Fish & Co. @ Waterway Point: Surprisingly Good Food!

fish and co review

I’ve dined at just about every F&B outlet in Waterway Point, yet I’ve never visited Fish & Co. before. Isn’t that strange? Had a fabulous lunch there today, also because of the awesome company (thanks, Samy!) I don’t have much to say about the service (rather lukewarm, like Monday blues have been carried over to Tuesday) and the company itself (processes not quite in place since they ran out of ‘chips’ so you can have fish and (no) chips today). But either we are geniuses at ordering just the right items, or the standard’s just so high at this outlet, ‘cos both the mains we ordered were SO YUMMY!

Here’s the lunch set menu:

fish and co lunch menu

I had the White Fish with Ebiko Gratin ($13.95) that comes with two sides and a drink. My pal had the Peri peri chicken with golden fried fish ($15.95), also with two sides and a drink. As they were totally out of chips, we had the paella rice and coleslaw. SO GOOD!

Just look at the state of my plate after I was done:

fish and co waterway point review

NEED I SAY MORE?

And here’s the best of both worlds… the peri peri chicken (that sauce is amazeballs, and yes, I think it goes better with rice than chips. Haha!) and the fried fish which my pal says is battered and fried so well, it’s like goreng pisang. πŸ˜€

fish and co waterway point

Pic credit: Samy Rajoo

For a business that serves such delicious fried fish, it’s rather strange how few diners there are at lunchtime, as compared to its neighbor next door that serves raw fish.

My pal asked how I would jazz up this business. And I think you really have to get customers through the door, that’s all. I’ve been blogging about Waterway Point since the mall first opened its doors to the public, and I’ve not dined at Fish & Co. Maybe the fengshui isn’t good and I’ve never felt “drawn” here? There must be some awesome promotion that gets people in, to try the taste of the food and get them hooked.

Maybe a 1-for-1 promotion? Maybe a $5.90 lunch set meal offer for a week? Maybe buy a main and get a soup, drink and dessert for free?

But service, yes, service definitely needs to be better. Welcome diners and usher them to their seats. SMILE. Be friendly. Ask if they’ve dined here before. Don’t just hand them an iPad after the meal to ask for feedback / to collect particulars for marketing purposes. πŸ˜›

And don’t you dare run out of chips again. Seriously? Fish and chips WITHOUT chips? Would you have chicken rice without rice? Prawn mee without noodles? πŸ˜›

Unacceptable.

And don’t place the spoon on my fish (as in the first picture above). Put it on the side where there’s no food. Or place it on the serviette on the table. It’s a $13.95++ meal, not a $3.50 one at a hawker centre, after all.

Still, the food was delicious. So all is forgiven. πŸ˜€ πŸ˜€

*StarHub subscribers who spend at least $40 on a la carte items can redeem complimentary Fried Calamari. Only for dine-in; no takeaways! Valid till 31 Dec 2018. Check in-store for more details.

Green Signature @ Waterway Point: 2nd Visit

Green Signature Waterway Point review

We had an early dinner at Green SignatureWaterway Point this evening, and enjoyed 50% discount. I ordered theΒ Abalone Sliced Fish Porridge ($9.90) which, despite the name and menu image, would come with only mock meat. I really did not enjoy the look and taste of the mock items. Truth be told, it’s best not to eat mock meat if you want to abstain from meat. The real deal is 1000 times better, in my opinion. XD And we also shared a platter ofΒ Assorted Vegetables in Sambal Sauce ($14.90), whose pricetag was actually very surprising considering the small portion served up. I’d think six to eight dollars would be more reasonable since it’s just a few slices of brinjal, string beans, ladies finger and snow peas.

