Of course, Singapore is full of gastronomic delights, but there is one place I found that will fulfil any food wish. Sky on 57, the signature restaurant at Singapore’ Marina Bay Sands, is no hidden art of Singaporean cuisine, yet it does not fail when it comes to the challenge of presenting the ultimate gastronomic journey. The eatery is the culinary home to celebrity chef Justin Quek's modern interpretation of Franco Asian cuisine and has a skillfully designed interior oozing an elegant ambiance. I was on a hectic and tight press trip, and with only around an hour to cover what this hyped restaurant has to offer, I had definitely presented their team a challenge to create the dishes as quickly as possible and with the full-on high quality that they are renowned for.
Justin Quek breezed into the restaurant from his kitchen and after the handshakes and broad grins all round, he took the time to sit and was utterly focused on the task ahead of showcasing the best food in Singapore.
"People like us because they know of our commitment here at Sky on 57 to the quality, in the food that we serve as well as the service," says the chef who is Singapore's most internationally known chef and the first Asian chef invited to participate in Lufthansa's Star Chefs program. "There has to be the energy, and there has to be passion and whenever I am working I will always try my best to serve an excellent meal."
A reviewer interviewed Quek around 10 years ago in Hong Kong, he fondly recalls, and said she could not, and would not eat, Cantonese Raw Fish (魚生 yu saang). Quek responded by not serving the delicacy raw, but fried in a very light and crispy tempura butter, and turned it into a version of Crispy Pan Fried Salmon, Chinese Style (香煎三文魚). The reviewer ate five helpings, and wanted more!
"I love talking to my customers," says Quek. "If they don't like something, then I'll try something different."
The 12,000 sq ft eatery has a main dining area, private dining rooms, a bar, lounge and an outdoor terrace. The restaurant delivers one of Singapore’s most sought-after dining experiences. The views are equally stunning, facing out to the sea, though not sure if you would want to gaze upon the endless number of freight ships that lie dormant in the calm and clear waters in the distance. Light-filled and family-friendly, the restaurant and its cuisine are sea-inspired, created with a blend of French, Cantonese and other Asian tastes in mind. Make sure you try the ‘Crispy Scale Coral Cod'.
It is chef Quek’s belief that ecologically friendly farming results in better-tasting food and drinks. On the whole, I would say that this is a place that provides great food, great staff and amazing natural beauty. The restaurant is so popular that hotel guests make a booking before they check-in.
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