Saturday, March 25, 2023

Angelina @ Marina Bay Sands Singapore - New Menu From The Iconic Parisian Tearoom And Patisserie


Iconic Parisian tearoom and patisserie, Angelina sits right above the Canal at The Shoppes in Marina Bay Sands. It offers diners a quaint dining atmosphere and a menu of savoury and sweets alongside its signature and world-famous L'Africain Hot Chocolate.

Diners can now expect a new menu of brunch (available from 11am to 2.30pm), starters, hot mains and desserts specially crafted in France. We sampled a number of their new dishes across the menu.

Oven-Baked Camembert 4/5

The Oven-Baked Camembert ($36.90) is well portioned to feed 2-3 pax. A whole camembert is oven-baked for 10 minutes to attain an oozy and molten texture. On the side, you will find a garden salad tossed with sliced apples, dried figs and roasted nuts, and toasted sourdough drizzled with balsamic dressing.

Oven-Baked Escargot 4/5

Another new starter that diners can look out for is the Oven-Baked Escargot ($23.50). A portion has six escargots, each coated with cream spinach, before being braided in parmesan garlic crumbs and baked to a golden brown top.

Club Sandwich 3.8/5

We enjoyed the fluffy and crisp toast used in the Club Sandwich ($27.80), which had a centre of chicken mayo and hard-boiled egg, topped with bacon and sun-dried tomato paste. You can opt for french fries or baby romaine lettuce salad as your side here. Our only gripe was that the chicken mayo portion could be much more substantial.

Fantasy of Grilled Seafood Aglio Olio 4.2/5

First of our mains was the Fantasy of Grilled Seafood Aglio Olio ($36.50). The al dente spaghetti is tossed in garlic, bird's eye chilli, parsley and extra virgin olive oil before being served with juicy Hokkaido scallops, a king prawn and mussel. The refreshing lemon cream foam adds a zesty touch and tempers the spice from the bird's eye chilli.

Smokey Atlantic Salmon Fillet 3.5/5

While it was beautifully presented by being unveiled from a glass dome of smoke, we found the Smokey Atlantic Salmon Fillet ($38.80) average tasting. The smokiness was nicely infused in the salmon, but considering the price tag, the overall dish with the accompanying shimeiji mushrooms, green pea puree, and raspberry coulis didn't surprise us as much.

French Duck Confit 4/5

On the other hand, the French Duck Confit ($32.90) impressed me. After being cured in fat and roasted for 5 hours in the oven at a low temperature, it resulted in flavourful fork-tender meat. The duck sat on mashed potato with caramelised onions and a bright honey orange reduction on the side.

Black Angus Sirloin Steak

My dining companions tried the Black Angus Sirloin Steak ($43.90), which uses 190g of US sirloin steak with sides of ratatouille, charcoal mashed potato and black pepper sauce. They found it decently flavourful and tender.

Passion Ananas 3/5

One of Angelina's new seasonal desserts is the Passion Ananas ($17). It has coconut, pineapple-passionfruit compote layered with coconut-pineapple-lime mousse on a soft lime biscuit. It was sweet with a distinct tangy kick of passionfruit notes.

Trocadero Pistachio 3/5

The second of its seasonal desserts, flown in directly from France, is the Trocadero Pistachio ($17). This piece features everything pistachio, with pistachio dacquoise and pistachio cream, solidified in pistachio paste and further coated with chopped pistachio. We appreciated how the elements were put together, but there was an almond-like aftertaste that I was not a fan of.

Paris Brest 3.5/5

The Paris Brest ($17) was our favourite dessert, though we still found it a tad pricey. If you are a fan of Ferrero Rocher, this may be up your alley. I prefer a crispier choux pastry for texture contrast, but otherwise, there's nothing to dislike about the nutty combination of praline mousseline cream, hazelnut crunch, caramelised hazelnut and hazelnut paste. It's rich without being cloying.

Mont Blanc 3/5

We ended our dinner with Angelina's signature dessert, the Mont Blanc ($18). It has a centre of meringue, chestnut puree and souffle whipped cream and a piped exterior of chestnut cream vermicelli. Unfortunately, my dining companions and I agreed that this was too sweet for our liking.

Overall, the ambience here at Angelina was lovely, but the prices were definitely steep. We enjoyed their savoury dishes significantly more than the sweets.

Photos and words by Jo. A girl who loves her Mala (麻辣) at Da La (大辣), discovering hidden food gems and a good cup of matcha latte. Note: This is an invited tasting.

Marina Bay Sands The Shoppes
Canal Level
2 Bayfront Avenue
Singapore 018972
Tel: +65 66887236
Nearest MRT: Bayfront MRT (CC Line, DT Line)

Opening Hours:
Sun-Thu: 1030am to 11pm
Fri, Sat, PH Eve and PH: 1030am to 1130pm

1) Alight at Bayfront MRT station. Take Exit D. Walk to destination. Journey time about 3 minutes. [Map]

Friday, March 24, 2023

Numb Restaurant @ Marina One West Tower - Bringing Modern Trending Sichuanese Cuisine To Singapore


Numb is the newest restaurant to be opened at Marina One West Tower. Two bankers founded the restaurant, offering authentic Sichuanese cuisine reinterpreted with contemporary techniques.

