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Fisherman’s Market Seafood Buffet Restaurant

*Media Invite*

Normally, the only place where you can gorge on unlimited servings of seafood is at hotel buffets. Introducing the new Fisherman’s Market Seafood Buffet Restaurant. Need I describe more what they specialise in? Fisherman’s Market has its origins in Kobe and Yokohama, and this is it’s very 1st restaurant outside of Japan. The seafood buffet spread boasts over 90 dishes made with the freshest seafood flown from South Asia, Australia and around the world. The dishes include freshly made sushi, fresh oysters, sashimi, chilli crabs, bouillabaisse and more. Check out the photos from the wonderful evening my friend and I had.

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The restaurant is huge! This is but 1/4 of the restaurant seating area that you are seeing! As it’s located on the 2nd floor of Central, if you snag a seat by the window, you get to enjoy views of Clarke Quay and the Singapore River. There’s also a part of the restaurant that faces the huge ERP gantry. I don’t think I would want to sit close to that area, but just for laughs you definitely have to take a picture of it.

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The sushi and sashimi counter is definitely my favourite station in the entire restaurant. I have a soft spot for sashimi and sushi so I was quite happy to spend my energies on gorging on these tasty morsels. The fish served really is very fresh tasting and a feast for the eyes.

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There was a whole oyster station complete with chef shucking the oysters right in front of you.

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Can give these 2 items a miss. The soft shell crab was very oily while the hot dog was nothing spectacular. Save your stomach space for the more “expensive” items. I wasn’t expecting much obviously, and I only tried these so that I could comment about them. The good thing though is that they only cook after you’ve selected what you want, hence the little clips on the plate. There’s also beef and pork teppanyaki to choose from but I didn’t as those would have filled me up completely.

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Don’t bother with this cheese fondue. We thought it’d be fun to order one, and it was fun. Taste-wise, to be frank, the cheese mixture didn’t really have a cheese flavour.

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Wide array of raw and cooked food. Check out the escalator in the 4th photo. You have to take the escalator from the ground floor to get to the restaurant on the 2nd floor.

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The crabs were a little too small for my liking. I found it hard to prise the limited bits of flesh out of the shell. The sushi and oysters on the other hand were very good.

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Big succulent prawns for the prawn lover.

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Salmon, one of my favourite fish!

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There’s a lot of cooked seafood to choose from if you’re not into raw seafood. The cooked prawns were really nice, and they’re peeled open so you don’t have to fiddle with the shells. There’s even seafood pasta.

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Oyster chef guarding over the pearls

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Fisherman’s Market has a few selections of wine for those who like to enjoy their food with wine. I happen to be one such person, tee hee hee. And it’s strange that only a few years ago, I didn’t really like to drink at all. How the taste buds change with age. Take note that the wine is at extra charge.

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A surprising find at the restaurant. Soft-serve ice cream!!! I thought nothing of the ice-cream machine at first, until my friend brought back a cup of this creamy goodness. It’s really nice! I may sound deprived but I’ve never had this at 7-11 before, and it doesn’t taste the same as McDonalds. This ice cream here is sweeter and light. Really just the thing I wanted to end off my meal at Fisherman’s Market. I had 3 cups of the soft serve ice cream, can you believe it!

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Free flow of soft drinks and tea/coffee, but not for the wine (obviously!)

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Here’s the pricing and full menu of Fisherman’s Market Seafood Buffet Restaurant. If you’re a seafood fan and you want to gorge on a full range of fresh seafood, here’s the place to come to. It’s a casual restaurant so there’s no need to dress up like you have to at the hotel restaurants. The place is quite convenient too, just above the Clarke Quay MRT station. Perfect for chilling out with your favourite pals. Only issue is, I do find the pricing to be a tad expensive, and for $10-$20 more, I would prefer to go to a hotel restaurant on a weekend.

*A big thank you to Ms Amanda Tan of Word of Mouth Communications for the kind invite!

Fisherman’s Market

The Central 6 Eu Tong Sen Street

#01-05 and #02-17, Singapore 059817

Mon – Sun: 11:00 am-11:00 pm

Tel: 6221-3177

From 10 September 2011 to 10 October 2011, get 20% discount by going to Fisherman’s Market Facebook, liking them and calling to make a reservation quoting the 20% discount!

The Queen & the Mangosteen

I think I might have mentioned before that I have a soft spot for cafes and restaurants with quirky names? Tell me if you don’t think that the Queen & the Mangosteen sounds cool. The Queen & Mangosteen is a modern interpretation of the quintessential British gourmet pub with a whimsical flourish. Rumour has it that the mangosteen was reputedly Queen Victoria’s favourite fruit. Hey whaddya know, the mangosteen is my favourite fruit too!!!

There’s something about a place being known as a “pub”. I think in the Singaporean culture, we think of pubs as sleazy places where good people don’t go to. It’s not the same case in the UK. After watching Jamie Oliver and Gordon Ramsay on TV, I’ve come to realise that families can go down to the pub for dinner. It just happens to be a place where you can also get alcoholic drinks.

