Adrift by David Myers
Marina Bay Sands (Atrium), 10 Bayfront Ave, Singapore 018956
World-renowned chef and restaurateur David Myers recently launched Adrift by David Myers at the Marina Bay Sands hotel atrium, and we couldn’t be happier.
The modern-chic space, hidden behind wooden slats in a box-like structure, is super-sleek with lively music and a Ginza-style centrepiece bar serving up all kinds of fun craft cocktails (around $23), concocted by New York bartender Sam Ross. An extensive menu of sharing plates is influenced by both sides of the Pacific – from playful bar snacks such as caramel popcorn with togarashi ($3) to artisanal toast in unexpected combinations such as uni butter and orange jelly with hazelnuts on pumpernickel ($31); plus charcoal-grilled treats and other tasty, imaginative nibbles like ricotta with preserved lemon and Okinawan black sugar ($24).
Recommended to order six dishes for every two people, we weren’t disappointed in any of our choices – all of which came in generous portions. Highlights included the delectable buckwheat fried chicken ($18) with spicy honey mustard sauce, and the chilli crab sauce-smothered cod with mantou bread ($28) – a spicily different take on what we’ve come to expect from a cod dish. The king crab pimento grilled cheese ($35) was a hands-down favourite – a melt-in-your-mouth delicious and indulgent twist on the traditional grilled cheese sandwich. For sides, you can’t go wrong with crispy baby potatoes with seaweed and parmesan ($12) – just as scrumptious as it sounds – and a pleasing plate of cold eggplant with mint, soy and fermented chilli ($9).
For dessert, don’t miss the Guanaja chocolate pot de crème with burnt marshmallow ($12) – it has a super-rich, almost smoky taste – and the calamansi olive oil creamsicle ($14), a slab of lime and olive oil ice cream that packs a refreshing and delightful punch, with a crunch.
This story first appeared in Expat Living’s May 2015 issue.