The Place Located in Marina Bay Sands Singapore (MBS), Mott 32 hails from Hong Kong and opened to much fanfare last month in one of the most signature buildings in Singapore, MBS. I didn’t manage to visit the restaurant during my previous Hong Kong trip, and I was excited to check out the first outlet in Asia outside of Hong Kong located right opposite where Koma restaurant is.
The interior takes on a chic, handsome look with a mix of oriental and New York industrial design. The MBS outlet takes it a step further by incorporating some greens as a tribute to Singapore’s garden city reputation.
The Food The menu at Mott 32 is an extensive selection of BBQ dishes, Dim Sum, seafood, claypot dishes and others. The Cantonese restaurant takes on influences in its dishes from various parts of the world, particularly Beijing and Sichuan elements.
Some of the signature dishes include the Apple-Wood Roasted 42 Days Peking Duck (S$108), Barbecue Pluma Iberico Pork Glazed with Yellow Mountain Honey (S$48), Iberico Pork with Soft Quail Egg and Black Truffle Siu Mai (S$9/2 pieces), and Crispy Triple Cooked US Black Angus Short Rib (S$98).
I started with the evening dim sum selections like the Iberico Pork with Soft Quail Egg and Black Truffle Siu Mai (S$9/2 pieces) and the South Australian Scallop, Prawn in Hot & Sour Shanghainese Soup Dumplings (S$10/4 pieces). Both dim sum dishes are very modern interpretations of dim sum, and the part I like about the Siu Mai is the runny egg yolk as I bite into it.
Conversely, the Shanghainese Soup Dumpling is much heavier in flavour and the chef certainly does not downplay the spiciness level.
For starters, I had the Crispy Air-Dried Beef (S$18) which is a good addictive bar snack to go along with a cocktail, for which I had the Hanami (S$24), an easy to drink concoction of Rye Whisky, Gin, Umeshu, Yuzu, Chrysanthemum and beautifully decorated with Shiso leaf on ice.
For BBQ meats which is really one of the signature sections at Mott 32, the Barbecue Pluma Iberico Pork Glazed with Yellow Mountain Honey (S$48) is amazing. You get a nice glistening, slightly charred char siew here, with a good proportion of lean and fatty meat. The honey glazing finishes it off with that nice lingering sweetness in the mouth. I could do with another serving.
Of course, a visit to Mott 32 is not complete without trying the Peking Duck. With an advance order of at least one day, the Apple-Wood Roasted 42 Days Peking Duck (S$108) is definitely one version that tries to be on top of the Peking Duck game. It definitely wins hands down for the price, one of the most expensive I have come across in Singapore.
The first serving is a plate of crispy duck skin, served along with condiments like sugar, dark sauce with peanut and sesame, and sliced cucumber.
This is followed by two plates of the sliced duck meat, and two baskets of the Peking Duck crepe.
I like the crispy skin as the smoky flavour of the duck meat is represented well. Unlike the other dishes I had earlier, the Peking Duck sticks to the traditional way and the duck meat is tender, though I would also say I do expect a little more of surprise for the price tag.
Perhaps the surprise for me comes in one of the seafood dishes, the Signature Smoked Black Cod (S$56). Another dish which I highly recommend, this dish is presented with a lid, before the staff unveils the lid to reveal a smoky plate of cod. As you can imagine, the black cod retains the smoky flavour, and the texture is perfect. I like the crispy texture of the fish, yet the cod retains a firm and moist texture. This dish is excellent.
For desserts, choose from a mix of western or oriental options. I had the Double Boiled Egg White with Black Sesame (S$9) and the Fresh Mango with Coconut and Glutinous Rice Roll (S$9).
Rants Prices are pretty steep and this is one restaurant you should be prepared to splurge.
Will I Return Again? It is a nice addition to the suite of restaurant offerings in MBS, and Mott 32 is one of those Chinese restaurants which impresses in terms of looks and food. The prices are on the high end, which makes it ideal to visit for a celebratory occasion.
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
2 Bayfront Avenue
B1-42-44, Galleria Level The Shoppes at Marina Bay Sands
Tel: +65 6688 9922
Opening Hours (Daily)
Lunch: 11:30am to 2:30pm
Dinner: 5pm to11pm
Bar & Lounge: 11:30am to 12am
Ranted by The Ranter