He went for the Hotplate Sesame Chicken Mee Sua ($14.90), which was not only colorful but also came in a decent-sized portion. Guys should totally order this dish if you want to feel full / satisfied after the meal. πŸ˜€

Green Signature Waterway Point

This meal would have easily cost over $40 without drinks, if we didn’t enjoy any discount. That’s kind of steep considering it’s all vegetarian food, ya? We can possibly spend the same amount (converted to ringgit) in JB and gotten ourselves some chili or black pepper crabs with our meal. (Of course, business costs are much lower across the Causeway, that I know) So as one Minister has rightfully mentioned, we’ll not stop visiting our neighbor because the food’s just too good there. πŸ˜€ Therefore we shall not quibble over the price of water. πŸ˜›

And having vegetarian food for an early dinner simply means I’m feeling hungry just as I’m about to head to bed now. (>_<)

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Green Signature is located at #01-29 Waterway Point (East Wing). Tel: 6242 3919.

Green Signature: Vegetarian Food At Waterway Point

Green Signature Waterway Point

Green Signature is one of Waterway Point’s new additions and I had lunch there today. I was feeling a bit sad that Zakka Thai has been replaced by Green Signature. But I perked up at the sight of the S$1 Claypot Rice with Chicken in Gong Bao Sauce. S$1? Where can you find $1 Claypot Rice in Singapore?! What’s the catch? Well, you have to buy a drink, and I did. Their Homemade Barley drink costs $2.30++. Take a good look at the poster and you’ll see a claypot dish brimming with “chicken”, veggies and mushroom, and you can see almost no rice. That’s the Expectation. And now… here is reality:

Waterway Point Green Signature review

What went through my mind when the server put the dish in front of me was “erm, so much rice, and just half of the ingredients shown in the poster?” Looks nothing like what’s advertised. But for $1, you really cannot complain, ya? As for the barley drink, it was incredibly diluted. Basically, it’s water that looks like it could be a barley beverage.

I actually found the taste of the food decent. The seasoning’s done just right so it’s not too salty. The rice even had that burnt/charred smell and taste – I know some people love it.The claypot keeps the dish steaming hot throughout the meal so if you’re a slow eater, this will ensure the food doesn’t get cold before you’re done. However, be very careful. I nearly got myself scalded when the back of my hand accidentally brushed against the claypot. It’s SUPER hot. If you’re dining with young children, make sure you keep the claypot out of their reach otherwise you’ll have howling and wailing kids in no time!

I didn’t finish the rice as it’s pretty charred at the bottom:

Green Signature vegetarian food at Waterway Point

For a total of just S$3.90, it was a so-so meal. Would I be back again soon? Maybe. I’ll give the other dishes a try. This place is opened by the AONE Group. You’ve probably tried their porridge elsewhere before. πŸ˜‰ Very smart of them to take over this outlet that used to house Zakka Thai. They’ve kept the furniture and the kitchen looks similar. Probably didn’t have to spend very much on renovation.

That said, sit as close to the entrance as possible. The further into the shop you get, the more cramped the seating space is. πŸ˜‰

Green Signature is located at #01-29 of Waterway Point. Tel: 6242 3919.

Tensho by MOF @ Waterway Point: Beware That Spicy Sauce Even The Chef Is Afraid Of

tensho waterway point

Spotted this Tendon place yesterday when my pal and I were walking past while enjoying double-scoop ice cream cones from Anderson’s πŸ˜€ Went back today for lunch at Tensho by MOF. It’s located next to the buffet places (Japanese hotpot and Korean bbq) at Waterway Point, Level 1 East Wing.Β Tendon (倩丼) is short for Tempura Donburi, basically tempura on top of Japanese rice. As it was my first visit, I decided to go with the spicy sauce for my Mixed Tendon, as I know that tempura and rice gets a little bland / boring after a while. Told the female (likely Malaysian) staff that I’m concerned it might be too spicy, so she said she’ll have the sauce served up separately. Great.

Except that it did not get served up separately.

tensho sg

Just one bite into that shitake mushroom tempura and my tongue felt like it was on fire. And that sauce was everywhere – on the tempura, on the rice below…

I asked the young lady why the sauce wasn’t served separately, and she apologized profusely, saying she’ll have it replaced for me. I told her it’s ok and that I’ll continue eating, and OMG this is spicy! Whenever possible, I’ll refuse to send food back to the kitchen, because it may be returned to me with spittle or something worse, right? If you want to give me a discount, sure. If you want to give me a complimentary dessert, no problem. But I’m not sending food back.

