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Restaurant review: MAD (Modern Asian Diner) at The Grandstand at Turf City


MAD (Modern Asian Diner)

200 Turf Club Road

#01-20/21 The Grandstand

6466 3303 | modernasiandiner.com

MAD is a smorgasbord of big names – from parent company TungLok to Bar Stories manning the bar, Bakerzin’s bakery at the entrance and Top Wines’ wine-cellar and tasting room next door. Then there’s the involvement of Singaporean singer-songwriter Dick Lee – the restaurant’s name was inspired by his alter ego, The Mad Chinaman – and there are retail goods up for grabs if you fancy a spot of shopping between courses.  

But where it counts the most, of course, is the menu, and Spanish executive chef Roberto Sevillano’s Asian-Western fusion of tapas and dim sum doesn’t disappoint. We took a seat at the omakase-style tapas counter and sipped on mai tais ($19) served in stylish little tumblers, while Roberto’s team popped our first course of grilled green asparagus with satay sauce and port reduction ($14) into the charcoal-powered Josper oven.


Ordering is done on an iPad, and next up were patatas bravas ($11) with a kick, pan-fried seafood gyoza in white wine cream cheese sauce ($4.50) and teriyaki-glazed mushrooms with cuttlefish tagliatelle ($14) – that’s not cuttlefish and a side of pasta mind, but cuttlefish sliced into slivers so tender that Italian mamas couldn’t compete!

Our main course was Black Angus strip loin steak, almogrote, Perigo truffle, local spinach with black truffle and foie gras sauce ($32): sounds a mouthful but it’s worth every ingredient (almogrote is a cheese paste). A rum and banana tatin with vanilla ice cream ($11) ended off a fabulous evening.   

Jess Smit