SINGAPORE - The food and beverage scene at the new and expansive mixed-use Marina One in Straits View is shaping up to be an exciting one.
The development, along with Duo in the Bugis area, is a joint venture between Singapore and Malaysia, the result of a pact in 2010 that reflects a turn in ties after two decades of impasse.
Marina One, designed by German architect Christoph Ingenhoven, was officially opened by Singapore Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong and his Malaysian counterpart Najib Razak on Jan 15.
The Heart, the development's retail podium that houses most of the restaurants and cafes, spans 140,000 sq ft.
There are two high-end restaurants - acclaimed Chinese restaurant Majestic, formerly in Bukit Pasoh, and Wakanui, a grill house from Tokyo - located in cantilevered glass capsules on the fourth floor.
Most of the other food and beverage tenants are in basement 2, with a handful on the ground floor.
There are at least 20 food and beverage outlets operating at the development.
Marina One also comprises residences, which are not ready, and office blocks. Companies that have relocated here include ride-hailing platform Grab, oil company BP Global and insurer Prudential.
Other blue-chip companies moving in soon include social media company Facebook and Swiss private bank Julius Baer.
Food and beverage tenants, which have been opening progressively since November, say footfall has been low. But they see a large potential catchment of office workers when more companies move in over the coming months and when residents move into Marina One Residences' two residential towers. Both residential towers have obtained temporary occupation permits.
Ms Lynn Wong, 25, director of bakery Break & Bake and Korean food kiosk Yoli Box, was one of the first operators to open at Marina One in November. She says she did not realise that tenants were opening in phases.
Business was "very quiet" at the start, but has begun to pick up now that companies, such as consulting firm PwC, have moved in, she adds.
Mr Howard Lo, 41, owner of Empire Eats Group, which will be opening a Standing Sushi Bar outlet with robatayaki offerings in April, says: "With any new development, it's good to wait until the office tenants move in fully as that's the main customer base."
What: Majestic Restaurant, known for its fine Chinese cuisine, is located in a cantilevered glass structure with high ceilings. Chef-owner Yong Bing Ngen has created a larger dim sum kitchen and bar counter, something he did not have space for when the 12- year-old restaurant was located at the now-closed New Majestic Hotel in Bukit Pasoh Road.
The 88-seat restaurant also boasts customised white porcelain tableware with intricate red motifs. Expect familiar favourites as well as new items, including Hakka-style organic brown rice roll with prawn, drizzled with a spinach, sesame and peanut sauce ($6.80); and a new take on chef Yong’s signature Peking duck – roasted Ireland silver duck served with pink-hued rose- powder pancakes, scallion and cucumber ($48 for half a duck, $88 for a whole duck).
What: This is the Korean takeaway kiosk’s first outlet. It offers kimbap (from $7.90), or Korean-style sushi rolls with fillings that include beef bulgogi, spicy chicken and tuna mayonnaise; as well as bibimbap (from $7.90), with stir-fried vegetables and toppings such as tofu kimchi, pork ribs, raw salmon and unagi. It also serves jjigae ($10.90), or Korean stew, and side dishes (from $4.90) such as dumplings and fried chicken.
Open: 11am to 9pm (weekdays), closed on weekends
KAZU SUSHI GRILL SAKE
What: The upscale restaurant, which opened on Jan 11, is headed by sushi chef Ichiyama Kazuhiro, 55, who spent a decade working at famed sushiya Kyubey in Tokyo. The 54-seat restaurant has two sections – a sushi bar and a robatayaki area. Ingredients are flown in from Japan three times a week. Aside from sushi and sashimi, dishes here also include Omi beef tataki with ponzu gelee and king crab tempura. Expect to spend $80 to $100 a head.
Open: 11.30am to 3pm and
5 to 10pm daily
Info: Call 6282-8141
What: It sells smoothies and parfaits with kefir, a fermented milk beverage that promotes good intestinal health. It has a similar consistency to yogurt. The kefir, which is fermented for 24 hours, is made in-house. Smoothies come in four flavours and start at $5.20 each, while parfaits, topped with fruit and granola, start at $3.90 a serving.
Open: 8am to 5.30pm (weekdays), closed on weekends
Other eateries that have opened include:
• The Pantree, a traditional Chinese pancake shop;
• Wheat, a one-bowl noodle, protein and salad specialist ;
• Dinez, an East-meets-West protein bowl eatery;
• Honey Mill, a honey retailer which sells honey drinks; and
• Coffee joints Jewel Coffee and Mellower Coffee.
WHAT'S COMING SOON
STANDING SUSHI BAR
What: In addition to sushi, sashimi and donburi, the 90-seat eatery will also offer robatayaki and other cooked items. Lunch sets start at $16, while sharing plates during Happy Hour will start at $5. It is slated
to open in the second quarter of the year.
What: Expect dry, soup and spicy tonkotsu and
ebi versions of ramen. It is opened by the group behind skewer specialist Teppei Daidokoro, which has outlets at Raffles City, VivoCity and Timbre+. Prices will start at about $10 for a bowl of ramen. It will open by next month.
What: At this salad shop, opt for a signature bowl such as the Blue Lagoon, which has smoked salmon, dory fish, prawns, mandarin orange and brown soba; or pick and choose from a list of vegetables, proteins such as smoked duck and grilled salmon, and carbohydrates that range from pasta to cous cous. From $8.90 a serving.
THE DAILY CUT
What: Here, breakfast and a la carte dishes will be added to The Daily Cut’s staple offerings, which include items such as grilled meats, fish, vegetables and grains like quinoa. The 900 sq ft space will have enough seats for 46 people. Expect to spend about $12 for lunch and upwards. It is slated to open on Feb 23.
What: The Spot will feature wines and European fare accented with South-east Asian flavours and ingredients. It is headed by chef Lee Boon Seng, who used to work at Resorts World Sentosa’s one- Michelin-starred restaurant Osia. Expect to spend about $12 for breakfast, $30 for lunch and about $50 for dinner. House pours start at $10 a glass.
The 100-seat, 2,500 sq ft restaurant and bar is slated to open in April.
Other eateries to look forward to in the coming months include home-grown bakery chain Mugiya; Vietnamese restaurant So Pho; Anglo Indian Cafe and Bar, which serves Indian fare such as chicken tikka and dum briyani; burger joint Wolf; and sandwich and wrap specialist The Sandwich Shop.
Correction note: An earlier version of this story named Ole Scheeren as the architect behind Marina One. It should be Christoph Ingenhoven. We are sorry for the error.