Ah well, despite me saying that I like quirky names, this is only the 2nd time that I’ve been to the Queen & the Mangosteen. The 1st time being just after they opened a few years ago. Do you recall before this, in its place was Corduroy Cafe? I loved going to the Corduroy Cafe, it had such a nice ambience, and you had to walk past a long display of tasty jams and cakes! Wish the Corduroy Cafe was still around!

Anyway, my colleagues and I went down to the Queen & Mangosteen last week to celebrate someone’s birthday. After perusing the menu, most of us got the set-lunch as the prices were almost similar to the ala carte menu but with an additional soup/dessert and drink thrown in.

Queen & the Mangosteen - Coke

Free-flow of coke! Not that I need free flow coke. One glass is more than enough for me per meal.

Queen & the Mangosteen - Green Pea and Scampi Soup

Green pea and scampi soup – This was the soup of the day. Everyone chose this except for me. The soup colour may put you off, but based on the slurps and grunts of approval, everyone enjoyed the soup very much. There were chunks of scampi (prawns) in it too. Darn, I regretted not ordering this!

Queen & the Mangosteen - Fish & Chips

I had the fish and chips with their home made curry sauce. The fish is pretty good. It doesn’t taste oily and goes well with the curry dip. Only grouse is, 3 pieces isn’t really enough to fill you up if you didn’t already have the green pea soup! The fries were also very good. Crispy on the outside and fluffy on the inside.

Queen & the Mangosteen - Pot of Mussels

My colleague didn’t get the set lunch. Instead she ordered this pot of mussels in thai curry sauce with crusty bread. I managed to snag 2 mussels from her and I tell you, the broth was AMAZING! There’s a hint of Asian spice flavours to it so it’s even better than the usual mussels in wine. I could have slurped up the entire pot of broth if I’d ordered this! I bet the restaurant knows how good the broth is that is why bread is also served on the side. The mussels were also very fresh tasting to me, although it seems in the end, my colleague had to discard 5 mussels as they were unopened. I’m definitely coming back soon to try this dish again. Not cheap at $30+.  

Queen & the Mangosteen - Cottage Pie

Cottage pie (beef) – Not sure how this tasted but I don’t think my colleague had any complaints.

Queen & the Mangosteen - Panna Cotta

Ok this was the ickiest thing of the lot, and alas, it was my order! Instead of having a soup from the set lunch, I chose to have the dessert of the day. It happened to be panna cotta which is something that I like. I had in mind something like this from Gunthers, but obviously Gunther’s is in a far different league. I should have known better. Even the presentation itself was a failure. Look at the icky liquid covering the sides of the glass! Well I suppose the only good thing is that if you like the flavour of this panna cotta, there is lots of it to enjoy.


Drink until he looks cute! Don’t you think that is so cheekily creative? I’ve a good mind to gather some of my male friends for a drink now. Ha. And I’ll pay if it works.

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Queen & Mangosteen Seating Area

Here are some more pictures I took off the Queen & Mangosteen’s website. As you can see, there is indoor seating as well as outdoor if you so choose.

Queen & Mangosteen - Mini burgers and onion rings

I tried those mini burgers the 1st time I went there. Pretty good and definitely pretty cute.

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#01-106/107 Vivocity 1 Habourfront Walk, Singapore, Singapore 098585

Mon – Thu:11:00 am-11:00 pm

Fri – Sat:11:00 am-1:00 am

Sun:11:00 am-11:00 pm

Joe & Dough

Every time I walk pass a sandwich store or a cafe in town, I am reminded of the severely limited options available to me and my colleagues since moving to the new MapleTree Business City. Visitors to our office gush at how wonderful the place looks and how lucky we must be to have such a great view of the sea. But seriously, they are just suffering from “tourist blindness”. As you can well imagine, being a tourist in a foreign country is vastly different from actually staying put for the long term.

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The other day, I happened to be in the Suntec Area and I chanced upon this sandwich place called Joe & Dough, which is right next to Carrefour. I have no idea if this place serves nice sandwiches or not, but I have a soft spot for catchy names and nice looking cafes so I’m quite keen to try this place out. Anyone know if this place is good? I checked out Joe & Dough’s menu and it seems pretty okay. Well, nowadays, anything is better than Cedele!

Not that there’s anything bad about Cedele, but I now associate Cedele with not so nice memories! Even though I used to like Cedele a lot, I am so sick of the place considering that I have been eating there several times a week! Not to mention that that’s the thing I usually have when I have to WORK LATE! This all being thanks to the location of my office.

I’m going to be on leave on Monday so I’m going to go into Shenton Way and check out the new cafes and sandwich bars there. Quite a number of cool looking ones have popped up in recent months and I really wanna see if they are any good.

Another question since we’re on the topic. What do you refer to our CBD area as? I call it Shenton Way, but obviously that’s just one of the roads there. Do you refer to the CBD area as Raffles Place?

