The Place Located at the rooftop level of OUE Bayfront on Collyer Quay, VUE is OUE Dining latest F&B concept which took over the space of the now defunct ME@OUE restaurant. I was literally blown away when I walked through the grand walkway entrance of the restaurant which showcases its beautiful collection of wines, before being greeted by the outdoor bar with a sweeping view of Singapore’s skyline.
The bar is a good place for some pre-dinner drinks, branded as Singapore’s first rooftop spritz bar. From 5pm to 7pm, spritz cocktails come with complimentary servings of canapés.
The restaurant’s interior is amazing. The high arch ceiling makes the whole dining space like a sophisticated tunnel, where its interior light dances occasionally by changing colours, like aurora just to exaggerate a little.
There is also one private dining room which boasts a great city view as well, elegantly designed and fitted for many types of occasions.
The Food The binchotan-grilled dishes are one of the highlights at VUE and there isn’t any particular type of cuisine which I can pinpoint it to. For a start, the dinner started with the fresh Oysters (S$48/half dozen) from France.
Next up was a mix of 3 Kinds of Charcuterie (S$38/50g each), which are delicious.
For appetiser, I tried the Ceviche (S$38), a beautiful combination of Halibut from Kyushu, scallops from Norway, sweetcorn, shallot, pine nuts, tiger’s milk and coriander. The overall flavour is very citrusy, primarily due to the Tiger’s Milk sauce which is a mix of grapefruit juice and other citrus elements. It is refreshing, though it may come across as a little too citrusy.
For mains, the options are aplenty from pork, fish to pappardelle. That said, give one of the Binchotan grilled steaks a try if you can since it is one of the highlights of VUE.
I had the Kumamoto A5 Emperor “Kokuou” Grass-fed Wagyu Sirloin (S$120/150g) served along with onion marmalade and red wine jus. This highly prized beef from Kyushu is very succulent, and almost requires no additional condiments to enhance its original flavourful profile.
Regardless, you still get condiments like Mustard sauce and rice flour. The 150g wagyu beef is served in four delicate slices, where the red wine jus is poured over the meat by the staff. My medium-rare beef is grilled to perfection.
I also had a variety of sides to go along with the wagyu beef such as Onion Tempura (S$12), Marble Potatoes (S$15), Creamed Spinach & Parmigiano (S$15), Roasted Bone Marrow with Truffle (S$15) and Charcoal-Grilled Garlic Mushrooms (S$15). I highly recommend the crispy onion tempura and the delicious bone marrow.
Dessert is a Chestnut based theme, a mix of chestnut mousse, raspberries, truffle and chestnut ice cream. It happened to be white truffle season, hence the truffle shavings on the dessert which I am not complaining.
Rants The main dining hall becomes quite dim as the evening goes by. Some of our dining companions were feeling sleepy as the dinner progressed, not sure if this is a good sign!
Will I Return Again? I was curious if the food matches the high vue (pun intended) as it is easy to be distracted by the view over food. I am glad that the standard of the dishes I had are aligned with my expectations for the gorgeous space. Will definitely be back for a drink or two, or most happily for the wagyu beef again.
This was an invited tasting, though all opinions expressed are our own.
Taste bud: 4/5
Hole in the pocket: 4/5
Overall Experience: 4/5
Level 19, 50 Collyer Quay
Tel: +65 8879 0923
Monday to Friday 6pm to 1045pm
Ranted by The Ranter