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The indomitable Travelling Gourmet goes to the East Coast of sunny Singapore to taste…
“Meeresfruechte” (fruits of the sea) at Big Fish Bistro. Cheerful, mild mannered June, the owner, has trained at Le Cordon Bleu in London, told me, “We only use Snapper in our Fish & Chips for better taste & consistency, others use John Dory…”
Nice marine blue placemats remind you of the ocean while the simple turquoise & white decor puts you in a good mood. There are fascinating photos of Mykinos in Greece & Venezia in Italy on the right wall as you enter. They were taken by June on her many vacations.
Cool Cream Snapper Amandine has crunchy slivers of almond which is ‘amandine’ in French, with brunoise of red capsicum & zucchini. Roasted baby potato medallions 3mm thick and nicely sauteed French beans still with that satifying crunch are the sides. Balsamico reduction adds extra flavour.
The Brunch menu on weekends and public holidays from 11am to 4pm offers Eggs Royale…Two plump Poached Eggs with the yolk still liquid I checked), rest on toasted Sourdough & savoury Smoked Salmon. There is a light dusting of red powdered paprika on the eggs. The poached eggs are caressed with silky Hollandaise Sauce which is not too salty. Half a grilled tomato and greens are accompaniments.
A new perspective on poached eggs…Ha! Ha!
While enjoying Michael Buble‘s version of ‘Die Moritat von Mackie Messer‘ better known as ‘Mack The Knife’ I tucked into a big New York Style Oreo Cheescake with crumbly chocolate topping. I really like the original Kurt Weil version based on the book by Bertolt Brecht in German. The other sweetie worthy of note is a Chocolate Gateau with fresh bananas in the middle. J’aime le chocolat! One plus point is they are not too sugary. Many diners now are very health conscious and overly sweet desserts put them off.
I plan to return to try their Pasta al Nero of Squid Ink Tagliolini of which I have heard favourable reports…
As Mahatma Gandhi said: God comes to the hungry in the form of food.
85, Upper East Coast Road
Tel: +65 64416920
Hours: Tue 6pm to 10pm
Wed to Fri: 11.30am to 2.30pm & 6pm to 10pm
Sat & Sun : 10am to 3pm & 6.30pm to 10pm