She gave me iced water. Then brought me warm water too, ‘cos chef says drinking warm water works better than iced water when you’ve eaten something that’s too spicy. I turned to Google, and it seems one shouldn’t be drinking water after eating something spicy. Drink milk or eat ice cream instead! πŸ˜€

In the end, she came over and took the bowl away from me. The chef felt it would not be an enjoyable meal if the level of spiciness was not something I could tolerate. Apparently, they had sent feedback to the head chef that the sauce was too spicy, and they are still in the process of tweaking it based on feedback from customers. Ok, here’s my feedback: IT’S TOO SPICY!

The Original Sauce is fine. Just… nothing special?

What was special though, were the “onsen eggs” which did not look like regular onsen eggs. They looked like mini fried eggs. Interestingly enough, they look all fried and crispy on the surface but inside, the yolk is still soft and almost runny.

tensho review

And, of course, there’s the complimentary pickle dish. That’s the thing with tendon. It gets so boring after a while that you need pickles in order to finish the dish.

tensho free pickles

My less picky other half ordered the cold soba. And I really enjoyed their cold soba. Very tasty and refreshing. Why did I order tendon?! Oh wait… their signature dish is supposed to be tendon! πŸ˜€

We each had a small bowl of chawanmushi too. Smallest bowl of chawanmushi I’ve ever eaten, but tasty nonetheless.

waterway point tensho

Very well-taken and tempting food pictures outside the (mini) restaurant. Just be careful of that spicy sauce, ok? Don’t say I didn’t warn you.

tensho by mof menu

Subway’s New Pineapple Cookie: Here’s ‘Huat’ I Think

Subway Pineapple Cookie

I was about to say “Double Chocolate Chip Cookie, please!” at Subway when I spotted a teeny weeny sticker regarding the NEW Pineapple cookie. It’s the first time I’ve seen a pineapple cookie in Singapore. Pineapple tarts, yes. Golf ball pineapple tarts, yes. Pineapple ‘cake’ from Taiwan, yes. But pineapple cookie? And is it a good cookie?

Well, it has the qualities of a good cookie, or at least a cookie that I appreciate: It’s soft, chewy and moist. You know some cookies have gone stale when they’re hard and dry. So this one I most definitely like.

It doesn’t taste like pineapple tarts. And that’s great too as I’ve eaten SO MANY pineapple tarts this Chinese New Year. It does taste a little bit like the pineapple ‘cakes’ (or rather, pastry) from Taiwan. Similar, but not exactly alike. So I think it’s great for when I have a pineapple tart or cake craving but I don’t want to go out and purchase an entire box of them. A Subway cookie would do. πŸ™‚

I don’t know if it’s a permanent addition to their cookie offerings, but I sure hope it stays. Go try it if you haven’t already done so. And tell me ‘huat’ you think about it k!

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Subway currently has some $5.90 combos which come with a sub, cookie and drink. My personal fav isΒ the BBQ Chicken Strips sub. πŸ˜€

 

Awesome 1-For-1 Dessert Promotion at Ji De Chi, Waterway Point

Ji De Chi Mango Puff

After we were done with grocery shopping at Waterway Point, we spotted the 1-for-1 promotion banners outside Ji De Chi. Truth be told, I don’t usually eat dessert at Ji De Chi, not because the desserts aren’t good, but because the seats are SO uncomfortable. I think they might have been specially designed to get diners eating quickly and leaving fast as the seats are small and really hard. Nothing like those at Starbucks, where people end up nua-ing for a long time. Anyway, since there is now a 1-for-1 promotion, I felt we just HAD to take advantage of it. LOL. By the way, it’s only for dine-in so don’t ask about takeaways πŸ™‚ In fact, most of the people who popped into the store to inquire actually wanted to get takeaways, but the staff gently advised them that the promotion is only valid for dining in. And the potential customers walked right out. (Perhaps they’d return later)

In the first picture you see above, we had their Mango Puff ($6.20) that tastes so good when eaten warm. It’s just like a steaming hot spring roll that comes with mango within and icing sugar and black sesame seeds on top. It takes about 10 minutes to prepare but it’s worth the wait.

