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(Closed) Modern Asian Diner

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Modern Asian Diner at The Grandstand is a collaboration among the Tung Lok Group, Bakerzin, Top Wine, Bar Stories and Dick Lee. The diner houses a bakery, café and dim sum restaurant in the day;at night, it transforms into a restaurant and cocktail bar.

Mon - Sat: 11:30 - 15:00

Mon - Sat: 18:00 - 22:30

Sun & PH: 08:00 - 23:00

+65 64663303
$47 based on 20 submissions
After Work (5 votes), Brunch (4 votes), Dinner (4 votes)
pickledpeas

Great dimsum and grilled food

For the full review with pictures, click here and here.

This restaurant is a joint venture between local music icon d*** Lee and the Tung Lok Group, and it serves pretty good food! It is however tucked away at the Grand Stand at Turf City, which makes it highly inaccessible for the average diner. On a typical weekday night it’s pretty quiet, and only has a handful of diners despite the pretty good food and the snazzy interior decor. Your order food via an ipad, but they do provide hard copy menus so everyone can have a look. We started with the fried fish skin which Tung Lok does so well, this time covered generously in Cajun seasoning. It's like a lighter, more umami filled version of potato chips.

We also tried the seafood foccacia flat bread topped with squid, scallops, and prawns, and when out of the oven, is garnished with bonito flakes that wave merrily from the heat. I liked it, but it tends to be a bit much on the carb-y side.

For mains we had the cod linguine in a cream sauce. This was pretty good, but not as nice as their carbonara which they used to serve with iberico ham, but now with prosciutto. Actually I think the more authentic cured meat for a carbonara is pancetta, but I’m not complaining. The cod was grilled on their josper grill, as was the half rack of ribs we ordered, served with a red cabbage slaw and a wedge of lemon. We also had their griled asparagus spears wrapped with prosciutto, served with parmesan shavings and some kind of creamy cajun aioli. All in all, a pretty decent meal. I really like their xiao long bao and their fried prawn rolls with cheese, which has since been taken off the menu. On tuesday night we managed to try the red been panna cotta, which was good but the red bean paste kind of overwhelmed the beauty of the panna cotta.

Desserts at this place are not terribly inspiring, so we usually head over to Pies and Coffee for some double chocolate cake or Vidalia's gelateria.

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02 Feb 2014 • 1 review • 0 follower

An overpriced place with a canteen like atmosphere


No offense to the previous comments from the people who supported this place. There are in fact a few dishes that are tasty. Our point is, for $100 for 2 pax buffet blunch, we expected a wide variety of list on the menu in a modern classy environment accompanied by high standard service. But the moment we walked in, we felt we made a mistake.The place is nothing more than a canteen in which  you can somehow feel the trace of failing efforts in trying to add a modern feel. It is not even isolated from the next door shops. We were welcomed by a bunch of students. We sat down and hoped at least the food would be worth our long way of coming.    The so called modern Asian dining is actually a mix of Western and Asian food - some hor fun, some claypot rice, some toast, some dim sum. The worst thing is 95%of the dishes except dim sum come with either rice, noodle/rice noodle or toast. A waitress warned us we must finish every dish with rice/noodle or we would need to pay for each unfinished dish at a la carte prices. For example you want to order a beef dish, you can only opt for beef on claypot rice. Want some prawn? - a prawn on noodle is the only choice. ...... This is wonderful for a buffet menu LOL!  

 
20 Dec 2013 • 148 reviews • 6 followers

Great dimsum and grilled food

For the full review with pictures, click here and here.

This restaurant is a joint venture between local music icon d*** Lee and the Tung Lok Group, and it serves pretty good food! It is however tucked away at the Grand Stand at Turf City, which makes it highly inaccessible for the average diner. On a typical weekday night it’s pretty quiet, and only has a handful of diners despite the pretty good food and the snazzy interior decor. Your order food via an ipad, but they do provide hard copy menus so everyone can have a look. We started with the fried fish skin which Tung Lok does so well, this time covered generously in Cajun seasoning. It's like a lighter, more umami filled version of potato chips.

We also tried the seafood foccacia flat bread topped with squid, scallops, and prawns, and when out of the oven, is garnished with bonito flakes that wave merrily from the heat. I liked it, but it tends to be a bit much on the carb-y side.

For mains we had the cod linguine in a cream sauce. This was pretty good, but not as nice as their carbonara which they used to serve with iberico ham, but now with prosciutto. Actually I think the more authentic cured meat for a carbonara is pancetta, but I’m not complaining. The cod was grilled on their josper grill, as was the half rack of ribs we ordered, served with a red cabbage slaw and a wedge of lemon. We also had their griled asparagus spears wrapped with prosciutto, served with parmesan shavings and some kind of creamy cajun aioli. All in all, a pretty decent meal. I really like their xiao long bao and their fried prawn rolls with cheese, which has since been taken off the menu. On tuesday night we managed to try the red been panna cotta, which was good but the red bean paste kind of overwhelmed the beauty of the panna cotta.

