Author: Alex Chua
Joining the opulent enclave of Marina Bay Sands is Sea & Blue, the brand-new continental and Korean buffet concept. Launched in August 2017, the restaurant boasts one of Singapore’s most well-curated spreads, with well over 100 dishes and several live cooking and carving stations. If you’re an epicurean for quality, premium buffet you would enjoy the restaurant’s extensive selection, featuring the freshest seafood, extensive Korean dishes, succulent roasts and a myriad of Western, Japanese and local fares. In fact, there’s over 10 hot and cold stations at Sea & Blue – Korean, Barbecue, Deep-Fried, Hot Dishes & Noodles, Seafood, Salads + Fruits Pizza & Pasta, Wine & Beer, Beverages and Dessert Bar. Surely a restaurant that conquers the four seas!
From the inviting entrance to the dining section at the far end, the open concept of Sea & Blue gives a sense of airiness and spaciousness, a pleasant departure from the narrow, crowdy walkway experienced in regular buffet restaurants. This luxury of space gives me a chance to slow down the pace to browse in each section, and to admire the skilled chefs cooking the food. The maritime theme is especially highlighted in the restaurant’s nautical nuances of blue, orange and white, with dingy-inspired booth seats and animals that roamed the oceans decorated the walls. What blows my mind is the seating capacity – an astonishing 350 seating capacity which also consists of several private rooms and a function room complete with AV equipment for corporate or special events.
What would an underwater themed restaurant be without dishing out the freshest denizens of the deep? The Japanese foodie in me gravitates towards the fresh Salmon and Tuna Sashimi and Nigiri Sushi. The sushi and sashimi are intentionally-made mini for diners to have the opportunity to try the entire range and still have the room for the rest of the pickings. Of course, there are Cold prawns, Chilled Scallops and Snowcrab legs to feast on.
Self-professed carnivores would be delighted by the sumptuous collection of roast meat. Dig into generous silvers of Suckling Pig, Roast Duck, Cajun Chicken, Wagyu Ribeye and Shao Rou (crispy pork). Placed on the carving board is a slab of Oven Roasted Ribeye Striploin with generous trimmings such as potato gratin, sweet potato fries, ratatouille and two selection of gravy – mushroom and black pepper. Do remember to ask the chef to roast the striploin to your desired degree of doneness.
Staying true to its Korean cuisine, the myriad of Korean choices and desserts simply never fails to wow me. From the freshly grilled Pajeon (pancake) to the Guksu (hot noodles) at Sea & Blue, is bound to impress. The popular Bibimbap comes with a delectable combination of your choosing – from the multitude of colourful toppings such as seasoned spinach, beansprouts, julienned carrots, seasoned Korean seaweed and top it off with a tasty but quite hot gojuchang (red chilli pepper) paste. If you’re unsure what to put inside your customised bowl of bibimbap or guksu, the friendly Korean chef who mans this station is ever ready to help!
Ending the course with something sweet, the dessert bar features a colourful array of Gyeongdan (Korean rice cake) filled with red bean paste and Yakub (Korean glutinous rice balls with honey and dried fruits). Want something refreshing? There’s the D.I..Y Korean Bingsoo (shaved milk ice) and Milk Soft-Serve, customisable to your own preference. Of course, there’s also your usual go-to cakes, tarts, muffins, macarons, petit fours and pastries.
The verdict? Sea & Blue is one of the most extensive premium buffet restaurant you could find in Singapore, with friendly expert chefs, spacious walkways and seating plan for a non-intrusive, interactive dining experience perfect for family with kids.
Sea & Blue
2 Bayfront Avenue, The Shoppes at Marina Bay Sands
B2-01/01A, Singapore 018972
Author: Alex Chua