Wednesday, August 24, 2016

DC Comics Super Heroes Cafe @ Marina Bay Sands Singapore

I've known that there is a unique superhero themed cafe - DC Comics Super Hero Cafe at Marina Bay Sands but did not have a chance to visit it. Firstly, because I do not frequent Marina Bay Sands and even if we do we always end up having a sumptuous meal at the food court instead.  Few weeks ago, we decided to check it out but was disappointed because we were too early and they were not open for business yet, couple of weeks later we finally had a chance!  We were going there for an event and we made it a point to visit the restaurant after that.  Even though we were still early but a 30mins wait till their opening hours at 1130am is still tolerable; to the kids and to our hungry tummies.

As the time crawls nearer to their opening hour, there was a short queue that made up of both adults and kids, the restaurant manager was kind enough to let all of us in slightly early so that the younger kids can have a place to sit & settle down comfortably.  After showing us to our Green Lantern themed booth seats, the waitress politely told us that we can only place order at 1130am, but we can look at the menu first and she'll be back at that time to take our order.  Hmm... perhaps the kitchen has not started to function and needed time to do that, nevertheless, we were grateful to have a comfortable sofa seat to sit and rest our tired feet. 

We were seated near the entrance, away from the main dining area which suited us perfectly coz we tends to be quite loud and noisy a times with our nonsensical chattering and laughter (with 2 kids in tow!  Of course we will be noisy!), I don't think the early crowd would like that.  One disadvantage to me, the blogger, is that I can't really see the rest of the place nor take photos without leaving my comfortable seat (I WAS pretty tired after walking 4km earlier), so the lazy me means I can't show you how special the restaurant is.  That also mean that I will have another excuse to visit the place again!

What Caught Our Attention

However there are some interesting things at our corner too.  Our ultra cool Green Lantern themed booth has got small square pictures of this superhero around us, it also shows his bio-data.  Green Lantern fan will be thrilled to sit so "close" to their superhero.  Next, the restaurant's menu; it is not a simple few pages menu or those folding kind, its a full comic-like menu where one page is comic strips; either full colored or black & white, and the other is their menu.  For first timers like us, you'll probably start reading the comic before looking at the menu. 

We saw this at our table though I am not sure if this is the "Reserved" sign or a "This table's taken" sign but nonetheless it look so cool! I wonder if it comes in just Superman design or they have designs of different superheros. Shall check it out the next time I visit again. Look! Even the paper table mat has comic strip on it.

We were famished after our charity walk earlier so we ordered more food than we usually do, we managed to finish most of our food before we felt so stuffed up and have to leave some fries and nachos on the plates.

What We Ordered

We ordered the Hawkman's Turkey Power @ SGD19.90 as we wanted to have some bites while waiting for our main course to be served.  A thing to note about this salad is that even though the name says "turkey" it actually comes with sliced smoked duck, according to the people at DC Comics Super Heroes Cafe, they are reviewing the name so next time it'll probably be known as Hawkman's Duck Power hahaha!

The salad comes with the usual greens you see in salad like romaine lettuce, rocket leaves, Frisée etc, with some shredded cheese and walnuts, 1 hard boiled egg and of course the smoked duck slices, all these are drizzled with some vinaigrette dressing.  The smoke duck slices are juicy and tender, its so tasty that DinoBoy; who does not like duck cooked or prepared in any form, actually request for more when he tasted it.

Ok, who doesn't love fries?  We simply just love to munch on them even though sometimes they are badly prepared at some places.  I feel that fries are always over priced every where, be it in restaurants or in fast food chain.  With kids around, fries is a MUST and so we ordered the Batty-Batty Meltdown @ SGD9.90, not that cheap but wait!  hear me out first before you strike them off!  These lightly seasoned thick fries are crispy on the outside and soft; NOT soggy, on the inside, dip them in the melted cheese before you bite into them and they taste heavenly.  They taste almost the same 30mins after they were being served, still a little bit crispy and they are not hard like some fries served in some other places.

I'm a mushroom lover, to me they just goes well with any sauces and tastes great in any way you prepare them with.  The Flash Mushroom Linguine @ SGD20.90 cooked in aglio e olio style is no exception, however when I took a mouthful of it the strong garlic taste exploded inside my mouth.  I have to admit that I prefer my pasta to be either creamy or in tomato sauce, I do have them in aglio e olio but they do not taste anything like this.  There was a generous serving of fried garlic in the linguine, the aroma was refreshing but I was skeptical whether that will turn this dish into a disaster. Well, it didn't, instead it give the linguine a strong garlicky taste but it was not too overpowering that I got turned off by it, I actually enjoy it very much.  YUM!

The other adult main dish we had that day is Suicide Squawk @ SGD25.90, it consist of half spring chicken marinated with honey, thyme and lemon grilled to perfection; crispy on the outside, tender and juicy on the inside.  Its served with some sliced hard boiled egg, grilled pineapple, mashed potato, broccoli & cauliflower salad and mushroom sauce.  We got a shock when the waitress put this dish on our table because the plate is so huge that it took up 1/4 space of our square table.  Apparently, food presentation is of some what importance for some dishes in the restaurant.

