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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.

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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

South Coast @ MBS revisited

I had a good brunch with my parents and the Partner at South Coast some months back, and I was looking for a reason to return. The reason came along in the form of Australia Day. What has Australia Day got to do with me? Actually nothing at all. In fact, you should read about New Zealand Day instead. You see, the Partner hails from New Zealand, and if you’re from either New Zealand or Australia, or if you’ve lived there a while, you’d know about the “friendly rivalry” between those 2. Speaking of friendly rivalry, I have to ask South Coast why on earth they have a picture of a surfing kiwi bird on their website?

I happened to find out that South Coast, which is owned by an Aussie, was going to have an Australia Day party. So of course I had to attend, just for the laughs of it. Saw on their Facebook about this thong chucking game they were going to have and I really wanted to see that! My first instinct was of course to think that they were going to have an underwear throwing competition (you know those Aussies can think of anything), but then I realised that thong is Aussie slang for flip-flops! I could not find a video of Thong Chucking, but I did discover about Wellie Wanging

The Partner was not at all keen to partake in an Australia Day meal, especially when he heard that I wanted him to wear his All Blacks T Shirt there! Oh but partake he did, cuz I didn’t offer him a choice. In the end, we had a really good time there!

South Coast - Sugar Cured Angus Beef, Kangaroo and Lamb Pies, Sausage Rolls (2) We had the Australia Day Platter for 2 – Sugar Cured Angus Beef, Kangaroo and Lamb Pies, Sausage Rolls

South Coast - (12) Closer shot of the items

South Coast - (11)Sugar Cured Angus Beef

The sugar cured Angus beef had a really interesting flavour. First of all, I have never heard of sugar cured, let alone taste it. I’m mostly accustomed to the usual smoke/salt cured types. Obviously, the beef had a sweeter taste. Also, the texture seemed rather different, firmer yet squishy. I don’t really know how to describe it, but I enjoyed the sugar cured Angus beef nonetheless. I tried checking their usual menu and it doesn’t seem to be available on normal days.

South Coast - Sausage Rolls Sausage Rolls in the front, kangaroo and lamb pies in the middle

The sausage rolls that you get in Australia and New Zealand are very different from those available in Singapore, in that the filling is of mince meat. In Singapore when one hears sausage roll, one would think of a long sausage in a bun, like so. I like both types, but if you’ve never tried the Aussie/NZ version, you have to do so! Love these sausage rolls at South Coast. The mince was juicy and encased in a lovely pastry that wasn’t reeking of oil. For some reason the platter also came with some sausages. No complaints man, those sausages were TASTY!

South Coast - Kangaroo and Lamb Pie on the right Kangaroo and Lamb Pie on the right

Kangaroo and Lamb Pie was also nice. The pastry used was similar to that of the sausage rolls so it was enjoyable as well. The sausage rolls $14 are available in the normal menu. The kangaroo pies $18 are available too, but with pork instead of lamb.

South Coast - Fries Fries $8

We were still feeling a little peckish after the Platter for 2 so we ordered some fries to share. The fries were delicious and I just couldn’t stop eating them even though I ought to have been full enough. The fries were crispy on the outside and still fluffy on the inside, and they were served piping hot!

South Coast - Red Rock Beer

Red Rock Beer, and cartoon of Steve Irwin in the background

What’s Australia Day with no beer?

Red Rock Beer with Shenton Way in the background Ice cold beer after a hard day at work?

South Coast - (5) Most of the seating at South Coast is actually al fresco. I don’t like sitting inside as it is too dark and the fans are too strong

Shenton Way at twilight View of Singapore’s Central Business District from my vantage point at south Coast.

In the end, we never did stay late enough to see the thong chucking. Argh what a waste. If you’re in the vicinity of Marina Bay Sands, do check out South Coast’s menu. A number of items I would like to try out. Really, bone marrow fritters, that’s definitely what I will order when I go there again.

Read about my previous visit to South Coast for brunch.

