I’m a proud Gen Z kid, which means that if you ask me for a food recommendation, Tai Seng isn’t the first location that springs to mind, though that might just change soon, with B.E.D. This new food court to bar concept eatery that’s got a plethora of cuisines and dishes to feed a pair of voracious eaters.
Bathed in the luminescent glow of neon signs and filled with the chatter of fellow diners, B.E.D promises cosy quality time with your dining companion, along with a pretty aesthetic vibe for ‘gram updates.
What I tried
Start your feastin’ with the Oyster Shooters (S$22, S$4.50 a piece). There are three variations to choose from, one of which is Kumamoto, where the piquant citrus ponzu is paired with tobiko for a unique Japanese twist to your oyster shot. If you’re a fan of something with more kick, then the Bloody Mary, topped with peppery tabasco sauce and caviar, will be perfect for you. Alternatively, you can keep things simple with the Nihon-Go Master, an oyster shot with umami shoyu and topped with spring onion, so you can focus on the star of the show—the shellfish.
If you’d like a moreish appetiser, then opt for the Spicy Salmon Rollin’ in B.E.D (S$14). The spicy mentaiko atop thickly-cut sashimi slices practically screamed umami, and I was delighted to see that this hearty roll was topped with even more salmon chunks and tobiko.
It’ll fill you up—and fast—so make sure to pace yourself. I learnt my lesson the hard way when I polished off half the roll during my visit, but I have zero regrets.
This job has officially converted me into a 100% fusion food lover, which meant that the Chicken Tikka Pizza (S$14) was the main dish I was the most excited for. Laden with chopped bell peppers and savoury chicken tikka, this was a treat I wish I didn’t have to wait until cheat day to indulge in. You wouldn’t think cheese would gel well with chicken tikka, but I daresay they’ll turn you into the embodiment of the starry-eyed emoji.
My only gripe was that I found it too slick and greasy, which can get a little cloying if you’re intending to finish this by yourself. It all boils down to personal preference, really, and this is flavour-filled, savoury, and a pretty solid way to celebrate a cheat day.
A personal favourite of the lot was the Hangover Panko Chicken Skewers (S$8), each one deep-fried to golden perfection and crisp to a T. Topped with tonkatsu mayonnaise and mentaiko, these would do great as a less hefty starter in comparison to the Spicy Salmon Rollin’ in B.E.D, though no less perfect for sharing.
Served in an adorable little plastic bathtub, these look good and taste better, though a heads up for all my fellow camera-feeders—these lose their lustre once they’re no longer hot, so be quick with your photos, and chow these down while they’re still warm.
The Strong B.E.D Punch (S$48+) is admittedly what caught my attention in the first place. At first glance, it might remind you of a fish head steamboat at your neighbourhood hawker centre. Plot twist, this baby’s actually filled with four bottles worth of beer, watermelon, orange, lime, and sour plums.
It’s a lot less bitter than you’d anticipate despite the abundance of beer, and the fruits are great for neutralising the prior savouriness of the other dishes. It’ll double up as a suitable dessert if you’re stuffed, and B.E.D even offers a non-alcoholic Soft B.E.D Punch (S$38+), which substitutes the alcohol for soda water instead.
Last but not least—easily the most adorable dessert I’ve ever seen—B.E.D’s Rubber Duckie (S$13.90) will incite ‘oohs’ and ‘ahhs’ from all your social media followers. The rubber duckie is actually made of sorbet, the tangy flavour a great palate cleanser, just what you need to end your meal with. It sits on pudding, sago, and mango, and is topped with fresh lemongrass ‘shower’ foam. I wasn’t too convinced by this combination at first, but it’s worth a shot, even if you’re not one for quirky desserts.
The fruity dessert actually goes great whilst sipping on the Strong B.E.D Punch—the beef-infused watermelon paired with sorbet made me pleasantly surprised, and it’s exactly how I polished everything down that day.
Their most eye-catching menu offering would definitely be the Strong B.E.D Punch. It’s an unconventional way of serving drinks that I’ve never seen anywhere else, and that’s a win for me. I’ve always been someone who loves taking food photos for social media, and the Rubber Duckie is at the top of my list.
If you’re planning to make a trip down, make sure you’re bringing along a foodie, because these dishes are sure to fill you up.
Expected damage: S$14 – S$40 per pax
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