Frequent diners at Marina Bay Sands should be familiar with celebrity Chef Wolfgang Puck, whose steakhouse CUT enjoyed much positive reviews (which I do think serves some of the best steaks in Singapore).
The next talk of the town should be Spago, opened on Level 57 of MBS SkyPark featuring two concepts – a fine dining restaurant on one side; and a terrace lounge with al fresco bar.
The original Spago can be said to be Chef Wolfgang Puck’s most important restaurant. His first restaurant venture located at Beverly Hills, was once awarded two Michelin stars, and named the most iconic restaurant in LA.
Its menu in Singapore is said to be “imaginative”, offering seasonal dishes of “Californian cuisine with global accents, in a sophisticated and inviting atmosphere”.
(Disclaimer: We haven’t eaten many of the dishes, and will return for a more proper food review, perhaps after it is officially opened for lunch.)
The fine dining menu is divided into a few main sections – Green Market, Marine, Pasture, Flour Water Rice, Sea, Land and Desserts.
There appears to be strong Asian influences in the creation, such as Pan Seared Alaskan Halibut Laksa ($42), “Kaya Toast” with seared foie gras, pandan-coconut jam, slowed cooked egg yolk on toasted brioche ($33), Hokkaido Scallop Sashimi ($34), and Honey Miso Broiled Japanese Black Cod ($49).
Dessert-wise, the Mille-Feuille ($36 for two) complete with lightly crisp puff pastry, tangy mango sorbet and delicate Tahitian Vanilla Cream Legere is a must-order.
The dessert was presented with table-side service, adding an element of interaction. (Kudos to Teck Hwa for being professional with a touch of humour.)
Contrastingly, the Salted Caramel Souffle with Fuji Apple Sorbet ($24) was too sweet on both components, though I liked its soft, creamy texture.
While Spago Singapore is branded as a fine dining restaurant, I found the choice of music to be atypical, ranging from Queen’s Bohemian Rhapsody to Hot Chocolate’s “I believe in miracales” You Sexy Thing, at considerably loud volumes. My guess is they still wanted to convey that Californian mood?
If you failed to snub a reservation at the restaurant, you can move to the terrace lounge side offering bites of sushi rolls ($25 – $29) and more Asian stuff such as Grilled Korean Pork Belly ($19) and Chinese Bao & Glazed Short Ribs ($16).
The lounge overlooks MBS’ famous infinity pool with a spectacular view of the city skyline, on non-hazy days that is.
Spago By Wolfgang Puck
Sands SkyPark, Tower 2 Level 57 (Access from Hotel Lobby Tower 2)
Tel: +65 6688 9955
Opening Hours: 6pm – 10pm (until 11pm on Weekends)
5pm – 12am (cocktails and small plates at Terrace)
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