 

South Coast (Australian Bar & Bistro)

L1-85 The Shoppes at Marina Bay Sands, Singapore City, Singapore 018972

Open 7 days a week, serving breakfast, lunch and dinner.
8am – midnight Mon – Thurs
8am – midnight Fri – Sun

Email enquiries@southcoast.com.sg

Phone +65 6688 7600

http://www.southcoast.com.sg

http://www.facebook.com/SouthCoastSG

South Coast at Marina Bay Sands

I can’t seem to escape from the allure of Marina Bay Sands, so when I heard about the new cafe South Coast that had opened there, I just knew I had to pay them a visit. Also happened to read about these cane toad pies they claim to be serving…

We had a bit of trouble locating South Coast, as you actually have to step out of MBS to find it. Most people choose to sit outside as it is brighter and you get the views of the water, but we wanted to escape the sun and also the construction site smell just outside.. It is air conditioned inside, even though all their doors are open!

SouthCoast Flat White

Flat White $5 – The coffee was pretty good, nice aroma and body. It also came with a biscotti but I forgot to eat it! My father ate his and he said it was wonderful. Damn!

SouthCoast

See, everyone chose to sit outside.

SouthCoast (4)

I like the circular lamp shade thingies on the ceiling! Don’t you think they look quite pretty? Kind of matches the floral dress the lady with the kid was wearing. Some of the lamp shades don’t have light bulbs in them. Guess which.

SouthCoast -Avocado, sunny side up eggs, melted cheese on sour dough

Avocado, sunny side up eggs, melted cheese on sourdough toast $16 – My father ordered this and said that it was fantastic. You can just see the bread sticking out from under the eggs. It has a load of crusty cheese on it which paired very well with the runny eggs and avocados.

SouthCoast - Cooked Breakfast (2)

Barn laid eggs, bacon, mushrooms, sausage, spinach, hash brown, tomato with sour dough toast $21 – Plating doesn’t seem to be the chef’s best skill. Or maybe the plate was too small as my toast kept slipping onto the table. Can’t see the mushrooms in this photo except for the odd one sticking out under the eggs. On the whole, pretty good. The hash brown has got to be the best that I’ve eaten in a while! Eggs are of course something I never tire off. Mushrooms, spinach and bacon were good. The bacon still had texture as it hadn’t been over fried to a crisp. The sausage was rather bland though. I could do without the sausage and have a cheaper meal. Bread also tasted normal, couldn’t tell that it was sourdough.

SouthCoast - Cooked Breakfast

The same breakfast as the picture above, except that the eggs were done over easy instead of sunny side up.

SouthCoast - Ricotta Pancakes with Caramelised Bananas

Ricotta pancakes with caramelized bananas $14 – In my opinion, the STAR of the entire meal at South Coast. These pancakes were SOOOOO GOOOOOOOD. So so good. I am planning a return visit just to have these pancakes again! I didn’t eat the bananas but I mopped up the caramel with the pancakes. The flavour was awesome and the texture of the pancakes was light and fluffy without being flat! I’ve been wanting to replicate pancakes like these and never been successful! It’s a pity they don’t serve this at night. It would be great on the dessert menu!

SouthCoast (6)

We got the waitress to turn down the fans as they were blasting at our food. View from the inside is pretty good too.

SouthCoast - Chairs

Cute little chairs. They have chairs with backs as well but that’s only available outside.

SouthCoast Breakfast Menu

South Coast Breakfast Menu

On the whole, I thought the food was good but a little pricey. $16 for cheese and eggs on toast plus half an avocado, that’s steep to me. As I’ve mentioned time and again, I make my comparison with Epicurious at Robertson Quay. Of course, the prices are steeper here due to the location, and also, you don’t have to wait too long for the food, which is very important. Don’t bother asking for variations in your meal though. The chef at South Coast doesn’t entertain that.

South Coast (Australian Bar & Bistro)

L1-85 The Shoppes at Marina Bay Sands, Singapore City, Singapore 018972

Open 7 days a week, serving breakfast, lunch and dinner.
8am – midnight Mon – Thurs
8am – midnight Fri – Sun

Email enquiries@southcoast.com.sg

Phone +65 6688 7600

http://www.southcoast.com.sg

http://www.facebook.com/SouthCoastSG

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