The Dining Edition @ Marina Square

Posted on August 10, 2013

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Have you taken a peek at the new dining corner of Marina Square? It has just gone through a minor revamp and spruced up a 50,000 sq ft space into a food haven.

The Dining Edition stars an amazing sixteen establishments which consist of restaurants, bistros and cafes.
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I am honoured to be one of the first few to walk through the vicinity and bring the sneak preview of eleven outlets to you. Of the sixteen tenants that occupy the area, there are various new and original companies joining the programme.

Naming just a handful,
Lady M Confections, an established New York City cake boutique which will be opening its first outlet out of USA.
Menzo Butao, a Japanese homemade ramen concept.
Supreme Tastes Jiang Nan Cuisine, a Chinese restaurant serving traditional Jiang Nan cuisine.
Hamanoya, a Japanese charcoal BBQ concept.
and SHALLOTS – an eatery serving European style cuisine with several items showcasing a hint of Asian tastes.
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Spaghetti Vongole

We were served tasting portions of their squid ink infused pasta tossed with NZ Littleneck clams and olive oil. Taste wise, bland. They could have done much better with the awesome al dente spaghetti used.

Unit Number : #02-103A/104
Seats : 101 indoors
Opening hours : 8am – 11pm daily
Owned by : The Coffee Bean & Tea Leaf®

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Pork Katsuni Set

Nicely breaded fried pork cutlet placed on a hot plated and egg, onions and sweet soy sauce were drizzled over. Meat were overdone and tough, rather disappointed as it was tasty if not for the blunder.

Unit Number : #02-106A/B
Seats : 70 indoors
Opening hours : Lunch: 11.30am – 3pm, Dinner 5pm – 10.30pm
Owned by : Create Restaurants (Asia) Pte Ltd

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Grill Fish Set Lunches.

include rice, miso soup, chawanmushi and sashimi.

This fish (whatever the name is) was perfectly grilled. The bones came straight off when removed and the meat were supple and moist. I would say it is definitely worth a second visit.

Unit Number : #02-106
Seats : 70 indoors
Opening hours : Lunch: 11.30am – 3pm, Dinner: 5pm – 10.30pm
Owned by : Create Restaurants (Asia) Pte Ltd

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* 2nd Favourite among the Eleven Restaurants *

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Dongpo Pork Knuckle, $28

Highly recommendated by AiMakan. Since the visit of the media tour, I have patronised the restaurant twice on my own account. Yes, it was good.

The meat fell off the bone effortlessly when we slit through the skin and fats with a knife. I love how incredibly melt-in-the-mouth every spoonful was. I would tell chef that these were excellent and I look forward to constant standards as long as they continue operations.

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Shanghai Pork Dumplings (Xiao Long Bao), $4.80/4pcs

I was bowled over by the dumplings that were meticulously put together with delicate skins and gratifying porky fillings.

Unit Number : #02-181/182
Seats : 140 indoors
Opening hours : 11am – 10pm daily
Owned by : Xiao Jiang Nan Restaurant Group Pte Ltd

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* 3rd Favourite among the Eleven Restaurants *

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Pork Cheek Kuroō (Black) Ramen.

I rank Menzo Butao 2nd runner up with the simple fact that the bowl we had at the time of the tour was delicious. The pork cheeks were ductile to the teeth, in a good way. If you were to order any other dishes from the extensive menu, I am not going to assure anything.

Unit Number : #02-180
Seats : 56 indoors
Opening hours : 11.30am – 10pm daily
Owned by : Japan Foods Holding Ltd

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Tom Yum Talay (Red Tom Yum Soup)

Craving for some authentic spicy sour seafood soup? Let this outlet be the one for you.

Rest assured that your regular portion will not be this petite. You will receive a substantial bowl of real fury broth that made me sweat a little, yes with that meager share.

Unit Number​: #02-105B/105C
Seats​: 80 indoors
Opening hours​: Lunch: 11.30am – 3pm, Dinner: 6pm – 10pm (Mondays to Fridays),
11.30am – 10pm (Saturdays and Sundays)
Owned by​: Creative Eateries

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Spicy Otah Kueh Pai Ti with Thai Chilli Sauce

This restaurant specialises on European cuisine with Asian influences, aka fusion food.

With this ‘tapas’ as an example. A crispy kueh pai ti cup filled with brimful fish otah (spicy fish paste). It was interesting consuming something Asian yet innovative in a contemporary atmosphere.
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Tenderloin Pepper Steak

Flambéed right in front of us, the pepper tenderloin flamed for a good fifteen seconds enough for some promising photos.

Unit Number​: #02-101
Seats​: 80 indoors
Opening hours​: 11am – 11pm daily, Happy Hours: 11am – 7pm
Owned by​: The Onion Restaurant & Bar Group

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Manhattan Flaming Seafood Platter

A nice helping for sharing with substantial seafood to go around. Another flambéed dish but this time only the prawns are flamed.

Unit Number​: #02-183
Seats​: 128 indoors
Opening hours​: 11am – 10pm daily
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*BEST restaurant of the day*

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Shakshuka

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Veggie shawarma made of soy and other tasty vegetables (dark strips that look like meat).

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Order-to-go Pita Pockets

Enjoy a full range of 100% vegetarian selections and dig into those shawarma that could only be found here, in Pita Pan. The meat substitutes are nicely executed with a slight chewy texture.

The original falafels stuffed in a choice of freshly baked pita bread pockets were out of the world, packed full with loads of flavours with every mouthful.

I am so going back soon, real soon.

Unit Number​: #02-183A
Seats​: 65 indoors
Opening hours​: 11am – 11pm (Sundays to Thursdays), 11am – 12am (Fridays and
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*New* Japanese curry soup

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Unlimited servings of thinly sliced meats.

The all-you-can-eat buffet spread also includes a wide range of vegetables, mushrooms, beancurd and choices of dips and sauces. Eat till your hearts’ content.

Unit Number​: #02-183B/183C
Seats​: 126 indoors
Opening hours​: Lunch: 11.30am – 4pm (daily), Dinner: 4pm – 10pm (Sundays to
Thursdays), 4pm – 10.30pm (Fridays and Saturdays, incl. Eve of and on Public Holidays)
Owned by​: Creative Eateries

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CHOCO CRO and Strawberry CRO

The golden pastry is made up of a whooping 20 layers of delicate dough, filled with decadent chocolate made from the best blend of Ghana and Ecuador beans. This nestling is no stranger to those who love rich and buttery croissants.

Do remember to grab a ‘little Fuji’ while you are there.

Unit Number​: #02-105/184/185
Seats​: 100 indoors
Opening hours​: 10am – 10pm daily
Owned by​: SaintMarc Holdings Company Ltd

A few others that were not reviewed are scheduled to be open within August. Look out for those upcoming eateries and bistros that will soon join the family at The Dining Edition.

*This is a media tour initiated by Sixth Sense and Marina Square. Thank you for the opportunity to walk through this new premises and taste numerous cuisines within a night.*

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