All self-respecting foodie cities have them -- restaurants that have earned a reputation, even if not for the quality of food they serve, for a myriad of mythical factors that have made them favourite haunts of the rich and the famous as they take a break to dine amongst mere mortals. Paparazzi flock to the The Ivy in Los Angeles, New York City has the Robert DeNiro-owned Nobu, and celebs staying at the ultra-luxe Upper House in Hong Kong often make an appearance at Cafe Gray Deluxe. And from the looks of it, Singapore might soon join the ranks with the opening of ME@OUE, a multi-cuisine dining concept launched as a collaborative effort between Overseas Union Enterprise Limited (OUE) and Mediacorp.
What's the buzz: Set to open 16 February 2013, ME@OUE will present not just the Japanese, French, and Chinese cuisines from Michelin-starred chef Masayasu Yonemura and Laurent Peugeot (of LP+Tetsu in Singapore), as well as Malaysian celebrity chef Justin Hor respectively, it's also being touted as "the place to meet celebrities and head honchos". We suppose this is where Mediacorp's somewhat puzzling involvement come into play.
New restaurant ME@OUE will feature the cuisines of (L to R) Masayasu Yonemura, Justin Hor, and Laurent Peugeot.
PR speak: "In this new restaurant concept, diners tuck into cuisine from Michelin star chefs and are able to feast their eyes on entertainment from MediaCorp," explains Shaun Seow, CEO of Mediacorp. "Through this, MediaCorp will be able to take audience engagement to a whole new level, beyond TV, radio, print and digital media,” said Shaun Seow, CEO, MediaCorp." Does this mean MediaCorp artistes will now be contractually obligated to dine at ME@OUE on a regular basis? We can't wait to find out.
Food and drinks: Why have only one type of cuisine when you could have three? Chefs Masayasu Yonemura, Laurent Peugeot, and Justin Hor will each bring their expertise in their respective cuisines to the tables of ME@OUE, and diners will get to enjoy authentic French, Japanese, and Chinese cuisines that are, thankfully, fusion-free. Recommended dishes include a glutinous rice, tuna and sea urchin dish (Japanese), a Brittany lobster (French), and pan-fried whole abalone (Chinese).
Also look forward to: If all that star-gawking isn't quite enough, themed events like trade launches, stand-up comedies, and fashion shows will be scheduled all year round will bring you closer to your favourite starlet. ME@OUE's unobstructed vantage point on the 19th floor of the OUE Bayfront building also gives patrons a pretty spectacular view of the Marina Bay enclave. Expect sold out spots for the festivities like New Year's Eve and the F1 Grand Prix by party-revelers looking for a new sky-high soiree location.
ME@OUE will only be open on 16 February 2013, but is already taking reservations.