The girlfriend and I had spent quite a number of Valentine's Day together already. From lovely Saltwater Cafe to blaring Outback Steakhouse, all were memorable in their own ways. This year, we decided to go way back in time and revisit the place where we had our very first Valentine's dinner; Fish n Co!
The glasshouse outlet didn't really change much as we remembered it, as we requested for the upper deck and tried to get back the same seats we shared 5 years ago. (Not the exact but still close!) Though we arrived relatively early in the evening, the queue outside built up quickly not because of a full house, but due to a lack of manpower. In fact, the upper deck was about half empty at all times!
Although they had this really value-for-money Valentine's set dinner, I think I had seen enough reviews to stop me from trying it. The seafood chowder that came with our ala carte order was just ordinary at best.
Seafood Platter for 2 (Sorry forgot the item price, lost the receipt)
The signature dish! Their menu had expanded quite a bit with different combinations of seafood platters. We sticked to one that most resembled the original to see how it fared!
Unfortunately, our platter arrived less than desirable with the seafood served cold and hardened. I'm quite sure it wasn't due to my photo-taking time! We reflected this to the manager who sincerely offered to recook our dish again, and 15 minutes later we had it served piping hot with crunchy, fluffy fries. Redemption!
Baked tiger prawns and scallops, deep fried shrimps and squid rings, mussels and dory fish, top it off with a large dope of fries and savoury rice. Outstanding? Not quite. Nostalgic of JC days where we feast joyfully with a student budget? Definitely!
Macarons By JAM ($10 for 20)
To end it off, we brought our own desserts! Have you watched Take Home Chef? Well I know of three savvy dudes who had a similar idea in whipping up a feast for you at home!
This valentine, they took orders for macarons with chocolate, salted caramel and strawberry (I think) fillings. The crust was chewy and light while not being overly sweetened, though I do think that they could improve plenty on the packaging; too flimsy and loose for the macarons to roll around and crumble!
Bill for two was $69.35 after taxes. Personally, I felt that Fish & Co had actually improved over the years, including more varieties with reasonable quality and maintaining hearty portions without drastic increase in prices. Another memorable valentine's? You bet!
Fish & Co 9 Penang Road, #01-24 The Glass House Tel: 6334 1858 (Walk-in Only) Outlets Islandwide