Cover Soft quail egg, iberico pork, black truffle siu mai (Image: Mott 32 Singapore)

The latest addition to Marina Bay Sands’ roster of restaurants combines traditional Chinese recipes with progressive cooking techniques

We can never have too many Chinese restaurants in Singapore. And the latest addition to our buzzy dining scene is renowned Mott 32 Singapore, which is opening its first outlet at the Marina Bay Sands on January 23. Here's why gourmands are getting excited.

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The pedigree

Malcolm Wood, global managing and culinary director of Maximal Concepts, believes that Mott 32 Singapore is a worthy addition to the city’s dining scene. “We take our food and wine list super seriously,” he notes. Wood says that the combination and quality of its modern Cantonese fare, stellar mixology programme and chic interiors don’t exist anywhere else, which is why they are “committed to bringing Mott 32 to different cities around the world”.

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Inventive offerings

The modern Chinese restaurant is in good hands with Hong Kong-born chef Chan Wai Keung. Together with Lee Man-Sing, group executive chef of Maximal Concepts, they have crafted an enticing menu with dishes that are presented in a contemporary way but grounded in authentic flavours. Wood adds, “Our versions differ from other restaurants because we use modern and Western techniques to elevate traditional recipes, and we also play around with the source of the main ingredients.”

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All-time favourites

The restaurant is well-loved by gourmands the world over and, naturally, there are dishes that have become cult favourites. Apart from the glorious dim sum, soups and stir‑fried creations, one standout is the apple wood‑roasted Peking duck “Signature Mott 32 Cut”. To prepare the iconic dish, the 42-day-old duck is first placed in a custom-made fridge that emulates Beijing’s cooler climate. This ensures the fat layer within the skin develops a crystal-like consistency before it’s roasted for 24 hours using apple wood to render the skin crisp and the meat moist and tasty.

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Wine and cocktail list

Bar manager for global Mott 32 taskforce Ajit Gurung created the cocktail programme, which has more than 180 varieties comprising old- and new-world gems. Similar to its Hong Kong outpost,  “everything has been selected to complement the cuisine effortlessly”.

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Swanky space

Each of Mott 32’s five locations in the world has its own personality. For Singapore, award-winning designer Joyce Wang has created a luxurious space that blends elements of industrial New York design with classical Chinese decor. It also takes cues from our garden city, as reflected in the verdant landscape surrounding the interiors. No area is spared from Wang’s transformative touch: look above to spot the hand-painted lanterns around the perimeter of the bar amid a green wall elevation.

Mott 32 Singapore | B1-42-44, Galleria Level, The Shoppes at Marina Bay Sands | 6688 9922