Sunday, 28 April 2013

Yu Cuisine – Creative Modern Dim Sum

Chubby Botak Koala @ Yu Cuisine
Yu Cuisine is one of the elegant Chinese restaurant that grace Marina Bay Sands with its presence. The restaurant itself served Cantonese cuisine with modern innovations in its dishes and also presentation. We actually only come to know about this place from a friend of a friend that is not Singaporean. Although I have been to Marina Bay Sands for a few times, I always try to avoid this place whenever possible.


The decoration of Yu Cuisine is modern with aquatic theme. Considering they named the restaurant after the word fish in Chinese, it is not surprising that the decoration of the restaurant follow the same theme. Quite cool and impressive actually.

Starter - Fried fish skin 

So how is the food? There were more than 10 adults, so we manage to order quite a few dishes. However, there are a few dishes that really catch our eyes, such as:

Queen Shumai, it is a combination of pork and prawn. For a twist, they left the tail of the prawn still intact. The pork is tender and juicy, while the prawn is fresh and springy.

Queen Shumai

Signature Golden Lava Custard Bun, the bun soft with egg golden colour. When you break the bun, the custard just ooze out from the bun inviting you to savour the excellent combination of salty sweetness of the fillings. A really must order dish !! Two thumbs up!!

Signature Golden Lava Custard Bun

Signature Golden Lava Custard Bun - Oozing

Crispy aromatic duck. At first, we were recommended Peking Duck by the captain. Since the restaurant are more towards Cantonese Style, I think the Peking Duck be more towards Cantonese Style instead of Beijing style. Therefore, we decided to order the crispy aromatic duck. The whole duck was well-seasoned, the deep frying resulted in a crispy texture on the skin but still giving you meat that is very moist, tender and juicy. COMPLIMENTS TO THE CHEF FOR HIS EXCELLENT FRYING TECHNIQUE!

Crispy aromatic duck

Stir fry beef with black pepper, the beef nicely coated with fragrant black pepper. It is tender, juicy and close to melting in your mouth.

Stir fry beef with black pepper

A notable mention is the Dinosaur Rice Roll, named due to sheer gigantic size and audacious creativity. Fried dough (You Tiao) is filled with vegetables that are similar to popiah fillings, wrapping it around with cheong fun. It is then topped with pork floss, spring onion and drizzle with light soya sauce. A definite must-try dish!

Dinosaur Rice Roll

Dinosaur Rice Roll - Up Close

If you need something to really fill your stomach, the fried rice or noodle here is quite good. Their fried rice with seafood and XO sauce, have a good wok hei. Each grain of the rice firm and loose, and the XO sauce has that kick that really open up your appetite. Their dan dan noodle have thin, loose, springy texture which nicely absorb the broth.

fried rice with seafood and XO sauce
dan dan noodle

For the rest of the dim sum items such as Har Gau, Xiao Long Bao and Pan Fried Carrot Cake in Omelette wrap; they are good but not excellent compare to the other dim sum items that I mentioned above.

Har Gau

Xiao Long Bao - XBL

Pan Fried Carrot Cake in Omelette wrap

The same can be said about their roast dishes. Although the meat of the roast pork is tender and not too fatty, the skin of the roast pork is not crispy. The char siew and roast duck are not very memorable.

Roast Platter - Duck, crispy pork and char siew

Service here is excellent. The staff is friendly and efficient. They top up you tea and clear the plates when they needed to. If you need something, you can easily get their attention.

Overall, we have a good experience dining in Yu Cuisine. The price of the food here is targeted towards the patrons of MBS, so expect to pay a little bit more then the Five Star Hotel Chinese Restaurant. We will not purposely make a trip there to dine, however we won't mind stopping by in Yu Cuisine if we are at MBS one of this day. Cheers!!!


Food & Drink: 7.5/10
Value: 7/10
Service: 8/10
Ambiance: 8/10

Yu Cuisine
10 Bayfront Avenue
#B1-07/08/09 & #L1-82
Marina Bay Sands
Singapore 018956

Tel: 6688 7318
Opening Hours:
Daily: 11.00 – 23.00
Dim Sum: 11.00 – 17.30

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