The Place Have you been to Diamond Kitchen at Marine Parade? The seafood restaurant has recently opened in the west part of Singapore in Science Park, which is quite close to Kent Ridge and Buona Vista stations by car. The seating capacity at the Science Park outlet is huge, which makes it ideal for big groups. From now till 31 July 2015, there is a new set menu launched only exclusively at the Science Park outlet, which showcases some of the best specialties of Diamond Kitchen.
The Food At $88++ per person for the limited time set menu, some of the highlights of the set menu includes the Scottish Bamboo Clams, Giant Grouper, Lobster Porridge and the Diamond Gan Xiang Crab. My first impression is that the set meal is not to bad for value if you are a seafood lover. I understand that the restaurant only uses the best and freshest seafood in its procurement, which I can testify to after my dining experience here.
For a start, the Shredded Chicken Salad with Abalone already won my palate over. The fresh Australian Abalone, prepared with sesame oil and slices of poached Chicken makes this dish an immensely appetising start.
Next up is the Garlic Steamed Bamboo Clam, this is so good! To me, the winning ingredient here is the crispy fried garlic, never have I had the urge to sweep every bit of garlic off my plate. The mix of ingredients is ingenious as well – glass noodles, enoki mushrooms, water chestnuts, Scottish bamboo clams, there is nothing not to love here.
One of the star dishes at Diamond Kitchen, the Giant Grouper is a fish that not many restaurants can prepare well and it was my first time trying this rare fish. Choose from two different styles for the set menu, Hong Kong Steamed Giant Grouper or the Superior Claypot Giant Grouper. Every Giant Grouper is personally handpicked by the chef or manager on each occasion, which is the kitchen’s commitment to ensure the freshness of the fish served.
The Hong Kong Steamed Giant Grouper showcases the grouper’s belly steamed with Hong Kong steamed sauce brewed with top-grade soya sauce. The soft gelatinous skin is rich in collagen as well, which literally melts-in-the-mouth. This is my first grouper fish and it has certainly set a high benchmark.
The Superior Claypot Giant Grouper is a claypot braised giant grouper fin, which is recommended for this cooking method due to the softer texture of the fish meat from the fin. The aromatic dish is prepared with house stock and garlic in a claypot.
Lobster Porridge lovers will scream at this dish, given the generous portions of lobster meat at first glance. I find the porridge to be very tasty even without having the lobster, largely due to use of chicken stock, Chinese wine and ginger to prepare the porridge. The lobsters are steamed separately, then added to the porridge for serving. Needless to say, the lobster meat is extremely fresh, one of the freshest I have had for a long while.
After so much seafood at this point, the Stir Fried Sweet Potato Leaf with Salted Fish, garlic and pork lard seemed to be served at a right point, for me to pause and digest all the goodness thus far. Now I am ready for one of the main highlights of the set menu, the Diamond Gan Xiang Crab.
Cooked with over 30 different spices, the wok fried Sri Lankan Crab is easily one of my favourite dishes from this set menu. I particularly enjoyed the spicy flavour of the Diamond Gan Xiang Crab, which is so irresistibly good even for non-spicy lovers like my fellow Rantee. It is no wonder why this dish is one of the best unique creations from Diamond Kitchen, unavailable anywhere else.
For our last course, I am glad to have the ultra refreshing Lemongrass Jelly, with shaved lime and honey ice and lemongrass water. This is all I need after the spicy Gan Xiang Crab.
Rants Not the most convenient location to access without a car as the restaurant is not exactly near to any MRT stations.
Will I return again? I am surprised and impressed by the quality of the seafood at Diamond Kitchen, given that it was my first time to the restaurant. This is definitely one seafood restaurant to consider coming with your families if you are looking for a hearty and delicious seafood meal.
Taste bud: 4/5
Hole in the pocket: 4/5
Overall Experience: 4/5
Diamond Kitchen Science Park
87 Science Park Drive
#01-01 Oasis (Previously known as Science Hub)
Tel: 6464 0410
Daily: 11am – 2.30pm, 5.30pm – 10.30pm