What's with kids and fries AND hotdog????  The kids took a glimpse of the menu and arrowed in to the Superman's Metropolis Hotdog Stand @ SGD18.90.  This is NOT kid's size meal, we tried to dissuade them to order this but they said they were "so so sooooo HUNGRY!!!!" so we relented.  Well, DinoBoy did managed to finish his hotdog but C only managed slightly more than half and her Mum finished the balance.  This is just the usual hotdog bun with nachos and greens at the side, nothing fantastic to highlight though DinoBoy gave thumbs up for the hotdog and said "its delicious!".  Ok, frankly that is a huge hotdog; not the ones you see at certain home furnishing mall, which may fill a normal adult's appetite.  I like the black Superman sign on one side of the bun, beats the Batman cut out cheese or ham I see on some of the dishes.

We absolutely love our drinks!  Not because they taste great, I mean how great can Batsy Oreo Milkshake, Catwoman's Cool Cat Caramel Latte and Superman's Americano Way @ SGD9.90 each taste?  It's just simple milk shake and coffee but what excites us is the artwork on the beverages and that they are served in cute caped glasses, with 6 packs muscles and all too!  Cuteness to the max!  Oh in case you are wondering, Nope, you can't bring the cup home after you finished your drinks.  

What We Thought After The Visit

Before we visit DC Comics Super Heros Cafe, we did not read any reviews about it, we just went ahead because these 2 Mamas and their kids like superheros and the 2 Mamas just want to go there to soak themselves with all things superhero plus we thought it will be a birthday treat for the kids to try out new makan plances.  

Much like what you will do if you patronize any theme eatery and restaurants, we tuned our mindset to expect the expected; quality of food may be sub standard & service level may not be top notch. 

Quality of food
We were pleasantly surprised with DC Comics Super Heros Cafe food, we didn't have to wait for long for our starters to be served nor for our mains and beverages to reach us, and they reached us hot and fresh.  According to DinoBoy, his hotdog was piping-hot because he burnt his lips while taking a big bite, he had to let it cool down a bit before attacks it again.  The food were flavourful, not overly salty or nor too bland, too dry or overly done/cooked, definitely not sub standard food!  The serving portion is good enough for an adult's share, if you finish the sides and chips you'll probably be stuffed.  

Quality of service
Well, the 50-ish looking waitress who spoke to us while we were standing in the queue looks overworked, stressed and tired, even her monotonous tone screamed that she is not interested in us.  She may have her personal reason to feel that way and projected that feeling outwardly but even though she was not chirpy and friendly as a 20+ young lass, she was polite and courteous.

After she sat us down at the table, another gentleman who looks like the Manager came to take our order a while later.  He was also polite and courteous, of course chirpier looking that that waitress.  Since its our 1st visit, we couldn't decide on our food and thus taking a longer time than usual, he was patient and tried to help us by recommending some food that we may like.  In the midst of this, he had to excuse himself apologetically and left our table (remember, we were sitting near the entrance?) as a queue had formed up outside the restaurant, he has to show them to their tables but was back in a jiffy after settling them.  We took the time to look through his recommendations and placed our order when he returned to our table.

We were among the first few customers that late morning, the crowd has not gather and things were pretty much slow until it was slightly past the noon time where more customers came and things got a little bit busy.   

We think they may be short handed because we only see 3 staffs; including the Manager, through out the one hour plus dining there.  And we kept seeing this Manager walking fast around the restaurant either serving food, taking orders or whatnot, he is also the only one who served our food. and attended to us when we needed some assistance.  

So... perhaps it is best to visit during the non peak hours to ensure you have a better dining experience in the restaurant.

We spent a whopping SGD160+ (taxes and service charge included) that afternoon; 4 mains, 2 sides and 4 beverages for 2 adults and 2 kids, personally I think that its a tad too much but hey we are patronizing a themed restaurant who probably have to pay royalty for using DC Comics Super Hero names in every dishes and beverages.  Plus, going to such restaurants means we are willing to pay for the premium and lucky for us the price we paid was worth it because we had such a good time there.

Last but not least, don't forget to take photos with your favourite super hero before you leave!  Here are a couple that we took, we did not have the luxury of walking around the rest of the shop coz we were rushing off somewhere.  Next time then!

DC Comics Super Heros Cafe
2 Bayfront Avenue
Bay Level 01-03
The Shoppes at Marina Bay Sands

Telephone : +65 6688 7610

Operating Hours
Sun to Thu: 10:30pm to 11pm
Fri & Sat: 10:30am to 11:30pm


  1. I agree with you, the food is quite nice but a bit pricey, but you are right (I never thought of it), they probably have to pay a lot in licensing. I thought the decor was quite well done too, but the desserts were too sweet for my liking. Lao liao, what to do wahahha :D

    1. I MUST go walk around the 3 places then next time I visit! We didn't try any desserts coz was so full after all those food. Next time I'll try desserts too.