Greenwood Fish Market & Bistro is a dream come true for pescetarians or just pure seafood lovers! Air shipments from Alaska, Boston, Auckland and Sydney bring fresh and “live” shellfish such as oysters, clams, lobsters, scallops and several different fish species into the “Fish Shop” (old but full of character) and the restaurant next door churns out dishes prepared in an unpretentious and simplistic style to emphasize the quality and freshness. As shipments vary weekly, the menu also changes depending on what’s available. So we went not knowing what to expect and left feeling absolutely happy and satisfied!
I was pleasantly surprised when a basket of warm homemade focaccia bread rolls were served. I cautioned K about wasting too much stomach space (I only took an obligatory bite) but he ignored me and went ahead to finish his roll haha.
The good stuff came right at the start of our meal – a gorgeous sashimi platter that’s a feast for the eyes! Every piece was so fresh (even better than what you’d get at Japanese restaurants) but the three different cuts of blue fin tuna (akami, chutoro and otoro) definitely overshadowed the kampachi sashimi! Chutoro was amazing but otoro was crazy. Crazy melt-in-the-mouth delicious, that is! Click here to see the wonderful marbling, no chewing required!
My favourite dish of the day (sashimi doesn’t count since that’s a no-brainer) was the sardine fillets from Brittany. Lightly pan-seared until crispy and served with a citrusy salad, the fishy taste (in a good way) was very distinctive, uniquely sardine-esque (K said he can never go back to canned sardines anymore, I agree!) and brought back memories of our best iwashi lunch in Tokyo a few months ago…
I was more than happy to let the guys at the table have their go at the oysters since I’m not a fan of those briny stuff. I only managed one – Tsarskaya, which is said to have the mildest flavour compared to the other two varieties (Coffin Bay and Coromandal).
Next we had Scottish scallops with spinach cream sauce (bottom right hand side of the photo) which were kind of average to me. Somehow the texture was denser and less “bouncy” than other scallops that I’ve tried. On the same plate were fat and juicy prawns coated with an eggy batter. Nice!
There was only one deep fried prawn head and I had the honour of sucking its brains out hehe *sadistic foodie*
Even though the specialization is fish and seafood, there are also some meat dishes on the menu. One of the chef’s specials that day was these mini pork belly burgers which were apparently so good that the guys almost had tears in their eyes (not kidding)! K polished off two easily and was still fondly reminiscing about them a couple of days ago.
The hot trout was smoked in-house and had an amazing smokey flavour! However, I still prefer The Lokal’s salmon version as the meat here was a tad too tough. If only a softer texture can be achieved, that’d be perfect!
Check out this double decker smoked salmon egg benedict! I love the layers of lovingly soft homemade brioche and in-house smoked salmon (yes, they smoke all their fish in-house!) but not so much the overcooked poached egg.
More fish! Halibut this time with a firm, flaky texture and delicate flavour. Paired with asaparagus, cherry tomatoes and eggplants, I imagine this is something healthy I can have for dinner everyday!
I started off this post with my favourite sashimi/sardines and gonna end it with my least-preferred dish – fish & chips! If you’ve read about my Portico experience, you’d know that I absolutely love the f&c there even though I usually don’t order f&c if I have a choice. Rock cod fish was used in this rendition and I find that the meat was tough and dry hmm.
Thank you, Anil and Alan!
Greenwood Fish Market & Bistro
No. 34 & 38 Greenwood Ave