogling at people kissing isn’t quite your thing, you can always take in the wonderful views of Marina Bay Sands.

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They have some sort of a light show going on about 8pm and 10pm I think…

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Marina Bay Sands being attacked!

Marina Bay Sands

and Marina Bay Sands fights back!

How to get to the Marina Bay Area – http://www.marina-bay.sg/map_public_transport.html

For more information on Marina Bay Singapore – http://www.marina-bay.sg

Kinki at Customs House

*Invited Tasting Session*

I was delighted to receive an invitation from FoodNews to come down to view Kinki and have dinner several weeks ago. The Partner was busy so I tried to find a substitute. I had this impression that I would be able to find a keen soul easily. I mean who doesn’t like free food at a great restaurant??? Alas, the 3 people I asked all chickened out and the Partner had no choice but to cancel all appointments to save the day. I wonder if it had anything to do with Kinki’s name. Maybe my friends thought I was asking for something else….

Anyway, located along the Marina Bay Waterfront at Customs House, Kinki Restaurant + Bar conveys a refreshingly urban concept, with its cheeky moniker as one of the many things that sets Kinki apart from conventional Japanese restaurants. Kinki’s decidedly hip-urban décor is designed by Chris Garver of Miami Ink fame, bearing vibrant colours and echoing his signature style of intricate Japanese tattoo designs.

Kinki - Sushi Counter (2)

Kinki has a really long sushi counter. I don’t think I’ve seen that much fish on display before.

Kinki - Yuzu Caipirinha

To start us off, we got some drinks. I ordered the Yuzu Caipirinha $16 because I had a great Yuzu Cooler at Shin Kushiya and I thought I might enjoy something similar. Wasn’t at all the same actually, and in fact, the Yuzu Caipirinha was more of an orange drink.

Kinki - Ume Mojito (2)

The Partner got the Ume Mojito $16.

Kinki - Japanese Pear Martini

Japanese Pear Martini $20 was what Shasha from FoodNews ordered. I bet she knew that I would like it because she kept asking me to try it. In fact, I loved it so much, I took over her drink and left my Yuzu Caipirinha alone! Not only that, I had 2 of these delicious Japanese Pear Martinis. I am surprised myself because I was never a fan of martinis. Definitely a must order!!

Kinki - Tai Carpaccio

Tai Carpaccio $30 – Thinly sliced snapper with shio konbu and Kinki’s truffle dressing. Oh my god, this one was so delicious. If there’s one recommendation I have to make at Kinki, it would be that you simply have to order this, if money is not an issue! The special truffle dressing with an Asian twist complimented the slivers of snapper so well! I am salivating just thinking about this.

Kinki - Assorted Sashimi Platter

I love sashimi! The ones served at Kinki tasted really fresh. Also, the slices of fish were larger than usual, which is great because I hate it when the slice of fish flops limply on my chopsticks. Give me a plate of sashimi, plus some hot steamed rice and wasabi and I’ll be content. My all time favourite has got to be sword fish, that’s the pale one on the right bottom. I can eat loads of it!

Kinki - Assorted Sashimi Platter (4)

Amaebi, also known as sweet prawns are a favourite of mine! I love the sweet taste of the prawn. Don’t you find that there’s something unique about the texture of the prawn, it is ever so slightly mushy. I hear that the crunchy succulent textures of prawns found especially in Chinese restaurants is due to them having been soaked in alkaline water. Wonder if that’s a healthy thing to do?

Kinki - Foie Gras & Scallop Sushi (3)

 Foie Gras and Scallop Sushi $22 – An eye popping $22!! The foie gras was delicious as usual but it being so good, kind of overwhelmed the flavours of the scallop. I seriously don’t think it’s worth the price if you’re just after the foie gras because it was tiny!

Kinki - Foie Gras & Scallop Sushi

Since it was so expensive, I had to take extra photos of it. Love this picture of the foie gras and scallop sushi. Don’t you think it looks so dainty on the pretty plate? Love the design! One thing about Kinki, they sure have a variety of plates and dishes to add colour to the meal.

Kinki - Fatty Blue Fin Tuna with Fried Burdock Sushi

Fatty Blue Fin Tuna with Fried Burdock Sushi $28 – My 1st time eating fatty blue fin tuna I believe. While I couldn’t really detect the difference between this vs the normal tuna, I did like the combination of fried burdock with the tuna.

Kinki - Giant Grilled Sea Prawns (2)

Giant sea prawn grilled with spicy cod roe and Japanese aioli $24 – Very tasty prawns! Love the grilled flavour. Texture of the cod roe was great and I loved the salty flavours. Another must order dish, if you ask me. It gets a bit messy eating this with chopsticks, so do ask for fork and knife, or just dive in with your fingers!

Kinki - Pomegranate Miso Black Cod

Kinki - Pomegranate Miso Black Cod (2)

Pomegranate Miso Black Cod $24 – Loyal followers of my blog will know that cod is one of my most favoured fishes. I was really looking forward to this dish, but it kind fell below my expectations. I wouldn’t say it’s a bad dish. Rather, it had a very weird buttery taste that I wasn’t used to.

Kinki - US Prime Beef Teriyaki (2)

U.S. Prime Beef Teriyaki $24 – Just an average dish. Meat was not very tender. Stick to the seafood dishes, as that’s Kinki’s speciality.