And we also had the Mango Pomelo Sago with Herbal Jelly. The portion size is rather small, with lots of ice and syrup. I’m not sure it’s worth the $6.20 pricetag without the promotion. But as it’s 1-for-1 now, GO TRY IT! And oh, EVERYTHING on their menu is going at 1-for-1. I suspect I’ll be back again before the promotion ends I-dunno-when – I was told it’s Day 1 today.

Jidechi Waterway Point.

With regard to these 1-for-1 promotions, I have to admit that they seem to be offers that I absolutely cannot miss and yet it’s probably not that great for the business in the long run. There’s another F&B outlet within Waterway Point that ran a 1-for-1 promotion for their herbal soups previously and we really enjoyed their Buddha-Jumps-Over-The-Wall. But we never returned again after the promotion ended. I guess it’s for two reasons: (1) We’re waiting to return when they run the promotion again – since it happened once, there is a likelihood they might run it again, right? and (2) If you’ve had something at 50% discount previously, it’s unlikely you want to pay full price for the same thing again. Psychologically, it seems like you’re paying twice as much as what you did the first time. Does this make sense to you? πŸ˜€ (>_<)

Anyhow, enjoy the 1-for-1 deal while it lasts. Who knows when it’ll be back again.

Toys”R”Us Is Finally Coming To Waterway Point :)

Waterway Point ToysRus

The unit opposite Pizza Hut at Waterway Point has been vacant since the mall first opened its doors to the public last year in January. But the hoarding has been done so well that I think many shoppers didn’t even realize there’s an empty unit there! πŸ˜€ Now the hoarding is in bright red, announcing the arrival of Toys”R”Us. I think Toys”R”Us will do well here as there are lots of kids living in this neighborhood. And I think there’ll be spillover benefits for PizzaHut as well – kids can have a whale of a time in Toys”R”Us while tired parents can sink into seats next door and enjoy a pizza (you know you deserve it).

I never knew how awesome Toys”R”Us is for parents, until I got to hang out with friends who have young kids. The kids get to play with all the toys in-store (I wonder how many get damaged this way) while the parents get to chill for a while without fearing that their children will run towards escalators, for instance.

And oh… I noticed that a magazine store got replaced by a florist. And isn’t it amazing how the space under the escalator can actually be shop space that brings in rent for the mall? Brilliant. Absolutely brilliant.

Waterway Point ToysRus

And while I’ve been a customer at just about every store in Waterway Point, there’s one I only got to try recently. I guess I’ve been avoiding it since they sell mainly deep-fried stuff. πŸ˜€ This time, we caved in.

Waterway Point i love taimei

The mushrooms are good – have a bite and you get whisked back to the night markets in Taiwan. And the smell of those fried mushrooms ($4) – OMG – you don’t want to be in the same lift as someone carrying those, or else your stomach might start growling. The tofu fries are simply a novelty item (fewer calories, maybe, but not that great value for money). The extra crispy chicken (at $4.90) is worth a try but share it with someone or else you’ll feel like you should go for a jog along the waterway in other to burn it all off.

i love taimei waterway point

I Love Taimei is at B1-K5 of Waterway Point, not too far from Koi bubble tea πŸ™‚

Do visit Waterway Point if you haven’t already done so! πŸ™‚

Sakana at Waterway Point: Order the Salmon Sashimi Don and DESSERT!

Sakana Waterway Point

Since Sakana opened at Waterway Point, I’ve always wanted to visit. It looks like the kind of Japanese restaurant I’d enjoy dining at. Having visited twice in less than a week, yup, I was right. You’d hardly think that a Japanese restaurant would serve good dessert with toast but they do! πŸ™‚ And in this post, I’ll share with you what to order when you’re at Sakana…

Sakana Waterway Point

If you have a sweet tooth, definitely order the Mango Shibuya Toast. And even if you’re feeling greedy / hungry, don’t get one for yourself. It’s for sharing! If you’ve had a full meal with friends or family, just order one to share among 3 or 4 pax.

