I booked a table for Wild Rocket during Restaurant Week since I had never eaten there before and had always wondered about this dining mainstay started by a once hobbyist cook. So for $35 a person, I indulged my curiosity and dragged along G and our buddy T. Wild Rocket bills its cuisine as Modern Singaporean, or “Mod Sin”, and our meal could indeed be described up as Western fare with refined SE Asian flavors.
The two defining features of Sky on 57 are the panoramic views from atop the Marina Bay Sands, and its executive chef, regional celebrity, Justin Quek. While the rest of the Skypark is off limits to restaurant patrons, the views available from the restaurant are still quite magnificent. There is an outdoor patio where you can sip away at overpriced but well-mixed alcoholic drinks while impressing dates, guests, etc… As for the food, the upscale fusion cuisine is reasonably well-executed albeit uninspired. Given the prices, there are better dining options elsewhere, but then again you are paying a premium for the views.
The occasion was a birthday party for a group of 8, with a degustation menu that was left to the chef. The starter was a chicken liver pate with marmalade cherry tomatoes that while nicely composed, felt a bit “cheap” given the relative abundance of finer ingredients (ie duck or goose liver). The demitasse of shark broth that followed was well balanced, but no more unique than what one might find at a mid-range chinese restaurant. Similarly, the pepper lobster was also cooked just-right yet unremarkable. At this point we were all waiting in anticipation for the main course that would wow us. Continue reading