Weekend Food List: Quality produce from Japan

Me@OUE, a restaurant offering French, Japanese and Chinese cuisines in one menu, seems to have dropped a little off the radar, but the introduction of new executive chef Sam Chin may change things.

He has not only changed a large part of the menu, but has also put greater emphasis on quality ingredients, especially the beef and fish. It now serves Grade A4 Kumamoto wagyu and fish flown in fresh from Tsukiji market (above) - fine produce from Japan.

While old signature dishes such as Foie Gras "Chawanmushi" ($32) and Mapo Tofu ($25) remain on the menu - and are still good - the Charcoal-Grilled Kumamoto striploin ($88 for half cut, $178 for full cut) is likely to be the restaurant's latest draw.

I shared the 150g half cut and an order of Shio Yaki Kinmedai ($78), or whole salt-grilled golden-eye sea bream, with my dining companion and the amount is just right.

The beef, well-marbled and bursting with flavourful fat, is delicious, but I will probably feel sick eating all 150g of it. The kinmedai is excellent too, so fresh that all it needs is salt to bring out its delicate sweetness.

WHERE: Me@OUE, OUE Bayfront Rooftop, 50 Collyer Quay MRT: Raffles Place WHEN: Noon to 2pm (weekdays), 6pm-10pm (weekdays and Saturdays), closed on Sundays TEL: 6634-4555




A taste of Taste Singapore

As part of its grand opening, Taste Singapore is inviting food lovers to sample its offerings and dishes with ingredients from the gourmet market. Sample fresh oysters, grilled meats, cold cuts, cheeses, wines and beers and seasonal produce. WHERE: Raffles Holland V, 118 Holland Avenue, B1 MRT: Holland Village WHEN: Today, 5-7pmTEL: 9230-4375 INFO: E-mail

New look at Fullerton's Jade

Cantonese restaurant Jade, at The Fullerton Hotel Singapore, has been revamped. The menu by Chinese executive chef Leong Chee Yeng culminates in eight precious treasures, which include signature dishes such as simmered noodles with Boston lobster and XO sauce. WHERE: The Fullerton Hotel Singapore, 1 Fullerton Square, Lobby level, MRT: Raffles Place WHEN: 11.30am to 3pm, 6.30pm to 11pm daily PRICE: A la carte from $12++; set lunch/dinner from $58++ a person; dim sum brunch from $39++ a person TEL: 6877-8911/8912 INFO:

Brewerkz $15 lunch sets

Brewerkz is offering a daily three-course lunch set for $15++, comprising a soup or salad, a main, a scoop of ice cream and free-flow soft drinks. Diners can expect items made from scratch, such as brioche burger buns, pizza dough and beef patties made from New Zealand black angus. WHERE(MRT): #01-05 Riverside Point, 30 Merchant Road (Clarke Quay); #01-06 Singapore Indoor Stadium, 2 Stadium Walk (Stadium); #01-02 Orchard Parade Hotel, 1 Tanglin Road (Orchard); #01-05 Sentosa Boardwalk, Sentosa Gateway (HarbourFront) WHEN: Noon to 3pm daily PRICE: $15++ (add $5++ for a pint of Brewerkz beer) TEL: 6438-7438 (Riverside Point); 6345-4330 (Singapore Indoor Stadium); 6884-7077 (Orchard Parade Hotel); 6221-0702 (Sentosa Gateway) INFO: E-mail

Peranakan Heritage Food Festival at Feast@East

Grand Mercure Roxy Hotel's Feast@East Buffet Restaurant has brought back its Peranakan Heritage Food Festival, with traditional favourites such as ayam buah keluak, itek tim and nyonya kueh. Offers include one-for-one lunch and dinner on Mondays, half-price Wednesdays and a special rate of $30/$15 nett (adult/child) until Tuesday. WHERE: Grand Mercure Roxy Hotel, 50 East Coast Road, Level 3 MRT: Dakota WHEN/PRICE: Today to May 28. Lunch (noon to 2.30pm): $46++ an adult, $23++ a child, $36 nett a senior, $31 nett a pioneer; dinner (6pm to 9.30pm): $50++ or $52++ an adult, $25++ or $26++ a child, $38 nett a senior, $32 nett a pioneer; high tea (3 pm to 5pm, Saturdays and public holidays): $26++ an adult, $13++ a child TEL: 6340-5665 INFO:

Taste of Japan at Carousel

Sous chefs Makoto Nishikawa and Takeshi Yamada from Royal Park Hotel Japan will present more than 110 dishes at Carousel, such as stewed bamboo shoot with shaved dried bonito, stewed vegetables and broiled swordfish. WHERE: Royal Plaza on Scotts, 25 Scotts Road, Lobby level MRT: Orchard WHEN:May 4 to 13, 6.30pm to 9.30pm PRICE: $86++ an adult, $52++ a child TEL: 6589-7799 INFO: E-mail

Mango Afternoon Tea at Axis

Tuck into a five-course Mango Afternoon Tea at Axis Bar and Lounge by Mandarin Oriental Singapore's pastry chefs. Highlights include lemongrass marinated prawn with chili mango dip. WHERE: Mandarin Oriental Singapore, 5 Raffles Avenue MRT: Promenade WHEN: Mon to May 31, 3pm to 5pm (extra 12.30pm to 2.30pm seating on weekends and public holidays) PRICE: $42++ a person ($80++ for two) TEL: 6885-3500 INFO: E-mail

