Review: New MBS restaurant Wakuda is Waku Ghin's more approachable sister
There can never be enough Japanese restaurants in Singapore. Culinary maestro Tetsuya Wakuda and 50 Eggs Hospitality Group are well aware of the appetite of Singaporeans for Japanese fare, and have jointly created Wakuda, a modern Japanese restaurant in Marina Bay Sands Tower 2.
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A spin-off from wildly popular sister restaurant Waku-Ghin (months-long reservation may be required), Wakuda is the playful sister. The newly minted restaurant aims to provide a multi-faceted gastronomic experience, from à la carte and bar dining in its Main Dining Room and Bar, to a more private sushi room in an exclusive enclave.
Diners can look forward to savouring Chef Tetsuya's interpretations of Japanese classics in a diverse menu of appetisers, sashimi, sushi, tempura, as well as high-quality small plates of grilled items, rice bowls and cold soba – using seasonal harvest from Australia, Europe, Japan and New Zealand.
The restaurant prides itself on accessibility, despite its modern Japanese cuisine take. Tetsuya's mission for this restaurant is simple: "We want something for everybody.”
And, did the space and food seek to impress. Leaving it up to the chef, we were treated to some of the different items available on the extensive menu. Here's a preview.
Big Eye Tuna (S$32 for 4 pieces)
Editor's thoughts: How can a tuna, caviar and sea grapes combination ever let anyone down? Spoiler: It almost did. The toast was a tad more rubbery than crunchy, a little detail that warrants going back to the drawing board just for the delivery platform of the holy trinity of tuna, caviar and sea grapes.
Editor's thoughts: My dining partners' – a couple of Japanese journalists – echoing exclamations of "oishi!" aptly sum up the general feeling all of us had towards this particular dish. If there's a must-get dish, this is it.
Canadian Lobster (S$68)
Editor's thoughts: A tad more tart than I would have liked the dish to be. We got the tasting portions, but the actual portion is way larger.
Cold Soba (S$68)
Editor's thoughts: Definitely a crowd-pleaser. This too, was a tasting portion but I would have imagined the full portion to be good for sharing with a couple of girlfriends.
Three types of sushi (from S$15/piece)
Editor's thoughts: 10/10. This left me wanting more at the end of the plate.
Carabineros Prawns (S$43)
Editor's thoughts: Give me 10 more portions of the miso tarragon risotto please!
Charcoal Grilled Kagoshima Wagyu (S$108)
Editor's thoughts: Well-executed dish. The seasonal vegetables are comparatively light on the palate to not outshine the obvious star of the show. The soft garlic? More please!
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Japanese Musk Melon from Shizuoka (S$28)
Editor's thoughts: Perfect end to the meal. Soft, light and easy on the palate.
Green Tea and Azuki Bean Terrine (S$25)
Editor's thoughts: What, there's more? A little heavy but matcha lovers will drown in happiness.
Wakuda's House Special Miso Ice Cream (S$13)
Editor's thoughts: Not my first Miso ice cream, but the first miso paired with coconut ice cream. It's more umami than expected which puts my brain into overdrive, quite a feat for a dessert.
Prices range from S$18++ for appetisers to S$38++ for small plates, while cocktails start from S$23++ per glass. Given the location and the restaurant's lineage, it’s not a high bar to enter the world of Tetsuya.
Wakuda is located at Marina Bay Sand Lobby, Tower 2, Bayfront Ave, 018972. Open six days a week from 5:00pm to 12:00am from Tuesdays to Sundays. Reservations are strongly encouraged. Call (65) 6688 9992, email firstname.lastname@example.org or book here.