Sakana Mango Shibuya Toast

If you don’t like overly sweet dessert and you’re a fan of matcha, then go for the Matcha Shibuya Toast. The restaurant is too generous with the red beans. πŸ˜€

Sakana Matcha Shibuya Toast

As for the mains, I highly recommend the Salmon Sashimi Don. Firstly, it’s so pretty! We ‘feast’ first with our eyes, don’t we? There’s another Japanese – Western fusion restaurant nearby that served up a really ugly sashimi don for me previously and I just had to send the restaurant some feedback. Here, taste-wise, it’s good too, and that wasabi packs a punch, in case you are wondering why it’s just one small dollop. You might feel your eyes beginning to water and your nose tingle if you eat too much of this wasabi at once. (@_@)

Sakana Salmon Sashimi Don and Lychee Zing

And the drink behind the bowl? That’s their Lychee Zing which my pal ordered. Served with a umbrella and a syringe. Apparently, there’s some kind of syrup within the syringe and you’re supposed to ‘inject’ it into the drink. When she’d picked up the syringe, one of Sakana’s male staff hurried over and tried to stop her – apparently you’re supposed to keep the syringe ‘underwater’ before you release the syrup. Otherwise it’ll squirt all over you. The staff told us that unfortunately happened to another customer recently. Hmm. I wonder why the person who served the drink didn’t warn us.

Anyway, here’s the salmon sashimi don I ordered on another occasion. It’s equally pretty. I like when standards are consistent. πŸ™‚

Sakana Salmon Sashimi Don

My sis ordered their hotplate beef cubes, which came with rice and miso soup. I thought it was rather odd that there were fries too. Let’s just say this isn’t a low carb meal. So if you’re on a diet, well, order something else. The beef could do with a bit more seasoning and truth be told, ordering beef in a restaurant called Sakana (which means ‘fish’ in Japanese) is not exactly the smartest decision. Haha! Order their fish!!!

Sakana Hotplate Beef Cubes

If you’re going to have a meal at Sakana and you already have set your eyes on having dessert there too, then maybe you might want to give the drinks a miss as they look like they have quite a few calories in there too.

My skinny pal ordered the Hojicha Caramel Macchiato, and well he should since he’s skinny and can handle the extra calories. πŸ˜€ Look at that whipped cream πŸ˜€

Sakana Hojicha Caramel Macchiato

And this is their Matcha Azuki Shiratama Latte. It doesn’t look like it’s for one person.

Sakana Matcha Azuki Shiratama Latte

I’m just a little disappointed that the restaurant doesn’t serve (free) water. You can purchase bottled water from them. The desserts are sweet, the drinks are sweet, and without water, it can seem a little overwhelming. Hence, I skip the drinks when I dine here. Maybe the restaurant can earn some money by charging for water, but perhaps they’d earn more if people order these drinks knowing that they can ask for some free iced water when it gets too sweet for their tastebuds. *shrug*

That said, I know I’ll be back for their Salmon Sashimi Don and Mango Shibuya Toast. There’s this pretty cool tea time promotion for the dessert and drinks so anyone who heads there with me can have the drink on my behalf! πŸ˜€

Sakana is located at #01-25 of Waterway Point.

GroVe: Vegetarian Food at Waterway Point, Punggol (Part One)

GroVe Waterway Point

Waterway Point has been open for about 7 months now, and I’ve only just visited this eatery selling vegetarian food this week. I think I hesitated for SO LONG because I’m not the biggest fan of vegetarian, and especially vegan, food. Sometimes I just love meat and things like salmon sashimi (*sigh*). Having popped by GroVe at Waterway Point though, I think I just may have a few more vegetarian meals in the coming months!

If you haven’t already realized, vegetarian and vegan food are less taxing on your digestive system. The same burger + fries + drink combo would leave you feeling heavy and full if it’s not a vegetarian meal. The vegetarian version simply leaves you feeling pleasantly satiated, and it’s unlikely that you’ll experience a ‘food coma’.

This was what I experienced at GroVe.

I ordered a new item on their menu: the Hawaiian Teriyaki Burger with Fries ($8.80) and added a dollar for their original milk tea (there’s a version with peach, which I’ll try next time).

