Wednesday, February 8, 2012

Singapore: Waku Ghin

Amuse Bouche - Flan of Hokkaido Salmon Roe

Marinated Botan Ebi with Sea Urchin and Oscietre Caviar

Slow-Cooked Tasmanian Petuna Ocean Trout with Witlof and Yuzu

Tasmanian Abalone with Fregola and Tomato

Braised Canadian Lobster with Tarragon

Sumiyaki of Tasmanian Grass-Fed Beef Steak with Tasmanian Wasabi Mustard

Japanese Ohmi Wagyu Roll from Shiga Prefecture with Maitake, Wasabi and Citrus Soy

Comsomme with Rice and Snapper


A room with a view and a water show.

Granita of Grapefruit with Chartreuse Jelly

Chocolate Mousse Cake

Petit Fours

I asked for more

Waku Ghin is Tetsuya Wakuda's second restaurant outside of Australia. He is a Brand Ambassador of Tasmania which is why some of the products were included in the menu. The restaurant is located at the fabulous Marina Bay Sands Hotel and Casino in Singapore.

The Layout: Four small rooms with two chefs per room; kitchen bar seating (kinda like Benihana-style); food prepared completely on steel cooking plates; 25 seats for dinner only.

I was in complete awe just watching the chef perpare each course. He explained its components as well as display the ingredients. Very-photo friendly. As each dish was served, it was increasingly progressive in taste. Every detail was also accounted for. The signature dish, Marinated Botan Ebi with Sea Urchin and Oscietre Caviar was served with a mother of pearl spoon which is the most recommended utensil to serve caviar.

After the savory courses, I was lead to another room for dessert and petit fours. The room had a view of the Marina Bay skyline but I was most impressed by the arcing 3,000 bottle wine collection surrounding half of the room. The Marina Bay Sands's water and light show, Wonder Full, was timed perfectly to the dessert course.

I was highly impressed. Was it worth the $450+ price tag? Perhaps. Fine dining in Singapore is expensive in general. I think dining at Joel Robuchon Singapore might be even more expensive than in Las Vegas (and the price went up!). It's probably why Waku Ghin is located a few floors from the casino. Win your way to a meal.

Overall, Waku Ghin redefines dinner theatre, literally.


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