Tag Archives: Seafood
Words by Yasmine Ng
Photography by Yasmine Ng and The Westin Singapore
Seafood aficionados can look forward to a crustacean feast at Seasonal Tastes at The Westin Singapore! What started out modestly as Seafood Night on Fridays has now been extended to a one-off limited time promotional Seafood Indulgence that will be available only from 19-28 March 15.
It is a truth universally acknowledged, that a single man (or woman) in possession of a good appetite must be in want of a good buffet.
I for one am no exception and believe that a good buffet is judged on 3 aspects: Quality, Variety and Consistency.
No doubt, everything I saw and tried was fresh and delicious with the exception of the sashimi station where the slices were unfortunately small and thin, lacklustre. Skip that and instead spend your calories on the huge tiger prawns, svelte-looking bamboo clams and of course that glorious counter of oysters freshly shucked before your very eyes, simply just two steps away.
The first female Iron Chef and the lady behind Ocean Restaurant by Cat Cora, Chef Cat Cora was in town earlier this month to launch her brand new 4 course set lunch menu. As a strong champion of sustainable seafood, Chef Cora translates her food philosophy into dishes that are created from seafood sustainably sourced through aquaculture or controlled fishing. These signature creations can be found at her first Singaporean outpost, which boasts of a unique dining concept nestled in the world’s largest aquarium at Resorts World Sentosa (RWS) where guests can savour the magnificent experience of dining alongside more than 800 species of marine animals.
For more on Chef Cat Cora, check out our interview with her.
The 4-course Set Lunch menu which is available every day of the week comprises of a starter, 2 main courses and ends off with dessert. Preceding all these dishes was first an amuse bouche by Chef Cora featuring a 42°C sous-vide Salmon with Citrus Minestrone that was delicately light and smooth with some refreshing notes.
For the Starter course, diners had a choice between the Kingfish Tartare and White Onion Soup. The former was a beautiful rich bed of chopped Kingfish fillet served with Watermelon, Passionfruit and Tomatillo Ice, balancing out the oily texture of the fish while the latter was possibly one of the best onion soups I have had by far.
It was not a popular choice actually but once every one had a taste of that velvety smoothness and lovely contrast of sweet caramelized onions with the soft salty melted cheese, I think they wished they had picked this starter instead. Comforting, warm and filling, the crispy bread layer was possibly the crowning factor.
One of Singapore’s oldest seafood restaurants- Red House Seafood Restaurant, is celebrating its 38th anniversary of serving fresh and delicious seafood fare to their customers this year. And in conjunction with the joyous occasion, this family-run restaurant, located in a restored shophouse along Princep Street, has also launched a slew of new creations and two celebratory set dinners which will be available from now till 30 June 2014.
These items, also available on the Red House ala carte menu, are cooked with sustainable seafood flown from Scotland three times a week and caught using environmentally-friendly methods. From Scottish Brown Crabs, Scottish Blue Lobster, Whelks, Megrim Fish and Scottish Oysters, these creations are prepared in ways that allow the natural flavours of the beautiful seafood to shine through.
For executives working around the area, I strongly recommend their affordable set lunch priced at $38++ for 2 persons which features a Dim Sum Basket of their signatures, creamy custard Prawns, a scrumptious Oyster ‘Yuan Yang’ Hor Fun before ending with some oozing soft Durian Mochi- definitely a steal especially for such a prime and convenient location.
While families looking for a special place to celebrate an occasion (Mother’s Day perhaps?) and willing to splurge a little, will not go wrong with the Red House Anniversary 7 Course Set Dinners (Modern/Signatures) at $388++ for 6 persons which includes either a bottle of Champagne, White Wine or 2 Jugs of Tiger Beer.
The starter of the Modern Set Dinner is a Thai-inspired refreshing Chilled Spicy Whelks $35 dish. Tossed with fresh onions, mangoes and a sprinkle of sesame seeds, the sweet and spicy notes of this dish were as vibrant and flavourful as its presentation.
Seafood and buffet lovers will be thrilled to know that they can get the best of both worlds here at Plaza Brasserie, PARKROYAL on Beach Road with their special Best of Asia Seafood Fiesta from the 8th of March- 31st May 2013 with special additions to the buffet line during the Easter season and Mother’s Day where mothers will be pampered with a complimentary glass of cocktail and a return buffet voucher for Father’s Day!
Begin the seafood extravaganza by tucking into the wide variety of hot appetizers such as Tangy Crabmeat Cake with Coriander Leaves, Deep-fried Crab Claws, Gratinated Half-shell Scallops with Fresh Herbs and Baked Whole Salmon. If you prefer to start your feast on a cold note, the Black Mussels, Tiger Prawns, Australian Queen Scallops, Fresh Oysters and Flower Crabs at the Seafood on Ice section are a good way to go.
Several ‘live’ cooking stations are also available along the buffet line such as the Teppanyaki Grill, where Chef cooks a selection of Prawns, Stingray, Sotong and Salmon in front of your very eyes. This is however only available from Fridays- Sundays.
But buffet diners on the weekdays need not fret because weekday specials of Red Garoupa and Sea Bass, cooked in either Hong Kong or Thai style are equally scrumptious. I know I enjoyed my uber fresh Steamed Sea Bass with Nonya Sauce (first picture) very much!
The Laksa Lemak is also another ‘live’ station offered at the Best of Asia Seafood Fiesta where you can get your fix of this spicy coconut-based gravy noodles that is only cooked upon order. The best part about buffets is that you can go back for as many bowls as you want till you are completely satisfied!
The Pelican Seafood Bar & Grill is the latest addition to the Fullerton Waterfront. Named after the Pelican (bird) who is affectionately regarded as the symbol of nearing land and homecoming for seamen, this seafood bar too, strives to recreate the experience of an inviting and heartwarming space of comforting food for diners with their grill offerings.
Conceptualized by The Big Idea, the very same people behind Kinki, Fat Cow, Marmalade Pantry and Bedrock Bar & Grill, The Pelican is the ideal destination for an alfresco-style lunch overlooking the Waterfront and the Marina Bay Sands as well as for winding down the evening with a cocktail or two with sunset DJ sessions at the outdoor veranda. The ongoing super attractive Happy Hour 1-for-1 on house Red/White Wines, Spirits and Hoegaarden Beer on weekdays 5-8pm further sweetens the deal for this charming watering hole.
With The Pelican having such discernible emphasis on sea culture and the ocean, one must definitely not miss out on The Pelican Platter $99 which serves 2-3 people. Filled with only the best catch of raw oysters, clams, dungeness crab, poached prawns, a whole steamed whole Maine lobster, marinated conch salad and swordfish ceviche that have been prepared simply so as to allow the true and bold flavours of the fresh seafood to come through, this was simply luxuriant and pleasurable.
The Pelican Chowder $16 served here at The Pelican is a unique spin on the usual chowders that are cooked with milk or cream. Served as a clear broth instead, this variant believed to be done Manhattan style, is a healthy and lighter alternative to those who love their thickened seafood stew but without the added calories.