We scour the island’s restaurant scene to bring you the new and the noteworthy – it’s a tough job, but somebody’s got to do it! Here, Anthia Chng heads to fine-dining spot Me@OUE for an evening of tipples and Kumamoto Wagyu beef.
Sitting on the 19th floor of OUE Bayfront, this stellar spot is blessed with unobstructed views of the city’s skyline. Snag a seat at the alfresco lounge right before sunset and you’ll be rewarded with the best sights of Marina Bay Sands, the pier and the surrounding skyscrapers. The restaurant interiors are chic and cosy, too, but unwinding outside with a sundowner was no doubt one of the highlights of our time at Me@OUE.
Grub on this:
We got to chat with the restaurant’s newly appointed executive chef, Sam Chin Han Ling, on the unique concept of offering three distinct cuisines – Japanese, French and Chinese. According to Chef Sam, Me@OUE uses the same fresh, quality ingredients across its three kitchens. The only difference lies with how each dish is prepared – and diners get to choose their preferred option!
Recently introduced is the four-course chef’s tasting menu ($98), which represents the three cuisines. We tried the Hokkaido botan ebi tartare (part of the tasting menu), where not only prawns but sweet Kumamoto cherry tomatoes takes centre stage, complemented by okra and nori dressing. From the à la carte menu, the signature foie gras chawanmushi ($32) – a Japanese egg custard dish with crab meat and foie gras – was rich and delicious. Another new addition is the omakase menu (the word means “leave it up to the chef”), which utilises a fresh whole fish flown in from Japan. We sampled renko dai (seabream), deep-fried and served with a side of heavenly house-made milk sauce, which my dining partner devoured – he was close to wiping off the plate!
Don’t leave without trying the highly-prized, grass-fed, free-grazing Kumamoto wagyu A4, prepared to your preferred cuisine. The hand-cut raw Kumamoto wagyu tartare ($52) is a popular pick, but we went instead for the half-cut striploin ($88, 150g), featuring charcoal-grilled steak with a simple mix of seasonal vegetables, mashed potatoes and pumpkin purée, for a pure, unadulterated taste of the meat’s perfect marbling. If all that isn’t enough, ask if the off-the-menu Kumamoto wagyu nigiri sushi is available. We were lucky enough to sample it; this melt-in-the-mouth cut, which was lightly grilled at the top, was simply incredible – hands-down the best beef we’ve ever tasted!
Wash it down:
While there’s a decent selection of classic and modern cocktails available, you can also opt for a bespoke drink if you fancy something different. First on the menu, Bee’s Knees ($18) is a straightforward concoction of gin, Manuka honey and fresh lime juice. This refreshing tipple had a discernible honey flavour and made for the perfect sundowner at the outdoor lounge. We thoroughly enjoyed Just Another Day ($21), too. Made with Glenmorangie whisky, Spanish vanilla and cherry liqueur, fresh lemon, and egg white, this sweet, creamy and fragrant tipple is bold yet balanced, with a taste of autumn.
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