Epicurean Market offers you an opportunity to dine at the famed restaurants at Marina Bay Sands, at a fraction of the price. I was invited to attend the market’s fourth edition in Singapore, where a 3-day event ticket is priced at $35 and you get access to sample the offerings from the top restaurants in Marina Bay Sands, for a small fee.
Considering how one would have to pay several hundred dollars ($) to dine at these restaurants on a regular day, the Epicurean Market offers them all at an affordable price – expect to pay between S$8 to S$25 per dish, depending on the ingredients.
These were some of my personal favourites at Epicurean Market 2016:
Big Eye Tuna Tartare Cone (S$12), Spago
This popular starter was a hit during Epicurean Market 2016 – chunks of big-eye tuna, laced with chilli aioli in sesame miso cones. These were flavour packed, with a mild spicy note from the aioli. Light, but incredibly addictive.
Grilled Hokkaido Scallop (S$12), Adrift
A popular feature at Adrift, the scallops were perfectly tender and meaty – accentuated with some celeriac and Japanese ginger. Definitely a must-try if you love scallops.
Lewellyn’s Fried Chicken (S$12), Yardbird Southern Table & Bar
I was so excited to learn that Yardbird Southern Table & Bar is coming to Marina Bay Sands next year. My first experience with them was in Miami, and I thought the fried chicken was the best I’ve tasted in the US. The chicken is fried in lard, and comes with crispy waffles, hot sauce and bourbon maple syrup. The spiced watermelon makes a refreshing palate cleanser.
Marinated Botan Shrimp with Sea Urchin & Oscietra Caviar (S$25), Waku Ghin
Who can resist this dish? The queue was perpetually long for Waku Ghin’s signature dish and rightly so. The combination of sweet shrimp and creamy sea urchin, with salty accents from the caviar is enough to make the mouth water.
Grilled Ohmi Beef with Fresh Wasabi from Shizuoka (S$20), Waku Ghin
Another favourite of mine from Waku Ghin, the beef (from Black Japanese cattle) melts in the mouth and the wasabi has a muted kick, rather than the usual sharpness one would expect. This is said to be the finest wagyu from Shiga Prefecture, where the cattle are surrounded by water and nature.
On the whole, I enjoyed most of the dishes at Epicurean Market 2016. I also liked the tasting experience at The Singleton booth, where you’re taken through the history of whisky making and the elements that make Singleton unique, via Virtual Reality.
- For more information about Epicurean Market, visit the website here.