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Quayside Seafood Restaurant Singapore
Dec 4th, 2009 by Olivier

Quayside Seafood Restaurant
Blk 3A Clarke Quay, Alfresco
Singapore 179021
http://www.quaysidedining.com

Quayside Seafood Restaurant

View from the restaurant

View from the restaurant

Another view

Another view

The Quayside seafood restaurant is located on the waterfront near Clark Quay, which is to say, right in the tourist trap area. This doesn’t necessarily mean bad food, but it does mean very high prices. This particular restaurant had a range of fish and seafood available live in tanks, which meant it was possible to choose which fish, lobster or crab you wanted before it was cooked. A bit gruesome, but at least you’ve a good idea that it is fresh. Most of the seafood is local. I did note, however, Scottish bamboo clams (razor clams) on the menu, so at least some of it is imported from afar.

Chilli crab

Chilli crab

There were five of us for dinner, and we ended up selecting a range of different dishes from the menu to share. Amongst these was a chilli crab ($36 per kg, $46.80 in total), which was reportedly excellent. I didn’t try it myself, finding the selection process just a bit too gruesome for my taste that evening, but those who partook came away very happy. We also had a tofu dish with vegetables ($16), which was quite good and surprisingly hot.

Scallops with vegetables

Scallops with vegetables

Another option was scallops with vegetables ($22). This dish I wasn’t so impressed by as the scallops had little flavour (they might have been better pan seared with some balsamic). The “drunken prawns” ($48) were also quite average – prawns steamed with some sort of alcohol. Horfun noodles with seafood ($22) I found to be a bit slimy in texture for my taste. As drinks we took two tiger beers ($18), and orange juice ($7), calamansi ($4) and a small bottle of water ($7).

The service was friendly and efficient, and the surroundings very pleasant with a nice view accross the water. On a balmy Singapore evening, it is really a very pleasant place to eat.

Cost & conclusion: The total for the five of us was $190.30 plus 10% service charge and 7% GST (food is the one thing in Singapore where the GST is not already included in the price), bringing the total to $223.90.  Even considering that we were right in the middle of a tourist trap area, I found this to be very overpriced with most dishes not at all spectacular. After paying the bill, I was given a $50 voucher for a discount on another visit – but I don’t think I’ll be returning any time soon. Not terribly far away one can get better food at a price (even tourist prices) that beats the benefit of a $50 discount at this place.  Still, the surroundings are pleasant and if you’re keen on a quayside venue, the food here is at least likely to be fresh.

Z’en Japanese Cuisine Singapore 238275
Dec 3rd, 2009 by Olivier

Z’en Japanese Cuisine
#01-75 UE Square
205 River Valley Road
Singapore 238275

Z’en Japanese Cuisine

Z'en Japanese Cuisine in Singapore

Z'en Japanese Cuisine in Singapore

Having arrived in Singapore in the morning, and spent the afternoon in business meetings, we decided to eat quickly at Z’en Japanese Cuisine restaurant that evening. In fact we chose this restaurant mainly for its proximity to our hotel, as we were quite tired by that point. The choice turned out to be quite a good one though. I ordered a plate of tempura shrimp and vegetables. As you can see from the picture, it was a very generous plate!

Tempura

Tempura

Close-up

Close-up

The tempura was very nicely done – crispy and not at all greasy. The vegetables were perhaps just a little undercooked though, being a bit too crunchy. Besides that small complaint, it was a decent meal and served quickly as hoped. To drink, I had a grapefruit juice which was served with a good amount of ice and, happily, was not over-sweet.

Cost & conclusion: I was not the one who paid the bill. The service was friendly and quick, and the surroundings quite pleasant (we ate outside on the terrace, enjoying the warm Singapore evening). Worth a try if you’re in the area.

Brizo Restaurant – Park Hotel Clarke Quay Singapore
Dec 2nd, 2009 by Olivier

Brizo Restaurant
Park Hotel Clarke Quay
1 Unity Street Singapore 237893
http://www.parkhotelgroup.com/phcq/Lifestyle/Dining/Brizo/tabid/436/Default.aspx

Brizo Restaurant

Park Hotel Clarke Quay

Park Hotel Clarke Quay

Nasi goreng

Nasi goreng

I had lunch in the Park Hotel’s Brizo restaurant. The Park Hotel Clarke Quay is located at the historic Singapore River and close to the Central Business District. Choosing from the à la carte menu, I selected nasi goreng. This arrived with a very nice presentation of the rice topped by a fried egg. There were small skewers of cured fish with a satay sauce, and fried vegetables on the side, all accompanied by some prawn crackers. Happily, the dish was as good as its presentation suggested it might be. The fish with satay sauce was nicely hot and very tasty, whilst the rice was similarly flavourful without any sign of being greasy. It isn’t exactly nasi goreng as I know it, but it was a very acceptable take on this classic dish.

Cost & conclusion: It was $16 plus GST/taxes (about 17%). Really an excellent lunch and worth trying if you stay in this hotel.

Some photos:

The bedroom at Park Hotel Clarke Quay

The bedroom at Park Hotel Clarke Quay

View from the bedroom

View from the bedroom

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