The Epicurean Market: a Food Heaven like none other

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By Marian Govin

For the 5th year running, the Epicurean Market was held at the Marina Bay Sands Expo halls with a stunning array of celebrity chef restaurants from around the world. This year’s market also included a new section which boasted a local flare. Set up to look like traditional 2 storey shophouses, the Singapore Street Food experience showcased food which we hold near and dear to our hearts such ah Laksa and Beef Rendang.

The Market also saw the return of many world renowned chefs such as Gordon Ramsay, Wolfgang Puck, Tetsuya Wakuda and Nancy Silverton. All bringing their A game with their specialty dishes from all around the globe. This year also saw a new comer to the team, the crowds welcomed LAVO – a multi concept restaurant, lounge, bar and nightclub helmed by world class chef Ralph Scamardella, which is set to open in Marina Bay Sands.

The Market this year saw its widest range of wine selection with it’s biggest wine walk yet. Plus a wider range of fresh produce at it’s farmer’s market.

Kopifolks was privileged enough to have been invited to the Media Preview, and here are some of our highlights.

Ce la vi 

Do you know about that rooftop bar atop Marina Bay Sands? The one with the stunning view of the skyline. Yes that is Ce La Vi, a world class bar and restaurant with a bird’s eye view of the city skyline. At the Epicurean Market, Ce La Vi showcased some of their best foods, and we were treated to the Tamarind Braised Short Ribs. The pork falls apart effortlessly with a push of a fork and simply melts in your mouth. Not only that, it looked stunning too. Find out more about Ce La Vi here: http://sg.celavi.com

Waku Ghin by Tetsuya Wakuda 

A familiar sight at the Epicurean Market, Waku Ghin came back this year with an additional Michelin Star under it’s belt. We got to try the Poached Botan Shrimp with Compote of Egg and Oscietra Caviar. The shrimp kept it’s bite and it’s light taste allowed it’s other components to shine, and all the various components complimented each other perfectly. Find out more about Waku Ghin here: http://www.marinabaysands.com/restaurants/celebrity-chefs/waku-ghin.html

Seafood Paradise 

A part of the paradise group, one might not look twice at seafood Paradise while at the Epicurean Market. But for us however, this was one of the highlights. We were treated to one of Singaporean’s favourite dishes – Crab. To be exact, we had the Signature Creamy Butter alaskan King Crab topped with Coconut Crumbs. The sauce was smooth and decadent, which tasted best when soaked in a fried Mantou and the crab meat was succulent and sweet. Definitely one to remember. Find out more about Seafood Paradise here: https://www.paradisegroup.com.sg/our-concept-3/?mn=sp

Spago by Wolfgang Puck 

Located at the Sands Skypark, Spago is the second of Wolfgang Puck’s restaurant to open up in Singapore. Unlike it’s sister restaurant, CUT, Spago is known for its Californian cuisine. While there, we were served the Sweet Corn Agnolotti. The Agnolotti was light and when paired with the sweet corn sauce tasted like pasta heaven.  Find out more about Spago here: http://www.marinabaysands.com/restaurants/celebrity-chefs/spago.html#menus

Adrift by David Myers 

Known for it’s fresh and healthy flavours, Adrift has an asian inspired menu with ingredients flown in from California. Being one of the last few stops that we visited at the Market, we were glad to be served with a light and refreshing dish –  the Hanasaki Queen Crab served with cockles, grape and macadamia milk. The crab was sweet and the simplicity of the other ingredients allowed for it to shine through. Find out more about Adrift here: http://www.marinabaysands.com/restaurants/celebrity-chefs/adrift.html#menus

For any foodie, The Epicurean Market is definitely an event not to be missed. With the Market reaching new heights ever year, this is definitely the best place for all world class dishes to gather.

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