(Relatively) affordable celebrity chef meals in Singapore
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With the opening of Singapore’s new casinos has come a slew of celebrity chef restaurants. If you’re a foodie or fan of ‘Top Chef’ you’ll certainly recognise names like Wolfgang Puck, Joel Robuchon, and Guy Savoy. While Singapore is already an expensive city for a formal meal, these restaurants take fine-dining to a new extreme with S$200 steaks and S$500 degustation menus (that’s without wine pairings). If you’re curious to taste what a top chef can produce but haven’t won a small fortune at the blackjack table, there are a few options. If you take it easy on the alcohol, a meal for two at any of the following will cost around S$100.
Located at Resorts World Sentosa, Osia Restaurant by Scott Webster is known for innovative cooking techniques that highlight the fresh Australian produce he uses. Mains like milk-fed lamb and barramundi cost S$30-50 on the a la carte menu, so come for lunch or an early weekday dinner when a three-course meal plus coffee/tea is a relative bargain S$42. There are a number of choices for the appetizer and main and the meal concludes with Osia’s signature Valrhona pepper chocolate soup.
For avant-garde Asian cuisine, try Chinois by Susur Lee. The use of premium Chinese ingredients like abalone means sky-high prices at the restaurant, so head to the lounge side with an affordable tapas menu that relies on bold fusion flavours. Nibble on bite-sized crab and cheese dumplings, crispy breaded scallops, duck tongues in cognac sauce, or green tea crème brulee. At S$8-15 per plate you can afford to try a few.
Celebrity chef Mario Batali has a duo of restaurants at Marina Bay Sands. While Osteria Mozza is one of Singapore’s finest Italian restaurants, Pizzeria Mozza next door is more casual with prices to match. After biting into their thin-crust pizzas (S$18-34) with gourmet toppings like chanterelle mushrooms, fennel sausage and house-made cheese you may never be able to palate Pizza Hut again. Add a fresh salad (S$8-18) or some antipasti to make it a complete dinner for two. If you are eyeing the wine list, you’ll be happy to hear it featues 100 bottles under S$100.
French cuisine is notoriously expensive even when it isn’t from the kitchen of a renowned chef like Daniel Boulud. That said, many of the items at db Bistro Moderne, Boulud’s casual café at the Shoppes at Marina Bay Sands, feel like a bargain. The lunch prix fixe menu is S$38 for two courses or S$48 for three courses and with options like duck pâté, steamed mussels with crème fraiche, and flourless chocolate cake for dessert you’ll probably want the latter. The fried eggs Lyonnaise with duck confit (S$21) is a bestseller during the weekend brunch while the signature db burger (S$38) — stuffed with foie gras — is available anytime.
Osia: Level 2 FestiveWalk, Resorts World Sentosa, (65) 6577 6560
Chinois: Level 2 Hotel Michael, Resorts World Sentosa, (65) 6884 7888
Pizzeria Mozza: B1-42-46 Shoppes at Marina Bay Sands, (65) 6688 8522
db Bistro Moderne: B1-48 Shoppes at Marina Bay Sands, (65) 6688 8525