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Hello! Why Cliff(y), you ask? Well, a lot of people I've met since primary school till now have always called me Cliffy! Unless specifically mentioned, I personally paid for whatever chargeable stuff featured in my blogs. Anyway, for every 50 posts I come up with, and every 25,000 pageviews, I'm donating a sum of money to the World Food Programme. Your support is greatly appreciated.

Sunday, January 13, 2013

SIN: Boatmen Seafood

Chinese seafood by an Italian owner!

Boatmen Seafood is a newly opened restaurant at the East Coast Seafood Centre. The friendly owner of PizItalia next door decided to expand his business by opening up a Chinese restaurant. It was pretty amusing to be handed out two menus at the same time. After a refreshing cycling in the morning, I decided to give it a try.

Live Sea Bass (Hong Kong Style) S$31.50
Taste: 8/10

I was craving for a steamed fish, and thus ordered a sea bass cooked HK style. Sitting on pretty flavourful (and oily) soy sauce, the fish was fresh and tender. A bit more ginger would be a plus point. Still, it couldn't beat the steamed fish I had in Cheung Chau Island in HK (need a recap?). Oh, the price is actually fixed at S$4.50 per 100 grams. Hence, the one that I had the other day weighed 700 grams. Pika's advice: Try other cooking styles: Teochew style, Nyonya style, fragrant spicy sauce, fermented black bean sauce or grated garlic!

Deep-Fried Squid Tentacles with Pepper and Salt (Small) S$12.00
Taste: 7.5/10

I've always loved squid tentacles. Those that I had the other day had the right degree of chewiness. However, I didn't fully enjoy the batter which was a bit too thick in my opinion. The dish was pretty much garlicky, but it ought to be more peppery to live up to its name.

Stir-Fried Chicken Cubes in Gong Bao Style (Small) S$10.00
Taste: 8/10

In the recent years, I've found it really tough to find a nice gong bao, or kung pao, chicken dish. The one that I had that day came with lots and lots of dried chilis, onions and ginger slices. The chicken was quite juicy, coated with sweet and aromatic sauce. It was definitely better than others I've tried lately.

Poached Baby Spinach with Century Eggs and Salted Eggs (Small) S$10.00
Taste: 6.5/10

The vegetable dish didn't really live up to my expectations. While the baby spinach leaves were comfortingly tender, the dish had too much water content which diluted the overall taste. Nevertheless, the amount of eggs was adequate, and the fried garlic cloves made the dish fragrant.

Melon's Rating
Taste: 7.5/10
Ambience: 6.5/10
Service: 7/10
Overall: 7/10

As I mentioned earlier, the owner, of Italian descent, was very amiable and he came to check on us once in a while. Initially I ordered a dish of cold prawn salad instead of the squid tentacles, but it was only much later that one of the waiters said that the dish wasn't available.

Boatmen Seafood

1204 East Coast Parkway
#01-06 East Coast Seafood Centre
(Daily: 12 noon - 12 midnight)

*Prices quoted are subject to 10% service charge and 7% GST.

Have a nice meal,

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