Helmed by TungLok Group, Bar Stories and Dick Lee, Modern Asian Diner (MAD) at the Grandstand combines 5 dining experiences into 1. This five in one collaboration features a bar from Bar Stories; a charcoal powered Josper Oven to enchance the flavour of meats and seafood; a Omakase style tapas counter; a wine cellar and tasting room by Top Wines; and a bakery and bread boutique by Bakerzin.
Completing the atmosphere of nostalgia and modernity, MAD also features a curated retail gallery that displays and sells uniquely designed MAD merchandise and orginial creations by up and coming local talents.
Peru With Love
Reently I was introduced to bespoke cocktails by Bar Stories and I didn't expect to revisit the experience so soon. The bar at MAD is manned by famed mixologist Kino from Bar Stories. The artistic and innovative cocktails creations left a deep impression.
With a bakery from Bakerzin under one roof, diners are served with complimentary freshly baked artisan breads.
Foie Gras Terrine, Pineapple Chutney, Black Olive Crumble and Vanilla Oil 3/5
The Foie Gras Terrine was nice but did not really get me excited. I still prefer my foie gras pan seared. Nevertheless, the sweetness of the pineapple chutney goes very well with the foie gras. I also enjoyed spreading the foie gras over the bread and eating it that way. I felt that the black oilve crumber was a bit redundant and it was quite hard.
Teriyaki Glazed Mushrooms with Cuttlefish Tagliatelle 4.5/5
My favourite for the night is the Teriyaki Glazed Mushrooms with Cuttlefish Tagliatelle. I like how the cuttlefish was presented. It has a nice firm and springy texture. Paired with the teriyaki glazed mushroom, the dish comes with an enjoyable dimensions of textures and flavours.
Flaky Raddish and Ham Pastry 4/5
The Flaky Raddish and Ham Pastry resembles the yam pastry we usually have over dim sum. The raddish and ham is a good change to the normal sweet yam filling.
Deep Fried Beef Spring Roll 3/5
The huge cigar look alike Deep Fried Beef Spring Roll was kind of fun snack. Each bite into the crispy spring roll is filled with the beef filling, bursting with beautiful flavour.
Baby Back Ribs with Homemade Barbeque Sauce 4.2/5
The full slab of Baby Back Ribs with Homemad Barbeque Sauce was simply finger licking good. The tender meat slipped off the bone easily and the lovely homemade barbeqe sauce was excellent. It was so good that I ditched my fork and knife and just picked it up with my bare hand.
Mushroom Risotto with Poached Egg 4.5/5
Although the rice absorbed the beautiful flavours, the rice was still firm with a nice bite. Each mouthful of the Mushroom Risotto with Poached Egg was bursting with rich earthy mushroom flavours.
Rum and Banana Tatin with Vanilla Ice Cream 4/5
MAD also offers a dessert menu to complete the meal on a sweet note. I tried the Rum and Banana Tatin with Vanilla Ice Cream. The lovely caramelized banana of the upside tart with the soft pastry and ice cream completed the dinner with a smile.
MAD is a bakery, cafe and dim sum place in the day and then a restaurant and cocktail bar at night. It has something for everyone. A very interesting, bold and fresh concept.
For shuttle bus service to The Grandstand, frequency is every 1 hour interval.
- Newton MRT Station (845am - 845pm), pick up point at exit A bus stop.
- Botanic Gardens MRT station (850am - 850pm), pick up point at exit A bus stop.
- Toa Payoh MRT station (945am - 845pm), pick up point at exit C bus stop.
Mondern Asian Diner (MAD)
The Grandstand, Turf City
200 Turf Club Road
Tel: +65 64663303
Nearest MRT: Botanic Gardens (CC Line)
Mon-Fri: 10am - 1030pm
Sat-Sun: 9am - 1030pm
1) Alight at Botanic Gardens. Take shuttle bus service at bus stop at Exit A. Journey time about 8 minutes.