Kinki Montage Rooftop

One should definitely go up to Kinki’s Rooftop bar to have a drink as well as take in the views of Marina Bay Financial Centre (MBFC) and Marina Bay Sands. The views from up there are astounding and there’s just nothing blocking your view at all. Of course, night views are the best and it’s more romantic! Oh, Kinki Rooftop bar would definitely be one of the best places to view the NDP 2011 fireworks! Check out my photos of MBS!

Kinki - Seating Area (3) Kinki - Seating Area

We were early so the place was pretty empty.  Love the flower motifs on the walls.

Kinki - Kinki Fish

The Kinki fish. Now you know what the restaurant is named after.

On the whole, Kinki is a great place to take your corporate clients or to celebrate a special occasion. If you’re going on your own, the prices can be a bit steep, especially the sashimi and Kinki’s Customs. Order from the cooked food section and the prices should be more manageable. See Kinki’s menu here. Right now up until National Day, Kinki will also be having a special National Day’s celebration menu. Check it out at their website!

*Many thanks to Kinki and to Shasha from FoodNews for hosting the wonderful dinner.

Kinki Restaurant + Bar
70 Collyer Quay #02-02
Customs House, Singapore 049323
T: +65 6533 3471 | F: +65 6533 3473
enquiry@kinki.com.sg

Operating Hours
Mondays to Fridays
Lunch from 12pm (Last order at 2.30pm)
Dinner from 6pm (Last order at 10.30pm)
Saturdays and Public Holidays
Dinner from 6pm (Last order at 10.30pm)
Sundays Closed

http://www.kinki.com.sg/

Level33 at Marina Bay Financial Centre

Everyone’s been raving about Marina Bay Sands and the views from there. Ok I was one of them too and took numerous photos of both Shenton Way as well as the MBS buildings. But did you know, that one really great vantage point to enjoy the splendour of the Marina Bay Sands towers as well as the Singapore city skyline is actually at the new Marina Bay Financial Centre (MBFC)?

I was there with 3 other of my colleagues just the day before at Level33 restaurant and the views were breath-taking! And if was not enough, we got a real treat when fireworks started erupting in the night sky, thanks to the National Day Parade rehearsals! Great stuff for my colleague as it was her birthday.

 

Marina Bay Sands Night Time view from Level33

I really do think that Singapore looks so mesmerising at night. I think it would be so romantic to sit in the al-fresco area, gazing into your partner’s eyes while having this as a backdrop…

NDP 26 June 2011 Fireworks (5)

Lucky us got to watch the fireworks from a vantage point!

Level33 touts itself as the World’s Highest Urban Craft-brewery. There are several huge as copper brew house kettles positioned right at the front of the restaurant, so that you know for sure that they mean business. I tried the 33.1 Blond Lager, and it was quite good! Food-wise, I thought it was overpriced but I guess it’s inevitable to have to pay a premium if you want the views. To fully enjoy the views, you must sit outside as the indoor area’s views are blocked by numerous pillars. Another way to enjoy the views without breaking the bank is to just have a drink there instead of having a full scale dinner.

Level33 - 33.1 Blond Lager

33.1 Blond Lager $9.33… Someone’s eyeing MY beer.

Level33 - Bread LoavesLevel33 - Pepper, curry salt and salt

The orangy spice thing is curry salt! Be sure you don’t take a whole heap of it!

Level33 - Prawn Bisque  with Soba

(Gambas) Prawn bisque with soba noodles $39 – 2 really humongous and succulent prawns. Tasted very good and I liked the rich gravy. The amount of soba is enough to make you wonder if it is there as a garnish. If you are a big eater, you may need to order some side dishes as well.

Level33 - Striploin

(Sizzler Beef) Striploin on sizzling hot plate $16 – This was pretty good, but not spectacular

Level33 - Meatballs

Meatballs $9 – First time I’m seeing “dry” meatballs. They were so so.

Level33 - Gnocchi

Gnocchi $26 – An acquired taste for my colleagues I think, but I personally like gnocchi normally. This one was a tad oily.

Level33 - Chicken Breast

Chicken Breast $29 – I don’t know what’s with chicken breast in Singapore. They are so tough! I would never order chicken breast out of my own accord, but since we were sharing all the dishes, I didn’t object. This dish here didn’t change my mind but my colleagues thought it was fine. I did like the ravioli at the bottom though, as well as the asparagus.

Level33 - Molten Chocolate Cake

(Cacao Fondant) Molten Chocolate Cake $16 – Tasted very nice, especially with 4 people sharing this tiny piece of cake. A lot of molten chocolate lava oozed out as we sliced the cake, which is exactly how I like it. The non sweet tooth amongst us liked it although I definitely wouldn’t complain if it were just a little bit sweeter. The white piece of thing at the bottom right was a piece of frozen marscapone, which I felt tasted disgusting in this state and form.

Level33 - Date Pudding

Sticky Date pudding $14 – Also very nice, and not overly sweet either. I’m usually quite fearful of ordering date puddings or sticky toffee puddings because I feel they are just way too heavy and sweet, but this one was just right, and for some reason, had a hint of banana as well.

 

*Click here for more pictures and reviews of Marina Bay Sands and the Singapore City Skyline

 

LeVeL33

8 Marina Boulevard #33-01 • Marina Bay Financial Centre Tower 1 • Singapore 018981

12pm – 12am Daily • 12pm – 2am on Friday, Saturday and Eve of Public Holiday

Tel: +65 6834 3133 • Fax: +65 6834 3073

 

http://www.level33.com.sg/

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