Monday, August 1, 2011

KU DÉ TA, Marina Bay Sands, Singapore

With one of the best views in Singapore, Ku Dé Ta sits at the top of the boat building - Marina Bay Sands - in Singapore.

My partner (Mr. P) and I have wanted to try Ku Dé Ta for some time.  So with both of us in Singapore last weekend, I booked us in on Saturday night.

Arriving at the taxi drop off, we navigated our way through the jungle of cars and the huge crowds of people to reach the elevators for Tower 3. 

Once in the elevator, it was a case of waiting to get up to the 57th floor.  I say 'a case of waiting,' because as luck would have it, the cutest looking, but rather mischievous (in the nicest sense of the word) little girl started pressing various floor numbers on the button panel . . . much to her amusement, not ours.

On reaching the top, the elevator doors opened onto a tree lined walkway to a stunning nighttime vista of Singapore.  Greeted at the front desk, we made our way to our table through the dimly lit restaurant. 

Browsing the menu, there is a tasting menu at $148 per person.  A great option for those wanting to sample a wide variety of what Ku Dé Ta have to offer. 

The menu is then divided into different sections: raw, cold, hot, fish & seafood, meat & poultry, organic Japanese vegetables, rice/noodle/soup, and dessert of course.

Mr. P and I decided to choose a dish from each section, except the 'meat & poultry'.  I won't go into detail about how they all tasted.  But here are some photos of the food that we ate.

Half a dozen New York oysters, delicious!  At $38, I didn't expect anything less.

Spicy bo'samm pork belly salad ($13); not sure about the spice as my palate couldn't locate it, but the salad was nicely dressed.  As for the belly pork, Mr. P very rightly commented on how bland it was.  Although it did have a 'melt-your-mouth' texture, we felt a little let down by it.

Crispy-sticky baby squid ($14); this was my favourite of all the dishes, crispy, a little bit sticky with the sauce and just delicious.

A generous portion, the bamboo roasted pacific-black cod with whipped red miso ($35) was cooked perfectly with a subtle miso sauce on the side. 

The barbecued senryo eggplant with sweet and sour plum sauce ($14), I felt was good.  I preferred this over the cold 'smoked eggplant and marinated salmon caviar' ($16) dish that I failed to take a picture of.  Mr. P thought otherwise, preferring instead to chomp on the cold eggplant.  Good job we ordered two different eggplant dishes!

(Excuse the crappy out-of-focus shot)

'Forty' flavor [sic] fried rice baked in lotus leaf; had a slight 'al dente' texture to the rice.  There were obviously loads of different flavours going on, more so that we could care to name.  I thoroughly enjoyed this and it was deeply fillling.  Mr. P didn't care too much for this dish, not because he didn't like it, but because he found it too filling.

As for dessert, I declined due to feeling full.  However, Mr. P decided to go for the 'Wild strawberry confit' ($14) - cardamom rice pudding, crispy meringue, sichuan pepper cloud.  Unfortunately my photo turned out all blurred.  So I can only describe it as a work of art, both visually and in taste.  For somebody who isn't much of a dessert person, Mr. P gave this a winning thumbs up.

Needless to say, we both enjoyed our meals and we're glad to have experienced dining at the top of Marina Bay Sands.  Was the food exceptional?  Hard to say.  But I will acknowledge how well executed the food was and we both left feeling like we couldn't eat any more.

Booking is essential.
Bayfront Avenue, Sands SkyPark, Tower 3, Marina Bay Sands Hotel, Singapore
Tel: +65 6688 7688

Breakfast: 7am – 11am
Lunch: 12pm – 3pm
Tea: 3pm – 6pm
Dinner: 6pm – 11pm
ounge: 6pm till late
Skydeck: 10am till late
Poolside: 8am – 10pm

Smart casual

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