Wednesday, March 25, 2015

Caffé B @ Marina Bay Sands The Shoppes

We were greeted by a warm smile at the door. Caffe B has always been a restaurant that we walk past and we have always wanted to try. The interior and the wine rack is just so attractive! Needless to say, when we finally visited the place, the place was just a world away from the rush and push in the Shoppes.

We are reviewing their $25 set lunch. From our understanding, this set lunch changes, but the standards that we have had that evening is a testimony to the chef and the restaurants committment to quality. We are confident that even if the menu differs from this review, the quality of the food is almost guaranteed.

The introduction of the place was that it is more of social dining than fine dining as compared to the other restaurants having similar posh looks. Really more of a place to dine with families on weekends or business lunch and dinner hostings. They even have a small room or can allocate part of the lower half of the restaurant for events.

Before the start of the 3 Course Lunch Set meal, you will be served with hot and lightly olive oil sprinkled toast and the grinded mix of black olives and chopped garlic. For some one is not a fan of olives, this mix is to die for. One cannot stop having a bite and taste of it. 

Potato and Prosciutto Salad
Chunky Potatoes wrapped in Prosciutto Ham topped with Bonito flakes, served with Mesculin tossed in Miso Vinaigrette. The prosciutto was not as salty as some out there, a great choice by the restaurant. This appetiser really whets your appetite and your excitement for the dishes to come. Interesting combination and yet it was really good!

Main Courses have quite a good range. To choose 1 may seem tough, wait till you see the actual dishes delivered if everyone were to choose a different one. You might end up sharing them!

Tuna Sake Tataki
Quick Seared Tuna with Sake, served with Hash Browns, Tomato Florentine and Red Pesto. The tuna was pretty well seared. Nothing that we have had before. It was meaty and tasty to the core of the meat. Hash browns was a clever way to break the texture into a well complimented dish. The pesto sauce will leave you wanting for more.

Beef Verde
Black Angus Beef drizzled with Sauce Verde, with Edamame and Potatoes with Parsley
The edamame was really well done! Cooked to perfection, the beef came out slightly redder than we thought was normal, but we soon realised this was not just a normal pan seared beef. Cooked Sous-vide, the beef had managed to retain its moist and flavour within and it went really well with the condiments on the plate. 

Chicken Lasagne Parmegiano
Spinach Pasta layered with Chicken, Shitake and Eggplants covered in Bechamel Sauce, Pomodoro and Mozarella. The presentation may look like a normal lasagne but the green layers of spinach infused pasta paired well with the mozarella. Not being too soft nor flaky, the lasagne held itself up quite well. Quite a substantial portion for the light eaters, a delight for those who love a pasta with cheese! No need for that inccessant pouring of cheese on top of your pasta for this dish.

Vegetarian Pasta Alla Fungi
Spaghetti cooked Al Dente in Wild Mushroom Cream Sauce. Don't be fooled by its name, this dish holds up quite a punch for its fill, texture and taste. The mushrooms were cooked enough to be soft on the inside and yet still chewy to give that almost meat texture to the pasta. Al dente and not too saucy, a very delicate touch to the proportions can be seen in this dish. At the end, you will feel just enough and not have overeaten. Classic!

Trio Profiteroles
Profiteroles filled with Matcha, Red Bean and Chocolate Cream. Really creamy and 3 was really more than enough to make you satisfied at the end of your meal. Do ask for the recommended sequence if they have such desserts presented. Our favourite was the matcha coated profiterole with matcha cream. Not too heavy yet enough to let you have that taste, bringing you to an end of Japanese-Italian fusion!

Amidst the large variety of wines that they have kept in an exceptional glass cellar, wine lovers, enthusiasts and any wine fanatic would love. Do take a walk around the cellar and try spotting the following:

Bordeaux wine: Pomerol Chateau Petrus 1989

Burgundy Wines: Domaine de la Romanee-Conti Grands Echezeaux Grand Cru 1995, Richebourg Grand Cru 2001 and La Tache Grand Cru Monopole 2000

Chateau d'Yquem 2001 seems to have only one bottle left!

Now time to head up to the second floor of the restaurant. A really clever move by the restaurant. Really comfortable and with a great view, those who want to have a seat here and sip your drink while watching the Sands laser show or the national day fireworks, we would also suggest this place.

This evening we tried 2 drinks. The Hibiki X Champagne (left of the picture below) which includes the famous suntory whisky, fresh orange and champagne. Very good for a hot day or just a really tiring day.

We also tried the Cassis-tini. This really packs a punch with the Ichiko Cassis, Dry Vermouth and also the Suntory Whisky. For those who like a punch, you will be left wanting more.

Having a range of alcohol and cocktails, you might also want to try the Ice Cream Cocktails, Coffetails and the rest of their Japanese cocktails which you will hardly get to find around the island.

Check out their Happy Hour Promotion! We highly recommend it if your work allows you to.

Do check their menu at the website for any updates!

MARINA BAY SANDS #B1-15 & 01-83,
- Lunch : 12pm - 3pm
- Afternoon Refreshments :
   3pm - 6pm
- Dinner : 6pm - 10pm
- Late Night Snack : 10 pm - 1am
- Sunday to Wednesday:
   11am - 12am
- Thursday to Saturday:
   11am - 2am 

Reservation +65 6887 3311

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