Perched at the top of Marina Bay Sands, KU DÉ TA has one of the best dining spots in Singapore. Contrary to popular belief, Ku De Ta is not a fine dining restaurant; it is positioned as a casual dining place where you can get a nice cocktail and order a few dishes to share with friends.
That said, a meal at Ku De Ta is not what you would consider to be ‘cheap’. One is expected to spend at least $70/pax (without drinks). The price, of course, might put off many people. But when you get to enjoy the panoramic view of Singapore’s skyline for the whole night, this is certainly a place that is worth splurging on.
The food is described as modern Asian cuisine, and before you conclude that it is ‘fusion’, let me assure you that it is nothing like what you’ve tried in other restaurants.
The menu is divided into different categories: Raw – with appetising starters like kingfish ceviche ($21), tuna tartare ($25), and aburi salmon sashimi ($22); Cold – an assortment of yummy sushi rolls and salads like California roll with yuzu mayonnaise ($20), spicy tuna roll ($19), and mizuna salad with pomelo ($13); Hot – consisting of pan fried foie gras with curry bread ($49), crispy-sticky baby squid ($16), and soya-glazed Hokkaido scallops ($32); Fish & Seafood – a small selection of the best creatures in the sea like grilled yellowfin tuna steak ($30), bamboo-roasted pacific black cod ($45), and yellow curry tempura ($24); Poultry & Meat – where you can get the finest meats like Rangers Valley Black Angus striploin ($54), honey-miso glazed roast Australian lamb sirloin ($48), and Berkshire pork belly steamed with Shaoxing wine ($36); and Desserts – a spell binding array of beautiful creations like warm chocolate cake with coconut filling ($16), mango lime pudding ($14), and whipped soy milk chocolate ($16).
As you can see, the menu is filled with intriguing flavours, and the dishes are done in a way to be shared by the entire table.
We started off with the sliced semi-fatty southern bluefin tuna ($48). Thick, fresh, and fatty slices of tuna. What’s there not to like?
Then, we continued with dishes from the Hot menu: crispy sticky baby squid ($16) and juicy ‘toh farms’ fried chicken ($23). Both of which were very addictive and we polished off easily.
Topped with tobiko, the takara roll ($25) with ohmi beef, pistachio and smoked chili was splendid.
The salmon loin roasted over charcoal ($32) was decent, but I found the soy-glaze a tad too heavy for my taste. The other main course that we shared was the cape grim 100% grass-fed red & Black Angus ribeye ($48). To be honest, I thought it was rather mediocre. I’d probably go for their signature Ohmi ribeye ($110/110g) on my next visit.
While I wasn’t blown away by the two main courses that we had, the desserts caught me by surprise. Ku De Ta has very fascinating desserts. If you just want to enjoy the view, I’d suggest coming here for a drink and dessert.
From the long list of sweets on the menu, we were recommended apple & honey ($14) and pistachio pain de genes ($16). Of the two, I was particularly impressed with the ‘apple & honey’ – which comprise fresh green apple, milk and honey cremeux, green apple granite, comb honey crumble, and green apple jelly.
The pistachio pain de genes, on the other hand, is an acquired taste. For one, it uses pineapple soup, white chocolate and curry ganache. Yes, you read that right. Pineapple soup and curry ganache.
You might probably be skeptical about it the unusual flavour combination, but personally I think it’s very unique, and you should order it to try (at least once) when you are dining at Ku De Ta.
The combination of the view and the design of the restaurant might make Ku De Ta one of Singapore’s sexiest restaurants.
KU DÉ TA
10 Bayfront Avenue
Sands SkyPark, Tower 3,
Marina Bay Sands Hotel
Tel: +65 6688 7688
Breakfast: 7am – 11am
Lunch: 12pm – 3pm
Tea: 3pm – 5pm
Dinner: 6pm – 11pm
Note: This was an invited media tasting.
For more recommendations, please read my list of Romantic Restaurants with Best Views in Singapore