I live for weekends these days for that slight reprieve from work, which has become quite unbearable the past weeks. Before a 3am operations stakeout the day after (hell i'm not even in ops), i managed to squeeze in a dinner at Spago as a reward/encouragement and boy did it help me get through the week.
The first international offshoot of Wolfgang Puck’s renowned Beverly Hills restaurant, Spago at Marina Bay Sands offer a seasonal menu of Californian cuisine with global accents and you'd find some Singaporean dishes like Kaya Toast and Laksa here.
The restaurant overlooks part of the pool, which you would not see if dining indoors. On a cool night, i believe it should be quite comfortable dining along the outdoor terrace but i do prefer the classy indoor environment.
My weakness right there, bread and butter. It took all my willpower not to tear into everything.
A creamy mushroom choux to start us off.
Truth be told, i didn't expect the "Kaya Toast" ($35) to work as well as it did. Out with the classic pairing of pan-seared foie gras with an acidic fruit compote, at Spago, the buttery liver is balanced with a sweet pandan-coconut jam which actually works. All components of the local kaya toast breakfast is present on the plate- splatters of egg curd, toasted brioche, and even espresso (it went into the foie gras mousse).
The Charcoal Grilled Octopus ($32) spectacular and i'd highly recommend this. I've not had such a tender octopus leg before and honestly octopus should only be cooked this way. This dish certainly took reference from Japanese cuisine, with the use of Japanese herbs, tempura sea beans, bonito and powdered nori. The accompanying kaffir lime aioli further lifted the dish.
The Agnolotti with Sweet Summer Corn ($28/38) was another pleaser. Lovely little parcels of sweet corn puree, flavored by a savory creamy mascarpone sage sauce and shavings of Parmigiano Reggiano. The simple life. Or lux it up with some shaved truffles if you wish.
Iberico Pork Chop ($65) is one massive stunner for any meat lover. The meat, served medium, was a delicate shade of pink in the center. The heavy notes were balanced with a ripe whisky-glazed pears and, lemony fennel, and gremolata. We'd recommend this for sharing if you're a small eater. We ended up bringing half a portion home (which was still great the day after).
The Japanese Sea Bream “Laksa” ($55) is another rich dish, but slightly more manageable than the pork since the curried coconut broth helps to whet the appetite with the spice. Underneath the crispy seared fish lies the dry fried rice noodles, a more refined and smooth version of the thick bee hoon on the market.
For desserts, we had the Marina Bay Sands 10th Year Anniversary special salted caramel soufflé ($10) served with a farmer’s market Fuji apple sorbet. Perfect with an espresso!
Great first experience at Spago, the wait staff are knowledgeable and very friendly. We thought the prices were very affordable even for their tasting menu. We were surprised at the affordable pricing. Be sure to check out their lunch and sunset menu too if you're looking for a deal.
L57, Sands SkyPark, Hotel Tower 2
Tel: +65 6688 9955
Lunch: 12pm – 2.30pm daily
Dinner: 6pm – 10pm (Sun – Thu)
Dinner: 6pm – 10.30pm (Fri – Sat)