Desserts at this place are not terribly inspiring, so we usually head over to Pies and Coffee for some double chocolate cake or Vidalia's gelateria.
13 Nov 2013 • 121 reviews • 5 followers

Worth going back!

For details, please visit http://foodesteem.blogspot.sg/2013/11/modern-asian-diner-mad.html   I was really enjoying myself with the mass variety of food! While spoilt for choice, I decided to get my butt rested at Modern Asian Diner, also known as MAD.   Wide and spacious seating area, and definitely able to accommodate to large group or probably some small-scale celebration and sorts. We were guided to an empty table right away, despite during weekends. Knowing that it's our first time here, we were taught how to place the order, interestingly.
 
  Crispy bun with Salted Egg Yolk Filling ($4.80). Comes in a standard quantity of 3 pieces, and to be eaten piping hot, of course. Not too salty at all, and I would say its nicely done!   Eggs Benedict ($14.00). Probably parma ham eggs benedict, runny egg yolk and soft bread. Quite a nice brunch to have if you are a yolk-lover.   Spicy Miso Pork Belly Sandwich ($14.00). Pork belly is not hard, and quite easy to cut and chew.   Took some time to arrive, the Steamed Black Angus Beef Siew Mai ($6.20). I thought it was pretty unique and special, thus ordered it. It tasted much like our usual siew mai, and beef fillings are bouncy.   For details, please visit http://foodesteem.blogspot.sg/2013/11/modern-asian-diner-mad.html
21 Aug 2013 • 54 reviews • 0 follower

Love the variety on the menu

More photos: http://www.estherxie.com/2013/08/mad-modern-asian-diner-grandstand.html

The place was visual appealing but what I want to rave about is the food. 

When I first looked at the menu (self-ordering via tablet), I was spoilt for choice! I wanted to have something from each type of cuisine but knew that I probably cannot finish so much food. Guess I have to head back there again some day to satisfy my craving for the other food I didn't get to order that day!

Crispy Bun with Salted Egg Yolk Filling is a MUST-EAT. 
More photos: http://www.estherxie.com/2013/08/mad-modern-asian-diner-grandstand.html
31 Jul 2013 • 1 review • 0 follower

BAD HOPELESS SERVICE

The food and ambience at MAD is pretty good though if you are looking for value for money, MAD isn't the place to go.

HOWEVER, no matter how good the food is, I will NEVER go back to MAD if they don't change their service staff and the attitude of their staff.

Firstly, there was a misunderstanding between us and one of their staff (who turned out to be the operations manager) as to the promotions for their one-for-one drinks. Apparently, the promotion did not apply to the second drink that we ordered.

So when the said drink came, we were surprised and when we enquired further, the operations manager was too busy to talk to us and one of the waitresses by the name of Mindy/Mandy told us that they will settle the issue with us later and topped off this statement with a "talk to my hand" action.

Another waitor then came to our table and told us that because of the misunderstanding, they would waive the cost of the drink for us. He then brought the bill for us to pay. This we did and note that the bills did not contain that particular drink.

As we were preparing to leave, the said Mindy/Mandy came running and told us (with a very condescending attitude) that we had not settled the bill for the drink. Despite us trying to explain to her the situation and wanting to speak with her manager instead, she insisted that we "let her finish talking first" and insisted that we had to pay for it. After all that, she indicated that they were willing to let us have the drinks on the one-for-one promotion. The absurdity!

Finally, after her spiel, the manager came back to us with even better comments. Apparently, the drink that was to be waived was now to be charged to the waitor himself and the manager thus wanted to clarify the story behind this with us BEFORE he even spoke to his waitor.

I may not be in the resturant business but I would assume that it would be pretty obvious/reasonable to FIRSTLY ask your own staff as to what the situation was (and why that particular staff even offered to charge the drinks to himself) AND THEN come and clarfiy/confirm the situation with us. 

But sadly, that is NOT what happened. What happened at MAD was that the manager comes charging to our table, wanting to know what happen so that he can then clarify/confirm the story with his staff! I don't know what impression he has of us, but I'm sure none of us are mind readers and would definitely have no idea as to why that particular staff would be charging the drink to himself.

So all in all, I would not recommend MAD to anyone until the attitude and service levels of the staff changes. To be fair, the manager may have acted on an impulse but we will definitely not condone the attitude of Mindy/Mandy. That was bordering on rudeness.