Tuesday, September 10, 2013

SweetSpot Deli @ Marina Bay Sands

The wife is traveling to the US for a work trip and we were talking about the meals that she will be looking forward to and some not so. The business lunches that she will have with colleagues and bosses will be more formal and 'strict'. She is however looking forward to the simple, cheap but super delicious deli sandwiches that she loves. Loads of Corned Beef and Pastrami on toasted bread that gives you a great satisfaction with every bite.

So when I told her if she wanted to come to Sweet Spot Deli for some tasting that was arranged by the PR folks of MBS, she looked at me and said Desserts for dinner? Are you sure?

If you are like her thinking that SweetSpot is all about desserts and all things sweet, it is. SweetSpot Deli however is not. MBS has a few SweetSpot, and look for the one with the word Deli if you want some easy takeaway food that's not all just sweet stuff.

SweetSpot Deli @ MBS

Sweet Spot Deli has taken over what used to be Java Detour, if you are wondering where SweetSpot Deli is. It's a simple looking deli with basic chairs and table and most things DIY.

Behind the simple looking Deli is quite delicious Manhattan staples that 2 chefs at MBS has created. Executive Chef Christopher Christie and Executive Pastry Chef Ryan Witcher are behind the food here. They have brought to us New York style Deli sandwiches that tempts the wife, and Cakes and Desserts that tempts me.

They use disposable cutlery, plates and bowls here.  I noticed the plates and bowls are mostly disposable cornware stuff. If you are there for a conference (that don't provide food) and need to grab a quick lunch, this might be a good place to grab affordable food.

SweetSpot Deli @ MBS
Chicken Soup with Matzo Ball ($6)

Something that we don't usually find in Singapore. Chicken Matzo Ball Soup. Matzoh balls are made from matzoh meal and eggs and it does have a very unique texture. To me, it has a texture of firm tofu (taukwa). Served in chicken soup, it's something that many of us will love to have on cold days like what we are having these few weeks.

Something that looks really simple, but this version according to Chef Christie has to be boiled for an hour. After the balls are done, it's served in a delicious chicken soup.

I was curious to find out more, so I did a search, there are recipes that boil for 20 minutes, there are those that boils for 1 hour (those from NY based chefs). 

If you don't like Matzo balls, this dish is actually the Chicken Soup dish on the menu. You can choose between Matzo balls, Rice or Egg Noodles to go with it.

SweetSpot Deli @ MBSSweetSpot Deli @ MBS

They also have a variety of sides for $2 each. We tried the mash potato and coleslaw. I particularly liked their coleslaw that was to my taste, crunchy and the dressing is just nice. If you like pickles, you can order it too, but the sandwiches already comes with it, so order it only if you are an absolute pickle fan.

SweetSpot Deli @ MBS
Corned Beef, Swiss Cheese, Sauerkraut and Russian Dressing on Grilled Rye.
(Regular (70gm) $9, Large (110gm) $14)

The New York Deli sandwiches on the menu are very delicious. What you get is quite a lot of filling (70 or 110gm of it), you can choose regular or large. I suggest the large and then share it with someone. If you are alone, pack the other half for tea!

The rye bread was so crispy after being grilled. You take a big bite and you hear and feel the crunch then next you bite into the soft and yet firmly assembled cheese, corned beef and sauerkraut. The flavor profile is savory and enough acidity to counter it from the sauerkraut. The melted swiss cheese gives a nice warm gooey feel in your mouth.

Surprisingly it does not fall apart even though it's so packed with filling.

SweetSpot Deli @ MBS

Comes with a nice long strip of pickles too. I heard they are very particular of the pickles they use here too. Are you a pickles person?

I didn't write down the taste notes the other day, so I can't remember if they were the sweeter or sour version. I think it was the sourish tart version. (Correct me if I am wrong when you have it there before)

SweetSpot Deli @ MBS
Pastrami, Swiss Cheese, Coleslaw and Russian Dressing on Grilled Rye.
(Regular (70gm) $9, Large (110gm) $14)

We also tried a similar sandwich. This is without Corn Beef, but lots of Pastrami and Coleslaw. A very delicious sandwich too. A nice toasty sandwich for those who loves pastrami. Something so simple yet so tasty. I know I can't do this at home because I just can't assemble it nicely enough and I don't have that toaster grill that presses everything down nicely.

(If you are like me asking what's the difference between Corned Beef and Pastrami, my short answer is that they are almost the same. Both started off as Corned Beef, but Pastrami has an additional step of a flavor rub over it and then getting smoked)

I know many people who work in the Suntec Towers and also MBFC are tired of eating the same thing. Both are not too far and is walkable too!

SweetSpot Deli @ MBS

Line-caught Albacore Tuna, Lettuce and Tomatoes on rustic white bread.
(Regular (70gm) $8, Large (110gm) $11)

This tuna sandwich something you would be familiar with, but the "greenies" amongst us will be glad to know that the tuna used here is the sustainable type. They are line-caught tuna.

SweetSpot Deli @ MBS
Smoked Salmon, Creme Cheese, Tomato and Red Onion on Toasted Bagel. (110 gm, $13)

This was good! I eat bagels plain sometimes and my secondary school friend will tell me, wrong wrong wrong, he says I committed a cardinal sin. This should please him. Toasted Bagel with Creme Cheese and topped with smoked salmon!

The whole plate looks so appetizing already!

SweetSpot Deli @ MBS

SweetSpot makes their own bagels. If you don't already know, there's a huge underground complex that houses the MBS kitchen that is churning out food 24x7!

The photo above will tell it all about the layers of tuna. No further description needed.

SweetSpot Deli @ MBS
Devil's Chocolate Cake  ($8)

Executive Pastry Chef Ryan Witcher has been around the world including stints in 2 NYC Hotels. Here at SweetSpot Deli, the cakes are huge, yes, very big pieces and certain cakes are sold out rather quickly.  The best selling cake is the Signature Cheesecake. It was already sold out the day we were there.

This is the Devil's Chocolate Cake. From the above, I can see 4 layers of chocolate cakes between 4 layers of chocolate ganache. If you are here, I suggest 2 persons share 1 sandwich, 1 side and 1 slice of cake and your own drinks.

SweetSpot Deli @ MBS
Blueberry Cheesecake ($8)

Blueberry Cheesecake is cheesecake with blueberries on top. At the back of my mind, I kept thinking I need to come back to try the Signature Cheesecake. So I shall be back another day for it.

It's a no frills place with great food behind the simplicity. Note that only SweetSpot Deli serves the Deli food, the other SweetSpot branches do not. It opens early at 8 am everyday. So those who are on their way to work in the area can drop by and grab some breakfast too.

There are 11 kinds of New York style Deli Sandwiches on the menu. The cheapest sandwich on the menu is the 'without meat' option. A Swiss Cheese, Coleslaw, Russian Dressing on Grilled Rye costs only $6. There's also 4 kinds of salads.

During lunch hour, you can add $4.50 for a soda and a side dish or $1 for a cookie.

SweetSpot Deli
The Shoppes at Marina Bay Sands
Bay Level, #01-30
10 Bayfront Avenue,
Singapore 018956

Tel: +65 6688 8584
Hours: 8 am - 11 pm (Sun - Thu) / 8 am - 12 am (Fri, Sat, Eve Public Holiday)

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1 comment:

KY said...

i know several girls who can really have dessert for dinner tho.

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