Published on Tuesday, 05 April 2016 00:00
Written by Cheryl Teo Kai Lin
When Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice rolled out in the cinemas, tickets were snatched up at superhuman speed. At the same time, DC Comics Super Heroes Café was as quick to unveil a special Batman v Superman menu, pitting customized Batman themed dishes against Superman themed dishes. We were invited to this earth-shattering food fight to find out for ourselves which hero will triumph over the other, or whether it would result in a tie.
DC Comics Super Heroes Café is located in The Shoppes at Marina Bay Sands, and occupies a jaw-dropping, copious amount of space that consists of a casual dining area, sandwich & salad counter, patisseries and ice-cream station, and a retail section with DC merchandise. The cafe and merchandise store that are located side by side feature some of the most impressive and life-like DC super hero statues, busts and props that would make awesome photo op moments.
The cafe itself is styled like an American diner out of a DC comic book with themed super hero booths, super hero wallpaper, a large ceiling mural of Superman, Flash and Wonder Woman, countless limited edition action figures safely locked up in glass cabinets, and super hero statues stoically poised in every nook and cranny of the restaurant. Even the menu is designed to resemble a comic book issue with a huge selection of various super hero dishes to choose from.
The special Batman v Superman menu will only be available for a limited time until 31st April 2016 at DC Comics Super Heroes Café. It was specially conceptualized by Chef Martin Woo who drew inspiration for the dishes from Bruce Wayne's privileged upbringing and taste for the finer things in life and Clarke Kent's humble childhood growing up in a farm in a small rural town in Kansas.
Batman's Wagyu Beef Jaw Burger, $31.90
The charcoal brioche buns were a little bit too dense to my liking as I prefer my burger buns to be soft and fluffy, and I did not appreciate the use of turkey bacon which was dry and tasted like crispy cardboard, the only bacon anyone should go with is real bacon made out of pork belly. However I was willing to look past the heavy buns and fake bacon as the foie gras butter, melted montery jack cheese, and Wagyu beek cheek patty marinated in apple wood smoked BBQ sauce managed to save this burger from being exhiled to the pit. Though the patty was not as juicy as I would expect coming from such a premium cut, it sure was flavorful, and the foie gras butter gave it a nice buttery and umami flavor.
Superman's Free Range Chicken Burger, $27.90
I did not have high expectations for this burger as other than the Superman logo emblazoned on its bun, it did not look like much with a minced chicken patty and a sunny side-up egg. I was pleasantly surprised when I bit into it to find that the buns were pillowy and buttery, the chicken patty was extremely juicy, the peanut butter, melted cheddar and sunny side-up egg melded together to provide a nice richness, and the dukkah spice, fresh guacamole, smoked jalapeno and scallion pesto gave a refreshing kick. This seems like something Martha Kent would serve up for dinner back on the farm in Smallville. Just like Clarke Kent, this burger may seem plain and boring on the outside, but will make you swoon when you discover what is going on underneath its cover.
Batman's Truffle Pasta, $26.90
This squid ink linguine fell extremely flat on me. It is a squid ink based pasta with garlic prawns, grated parmesan cheese, a huge slab of parmesan cut out in the Bat's symbol, with Alba truffle sauce drizzled over. I have not seen squid-ink pasta in this color before and I have tasted quite a few of them from various Italian restaurants – the Batman version is an unappetizing, deathly shade of gray compared to the ones I am familiar with which are jet black in color. Instead of the briny, and slightly salty flavors of the normal squid ink pastas which I am accustomed to, this pasta tasted quite bland at first but leaves a weird fishy after-taste in your mouth. My tastebuds did not detect any hints of the truffle sauce, and I suspect that the truffle essence could have been masked by the disagreeable fishy taste of the squid ink. As much as I disagree with Ra's al Ghul extremist methods, I can't help but feel that this squid ink pasta should be purged by the League of Assassins.
Superman's Pasta Crevettes Carbonara, $28.90
The big S also stands for how sexy this dish looks. Doesn't the fettucine carbonara look extremely photogenic and Instragrammable with the myriad of orange and red hues, poached egg and juicy ikura? Despite the pasta being tossed in a mentaiko cream sauce, this is a really light carbonara and does not overwhelm the eater, however I would have preferred the sauce to be creamier with more mentaiko to enhance the saltiness. The Superman carbonara is a palatable dish, but it is nothing much to shout about though the presentation is on fleek.
Smallville Prophecy, $9.90
The Smallville Prophecy is a peanut butter milkshake with vanilla frosting that I ordered off the main menu (not in the special Batman v Superman menu), and it was by far, the best thing I tasted that day in DC Comics Super Heroes Café. In fact, it is one of the best milkshakes I have ever had and I know a lot about milkshakes since they were all I drank for every meal for two months after I broke my jaw in three places and had to get my mouth wired shut. This peanut butter milkshake was rich, creamy and velvety with a very strong presence of peanut butter and chunks of peanuts to add texture to the drink, and the vanilla frosting came through with every sip of the milkshake and gave a sweet and milky taste to it. It also helped that the milkshake came in an adorable Superman cup complete with a plastic cape!
In relation to their Batman v Superman menu, Superman triumphs over Batman, but it is not without casualties. While the overall dining experience was enjoyable and fun, the flavor dimensions of the food items on the menu are lackluster and do not possess the oomph that the two heroes are famously known for in the comic books. What DC Comics Super Heroes Café lacks in superb taste, the presentation of the dishes which are executed with finesse and would wow anyone from young to old sort of makes up for the hefty price tag. Just do not go to this establishment expecting to have your tastebuds blown off as there is nothing super to the food. However, the cafe is awesome for mid afternoon tea, and I would be contented with sitting in one of their booths, and reading a book while sipping on a peanut butter milkshake.
Address: 2 Bayfront Avenue, L1-03/04/05 Bay Level, The Shoppes at Marina Bay Sands, Singapore 018972
Tel: +65 6688 7610
Opening Hours: 10:30am – 11pm (Sun-Thurs), 10:30am – 11:30pm