Singapore's Top Restaurants

Three Stars on a Plate: Chef Tetsuya Wakuda and Waku Ghin

Headed by the renowned chef Tetsuya Wakuda, Waku Ghin is one of Marina Bay Sands’ fine-dining establishments serving up modern European-Japanese dishes.

In our ‘Three Stars on a Plate’ series, we take a closer look at the restaurants who won three stars in our House of Stars category. These seven winners received the highest scores among 300 restaurants surveyed. Get to know each of them, and the one dish they consider their most iconic. 

Poached Canadian lobster with tarragon

Waku Ghin, two words meaning ‘to arise’ and ‘silver’ in Japanese, has been one of Marina Bay Sands’ flagship fine-dining restaurants since the integrated resort opened in 2010. The two-Michelin-starred restaurant is helmed by chef-owner Tetsuya Wakuda of Tetsuya’s, Sydney fame. In its hallowed halls, he serves up modern European-Japanese cuisine, showcased particularly in 10-course degustation menus. The restaurant features three private rooms, a main dining room and bar.

Chef Tetsuya Wakuda

Believing that less is more, chef Wakuda—or simply Tetsuya as he is more popularly known—takes pride in drawing out the natural flavours of the produce he works with. One example is roasted scampi seasoned with tea and scampi oil, one of his signature dishes since he first started Tetsuya’s in Sydney.

Roasted scampi seasoned with tea

Chef Tetsuya likes the natural sweetness of scampi, and how well it goes with scampi oil, which is a combination of grape seed oil and a broth made from scampi heads and shells. In this dish, he uses simple cooking methods to serve up a refined, sophisticated dish.

Level 2 Dining, L2-01, The Shoppes at Marina Bay Sands, 2 Bayfront Avenue. Tel: 6688 8507

This was first published in Wine & Dine’s September 2017 issue – Singapore’s Top Restaurants, ‘Three Stars on a Plate’