Food Review: Quayside Seafood | Al fresco dining in Clarke Quay
The Place Located in the buzzing Clarke Quay district, Quayside Seafood is an al fresco dining spot which specialises in seafood such as Singapore style crabs. It might be too hot in the day, but this is quite an ideal location to have dinner while overlooking the Singapore River in a nice cooling weather in the evening. Specially for this Chinese New Year festive period, I had the chance to try some of the new creations by the restaurant.
The Food Available from 19 January to 5 March 2015, Quayside Seafood along Clarke Quay has launched its Golden Trove menu this Chinese New Year festive period and has come up with eight special creations with a strong focus on seafood ingredients.
“Prosperous” Deep-Fried Air-Flown Australian Fresh Oysters in Cantonese “Bi Fung Tang” Style: 家肥又屋润发财丰收 (避风塘炸生蚝)
For Oyster lovers, the deep fried crispy oysters was served uniquely in its shells. Although I am not the greatest fan of oyster, the ones I tried here were quite fresh and worth a try if you like oysters.
Priced at $58.80, this serves 4 to 6 diners and is available for dine-in only.
“Prosperity and Completeness” Pan-seared Healthy Pipa Tofu: 包群鹏翔展大图 (煎蟹肉琵琶豆腐)
The pan-fried tofu was another great starter I tried, which was generously filled with fresh crabmeat and diced prawns, finely diced Chinese mushrooms, fresh bamboo shoot slices, minced fresh water chestnuts, and served with “Fa-Cai” sauce.
Priced at $68.80 for dine-in only, this serves 4 to 6 people.
“Toss to Longevity, Triumphant Harvest and Joyous Contentment” yu-sheng: 龙騰虎躍, 年年易高升
The ubiquitous Yusheng in every Chinese New Year meal from Quayside Seafood is generously filled with fresh Australian lobster meat, fresh tuna, the crunchy bites of conch and sea urchin, salmon roe and crisp shredded radish.
Priced at $128.80, serves up to 8 guests.
“A Wealth of Good Fortune” Baked Rack of Lamb (grassfed): 吉星拱照 (大发香煎羊仔架)
While lamb is traditionally not so common a dish on a typical festive menu, this rendition has a western style plating and preparation with some oriental elements. The lamb was pan seared, followed by oven grill thereafter to give its succulent texture. My nose was probably not sensitive enough that day, but the lamb was supposedly lightly seasoned with truffle oil as well. The accompanying deep fried yam and sesame seeds added the final oriental touches to this dish.
Priced at $78.80 for dine-in only, this dish serves up to 6 guests. 1-day advance order is required.
“Prosperity All Year Round” Baked Turbot Fish with Whole Garlic in Claypot: 包君福贵有余 (大发财蒜子焗多宝鱼)
The claypot-baked fish was one of my favourite for the night, freshly prepared and garnished with loads of garlic.
Priced at $15 per 100gms for dine-in only
‘Completeness & Overflowing Wealth’ Whole Lobster & Seafood Treasures Pen-Cai: 三羊开泰, 鸿福齐聚, 生财聚宝盆” (澳洲原粒发财鮑魚.龙虾花开福贵盆菜)
The seafood pen-cai pot from Quayside Seafood consists 13 premium ingredients: whole lobster, 10-head Australian abalones, hormone-free whole chicken, hybrid grouper fillets, la-la (mussels), Alaskan crab claws, king prawns, South African spikes sea cucumber, fresh whole scallops, whole shiitake mushrooms, taro, tender wawa vegetables, and dried oysters. This definitely suits you if you have a huge appetite, as I find it quite overwhelming with the abundance of ingredients.
The Premium Pot Package is priced at $328.80 and serves up to 6 diners (additional diners at $53 each).
“Harmonious” Claypot Prawns with Crystal Rice Vermicelli (Tang Hoon): 千事吉祥如意, 红利双收 (大虾焖冬粉)
Vermicelli (Tang Hoon) symbolises longevity, which makes it an auspicious dish to have for festive meals. The aromatic vermicelli has a nice, moist texture, which I found to be tasty. This is attributed to the oyster jus which the vermicelli is fried with.
Priced at $58.80, and serves 4 to 5 diners.
“Bountiful Treasures” Chilled Lemongrass Jelly
After a sumptuous meal, I was looking forward to dessert and was glad to have a simple and refreshing Chilled Lemongrass Jelly.
Rants The weather determines the dining experience at Quayside Seafood unfortunately.
Will I return again? There are many restaurants in Clarke Quay, with Quayside Seafood being one of the few ones which specialises in seafood. If you have foreign friends who are in Singapore for the first time, this might be a good stopover for some decent seafood fare while overlooking the Singapore River and soaking in the vibrant ambience of Clarke Quay in the evening.
Taste bud: 3.5/5
Hole in the pocket: 4/5
Overall Experience: 3.5/5
Blk 3a Clarke Quay
Tel: +65 6338 3195
Sunday – Thursday: 3pm to 12am
Friday – Saturday: 3pm to 1am