Monthly specials at Cherry Garden

Executive Chinese chef Cheng Hon Chau of Cherry Garden showcases monthly specialities in a la carte, lunch and dinner menus. Next month's dishes include scallop fried rice with tiger garoupa. WHERE: Mandarin Oriental, 5 Raffles Avenue, Level 5 MRT: Promenade WHEN: Until June 30, noon to 2.30pm (weekdays), 6.30pm to 10.30pm (daily) PRICE: Five-course set lunch: $68++ a person; set dinner: $118++ a person; a la carte: $12++ to $38++ TEL: 6885-3500 INFO: E-mail

Adrift's new spring menu and bar programme

Adrift by David Myers has launched a seasonal menu with robatayaki grill skewers and fresh maki rolls. Highlights include Milliken Farms sweet potato chips, miso salt, avocado wasabi dip ($12++). The bar line-up features daily specials such as Free Burger Mondays. WHERE: Marina Bay Sands, 10 Bayfront Avenue, Hotel Lobby Tower 2 MRT: Bayfront WHEN: Noon to 2.30pm (weekdays), noon to 3pm (weekend brunch), 6pm to 10pm (daily) PRICE: Selected items: $10++ to $28++ TEL: 6688-5657 INFO: E-mail adrift.reservations@


Offerings from Amara Singapore

Amara Singapore will have various dining options, with high tea at its Tea Room, buffet lunch and dinner at Element and set menus at Silk Road. Mothers will get gifts such as a complimentary box of cupcakes (high tea) and a cake (Silk Road) for six to eight people. WHERE: 165 Tanjong Pagar Road MRT: Tanjong Pagar WHEN/PRICE: High Tea ($48++ for two): May 8 to 14 (weekdays: 2pm to 5pm; weekends and public holidays: noon to 5pm; Element lunch ($49++ an adult, $25++ a child aged five to 11): May 14 (noon to 2.30pm); Element dinner ($78++ an adult, $42++ a child): May 14 (6.30pm to 10pm); Silk Road (May 13 and 14, 11.30am to 3pm, 6pm to 10.30pm): $58++ to $78++ a person TEL/INFO: Tea Room: 6879-2599, Element: 6879-2607, e-mail; Silk Road: 6227-3848, e-mail

Set lunch, buffet and high tea at White Rose Cafe

White Rose Cafe at York Hotel Singapore pays tribute to mothers with epicurean fare by executive chef Charlie Tham and his team. The Appreciation Set Lunch, inspired by local traditional recipes from a bygone era, comprises dishes such as deep-fried black pomfret with leek and salted bean and stir-fried boiled chicken with ginger. The International Buffet Lunch offers more than 30 dishes such as chilli crab, White Rose Cafe's signature laksa and fried spicy cereal prawns. The High Tea buffet features items such as kong bak pau, oyster omelette and apple crumble. WHERE: York Hotel Singapore, 21 Mount Elizabeth MRT: Orchard WHEN/PRICE: May 6, 7 and 13 set lunch (noon to 2.30pm): $138++ (six courses for four people) and $328++ (eight courses for eight people); May 14 international buffet (11.30am to 2.30pm): $39++ an adult, $19++ a child; May 14 high tea (3pm to 5pm): $32++ an adult, $16++ a child TEL: 6737-0511 INFO: E-mail

Cantonese dinner, international brunch at Mandarin Oriental

Cherry Garden will be serving a seven-course Cantonese dinner with dishes such as its signature Peking duck. Melt Cafe's Mother's Day brunch buffet features a foie gras live station, oysters and a barbecue. Dolce Vita's brunch showcases Italian cuisine such as Canadian oysters and pan-seared wild barramundi. WHERE: Mandarin Oriental, 5 Raffles Avenue MRT: Promenade WHEN/PRICE: Cherry Garden: May 13 and 14 (6.30pm to 10.30pm), $118++ a person; Melt Cafe: May 14 (noon to 3pm), $148++ a person, add $50++ for free-flow alcohol package; Dolce Vita: May 13 and 14 (noon to 3pm), $168++ a person TEL: 6885-3500 INFO: E-mail

Salted & Hung's communal Italian-style feast

Contemporary Australian restaurant Salted & Hung will be serving an Italian communal buffet on Mother's Day. The menu includes a charcuterie and antipasti bar as well as small and large plates prepared a la minute with items such as 63-degree egg, chorizo and potato. WHERE: 12 Purvis Street MRT: City Hall WHEN: May 14, 11.30am to 2.30pm PRICE: $58++ a person (mum dines free with three paying guests); with free-flow beverages: $78++ (non-alcoholic) & $88++ (Prosecco, housepour wine) TEL: 6358-3130 INFO: E-mail info@

Acai bowl and gelato cake at Hello Kitty Orchid Garden

Hello Kitty Orchid Garden has launched a Kitty's Power Acai Bowl ($11.50++) and a Mama Knows Best gelato cake ($10.90++). WHERE: #01-22 Changi Airport Terminal 3 Arrival Meeting Hall Central, 65 Airport Boulevard MRT: Changi Airport WHEN: Until May 14 (open 24 hours daily) PRICE: $10.90++ to $11.50++ TEL: 6241-6127 INFO: hello@


Santa Duc wine dinner at Sear

Sear is organising a wine dinner hosted by guest speaker Yves Gras and winemaker Benjamin Gras. The five-course dinner includes Sear's signature dishes such as foie gras, wild pigeon, lamb and A5 Hokkaido snow beef. Among the paired wines are the 2012 Cotes-du-Rhone Les Vieilles Vignes and the 2006 Gigondas Les Hautes Garrigues. WHERE: 50 Raffles Place, Level 45 MRT: Raffles Place WHEN:May 4, 7pm PRICE: $155++ a person ($115++ for early birds) TEL: 6221-9555 INFO: E-mail