- Positioning flights to San Francisco, Sheraton Fisherman’s Wharf, and Some Dim Sum for the Day
- Cathay’s New San Francisco Lounge
- Cathay Pacific First Class, San Francisco – Hong Kong
- The Wing and Cathay Pacific First Class, Hong Kong – Singapore
- A Grand Suite at the Grand Hyatt Singapore
- Eating in Singapore
- Dinner at Waku Ghin, Marina Bay Sands
- Singapore Airlines Business Class: Singapore – Male
- Transfer to the Park Hyatt Hadahaa, Maldives
- Park Hyatt Maldives – Part I
- Park Hyatt Maldives – Part II
- Park Hyatt Maldives – Part III
- Maldivian, Kaadehdhoo – Male
- Singapore Airlines Business Class, Male – Singapore
- Cathay Pacific Business Class, Singapore – Hong Kong
- Conrad Hong Kong
- Cathay Pacific First Class, Hong Kong – Chicago
- American’s Chicago Flagship Lounge and the Final Journey Home
I ate at Waku Ghin on my last visit to Singapore, last year, and enjoyed it enough that it was a must for a re-do.
This is not an inexpensive meal. Quite the opposite. All-in, it’s nearly SGD$1000 for two without alcohol. And wines are rather extravagantly priced, though I do find the varied flavors and textures throughout the meal somewhat mitigate against a tendency to do expensive solo bottles (though of course they’ll be happy to do a pairing for you).
The meal was very, very similar to last year’s affair– I suppose some would prefer variety if they’ll be returning but I enjoyed it so much that I really did want the same things again. If I didn’t get my wagyu beef with fresh shaved wasabi I’d have been truly disappointed, for instance.
It was a quick cab ride from the Grand Hyatt to the Marina Bay Sands. Last year I made the mistake of walking in through the casino, not having brought my passport with me, in Singapore you need to show your passport on entry to a casino because there’s a substantial charge for a local to gamble, it’s Singapore’s way of discouraging the practice. To avoid the fee you have to demonstrate that you’re a foreigner. I actually wound up turning around and going back to get my passport and then showing back up at the Sands (the Intercontinental where I stayed last time is really close), not realizing that it was possible to access Waku Ghin via the Shops.
This time at least I knew better, I had the cab drop off by the shops, but it was on the opposite end of the complex and required a long walk.
It’s an impressive mall and they even offer indoor boat rides a la the Venetian.
After a walk through the complex I was lost, even having been to the restaurant before. I followed the signage to ‘Celebrity Restaurants’ but as I got close to those the other restaurants were noted specifically, not this one, I asked at a casino entrance and was pointed to a back elevator which took me upstairs. Indeed I could have followed the way to other celebrity restaurants like Guy Savoy as they’er clustered together, not sure why the signage drops off Waku Ghin.
We were greeted and offered a seat in the bar area, and about 2 minutes later escorted into our kitchen. The concept is that there are multiple kitchens with six stools each. Last time we had our own, this time we would share with a group of three and each group had their own chef preparing most of the food in front of you.
The menu for the evening was as follows:
Flan with Hokkaido Salmon Roe
Marinated Botan Shrimp
With Sea Urchin and Oscietre Caviar
Grilled Anago with Foie Gras and Zuccchini
Soup of Topinambour
With Sauteed Hokkaido Scallop and Black Truffle
With Fregola and Tomato
Braised Canadian Lobster with Tarragon
Australian Blackmore Tenderloin Wagyu Steak
With Wasabi and Citrus Soy
Somen with Myoga and Junsai
With Tasmanian Leatherwood Honey Cream
Coffee or Tea and Petit Fours
First was the Flan with Hokkaido Salmon Roe
Then the shrimp with sea urchin and caviar
The Anago, or salt-water eel
The artichoke soup with scallop and truffle
The two chefs
Preparing our next course
My absolute favorite dish here, and one of my favorites anywhere, is now being prepared:
They shave fresh wasabi onto the plate, cook a piece of wagyu beef perfectly, and serve it with a citrus dipping sauce and garlic chips on the side.
A specialty tea which was good but for which I lack the refined palette
After concluding our tea we were taken into the main dining room which is where they serve dessert. It looks over the Marina, and we got to watch the evening’s laser light show.
The sable … which also introduced me to really outstanding honey, I later realized flying home on Cathay Pacific that they serve Tasmanian honey with breakfasts and I took advantage of it for the first time, I don’t know how many times I’ve given that a pass. Sigh.
They brought out petit fours to share
And when we finished those, asked whether there was anything at all we had had that we’d like more of, and I simply said “Oh, the macarons, please…”
Well worth the price, I miss the beef already, and I’m glad they don’t seem to change up the menu all that often or else I’d be tempted to go back more than once a year.