Tuesday, August 18, 2020

VUE @ OUE Bayfront - Surf & Turf Weekend Set Lunch With A Cocktail On The House


Located atop OUE Bayfront, VUE has been known for having one of the best views of Singapore's skyline. The time to really take it all in is perhaps the weekend, and catering to these precious hours is a newly launched "Surf & Turf" Weekend Set Lunch menu priced at $128. With this special menu, you get a choice of seafood as well as meat, complemented by 2 sides, and a dessert to end off your leisure afternoon.

Lunch cocktail

Since it's a weekend and you might have started your day late, VUE has prepared a cocktail on the house to wake up your senses. Choose between a Bloody Mary or a Mimosa, or if you like to have more, subsequent orders will be at $15 each.

Lobster Thermidor 3.5/5

An aperitif was indeed much needed for the meal ahead. For seafood, we chose Lobster Thermidor (+$12) of whole Maine lobster baked with mushroom, cheddar and gruyere, served with Hollandaise sauce. The lobster meat itself was scrumptious with the sauce and cheeses, and I felt the mushrooms didn't quite fit into the whole situation.

USDA Prime Black Angus 4.5/5

VUE specialises in binchotan-grilled meats, and included as one of the Turf options is a 250g USDA Prime, Brandt Family Ribeye (+$35). Its beautiful flavours were enhanced by cooking over the charcoal, which imparted a depth of smokiness into the meat.

Signature A5 "Kokuou' Emperor Black Wagyu Brisket 3.8/5

We also tried its signature A5 "Kokuou' Emperor Black Wagyu Brisket. Slow roasted for 24hours, the brisket had achieved the desired level of tenderness, and its flavours were superb. I find the sauce slightly too assertive, less of it would have made the meat even more pleasurable.

Roasted Bone Marrow 3.5/5

For sides, we tried Truffle Polenta, Creamed Spinach, Grilled Cauliflower and Roasted Bone Marrow with Mushroom Duxelles (+$10). I reckoned the bone marrow needed a few more minutes of heat and a dose of salt to turn it into a luscious and savoury butter. What's missing is a few pieces of crostini! Still, it could be worth getting the bone marrow, which is sizeable for two.

Basque-Style Burnt Cheesecake 4.5/5

The dessert is Basque-Style Burnt Cheesecake, and it was simply decadent. Inherently rich with heavy cream and cream cheese, I was surprised by how light this was - firm, moist with a custardy core. The tart berry jam went a long way in balancing the sweetness of the cheesecake, alongside the freshness of mixed berries. I love the addition of the almond crumbles too, which brilliantly compensated the lack of a buttery and crunchy element of burnt cheesecakes.

Photos and words by Si An. A girl who is allured by travelling, loves the feel of freedom, smell of the rain and the aroma of fine coffee and food. Note: This is an invited tasting.

OUE Bayfront
Level 19
50 Collyer Quay
Singapore 049321
Nearest MRT: Raffles Place (EW Line, NS Line)

Opening Hours:
Mon-Fri: 12pm - 230pm, 530pm - 1030pm
Sat-Sun: 12pm - 3pm, 530pm - 1030pm

1) Alight at Raffles Place MRT station. Take Exit B. Walk to Clifford Centre. Cut across the building. Go to 2nd floor, take the overhead bridge link across the road. Turn right at the base of the overhead bridge. Walk to destination. Journey time about 8 minutes. [Map]

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