The burger buns were so soft and fluffy, the pineapple very juicy, and the fries were hot and crispy without being oily (I was so impressed!) The ‘patty’ itself has the same texture as luncheon meat! Go slice through it with a knife and you’ll see what I mean. Incredible! *Of course, this is processed food too. So I wouldn’t say it’s extremely healthy.

As for the drink, I was blown away by how similar it was to Koi’s milk tea. Just add the ‘pearls’, I guess, and it can pass off as Koi bubble tea. Apparently the drink is from the brand Utopia, which hails from Australia. I’ll definitely need to get another cup, since the $1 top-up makes the drink cheaper than those from Koi or GongCha. πŸ˜€

*GroVe has a weekday promotion: Value Meals at $9.80 with a choice of Peach Tea or Plum Green Tea. Mains are: Smoky BBQ Burger w/Fries (Monday), Oyster Mushroom Cream Pasta (Tuesday), Potato Baked Rice w/Japanese Curry Sauce (Wednesday), Kung Pao Monkey-Head Mushroom Noodle (Thursday) and Sweet & Sour Monkey Head Mushroom Rice (Friday). *Not valid on Public Holidays.

You can find GroVe / Utopia at #02-20/21, Waterway Point. It’s located next to the foodcourt, and opposite Buddy Hoagies.

老火汀 @ Waterway Point: Buy-1-Get-1-Free Soups

Waterway Point 老火汀

I had lunch at Waterway Point today as there’s a promotion going on at one of the new eateries. 老火汀’s soups are on offer now till 31 August – order one bowl of soup and get another (of the same price or lower) for FREE! We picked ‘Buddha Jump Over The Wall’ or what the Chinese call ‘δ½›θ·³ε’™’ as it’s easily one of the most pricey soups on their menu, getting the most out of the promo! πŸ˜€

Of course, you can opt for any of the other soups, such as Pork Rib with Apple & Snow Pear Soup (S$9.80), Sea Coconut Chicken Soup (S$14.80) or their herbal chicken soups (S$14.80 – S$16.80).

We ordered Pumpkin Rice and Brown Rice (S$2 each) to go along with the soups. I like having both kinds of rice mixed together.

As for the ‘Buddha Jump Over The Wall’ soup, I liked that it doesn’t have a ton of MSG in it (so we didn’t actually feel thirsty after the meal) and that the ingredients seem pretty fresh. There was chicken, fish maw, mushrooms, wolfberries, scallops (really small ones), etc. Really good comfort food on rainy days, I believe. But today’s weather was horrendously hot.

If, like me, you’re wondering why this soup comes with such an interesting name, and since when did Buddha actually jump over a wall, well, Wikipedia says it’s because the dish is so yummy that it’d entice vegetarian monks to jump over temple walls to get to it. LOL. Not sure if it’s true, but that’s an interesting story.

老火汀’s business sure was brisk today, no doubt due to their 1-for-1 promotion. Staff give out flyers at the mall’s entrance daily, I believe, so I’m sure many shoppers popped by to try the soups. Meanwhile, Rong Hua Bak Kut Teh just next door clearly suffered. While 老火汀 had few unoccupied tables, Rong Hua’s were largely unoccupied at lunchtime with perhaps only 2 pairs of diners. Since their clientele is largely the same, I’m sure Rong Hua’s boss won’t be pleased a competitor is right next door.

Another thing I noticed was how some diners leave a mess behind. There was a middle-aged man seated at the table next to ours, and after he was done with his meal, he left behind lots of chicken (or pork?) bones and bits of cartilage and all on the table, and the poor waitress had to pick them up one by one with the pair of chopsticks he had used. Clearing his one table took a while. Hopefully, more of us can learn to leave those bits and pieces we don’t want to eat in a separate bowl or plate so it makes clearing the dishes that much easier for staff. #beagoodcustomer

~ How To Enjoy The Buy 1 Get 1 Free Promo ~

The promotion is available from now till 31 August, only from 11am to 430pm on Mondays to Fridays, excluding weekends and public holidays.

Address: Waterway Point #B1-22 East Wing (between Rong Hua Bak Kut Teh and Uncle Leong’s Signatures). Tel: 6386 0830.

*There’s the usual 10% service charge and 7% GST – it’ll be added to your bill.