Saturday, November 10, 2018

LeVeL33 @ MBFC Tower 1 - Elevated To New Height With A Executive Chef Archan Chan On Board


LeVeL33 located at Marina Bay Financial Centre Tower 1 welcomes new Executive Chef ArChan Chan. Staying truth to its root since its opening in 2010, the food and drink at the world's highest urban microbrewery has always conceptualised to complement one another, same goes to the new menu designed by the new helm on board.

Sourdough 4.2/5

We started with the Sourdough that is made from the beer malt that is used to brew their beer. This is served alongside yeast butter topped with malt chips. A clear demonstration of the culinary concept bridging the food and drink at Level 33.

Tomato Consomme 4.2/5

A light and refreshing starter is the Tomato Consomme ($22) served chilled. The sweetness of the heirloom and vine-ripen cherry tomatoes shines in the clear tomato consomme. Applaud the simplicity in showcasing the ingredient.

Kingfish Sashimi 4.2/5

The Kingfish Sashimi ($26) is another light but flavourful dish on the menu. The kingfish is cured with the lager beer and served with pickled cucumber, nori & spent grain sand, marinated tapioca sago, tapioca sago chips, cucumber juice, seaweed oil and fresh dill. Once again, the chef allows the main ingredient to shine in the dish, with the other components complementing it.

Hokkaido Scallop 4/5

Another beautiful dish on the menu is the Hokkaido Scallop ($24) served with wheat beer dashi, seaweed, malt chips and drizzled with dill oil. The sweetness of the scallop is exactly given a lift by the wheat beer dashi for that extra omph.

Quail 4.5/5

The Quail ($27) is one of my favourite dishes for the night. The stout glaze simply elevates and gives the appreciation of the delicate meat a new life. I have never have quail that tasted so good thus far.

Truffle Ravioli 4.5/5

I love my ravioli and the Truffle Ravioli ($32) here is very well executed. The thin pasta is stuffed with ricotta, walnuts and parsley, served in a gruyere sauce. To finish, it is topped with freshly sliced nashi pears and truffle. I like that hint of nuttiness from the walnuts, together with the earthy truffle, it just work wonderfully when eaten togehter.

Sea Bass 3.5/5

For the fish loveer, there is the Sea Bass ($36). The sea bass is locally sourced and pan seared with just seasoning of sea salt and pepper. It is served on top a bed of beer malt risotto, in a classic beurrec blanc with dill oil. I like the sea bass and the creamy sauce. However I am not a fan of the beer malt risotto. I find it a dry and has that husky texture which I didn't enjoy.

Garden Greens Tart 2.8/5

The Garden Greens Tart ($29) comes in a taro tart ring with seasonal vegetables. I applauded the creative and that the taro tart ring is really crispy. However, I could not taste any taro in the tart ring. The garden greens also come across too healthy to me with just extra virgin oil and and lemon zest. I thought it needed something more robust to hold the dish together. It ended up feeling like have a salad bowl with crispy croutons.

Pork Intercostal 3/5

Interestingly the Pork Intercostal ($37) is paired with clams. The combination did not fail but it also did not get my palate excited. I am not sure why but the dish is rather flat and pedestrian to me.

Layered Honey Cake 4.2/5

Do save some space for dessert at LeVeL33. The new dessert menu is worth the calories. The Layered Honey Cake ($15) is served with a beer areated honeycomb topped with sour cream ice cream, lemon balm and fermented kumquat. The play of the different components comes together like a symphony, having the diner screaming for encore.

Malt & Stout Parfait 4.5/5

The stout wins me over again with the Malt & Stout Parfait ($12). The choux puffs are topped with oat and coffee crumble and filled with a malt and stout parfait filling. This is so good that I think I can have a couple more even I am already so stuffed.

Having dine at LeVeL33 on a number of occasions, I have that Chef ArChan Chan has given a refreshed refinement to the dishes. I was impressed with the starters and desserts. However for the mains, I think it needed some adjustments

Note: This is an invited tasting.

Marina Bay Financial Centre Tower 1
8 Marina Boulevard
Singapore 018981
Tel: +65 68343133
Nearest MRT: Downtown (DT Line), Raffles Place (EW Line, NS Line)

Opening Hours:
Mon-Thu: 1130am - 12midnight
Fri & Eve of PH: 1130am - 2am
Sat: 10am - 2am
Sun: 12pm - 12midnight

1) Alight at Downtown MRT station. Take Exit. Walk to destination. Journey time about 6 minutes. [Map]

2) Alight at Raffles Place MRT station. Take Exit E or J. Follow the underground walkway towards Marina Link Mall. Continue onwards to Marina Bay Financial Centre Tower 1. Journey time about 12 minutes. [Map]

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