Celebrating its 38th anniversary, Red House Seafood, one of the oldest seafood restaurants in Singapore, is featuring a set lunch and two set dinners from now until 30 June 2014, with a host of seafood sourced from the pristine waters of Scotland. The sustainable seafood are flown in three times a week, and can be paired with either a bottle of premium champagne (Perrier-Jouët Grand Brut) or white wine (Domaine Leflaive Mâcon-Verzé 2010), or two jugs of beer – included in both the dinner sets. One of which, coined as the 7-course ‘Modern Anniversary Set Dinner‘ ($388++/6persons), is covered below.
(1) Chilled Spicy Whelks ($35++) :: One would naturally like whelks (sea snails) if he likes escargots, octopus and the like. It is chewy and in this instance, a perfect appetiser with it being a cold dish, and challengingly spicy (sweet and spicy Thai dressing) at the same time. It certainly does its job to whet your appetite. I love the toss of onions in it, and the accompaniments of mango. Though, I doubt I will order it outside of the set dinner because of its hefty price tag.
(2) Scottish Blue Lobster ($148++/kg) :: The lobster meat was firm yet tender, giving a good, long-lasting bite. The sweet and creamy mayonnaise was so well-balanced I was literally licking off the shells of the lobster. After sucking dry the sauce, I could still taste the natural sweetness of the luxurious crustacean.
(3a) Spicy Seafood Combination ($28++ / $42++ / $56++) :: A pot of prawns, chunks of garoupa fish, cuttlefish, and scallops, drenched in their concoction of kaffir-laced curry sauce is the kind of dishes where a plate of mantou to accompany will make it complete. Seafood is guaranteed to be fresh, and this medium pot is just about sufficient for the table (though we wouldn’t complain if there were more!).
(3b) Garlic Steamed Megrim Fish ($100++/kg) :: Not commonly seen offered in a Chinese restaurant is the uncommon flat fish from the turbot family, one that is texturally silky, delicate, yet firm. The dish was simply prepared with soy sauce, garlic and spring onions – I love my fish to be simplistic. This is why, opting for the set dinner will make more sense than ordering this gem of the sea ala-carte!
If I had to choose between the two, I’d throw the burden to somewhere else, because both were really good and it all boils down to what you feel like eating more – fish or seafood. Otherwise, the fish would be a better economical option.
(4a) Scottish Brown Crabs in White Pepper ($58++/kg) :: Firmer and fleshier than usual, this plump sea creature continued to impress me that night. The pincers can knock you out; and even the legs are meaty. As a pepper-lover, the spicy and fragrant seeds made me enjoy it even more, on top of the natural sweetness of the flesh. It was a crabby heaven. You also have the option of (4b) Steamed Scottish Brown Crabs instead, if you don’t like pepper all too much.
(5) Oyster ‘Yuan Yang’ Hor Fun ($20++) :: The most interesting course of the night goes to the hor fun. First you see a mountain made of eggs and maybe a glimpse of hor fun; then you cut through and you discover gold mines hidden in the depths of the mountain – the deep-fried swirls of hor fun! Fun, indeed! The monotonous of the ordinary wok-fried noodles was broken with the addition of the crunchy swirls. I have never liked hor fun, but this, I was savouring every bit of it. Not forgetting the Scottish oysters joining in the (hor) fun.
After being served with the (6) Daily Greens, we started with (7) Desserts. The Chilled Lime Sherbet with Lemongrass Jelly ($6.80++) was the better of the two, a light, refreshing (what lemongrass always does, but this time elevated with the partnership of lime) end to a heavy meal – just what we needed. The Chilled Mango Pomelo with Sago ($4.80++) was ordinary and nothing to shout about. It was too bad we didn’t get to try its Durian Mochi, which wasn’t available on the day.
Steamed Chilli Crab Bun ($8++/3pieces) :: Served scalding hot is the luscious with a hint of spiciness shredded crab soaked in its chilli stew, enveloped in the unassuming steamed buns. The familiar Singapore signature dish done this dim sum way is comforting and made me yearn for more. If I were to revisit Red House Seafood Restaurant, I wouldn’t miss this – just make the additional order already!
The new set lunch launched only costs $38++/2persons. Similarly, it is only available at the Prinsep Street outlet, on a daily basis. It includes (a) Dim Sum Basket, with items like siew mai, scallop and chives dumpling, char siew pau, and mixed mushroom dumpling (they vary), (b) Creamy Custard Prawns, (c) Oyster ‘Yuan Yang’ Hor Fun, (d) Daily Greens, and (e) Durian Mochi.
I would say in general, it is a value-for-money seafood house. Though it may not be a daily affair to dine here, I will consider here as and when an occasion arises (Mothers’ Day maybe!).
Address: 68 Prinsep Street
Telephone: 6336 6080 (takes reservations)
Opening Hours: 11.30am – 2.30pm, 5pm – 10.30pm (Mon – Fri); 11am – 10.30pm (Sat, Sun & PHs)
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