Friday, August 19, 2011
Marina Bay Sands Waterfront Dining: Yú Champagne Bar
Yú Champagne Bar is the newly opened bar upstairs of Yú Cuisine, which is the only Chinese seafood restaurant at Marina Bay Sands. The bar is strikingly lit and hard to miss up on the waterfront.
Wondering about the acute accent in the "Yú"? It's like the mark for the second sound in Hanyu Pinyin, since its Chinese logo is 渔, which means "fish". A nod to the live seafood aspect of the restaurant downstairs. But most of us will just be typing Yu Champagne Bar, so I'll do that too.
Yu Cuisine and Yu Champagne Bar are both by the lady who runs "Bosses" restaurant at Vivocity. The executive master chef is from Hong Kong. I'll be doing a separate post on Yú Cuisine to show you the dim sum and grilled dishes.
What's interesting here at the bar is the creative effort behind some of the drinks. Ever thought of a Chinese tea cocktail? Sounds bizarre? Well, here's one.
Lady Yú (S$18) - strawberries, orange juice, peach puree, and Pu Er tea. Quite nice, but the Chinese tea seems more of an accent than a base. Just a light hint, nothing too overpowering.
Red Chambers (S$18) - crushed red grapes, Ketel One Vodka, apple juice, champagne and Tie Guan Yin tea. This looked more stunning but tasted milder than Lady Yu.
They also have Chinese Tea Twisters, where various teas are infused with generous chunks of fruit. Why not go all out and indulge, right? This one is the Long Snaps (Ginseng Oolong with Apples) but I recommend the Citrus Divine (Superior Guan Yin with fresh oranges). I'll show you that in the Yu Cuisine post, along with their Choctail (hot chocolate spiked with liqueurs).
There are various champagne cocktails here, like the Lychee Bellini - lychee and champagne. So simple and yet delightful. I think lychees are a better match with champagne than strawberries.
The Mojito (S$9.80) is not bad - one of their classic 50'clocktails (separate menu), where you'll also find your martinis and daiquiris.
Of course, there's bar snacks to go with the drinks...
Crispy Chicken Winglets (S$12) - they crack open the mid-joint, remove the fatty skin, and deep-fry this until crisp and fragrant. Imagine the amount of work fiddling with the wings just to do this. There's very little meat, and yet that's what makes it delicious. You just wish there was more.
French Fries with Spicy Cream Dip (S$8)! The dip is chili crab gravy! Once you dig in, you won't be able to stop.
I forgot to ask the name of this. Possibly Golden Fiery Chicken Wings (S$12) on the menu? It's laced with black vinegar. They also have other snacks like crispy eel, Sichuan soft shell crab basket, Chinese roast platter, dim sum platter and typhoon onion swirls (sounds intriguing!).
The best thing about this place? It's right on the Marina Bay Sands waterfront promenade with stunning views of the financial district skyline.
YÚ CHAMPAGNE BAR
10 Bayfront Avenue
L1-82 Marina Bay Sands
Tel: +65 6688-7318
Open daily 11am to midnight
Thanks to Marina Bay Sands for the invitation and Yú Champagne Bar for the hospitality.
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