Food and drink
Ku De Ta serves modern Asian cuisine that’s meant to be shared, using traditional recipes, with a fresh twist. Chef Dan Segall is a creative genius and this menu is one of the most innovative and fun menus I’ve seen. We started with the sliced semi-fatty tuna belly, complemented by the unusual mix of young ginger and kaffir lime leaves, while the spicy bo ssam pork belly salad had a delicious kimchi kick. Don’t go home without trying the crispy sticky baby squid with black pepper and lime drizzle. But the highlight of the dinner would have to be the ohmi tenderloin – simple, yet smooth and delightfully tender. The pickled garlic on the side was a nice touch too.
Save room for dessert, I especially liked the mango lime pudding with layers of chocolate and passion fruit on a bed of soba seed. My partner favoured the wild strawberry confit with cardamom rice pudding, crispy meringue with a Sichuan pepper cloud. There’s also an impressive wine list, with two pages dedicated to Champagne as well as an extensive range of sake.
Perched on top of the [node:177961], with 360-degree views over Singapore city and the South China Sea, it doesn’t get much better than this. Inside, the lighting is low and the mood is romantic with the music building throughout the evening. While on the al fresco deck, tables beneath red umbrellas surround a circular bar, giving off that summer holiday vibe.
The service was faultless, especially Dario the chief sommelier, whose boundless knowledge of wine simply astounded me. Who would have thought that a demi sec Champagne would go perfectly with the delicious crispy sticky baby squid?
The 57th floor of the Marina Bay Sands is one of the most coveted spots in Singapore. The nearest MRT station right now is Esplanade, but if you’re coming here, you want to arrive in style, so take a limo or a taxi.
Starters are from $9 onwards, and mains start at $26 while desserts are roughly $14. I thought the crispy sticky baby squid was reasonably priced at $14, of course you’ll be paying much more for dishes like the Japanese Omhi beef, which is charged by the 100g, but trust me, it’s worth it.
- Celebrity spotting
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- People watching