Food Picks: MasterChef collab, Masalaa Bar's new dishes, new menu at Mad About Sucre

A Tokyo Banana-inspired dessert and a silky smooth chawanmushi topped with charcoal-grilled crab, salmon roe and yuzu ponzu ankake. PHOTO: MAKAN@JEN

Masterchef menu at Makan@Jen

Fans of chef Derek Cheong, who won the second season of MasterChef Singapore, can head to Makan@Jen restaurant to try his food - sans the stress of having to score a coveted seat at his private-dining concept Twelve Flavours.

Lunch is priced at $58, with a choice of main course - black cod or pork jowl.

Both of these mains are served for dinner, which costs $88 and comes with an extra starter of plump Hokkaido scallop with grilled asparagus, fava beans and charred kailan.

Add $10 for snacks and petits fours, and $70 for wine pairing with the dinner menu.

The Japanese-influenced dishes are also available as a la carte options.

Chef Derek Cheong, who won the second season of MasterChef Singapore. PHOTO: MAKAN@JEN

Items on both menus include a Tokyo Banana-inspired dessert, and a silky smooth chawanmushi topped with charcoal-grilled crab, salmon roe and yuzu ponzu ankake (savoury dashi sauce). The chawanmushi is finished with a few drops of wasabi oil, which elevate the flavours.

Go for dinner so you can savour both mains. But if you have to pick one, I recommend the slow-cooked pork jowl glazed with ssamjang and saikyo miso. It is served with a tangy apple puree, cabbage and a rich jus made from reduction of roast pork and bones stock. Previously a popular signature at Twelve Flavours, the dish makes a comeback for this promotion.

Where: Makan@Jen, Jen Singapore Orchardgateway by Shangri-La, 277 Orchard Road
MRT: Somerset
When: Till Sept 11, Wednesdays to Sundays, noon to 2.30pm, 6.30 to 10pm
Tel: 6708-8899
Info: This website

New dishes at Masalaa Bar

The Bombay Veg grilled sandwich. PHOTO: MASALAA BAR

Almost two years after opening Masalaa Bar in East Coast, veteran Indian chef Milind Sovani continues to update the menu.

New dishes include Bombay Veg grilled sandwich ($13, available from noon to 6pm), a popular street food item that is stuffed with capsicum, boiled potatoes and a spicy green chutney; and kothimbir wadi ($10), a delicious snack made with fresh coriander and spices blended with lentil flour, steamed with sesame seeds, then fried till crisp.

Poha Crusted Hara Cheesy Kebab ($10) is another standout dish. The patties - made with spinach, cheese and peas - are fried with poha (flattened rice flakes) which gives a lovely crisp crust.

Other highlights include tandoori prawns ($24) and Zafrani Murg Malai Tikka ($18), succulent chicken kebabs in a cashew and saffron marinade.

The Zafrani Murg Malai Tikka, succulent chicken kebabs in a cashew and saffron marinade. PHOTO: MASALAA BAR

The drinks menu is equally extensive, with a variety of spirits, Indian-inspired cocktails and mocktails.

Whet your appetite with the refreshing Masala Soda ($7) and finish the meal with Garam Chai Ki Pyali ($4) - also known as cutting chai (half a cup of tea in Mumbai) - which is served table-side from a special pot.

The Masalaa Soda. PHOTO: MASALAA BAR

Where: Masalaa Bar, 723 East Coast Road
MRT: Kembangan
Open: 11.30am to 10.30pm daily
Tel: 6282-4648
Info: This website

Mad About Sucre's summer menu

The Nordic salted cod katafi with caviar in uni sauce (left) and baked cauliflower. PHOTOS: MAD ABOUT SUCRE

I've always known Mad About Sucre for its lovely desserts, but it is not just for those with a sweet tooth.

The restaurant's French-influenced cuisine sticks to the same ethos - it caters to those with dietary requirements and allergies, and does not use artificial flavours or preservatives. Nut-, egg-, dairy- and gluten-free requests can be accommodated as well.

New dishes include wild-caught barramundi fillet ($39) served on pearl couscous simmered in a rich shellfish bisque, topped with preserved fennel; and Nordic salted cod katafi with caviar in uni sauce ($12 a piece, minimum order of two pieces) - a take on Brazilian cod balls, with caviar and crisp shredded pastry.

Signature highlights include a tender baked cauliflower ($34) with miso, pickled cucumber and onions; and grilled ox tongue ($28) with a pickled onion salad.

Complete the meal with the picture-perfect Hey Peachy (from $14) - a peach-shaped cake filled with oolong tea and peach cubes.


Chocolate lovers can go for Kakao (from $17), a dark chocolate treat with calamansi and bourbon.

Where: Mad About Sucre, 27 Teo Hong Road
MRT: Outram Park
Open: 12.30 to 5pm (daily), 6.30 to 1030pm (Mondays to Saturdays)
Tel: 6221-3969
Info: This website

Correction note: An earlier version of this article listed the wrong opening hours for Mad About Sucre. 

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