You’ve seen the advertisements on television; you’ve read them on the daily newspapers too. ME@OUE, the latest food adventure by MediaCorp, is a partnership with Overseas-Union Enterprise. With promises of dining with some Singaporean “stars”, to which I saw none, one can only applaud MediaCorp for exploiting all of their subsidiary arms to promote this new restaurant.
With the absence of any celebrities during my dining experience, I begin to question if the “stars” in mention could have been actual stars. ME@OUE delivers a spectacular view of our lion city’s Marina Bay with its full floor to ceiling windows. The open-kitchen concept now found in many restaurants, is taken to the next level by a modern aesthetically pleasing chef’s playground in the centre of the restaurant.
The restaurant boasts 3 different menus, each helming from renowned chefs. Laurent Peugeot manages the French menu, a one Michelin starred chef, while the Japanese menu is under Masayasu Yonemura – also a one Michelin starred chef. Justin Hor holds down the fort for the Chinese menu, with many accolades under his belt. While who can honestly complain about being spoilt for choice, I was left mostly puzzled deciding which combination of dishes (and if they complement each other) would make my evening.
We started with some Wagyu Beef Tartar ($42), which was quite far from stellar. The petit portion became even smaller when served on the large plate. While I was certain that at $42 the restaurant could afford to have given me more than 1 crostini, the beef tartar was rather fatty, lending hand to a nicer bite.
The Baked Cod Fish in Whole Orange ($24) proved a far better way to start the meal. Marinated with teriyaki sauce, the sweet meat of the cod is further accentuated. The fish sits on a bed of Thai pomelo salad, which was a sour-spicy combination, added a contrasting balance to the dish as a whole.
As for the Saint Jacques Provencale Scallops ($21 a piece, $52 for 3), it was rather disappointing. The scallops were nonetheless fresh and tasty on its own, but the heavy cream sauce mulls over all its natural beauty. I was under the impression that this technique of “sauce-drowning” was only kept to the confines of my inexperienced kitchen.
Thankfully, the Saga A5 Wagyu Charcoal Grill ($195) ended the dinner on a better note. While the tenderloin cut was decent, the striploin stole my heart at the first bite. Literally. The immense streaks of fat made the beef immensely flavourful at every bite. Don’t be distracted by the restaurant’s penchant for sauces; I stuck to simple grains of salt, which served to only intensify the flavours of the beef.
With a meal averaging to around $200 a person, one would expect the restaurant to invest in a better set of glassware, and perhaps run through spellcheck before printing the menu. Food fared average with exorbitant prices, and the only reason I see myself coming back would be when the bar section opens. After all, I’ve yet to meet a bar that screws up my whiskey on the rocks.
Note: This was an independent review.
OUE Bayfront Rooftop
50 Coller Quay
Tel: +65 66344555 | firstname.lastname@example.org
Mon – Fri (Lunch): 12pm – 2.30pm
Mon – Sat (Dinner): 5.30pm – 10.30pm