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22 January 2006 @ 02:55 am
greenwood fish market & bistro  
friday evening, i finished my work early and was eagerly looking forward to going home early for dinner and lots of sleep. got to the bus-stop with my big brother sam and realised that it was the same time i boarded the same bus the day before that made me bus-sick. so we waited and watched... the bus came, a different bus physically but the same driver with the same braking style (which goes to show it wasn't because the bus was old). very recognisable lurching movements. we took note of the license plate number and hopped off three stops later.

so i waited for the next bus. which took a damned long time, but it was worth the wait. a perfectly normal driver who brakes in the gentlest way, even in bad, peak hour traffic.

about a third of the way into my journey home, my mobile rang and it was my crazy botak pal. to cut a long story short, i was waylaid and we ended up zipping up to hillcrest for a kickass seafood dinner.

tucked away in a quiet neighbourhood which has a few pretty interesting hangouts strung together in a row of shophouses, greenwood fish market and bistro looks like a simple seafood merchant on the outside. with huge trays of fresh seafood displayed on ice in the glass windows, tanks of live crabs and prawns, racks of oysters, mussels and clams. only those in the know will step inside, past the first door, into the cosy air-conditioned dining hall within. we went in for a looksee, but eventually chose to sit outside on the (very) nice mini verandah.

service was prompt and sincere. i liked the fact that my warm water came in a teacup. :)

the cold platter rocked. i believe the last time i had a proper seafood platter like this was my birthday four years ago at the waterfront in melbourne. this certainly reminds me how much i love seafood platters! the greenwood cold platter came with fresh oysters, mussels, clams, marinated octopus, lobster, smoked salmon, scallops, and prawns. everything was really good, but special mentions go out to the lobster, salmon, and scallops.the lobster was simply divine! thoughtfully sliced into bite-sized pieces to be picked out from the shell, the flesh was succulent and superbly flavourful. a creamy thousand-island-like sauce was provided for dipping and this went perfectly with the lobster and sweet prawns. actually, it went beautifully with everything on the platter. smoked salmon was melt-in-your-mouth goodness, and the scallops were grilled to perfection with caviar on top.

after chowing down everything on the platter, next up were the grilled portobello mushroom appetiser and a fish fillet that the maitre d' recommended. the concept of the appetiser went out the window in this case, since we had the cold platter beforehand. grilled mushroom was excellent, especially with that piece of fried cheese! t'was my first time eating fried cheese and it sure won't be my last. the texture was indescribably delightful. flavours from the cheese and the portobello went really well together.

the fish fillet was very fresh, though i thought the taste was about average. the mash that came with the fish fillet was quite superb! chunky bits in smooth mash, with a very strong butter flavour. by this time i was getting quite stuffed, and couldn't handle the prawns which came with the portobello dish. so leon polished them off.

t'was a very, very satisfying dinner in a very charming little corner off bukit timah. one of the waiter-boys told us that we have to try the hot platter the next time. yes, we will! :)

feelin': contentcontent
walletowalleto on January 22nd, 2006 01:54 am (UTC)
Gimme gimme gimme!!!!! *Licking screen*
Your inspiring me to hunt out some seafood next time i'm out down here...

Stop posting photos its not fair!!
JVdrag0nette on January 22nd, 2006 05:47 am (UTC)

seafood in aus is much better though!
The Citygentcitygent on January 22nd, 2006 07:26 pm (UTC)
sounds lush! Hey - I take it you're feeling healthier from the fact that you can taste stuff, again ;o)
JV: japogothdrag0nette on January 23rd, 2006 02:22 pm (UTC)
fuckyeah! :D my tastebuds have come back from vacation.
The Citygentcitygent on January 23rd, 2006 09:17 pm (UTC)
rarrrr - Vengence is hers!!! Gasp in awe as chef's sweat beneath her demands!!
JVdrag0nette on January 24th, 2006 02:16 pm (UTC)
(Anonymous) on January 24th, 2006 03:08 am (UTC)
Was it pricey? How much did the cold seafood platter come up to?

JVdrag0nette on January 24th, 2006 03:04 pm (UTC)
Re: Hi!

cold platter was 69bux. total bill was just over 100! :)
 Lee  (Tracy Lee, actually :)popcorn_feet on January 24th, 2006 02:57 pm (UTC)
That food looks just amazinggggggggggggg! wow....
JVdrag0nette on January 24th, 2006 03:06 pm (UTC)
i love seafood! :D
 Lee  (Tracy Lee, actually :)popcorn_feet on January 24th, 2006 04:39 pm (UTC)
me too and that all looks sooo good... last saturday i ate at a seafood buffet. i must have lost my mind. i didnt bring my camera. sheeesh. whats wrong with me?


i got one of those little meter things you have, i saw it on yours and thought it was very cool.
had to have one :)...do you get alot of hits on your blog?
JV: speckydrag0nette on January 25th, 2006 03:05 pm (UTC)
oh no... you didn't bring your camera! :P next time, next time!

i do get a few visitors, interesting way to keep track of traffic. :) i don't like flaunting figures though... i find it very distasteful to have huge blinky numbers of how many people have visited your blog splashed all over. one guy on the food communities does it, can't remember his name. especially since the figures can be tweaked by the account holder! funny shit. i think everyone who has a counter will know that these figures can be faked. :D

the little square ones are cute though aren't they? i see you and i have the same taste! :D
 Lee  (Tracy Lee, actually :)popcorn_feet on January 25th, 2006 03:17 pm (UTC)
oh ditto on the big blinking numbers. eeeech! when i set it up i found a way to not log when i'm there so anytime i go to my own site it doesnt count me...that way i can tell how many times its really 'not' me...you know? but i guess thats how you can stack your numbers right? lol.... i was actually surprised that ANYONE but me was there to tell you the truth. i mean....who cares about my knitting adventures? lol... i'm getting soooo lame.... with me lately its been....yarn yarn pocky yarn...thread, knitting...sushi....ramen...and yarn again....i mean...sheeesh...who gives a shit???? lolol.... ack!

soon i will be needing new glasses so thats gonna be a big to-to and i think i will post a million shots of glasses first and it will be mega trumatic but...until than its yarn ramen yarn...lol

oh yes, i like the little square too. its just pretty, no number. i didnt know what it was when i clicked it on your site, i just clicked it!

lee :)
JVdrag0nette on January 26th, 2006 03:07 pm (UTC)
heh... there are a few ways to do it. there is actually a function to let you kickstart your counter off at any number you want (which is very silly). another way is to put the counter on every single one of your posts which are cross-posted on different communities (usually will get many many multiple hits from the same people in those communites who are simply viewing their 'friends' updates'). this last one is what the guy with the big numerical counter is doing. erk.

food, knitting and new glasses! can't wait to see them! :D
 Lee  (Tracy Lee, actually :)popcorn_feet on January 26th, 2006 05:33 pm (UTC)
well, i dont get it, i guess :) for me the whole thing is kind of a curiosity - i couldnt even believe that there were any hits. that was weird on its own. lol...
JV: speckydrag0nette on January 27th, 2006 12:46 pm (UTC)
heh! there are more people in cyberspace than it seems. :)