Saturday, August 31, 2019

LeVeL33 @ MBFC Tower 1 - New Look, New Menu & New Concept


LeVeL33 at MBFC Tower 1 has undergone a revamp of its space, streamlining the restaurant into 3 sections. They are LeVeL33 Dining Room, LeVel33 Social and Terrace. The new layout also allows diners to enjoy the spectacular view over the Marina Bay and some of Singapore's most iconic landmarks from the top of the building from different sections of the restaurant.

Housemade Spent Grain Bread 4/5

With the revamp, the dining concept at LeVeL33 has also changed slightly. Over at the LeVeL33 Dining Room, it offers set course menus ranging from $68 to $135. As at LeVel33 Social, the food is more casual. My visit brought me to the dining room. True to its root of a microbrewery, we started our dinner with some complimentary Housemade Bread made using spent grains that are used to brew their beer.

Pre-Course Snacks 3/5

Next is the Pre-Course Snacks. Starting from left to right is Nori Cracker, Gougere and Spent Grain Ferments. The Nori Cracker is made by cooking risotto rice with spent grain and nori powder. It is then topped with Japanese sea urchin, cod roe dip, red vein sorrel and nori powder. As for the Gougere, it is a cheese choux pastry. The choux dough is mixed with gruyere cheese, malt powder and grated parmesan. Lastly, the Spent Grain Ferments come in the form of radish and olives fermented for 2 days using spent grain instead of rice bran.

Chawanmushi 4/5

The light and silky smooth Chawanmushi is steamed with housemade dashi infused with LeVel33's wheat beer. Digging into the eggshell, one can find oscietra caviar, shiitake and spring onion in it.

Kingfish Sashimi 4.2/5

I am glad to see the Kingfish Sashimi back on the new menu. It was one of my favourite dishes in the previous 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. The whole execution is well thought out, allowing the main ingredient to shine, complemented by the supporting components in the dish.

Fresh Ricotta 4/5

The Fresh Ricotta is made freshly daily. Lemon and orange peel is added, giving the creamy ricotta a zesty finishing. It is served with tri-colour trio of hickory-smoked tomatoes and drizzled with housemade tomato-malt vinegar dressing and basil oil for the sweet note.

Squid Noodles 3.5/5

The Squid Noodles is an interesting dish in which fresh Malaysian squid are thinly shaved into noodle strap. This is served together in a seafood consomme with asparagus, peas, enoki and wakame. I like the idea, but I thought the length of the squid noodles is not substantial to be labelled as a noodle.

Spent Grain Linguine 4/5

For a noodle dish, the Spent Grain Linguine will be more substantial and satisfying compared to the squid noodles. The long housemade pasta is tossed in a butter sauce with nori and wakame, finished off with shavings of summer truffle. What makes this slurping good is the buttery and creamy sauce that is packed with depth.

Aged Duck Breast 4.8/5

The highlight for dinner is the house aged meats. The night brightened up with the Aged Duck Breast glazed with LeVeL33's IPA and orange juice, served with grilled endives and duck jus. The beautiful piece of red meat is tender and packed with intense flavour. What is awesome is the layer of crispy skin that has been air-dried to achieve the texture.

Wagyu Tri-tip 4.8/5

You do need any fancy form of cooking when you have a piece of beautiful aged Westholme beef. Simply seasoned, the Wagyu Tri-tip is allowed to shine brightly on its own paired with burnt eggplant puree, grilled garlic shoots and veal jus.

 Sheep Milk Yoghurt with Dragonfruit and Beetroot Granita

For dessert, we have the Sheep Milk Yoghurt with Dragonfruit and Beetroot Granita. The sheep milk yoghurt comes in a creamy block that is complemented by the icy and refreshing dragonfruit and beetroot granita.

It is definitely great to be back at LeVeL33 with its refreshed new look and layout. I had enjoyed Chef ArChan previous menu when she just joined the restaurant. For the new menu, I find that she has the time to really do what she wants, incorporating more beer-centric dishes into the menu. She even aged her own meats now which is a must-try here.

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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