Located along Tanglin Road, MAD Museum of Art & Design is an enchanting 2-story venue that houses a free contemporary art gallery, museum shop, bistro, outdoor sculpture garden, plus Whisky and Cigar Lounge.
I was invited to sample MAD Bistro’s offerings, as well as enjoy the spectacular pieces that filled up the massive 19,000 square foot gallery.
The bistro’s menu is made up of Western, Japanese and Western-Japanese fusion dishes. For something light and healthy, perhaps the Chunky Maguro Carpaccio ($24) may interest you. The salad comprises of thinly sliced pan-seared tuna with a splash of wafu dressing, plus garlic chips to inject aroma and texture.
Wasabi Prawns ($18) is a common crustacean dish found in many restaurants. MAD bistro sets itself apart by executing their rendition with creativity and flair. Fresh, crunchy prawns are coasted with wasabi sit atop watermelon, then glittered with fresh strawberry coulis. I like how the flavours came together- sweetness from the prawns, addictive burn from the wasabi, refreshing touch from the watermelon and finally, bursts of zing from the strawberry coulis.
The Hotate Mentai ($24) is another scrumptious tapas. Plump diver scallops are baked with spicy cod roe, mayo and cheese. When there’s mentaiko, how can one say no?
Main courses we tried include…
Cubed Ribeye ($30): Presented in a skillet, the tender ribeye steak chunks come with truffle infused mushroom sauce, fries and salad.
Piggy Back ($26):Over-baked pork ribs, coated with New York Style BBQ sauce, served with salad and fries. The meat was well cooked and separated from the rib easily. Some may find the BBQ sauce a tad too sweet though.
Perfect Wagyu Beef Burger ($25): Succulent Wagyu patty blanketed with mushroom sauce, with a sunny side egg and pillowy buns.
Personally, I find the tapas more outstanding than the main courses. Apart from the ala carte menu, MAD bistro also has a daily brunch options from 12 noon-5pm, affordable set lunches from 12 noon-2.30pm, as well as cocktails in the evenings. If you’re tired of the congestion and over-familiar dining options along Orchard Road, MAD Bistro is a captivating place for you to relax and fill your tummy.
Many thanks to Terry and MAD Bistro for the invite 🙂