Succulent Fried Chicken Wings with Special Handmade Chips 3.5/5

We kickstarted our dinner with a couple of Sichuan tapas and bar snacks. It is not just about spicy food at Numb restaurant. The Succulent Fried Chicken Wings with Special Handmade Chips ($19.80) is a kid's friendly choice grilled to a delightful juiciness.

Imperial Sauced Sliced Beef 3.5/5

The Imperial Sauced Sliced Beef ($23.80) comes in two flavours, Numbing & Spicy or Braised. We had the numbing and spicy flavour, whereby the flavourful beef slices were paired with crunchy asparagus and broccoli.

Sliced Pork Belly with Classic Garlic and Chilli Sauce 4.2/5

A delightful appetiser is the Sliced Pork Belly with Classic Garlic and Chilli Sauce ($18.80). Of course, the soul has to be the garlic and chilli sauce, which accentuated the enjoyment of the boiled pork belly.

Mashed Pepper with Century Egg and Eggplants 3/5

The Mashed Pepper with Century Egg and Eggplants ($13.80) is new in my food journey. I haven't eaten anything like that before. Upon serving the dish, the server will mash up everything. While the flavours are on point, I didn't enjoy the mushy texture due to the mashing. There is a spicy and non-spicy version.

Mala Broth Boiled Seabass 4.2/5

The real kick comes from the Mala Broth Boiled Seabass ($39.80/$49.80), where tender boiled seabass is immersed in Sichuan dried chilli. Plough apart the dried chilli to discover a treasure trove of soybean sprouts, enoki mushrooms and celery. Unlike the usual mala broth boiled seabass, crispy fried fish are added for extra crunch.

Trendy Peking Duck in Spicy Stew 4.5/5

My favourite dish is the Trendy Peking Duck in Spicy Stew ($39.80). Apparently, the dish is currently making waves all over China. The roasted duck is slow-cooked in a rich stew, further enhanced with beancurd sticks, sliced lotus root, kelp, black fungus and enoki mushrooms. The spiciness did not undermine the enjoyment of the poultry.

Awesome Spicy Chilli Chicken with Fried Dough Twist 4/5

Another staple Sichuan dish is the "La Zi Ji". The Awesome Spicy Chilli Chicken with Fried Dough ($30.80/$40.80) is Numb's interpretation of the classic dish, comprising chicken cubes stir-fried with a generous amount of chopped chilli. It even added fried dough twist for that extra textural enjoyment.

Applewood Smoked Crispy Chicken 3/5

The Applewood Smoked Crispy Chicken ($33.80) is presented in a smoked jar, infusing the skinless boneless chicken with the applewood fragrant. The roasted tempeh and peanuts provided a complementing lift in texture and flavour. However, the taste profile could be more punchy.

Champion Beef and Mixed Veggies in Golden Spicy Sour Soup 4.5/5

Another delicious dish I immensely enjoyed is the Champion Beef and Mixed Veggies in Golden Spicy Sour Soup ($39.80/$49.80). Tender beef slices are cooked in a robust spicy, sweet and sour broth. Best to have a bowl of steamed rice to go with the appetising dish.

Sweet and Sour Pork Fruit Platter on Ice 4.2/5

Not all dishes are spicy at Numb, such as the Sweet and Sour Pork Fruit Platter on Ice ($32.80). It is juicy and meaty, complemented by the fruity sweetness.

Stir-Fried Jack Beans, Stir-Fried Chinese Lettuce 4/5

Remember to have your greens for a balanced diet. Both the Stir-fried Jack Beans with Red Chillis and Sichuan Pickles ($19.80) and Stir-fried Chinese Lettuce ($17.80). Though simple, it is cooked to a delectable crunch.

Sichuan Inspired Traditional Homemade Mapo Tofu

The Sichuan Inspired Traditional Homemade Mapo Tofu ($24.80) is deliciously addictive with silky tofu and minced beef, cooked in douban and douchi, the traditional recipe for the classic dish.

Pumpkin Pancake 4.2/5

We had a couple of desserts to wrap up the dinner, starting with the Pumpkin Pancake ($9.80). The warm pancake has a delightful mochi-like texture, topped with sesame seeds for a fragrant finish.

Osmanthus Coconut Cake 4.2/5

The Osmanthus Coconut Cake ($8.80) is a light and refreshing jelly dessert infused with the osmanthus aroma.

Fancy Rainbow Ice Jelly with Glutinous Rice Balls 3.8/5

Lastly is the Fancy Rainbow Ice Jelly with Glutinous Rice Balls ($10.80). Served chilled, it is an ideal dessert to freshen up the palate and cool down the burning tongue after all the rich and spicy food.

Note: This is an invited tasting.

Numb Restaurant
Marina One West Tower
9 Straits View
Singapore 018935
Tel: +65 94601960
Nearest MRT: Downtown (DT Line), Shenton Way (TE Line), Marina Bay (CC, NS, TE Line)

Opening Hours:
Mon-Sat: 11am - 3pm, 5pm - 10pm
(Closed on Sun)

1) Alight at Shenton Way MRT station. Take Exit 1. Walk to destination. Journey time about 5 minutes. [Map]

2) Alight at Downtown MRT station. Take Exit C or E. Walk to Straits View. Turn right onto Straits View. Walk down Straits View. Walk to destination. Journey time about 5 minutes. [Map]

3) Alight at Marina Bay MRT station. Take Exit 1. Turn left onto Commerce Street. Walk to destination. Journey time about 5 minutes. [Map]