Big & Uncompromising Flavors at Adrift by Michelin-starred Chef David Myers at Marina Bay Sands

The Adrift king crab melt ($25) tastes as if they have just taken a tumble into perfect bowl of crab bisque and have somehow managed to still emerge crisp and full of flavor. It is the creation of someone who cares just a little too much, which is the only way to get it right. Lightly toasted, then broiled with pimento cheese – lots of it, they arrive with the scent of freshly baked bread, with a warm, soothing hint of butter that almost makes you want to close your eyes for a moment of silence, out of respect for the dish. But we don’t. Because the Chef himself is here.

Adrift king crab melt ($25) at Adrift by David Myers, Marina Bay Sands

Adrift King Crab Melt - Adrift by David Myers - Review by Gourmet Adventures

“Hello, I’m David.” he smiles, extending his hand in greeting. Michelin-starred Chef-patron David Myers is the man behind Adrift. (Read our interview with him here.) The restaurant, which last opened last October, is a Californian izakaya-styled restaurant serving innovative and adventurous small plates inspired by Chef Myers’ travels, made with superb ingredients and fresh Californian produce. It is bold, fun, and above all, unforgettable. It is where you will go to to be wowed by a culmination of flavors from all over the world in a single plate.

The food is created for people eager to try something new, cooked by someone who knows what they’re doing, but is more interested in serving you a perfect dish that will win a place in your heart, rather than a place in some gastronomic hall of fame. Flavors are big and uncompromising, even in a cold starter of big eye tuna sashimi ($13) glazed with ginger soy and studded with the fragrant splits of ginger flower, tossed in a beautiful salad of sesame leaf and tofu puree that fulfills both crunch and depth.

Big eye tuna sashimi ($13) at Adrift by David Myers, Marina Bay Sands

Big Eye Tuna Sashimi - Adrift by David Myers - Review by Gourmet Adventures

Adrift by David Myers, Marina Bay Sands

Adrift by David Myers - Bar - Review by Gourmet Adventures

Adrift by David Myers - Dining Room - Review by Gourmet Adventures

Humble baby potatoes ($11) hit the precise mark between sturdy and tender from a long holiday submerged in simmering dashi, flanked in Parmesan and a gloriously seaweed-infused butter (that we want to smear on a piece of warm toast, eat it, and unabashedly repeat the process again). Elsewhere, a variation of heirloom tomatoes – plump, sweet and juicy, are neighbored with Japanese cucumber full of crunch and wit, glazed in a ginger-seaweed vinaigrette that brings a mildly aromatic, deep acidic tang to the dish described simply as ‘tomato salad’ ($14). The healthiest of the lot, mustard greens ($9) sautéed with tofu and peanuts arrive slightly wilted from heat, elsewhere often dredged by a sludge of overpowering Asian sauces, but here leavened by streaks of nut and crunch, staying true to leaf mustard’s natural texture.

Baby potatoes ($11) at Adrift by David Myers, Marina Bay Sands

Baby Potatoes - Adrift by David Myers - Review by Gourmet Adventures

Tomato salad ($14) at Adrift by David Myers, Marina Bay Sands

Tomato Salad - Adrift by David Myers - Review by Gourmet Adventures

Mustard greens ($9) at Adrift by David Myers, Marina Bay Sands

Mustard Greens - Adrift by David Myers - Review by Gourmet Adventures

By now, we begin to realize that Adrift is not just another new restaurant on the radar, but one deserving of attention. The unassuming pork tonkatsu sandwich ($26) may sound like something you pick up at a FamilyMart in Tokyo, but is far from it. Sandwiched between two slices of commendably fluffy white bread is a thick cut of pork, panko crusted and deep-fried to golden perfection that makes our eyes widen. It is crisp, yet moist without behind somber, its middle tender with just a touch of chewiness, falling apart beneath our teeth in sweet surrender – a result by an expert hand. It is wonderfully frank in flavor, a stark contrast to many a pork tonkotsu we’ve come across. Here, a side of shredded cabbage salad is not an after-thought, slurred with an umami miso dressing – a perfect accompaniment to its unctuous sidekick.

Pork tonkatsu sandwich ($26) at Adrift by David Myers, Marina Bay Sands

Pork Tonkotsu Sandwich - Adrift by David Myers - Review by Gourmet Adventures

An intriguing item on the menu is the soy-marinated black cod ($25), marinated for four hours in a ménage à trois of sake, soy and mirin before broiled, its edges charred and puckered with a subtle hint of smoke courtesy of the burnt cedar sheet sitting beneath it. We could have eaten only fish and gone home satisfied. A simple fillet of black cod with the creamiest of meats offers genuine flavor and texture that doesn’t seem like a sacrifice, imploring to tantalize even the most sophisticated of palates. Julienned daikon and chili threads are miraculously bright ­– each ingredient on the plate a perfect note that comes together harmoniously.

Soy-marinated black coy ($25) at Adrift by David Myers, Marina Bay Sands

Soy Marinated Black Cod - Adrift by David Myers - Review by Gourmet Adventures

For dessert, there are five plated options, and six flavors of ice cream and sorbets to choose from. We opt for guanaja chocolate ($9) – a tiny pot of rich chocolate crème and burnt marshmallow reserved for the sweet tooth; mango ($10) served with refreshing shiso sorbet, crunchy almond brittle and vanilla ice cream that are put together simply for your complete and utter pleasure; and our personal favorite, parfait of raspberry ($10) – raspberry sorbet, petit cubes of fresh dragon fruit, longan, raspberry, rose jelly, and cocoa mochi. It is a dessert that always makes everything better, and is imperative that we have it on each visit – no matter how much we eat.

At Adrift, you always make room for desserts.

Guanaja chocolate ($9) at Adrift by David Myers, Marina Bay Sands

Guanaja Chocolate - Adrift by David Myers - Review by Gourmet Adventures

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Adrift by David Myers, Marina Bay Sands, Hotel Lobby Tower 2, 10 Bayfront Ave., 6688-5657. Open daily 7-10:30am; noon-2:30pm; 6-10pm. Late night bar menu is available Sun-Thu 10pm-midnight, Fri-Sat 10pm-1am. Weekend brunch menu is available Sat-Sun noon-3pm.

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