Spago is a newly-opened Wolfgang Puck restaurant located at the Skypark of Marina Bay Sands (MBS) Singapore. This is chef Puck’s second restaurant in MBS (the first being ‘CUT). Skypark is the giant surfboard-like structure that is perched right at the top of MBS. The infinity pool looked amazing, but could only be used by the Sands’ hotel guests. People like us who were only there to eat could only look at the pool, en route to our lunch appointment. Spago exists in two forms here at MBS. As a casual bar & lounge at one end and a fine dining restaurant at the other. They have separate entrances.
Spago – the casual bar & lounge
Spago – the Restaurant
As you can see, we preferred to be dining on the Spago restaurant side as it is a beautiful place. The full glass French doors and windows on either side let in plenty of natural light and views of Singapore from 57 floors up. The tables were set reasonably far apart and the decor was just simply elegant. We particularly liked the centre table with the floral arrangement and glassware – functional and yet decorative.
With a setting like this, they could serve us nasi lemak without chilli and we would still be happy. Thankfully they did not, but their menu did have a bit of Singapore hawker food influence. Here are photos of the Spago lunch menu and some random pages from their wine list.
We began the meal with two types of starters – Chicken Laksa Spring Roll ($22) and Big Eye Tuna Tartare Cones ($36).
We had expected the Laksa Spring Rolls to be just normal spring rolls but with some laksa flavouring, but that was not the case. The contents of the rolls were actually laksa noodles. Dry laksa in crisp spring roll skins. The laksa taste was mild but distinct. A very good dish.
The Big Eye Tuna Tartare Cones were three ice-cream cones filled with chopped tuna and other garnishes such as bonito and scallions. $36 is a lot of money to pay for three bite sized cones but we must say that the taste was exquisite. This turned out to be the dish of the day. We will return just to eat this!
The wine selected to go with our meal was a bottle of 2014 Dr Loosen Wehlener Sonnenuhr Kabinett. The dry, crisp Riesling (quite pricey at $128) was refreshing and drank well particularly with the starters. Its relatively low alcohol level meant that it was well- received, especially for those who needed to go back to work after lunch.
Now for the main courses.
The Maine Lobster Cobb salad ($44) was an explosion of colours and taste. So many things went into making it. Anything with lobster had to be good and our expectations after the very good starters were high. But the dish was just a good salad without a distinct taste.
Our second dish with lobster was the Lobster Rolls ($42). This was a better dish as the lobster content was high and you can feel and taste lobster with each bite. There were less distracting tastes as compared to the salad. We would order this again.
The Pan Roasted Organic Chicken ($42) was served in a generous portion. We thought that this would be adequate for two persons. The chicken had a good taste but was a tad dry. The gravy helped to relieve the dryness.
The Honey Miso Broiled Japanese Black Cod was beautifully presented. Placed asymmetrically on a plate with dots of sauces, it looked like a work of art. Unfortunately the honey miso paste over-powered the taste of the cod. All we could taste was sweet and salty. The over-achiever in this dish was actually the cod’s sidekick – the ball of chilled egg noodles. It was simple and had a nice ‘Q’ texture.
Our final main course was the Angus Burger ($36). This, we must say, was a very good burger. The beef patty had a robust meaty taste that was enhanced by the deep, complex smoked bacon flavours. We would certainly order this again.
Overall, lunch at Spago Singapore was an enjoyable experience. The views from the top of MBS and the elegant decor of the restaurant are sure to delight your guests. Food-wise, it was a tale of two courses. The appetisers were good enough to evoke “wow” emotions and showed creativity and the talent to blend diverse flavours into one item. The main courses were more conventional items and the reactions ranged from ‘OK’ to very good (but no wow factor).
If we are planning lunch again at Spago Singapore, we would just order the two starters for each person. That would be a perfect lunch at $58 in a top notch location. Thank us later.
Overall Rating: 4 TOPs
Sands SkyPark, Tower 2 Level 57
Access from MBS Hotel Lobby Tower 2
Tel: +65 6688 9955
Nearby MRT Station: Bayfront
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