Marina Square Food Trail – A Fun Sunday at Bangkok Jam, The East Bureau and Emporium Shokuhin
Two weeks ago, we held the first ever Marina Square Food Trail with 20 lucky readers of Miss Tam Chiak. They are really lucky because they were selected out of a pool of more than 100 registrations but we only selected 20. It was a delicious Sunday afternoon as we got to try 3 international cuisines in the mall – Bangkok Jam, The East Bureau and Umi+Vino in Emporium Shokuhin. Check out what we ate!
BANGKOK JAM @ THE DINING EDITION
Tel: 6338 6632
It has been an exciting year at Bangkok Jam, having launched a new desserts and drinks menu earlier this year! Dishing up authentic and mouth-watering Thai cuisine since its inception, Bangkok Jam has done it once again, this time introducing five hot new savoury dishes to their menu.
Bangkok Jam prepared some colourful dishes specially for our participants. Our lunch started with something light and bright – Green Papaya Fresh Spring Rolls ($8). Each roll is crunchy and best goes with a spicy yet zesty tom yum dressing.
My favourite is the Grilled Australian Wagyu Beef Short Plate Salad ($16). It was my second time trying this dish, the wagyu is grilled carefully over an open fire until medium rare, leaving a slightly crisp but melt-in-your-mouth texture.
On top of their signature favourites like the Fried Chicken Mid Joints with Thai Fish Sauce Marinade and Fish Head in Tom Yum Curry, Bangkok Jam is bringing the heat up with the newest creations from Thai Iron Chef Thanintorn Chantrawan, or more affectionately known as Chef Noom.
Serving up a good punch and equally strong kick, the Stir-fried Kway Teow with Sriracha Sauce, Cuttlefish & Pork or Chicken ($11.50) will keep you coming back for more. Combining the flavours from the East and the West, the Sriracha Sauce is cleverly mixed into the kway teow. Cuttlefish is added for a unique texture and chai po (pickled turnip) brings a subtle crunch and fragrance to the noodles.
THE EAST BUREAU
Tel: 6837 0148
The East Bureau is an industrial chic rooftop restaurant and bar hidden in the new rooftop garden at Marina Square with a beautiful view of the Esplanade and the Bay. Inspired by his childhood days running around in his grandparents’ kopitiam and his travels around Southeast Asia, Chef Samdy Kan goes back to his roots.
We tried their new 3-course Dinner Set ($24++) which consists of their Handcrafted Trio of Starters, The East Bureau Signature and Duo of Desserts. The appetizers feature handmade sotong youtiao, juicy Thai basil pork gyoza and a teacup of Tom Yam ice with seafood.
The East Bureau Signature is an addictively spicy dish featuring tagliatelle sautéed with local spices, chilli, shrimp and vegetables. The pasta is cooked till al dente and packs a punch. Look at how much effort our participants are putting in to get a great shot! They brought the dishes to different corners of the restaurant to get the perfect angle. Thank you so much to The East Bureau for making us feel at home!
End your meal with a delightful duo of Chinese almond white chocolate mousse cake and handmade ‘orh nee’ choux puff. This is a great place to hangout after work with their all day $5 nett Okinawa draft beer and wide selection of creative Pan-Asian dishes.
UMI+VINO SEAFOOD WINE BAR @ EMPORIUM SHOKUHIN
Tel: 6224 3433
Our Food Trail ended on a high note with great seafood at UMI+VINO, the contemporary European-Japanese Seafood Wine Bar. Here, you can relish in freshly shucked oysters, their signature chilled seafood platters or savour the preserved natural flavours of fresh seafood done A La Plancha style on a hot grill.
It was a real treat here. There were freshly shucked oysters for everyone, together with chilled angel hair pasta with ebi and grilled lobsters for sharing. I enjoy how the restaurant combines Japanese flavours into western dishes. The angel hair pasta had that crunchy texture and complements the sakura ebi well. As for the fresh lobsters, who can resist?
The Marina Square Food Trail was a great success, all thanks to the organizers and very sporting participants. Throughout the trail, they have been busy eating and updating their instagram because we also held a mini IG competition where the best 3 photos winners will walk away with $60 worth of vouchers. All the photos take by the participants were really amazing and it was very difficult to choose the winning photos. So congratulations to the winners, and if you would like to see more pictures on what we eat of what we ate during the Food Trail, just search for the hashtag “#tamchiakMS” on Instagram.
Read about my other posts on Marina Square:
• 11 Reasons Why You Should Dine At Emporium Shokuhin
• 4 Unique Chinese Restaurants in Marina Square