Tuesday, June 21, 2016

Return Visit to Quayside Isle

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How time flies, it was already 6mths since our first visit to Quayside Isle @ Sentosa Cove and you can read more about the visit here. This time we are happy to be back again to check out the two newest F&B establishments there.

The very first place we went to was Joe & the Juice (#01-09). It felt more like a café and I would imagine that armed with a cup of coffee, reading a nice novel with full view of the marina would be really relaxing. And yes, they do sell coffee despite the brand name. Well it is coffee juice, no? Oh, the décor is really nice and cozy and you will be able to find many Instagram-able spots too.

To be absolutely honest, I am not a veggie person. In fact, I will usually pick out the tiniest bit from my meals, if possible. So it came as a horror to me when I read the list of ingredients for their juice mixes. Celery, carrot and beetroots are like okay…. But spinach, bell pepper and ginger? That is really eye-opening for me.

The sandwiches are yummy too!

So we started off with the easy on the palette drinks like “Hell Of A Nerve” - (Apple, Eldeflower & Banana) and “Pick Me Up” – (Raspberry, Banana & Apple) before moving on to the veggies. The fruit-based mixes were all great-tasting, with the first having more texture (more filling) while the second had a tangy taste from the raspberry. “Veggie Focus” – (Celery, Carrot & Apple) was the first veggie-mix we tried, and the first drink the kiddos rejected. No matter how you try to mask the smell of celery, it will still be there. I tasted it, and although I HATED celeries, the taste was still manageable for and it tasted surprisingly SWEET! I was fully expecting the kiddos to reject “Prince Of Green” – (Spinach, Pineapple & Apple) as well but Stacci actually loved it and gulped it down with gusto! I eyed the juicer squeezing some brownish liquid into the mixes and immediately thought it was sugar syrup. I asked, and was told by the proud staff that it was olive oil that will help in the absorption of nutrients and not syrup!

Stacci really enjoyed her "Prince of Green"!
After the "detoxifying" session, we were escorted to Greenwood Fish Market (#01-04/05) that was just a couple of steps away. The recently opened 4,100sgft restaurant seats 150 comfortably and is the biggest restaurant at Quayside Isle now. It's called Greenwood because their first restaurant started from Greenwood Avenue 13 years back and this is their first venture out. And doesn't it feel just right, for it to be moving closer to the sea?

It was the first time I am introduced to the different types of oysters by the knowledgeable Mr Alan Lee from the restaurant. And OMFG... to think that I only knew about oysters coming in big and small sizes before this visit. This is the place to try out the different live oysters from different parts of the world. Just check out the list!

Oyster Ceviche (Gillardeau Oysters) with Soya & Ginger Broth and Oyster Natural (Senteniles Irish)
A bunch of others that both Steffi and myself downed with joy.
We tried the starters, Hot Smoked Salmon on Manouri & Honey Cheese Spread on Brioche Toast and Hot Smoked Mackerel & Smashed Eggs with Avocado on Brioche Toast with the fish meat were all smoked in-house with apple wood from California. I personally preferred the salmon over the mackerel coz I am not a fan of avocados. It had the right level of smokiness that is not overpowering, and the honey cheese spread added to the sweetness!

Pan Seared John Dory on Sea Lavender, with Truffle & Ponzu Butter Sauce had me googling how the fish and the plant looked like. The flesh was firm and tasted great with the truffle, so unlike the cheap and tasteless pacific / cream dory that melts in your mouth. It was my first time tasting the leaves of the Sea Lavender too, and I learnt that these flowering plants actually thrive along sandy beaches and are naturally salty! No added salt the boss said. Now you know about this place, you know where to Find Dory ya?

This is poor Dory, John Dory that it.
We were treated to some Salted Egg Yoke Pasta with Prawn Stock & Sautéed Wild Prawns, something that the chef was experimenting. We know how Singaporean loves everything coated with salted egg yoke so this would really be a no-brainer. It turned out that the sauce dried a too fast in the cool restaurant, and I would have preferred a stronger flavour and more curry leaves perhaps? In any case I am sure they will be refining the dish before putting it on the menu!

After a hearty meal, we had a walk around the restaurant and the kids was able to watch the chefs hard at work in the kitchen, through the glass panels. This is not only a restaurant, but a market that sells seafood and other stuff such as caviar and specialty greens as well. Not only content with fresh seafood, they even bake European bread in their own bakery! Lots of booze too, beers and wines for the alcoholics who wanna chill out by the quayside!

The open kitchen that you can see the chefs cooking up a storm!
A wide selection of fresh fish fillets.
There are shellfishes as well!

Seafood can't get any fresher than this!
Come 01 July, Greenwood Fish Market will also be hosting its 4th World Oyster Festival for the entire month of July where one can get to taste 20 different types of oysters from around the world, in just one location! Make it two locations since it's available at both its outlets.

How to get to Quayside Isle

Free Method - If you wanna save money (like us), you can actually walk into Sentosa via the Boardwalk for free, proceed to the nearest Monorail Station (Waterfront) and take the monorail to Beach Station, walk to the bus interchange and transfer to Bus 3 which takes you to W Hotel beside Quayside Isle. It will cost you $0.

$2 Method - For $2, you can hop onboard the white Sentosa Cove shuttle bus at HarbourFront Bus Interchange directly to Sentosa Cove Village drop-off point. Available daily from 6.15am to 11.30pm at 20-minute intervals during peak hours.

Comfortable Method - Take a Taxi lah duh! Admission charges into the island applies. But it goes by per taxi and during meal times it is only $2 per taxi!

Self-Drive Method  - The following charges applies.

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