Singapore's ultra-exclusive culinary hideaway
In a city flush with critically acclaimed fine-dining restaurants from some of the food world’s most decorated chefs, Waku Ghin just might be the best of the best. From the intimate 25-seater’s somewhat hidden entrance above the glitzy casino floor of Forbes Travel Guide Four-Star Marina Bay Sands hotel, to a bespoke private dining experience unlike any other in Singapore, you won’t soon forget an evening at this ultra-exclusive culinary hideaway.
Consistently recognized as not just one of the top restaurants in Singapore, but on the entire Asian continent, the 8,000-square-foot Waku Ghin opened in 2010 under the direction of Japanese-born Australian Tetsuya Wakada, the superstar chef whose other restaurant, Tetsuya’s, has garnered innumerable international accolades since its debut in Sydney, Australia, in 1989. At Waku Ghin, Wakada collaborated with the U.S. architects of Joshua Zinder Architecture & Design on the restaurant’s chic interiors, defined by gracefully curved corridors, plush furnishings, soothing wooden materials and a pervasive silver color tone.
At elegant The Bar at Waku Ghin, skilled mixologists serve more than 85 Japanese-inspired cocktails and an exceptional choice of fine Japanese whiskies and sakes — no surprise given Wakada’s distinction as Japan’s Sake Samurai Association’s first overseas sake ambassador. A tasty assortment of gourmet à la carte bar bites, including caviar, meat and cheese boards, and freshly shucked oysters, are also available.
After pre-dinner drinks and snacks, staff escorts you to one of the Singapore fusion restaurant’s four private dining rooms. Here a personal chef displays a bountiful spread of seasonal produce, meats and seafood, all of which is used in an eight-course degustation menu prepared at a teppan grill in front of a rapt audience. This is dinner theater at its finest, with the chefs explaining each dish as it’s prepared and cheerfully answering questions with aplomb throughout the meal.
Though Waku Ghin’s set menu changes daily, expect an exuberant mix of exquisite Japanese and European flavors and ingredients, from Alaskan king crab legs steamed in the shell under a mound of sea salt and bamboo leaves, to lightly grilled abalone garnished Italian-style with greens and cherry tomatoes. Signature dishes include Australian wagyu with citrus and wasabi soy, as well as marinated botan shrimp with osetra caviar and sea urchin, the latter distinctly presented on ice in its own spiky shell.
That’s not all. After the final savory course, the evening ends in Waku Ghin’s gorgeous main dining room, where you are treated to spectacular floor-to-ceiling views of glittering Marina Bay and the soaring skyscrapers of the Central Business District while finishing the meal with two dessert courses. The light and fluffy Ghin cheesecake, with its refreshing infusion of tart lemon curd, is a marvelous cap on the decadent affair.
Waku Ghin offers daily seatings at 5:30 and 8 p.m. With room for just 25 guests each time, reservations at least two weeks in advance of your intended visit are essential. Note that bookings are not required for The Bar at Waku Ghin, where last call is at 1:30 a.m.