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26@Marina, Great Food@Marina

Pei Xia Ang

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26@Marina store

26@Marina

I was in the Marina Bay Sands area, and famished. At that point, all I knew was that I wanted food.

Shuffling my leaden legs forward, I stumbled upon the unassuming establishment of 26@Marina.

As I was pondering the number of sides that would satiate my rumbling stomach, I was introduced to Carol. She gave some choice recommendations, and made sure I left in contentment.

26@Marina crispy pork belly

Crispy Pork Belly Salsa ($13.90)

Carrying just the right amount of fat, each slice of pork belly had a crisp, golden-brown cracking. I especially love it when the fat just melted in my mouth!

26@Marina sambal belacan

Feeling that a little something was amiss, I added some chilli, and that sealed the deal for me. The homemade chilli sauce helped bring out the flavour of the dish, and at the same time added a punch to the dish.

Aptly named Ooh La La Belachan Chilli, it is made with a special homemade recipe and is up for sale at $8 a bottle, but produced in limited quantities. Naturally, they sell out pretty quickly.

26@Marina stuffed mushrooms

Stuffed Mushroom ($11.90)

The dish was simple, but after I had my first bite, I knew this was not your regular stuffed mushrooms. This was when Carol explained that this dish was made with her own secret recipe, consisting of chopped sausages and bacon, giving you that juicy goodness that just OOZES out!

26@Marina stuffed mushrooms artistic shot

This is the dish that has stood the test of time at 26@Marina, and remains a crowd favourite even after all these years.

26@Marina sausage and pork chop

U.S. Pork Chop and Sausage ($12.90)

By this time, the angry rumbling in my stomach has subsided, but when my main was served, my jaw dropped. The portions were so huge!

26@Marina pork chop and sausage artistic shot

The sausage was large and juicy, and was filling enough to be served as a main in itself! Imported from the States, the meat was hearty and satisfying to the last bite. For the pork chop, it was well-seasoned accompanied with a nice, herb-y taste.

On the other hand, the fries by the side did not cut it for me, as they were a tad too bland.

Others to try

If you have diet restrictions, other bestsellers include the beer-battered dory, classic cheeseburger, and spicy hot wings.

26@Marina happy hour pricing

Promotions

Savour a refreshing pint of Archipelago Blonde Ale or a can of Tiger White or Tiger Black. Happy hour here starts as early as 12pm, and drinks go for as cheap as $23 a jug. Only available on Mondays to Thursdays though, from 12pm to 8pm.

26@Marina view of marina bay sands

Verdict

As I finished the last of my meal, it occurred to me that this was a fantastic spot for a gathering with friends. Additionally, they offer a wide selection of alcoholic beverages, serve superb bites. All these with a KILLER view of Marina Bay.

The staff were friendly and very accommodating, and I would most definitely be making a trip back in the near future. Until next time!

26@Marina decor

26@Marina
Address: Satay by the Bay
18 Marina Gardens Drive
Singapore 018953
Tel: 6702 0739
Opening Hours: 11am-11.30pm

 

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James Chan

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The Coffee Daily (Dinner Menu)

coffee daily menu

Situated on the outskirts of Serangoon Garden Way, The Coffee Daily (TCD) is a café that has assimilated itself into one of the iconic brands of Serangoon Gardens. They’ve been around for close to 7 years now and it doesn’t look like they’re going anywhere.

Just last week, TCD announced that they would be introducing a dinner menu much to the delight of their regulars. The Mbassadors happened to get wind of the news and paid them a visit.

 

The Food

I  obviously couldn’t sample everything on the menu but I ordered a majority of it (almost puked at the end).

coffee daily Cheeseburger Chowder

Cheeseburger Chowder ($8)

It’s a pretty unique dish. Think cheeseburger but in a soup. As weird as it may sound, it’s full of texture with bits of minced beef involved with every single scoop. The chowder looked a little oily on the surface probably due to the mince but it tasted great! Just a heads up for the health nuts.

coffee daily Reuben Sandwich

Reuben Sandwich ($15)

Marbled beef ribeye, wholegrain mustard, taleggio cheese, caramelized onions and purplekraut

TCD’s owner and barista, Jared Chan highly recommended this main.

To quote him, “The Reuben Sandwich is da bomb”

With comments like that, I would have been a fool not to order it.

Taste wise, I love how all the elements of this dish come together. The careful placement of wholegrain mustard is a brilliant touch as it gives the diner a surprise after a couple of bites.

coffee daily Asian Sanger

The “Asian” Sanger ($16)

52 hour sous vide pork shoulder in Asian style marinate with purple cabbage-slaw

Call it what you will, this is a pulled-pork burger. Let’s break this burger down for you

Pulled Pork: Meat was really tender and juicy but a tad too (NaCl)y (Salt-y) even for me.

Buns: Them buns helped to extract and absorb some of the salt.

Purple Cabbage: Gives the dish a nice crunch and helps with the salt too

Asian marinate: The excess salt in the dish overshadowed the marinate

This dish has heaps of potential and promise. I’ve given my feedback with regards to the saltiness and they’ve ensured me that it will be better in the future.

coffee daily Laksa Pasta

Laksa Pasta ($16)

Tiger Prawns, Crispy Tau-pok, home-made rempah, coconut milk, fresh laksa leaves

WOW! JUST WOW!

Honestly, this dish exceeded my expectations by leaps and bounds. Initially it wasn’t even part of my order. I happened to overhear a table comment that the Laksa was REALLY spicy and I went straight to the counter and ordered me a plate.

The pasta wa s al dente and perfectly cooked (just the way everyone SHOULD like it). It also comes with 4 huge tiger prawns (they’ve been shelled, don’t complain if it seems smaller) and comes with a few pieces of crispy tau-pok for added effect.

Now on to the serious stuff, even though this dish may be a dry version of Laksa, the iconic Laksa flavors are as clear as day. The sauce is extremely spicy, so if you can’t take spice, this dish is not for you. I was perspiring by the 2nd mouthful but thoroughly enjoyed it.

What The Coffee Daily has done here – They’ve taken a local dish and gave it a little western spin of their own to great effect. MUST REORDER!

Reservations should be made in advance to avoid unnecessary heartache at their doors.

The Coffee Daily
Address: 75 Brighton Cres
Singapore 559216
Opening Hours:  12–10:30pm on weekdays, 9.30am-10.30pm on weekends
Tel: 6284 8894

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