Three years ago, I somehow chanced upon the stretch of restaurants at Greenwood Avenue.
In the dimly-lit restaurant, and in the company of a group of good friends; that dinner easily became one of the best meals in my life. Needless to say, the fish and chips I had at Greenwood Fish Market that night, was one of the best that I had in Singapore.
Greenwood Fish Market is definitely the place to go if you are a fish/seafood lover. With more than 20 variety of fishes to choose from, everyone will be able to find a fish that suits their palate. Terakihi? Hapuku? Yes they actually serve them in the restaurant.
We had the House Fish & Chips ($18.95) which came with a healthy dose of salad and chips. Time seemed to freeze as I leaned forward to examine the fish and chips. It looked vaguely similar to the one in my memory, and for a second or two, I was hesitating if I should eat the fish and chips.
I had the best fish and chips in Singapore at Greenwood Fish Market, and I wanted to keep that precious memory.
What if it isn’t as good as before? What if my impression of Greenwood Fish Market goes downhill from here? So many what ifs. Shit. At that moment in time, I found myself questioning if it was a right thing to revisit the restaurant. Maybe I should just stick with the other dish and let my friend have the fish and chips. But deep down inside, a part of me wanted to try the fish. I wanted to experience that magical moment again.
The fish and chips was great, but it wasn’t as wow, or out-of-the-world like what I remembered it to be. It is still probably one of the better fish and chips in Singapore. Perhaps, some things in life will just never be the same anymore.
It’s only after looking at my old post, then I realized that we actually ordered the same items as the previous visit. Call it a coincidence, maybe. But I certainly didn’t remember that the Spaghetti Soft Shell Crab ($20.95) tasted so good before. It was completely different from the one that I’ve at Cedele restaurant recently.
The sauce was fainter, and very un-tomato-ish (if there’s even such a word). It was tangy, and it was slightly sweet — it tasted (almost) like a real crab sauce.
If you are a big fan of oysters, go to Greenwood Fish Market every Tuesday night – it’s a dollar for each oyster. We were there on a weekday night, and the restaurant was almost packed, so please remember to make your reservations.
Greenwood Fish Market
34 Greenwood Avenue Hillcrest Park Singapore
Tel: +65 6467 4950
Nearest Station: Botanic Gardens
Wow! The fish and chips sure look good! Will try it someday!
Eerrr! That is not fish and chips, more like breaded fish and french fries.
Proper fish and chips are battered fish and larhe chunky chip!
I love the specialty fish that they have now and then. And yes, the oysters night is worth it!
Ivan: Yes please do!
xiix: Hello dude, yea i know it’s fries. But fish and chips is more generic-sounding! lol where will you recommend for the best fish and chips in Singapore? : )
I dunno about Sg, but the best ever fish n chips i ever had was in sydney bay that had a beer batter.
the fish n chips doesnt look appealing in the first place, what were you thinking!! (kidding)..
Oh so there IS a Singaporean version of soft-shelled crabs pasta. I was skeptical when I had one recently in a pasta house here.
Definitely not as good as yours, from the look of it.
Argh! You caught me out there! I dont eat fish and chips in Singapore. In the UK, I think the best fish and chips is on my street here. However, the chain Harry Ramsden is not too bad.
The beer battered version here is actually very good, but in recent times a little erractic in serving sizes!
I usually order take out, as I stay a mere 15mins away by car. Drop them a line, hop in the car and the fish is fresh, and piping hot just as I head home.
The best part – its cheaper than dining in – perfect for that stay at home saturday night!
ian: I had one of my best fish and chips in Australia too!
lotsofcravings: but it actually tastes pretty good
j2kfm: haha how was yours like?
xiix: lol no worries dude. I hardly eat fish and chips too, because most of the time they are soggy or too oily. but once in a while i tend to crave for them.
slipstream: wow lucky you! to stay so near them! haha how much cheaper is it to take-away? I didn’t really notice the takeaway price
I never would have thought of fish and chips in Singapore, you have me convinced it is amazing!!
hey, you should try double bay.not saying it’s the best, but the fish and chips and fish pie is really worth it.
But being a Brit in S’pore for over 15 years.. These are definetly NOT the best Fish & Chips.. As correctly stated XiiX these are Bread Crumbs which is crappy Yank style NOT BRTISH Style which is Beer Batter & Chuncky Chips…
Fish Market / Bistro @ Greenwood is totally and I mean totally overrated! I heard good things but boy was I disappointed! Perhaps the Fish & Chips and ample (and cheap!) supply of Oysters with cheap beers will satisfy some in need of a quick fix but I was appalled by the entire experience.
It started when I got shooed away by the Valet parking guy. Perhaps I didn’t drive an expensive enough car. Fortunately I found a spot around the corner. I had made reservations for 8 o’clock, which turned out to be a good thing because the place was booked solid on the Tuesday we were there. We arrived a bit late, at 8:10, so I expected our table to be ready. The table was free but not cleared yet. I was told that I was to be called (phoned?) in 10 mins. I replied I did not intend to go anywhere else for the next 10 minutes and would wait outside. I was shooed again when I was blocking one of the waiters. When seated and finally received the bottle of wine we ordered 20 mins earlier, we settled on the hot seafood platter. Big mistake! Clams and Mussels were ok. Octopus salad was tasty. Calamaris satisfactory. Hurrah! The half lobster was in a word: disgusting. The taste was off, the meat was chewy and dry. What happend with this fellow I wondered. I immediately told one of the staff I was not at all pleased with it but my comment was simply ignored. The fish shasliks with a fair amount of Thai red curry paste (from a jar?) simply thrown onto them, there’s no other way to put it, were overcooked, dry and frankly disgusting! I still have no idea what Fish I ate. It was cooked beyond recognition. I tried to get the attention of the waiter but to no avail. When we requested the bill we again commented that we were not at all satisfied with the quality of the food. The chap at the receiving end fell into a state of shock and never recuperated well enough to give us a proper response. Although he was quite capable of charging us the full amount meanwhile. Shocking place. I will never go there again, but I recon you felt that one coming?