The East Bureau is a new restaurant that just opened two weeks ago at the new roof garden of Marina Square. It is just across the road from the Esplanade and you can get close-up views of the ‘Durian’ concert hall. The East Bureau is run by the Creative Group Pte Ltd. They seem to be a very enterprising f & b group, having only recently opened Equilibrium at Capitol, Demand & Supply at Esplanade Mall and Demand & Supply Orchard Gateway. We seem to be eating at their restaurants recently. We assure you this was totally coincidental. I suppose they will keep supplying as long as there is demand until equilibrium is achieved.
The decor of The East Bureau can best be described as “loud Asian meets wacky industrial”. We would not want to have such a design at home but we do like the boldness of the designer. At least it is more original than the cookie-cutter soft industrial design that is so common these days.
The East Bureau serves Asian fusion kind of food. The official description is ” Creative Modern Pan Asian Cuisine”. The menu looks rather interesting. At lunch time there is a two course set lunch at $12.90++. The starter which consists of three elements is fixed. You get to choose from a wide range of main course. Here is the set lunch menu and pages from the regular menu.
The starter had three components, a petite salad, an Asian bite of the day and Japanese Chawanmushi. The bite of the day was a deep-fried dumpling which was very good. The salad was fine but quite ordinary. The chawanmushi was tiny but delicious. Some complimentary edamame beans were also served. We know we should not look a gift horse in the mouth, but they were very salty.
For main course, we selected the minced pork with Thai basil and a local style crunchy chicken cotoletta.
The minced pork with Thai basil was done in the usual Thai way with a complex mix of Thai flavours of chili, parsley and lemongrass. It was only very mildly spicy. Not an unusual dish but quite good.
We learned a new term today : chicken cotoletta, which according to the internet sources means herb flavoured encrumbed deep-fried chicken. Our other choice of main course was the local version of this dish. Which meant that it was slightly spicy. In fact we thought it was done to an ideal level of spiciness. Just a hint of chilli without the need to breathe fire. The chicken was so well prepared that it remained very moist while its outer shell of batter was crisp and crunchy. Very good indeed.
Overall, we thought that The East Bureau was a very pleasant place. Super location, great views, friendly staff and a good-priced lunch. Being on roof top garden of Marina Square made us think of the this song – Up on the Roof.
“…at night the stars put on a show for free and, darling, you can share it all with me”.
Overall Rating: 4 TOPs
The East Bureau
#03-03 Marina Square
6 Raffles Boulevard
Tel : +65 68370148
Opening Hours :
Sun – Thurs : 12 Noon to 3pm, 6 to 10.30pm
Fri & Sat : 11.30am to 3pm, 6pm to 1am
Nearby Stations: Esplanade, City Hall, Promenade