Paulaner Bräuhaus

I am quite lost when it comes to choosing a place to eat when in a shopping centre. I love keeping tabs on the restaurant and cafe scene, and most of the times, all the interesting restaurants that I want to try are located off the beaten track. Another reason why dining in a mall doesn’t catch my fancy is that the queues are horrendous! Come at 7pm on a Friday or a weekend and you’re almost guaranteed a half hour wait, which totally sux when you’re already famished.

Which was why I was rather apprehensive yesterday during a movie outing with several colleagues. We were supposed to watch Horrible Bosses at GV Marina and there was some vague idea of dining at Victoria Peak at the Suntec Convention Centre but no reservation was made. As expected, a last minute suggestion popped up, which was to go to Paulaner Brauhaus. It proved to be a pretty good suggestion because I haven’t been to Paulaners in like 6 years or something. I don’t know if my colleague enjoyed herself though, cuz she maintains a vegetarian diet on the 15th of every month…

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It was very crowded on the 1st floor, but almost empty on the 2nd floor (pictured above) which houses the restaurant. It seems hardly anyone knows that there is a restaurant section on the 2nd and 3rd floor! People! Paulaners serves proper meals upstairs, and not just bar food! The bar menu does have some meal sounding things, but go upstairs and you will get the full menu.

Paulaner Brauhaus - Light Lager

It was Sunday and from about 5-8pm they have a 1 for 1 drink. I ordered the 0.3litre light lager $13. With beer, I don’t know enough to describe the intricacies of the taste. I just know that I liked it and i finished about 1 and a half glasses.

Paulaner Brauhaus - Complimentary Bread

Generous amount of warm complimentary bread, with pate and butter. Our main dish arrived soon after so I was forced to discard the bread and attempt to conquer the main dish.

Paulaner Brauhaus - Meatpile

This is what I call the MEAT PILE. Ok they obviously called it a more refined German Platter, but seriously, I think MEAT PILE is a more apt description! When the 2 guys saw the amount of meat on the plate, their eyes glistened and the savage side of them emerged. Throughout the entire meal, they kept gushing about how happy they felt looking and devouring all the meat. And it is seriously a lot of meat. Each pax is charged $29.90 and you need a minimum of 2 pax. The amount here is a 2 pax order, but 2 guys and 1 girl could not finish all of this meat! I suppose if we hadn’t drunk the beer, the 3 of us might just have been able to conquer this.

Check out the knife waving in the background. Someone was going to spear me if I didn’t hurry up with the photo taking!

Meat pile close up

Here’s a close up of the meat pile. I liked the oozy cheese sausage at the bottom of the picture, and definitely the roast pork knuckle. You can choose to have boiled knuckle, but I say go for the roasted one (not that I’ve tried the boiled one but do I really need to advise you on this?). I didn’t like the meatloaf, it felt too smooth and processed, and totally unlike the NZ meatloaf I am familiar with that is chock full of detectable vegetable and meat bits. The sauerkraut was also so so, not pungent enough for me! When ordering this, just throw your diet out the window and just enjoy the crunchy roast pork knuckle fats. Think of it as collagen, good for the skin! Oh, mashed potato was served, but largely ignored for obvious reasons.

Paulaner Brauhaus - Pizza

My other colleague ordered this pizza for $17, the one on the vegetarian diet. But she only managed to finish 3 pieces. Definitely not the authentic Italian pizza that I like. The yellow bits are peaches or apricots, which is an interesting change. I wonder if this is a German version of pizza. Seriously I don’t know how she managed to sit through the entire meal watching us wolf down the meat pile.

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All in all, it was a very fun meal. Meat pile coupled with beer tends to lower the inhibitions of others. I might actually order the roast pork knuckle on its own the next time and not have to share all the crispy bits with other crispy bit loving people.

Go on a Sunday evening to get 1 for 1 beers, and bring your Citibank or Amex card for 15% discount on food! And don’t forget to leave your diet at home!

Paulaner Brauhaus

9 Raffles Boulevard #01-01 Millenia Walk
039596 Singapore
+65 6883 2572
+65 6883 0702
Opening Hours
Lunch (Mon-Fri): 12pm-2.30pm ; Sun-Thu: 12pm-1am ; Fri-Sat & Eve of P.H.: 12pm-2am
Lunch (Mon-Fri): 12pm-2.30pm ; Dinner (Mon-Sun & P.H.): 6.30pm-10.30pm
Sunday Brunch: 11.30am-2.30pm


I’ve never seen Meatworks full before in the numerous times that I’ve passed by it. Was a bit skeptical about the food, but when I finally tried it out, I’m pleased to report that they do a pretty good steak! Service was also pretty decent, even though I’ve read several reviews that mention otherwise.

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The steak that I ordered was the Hanging Tender $26 and it lived up to its name. Every bite was really flavourful yet tender. The only thing I didn’t like was the herb butter which I chose. I think if given the choice again, I would go for the Cabernet Sauvignon Mushroom sauce. Come to think of it, it should have been common sense to order that sauce, but I was kind of hoping that the butter would be special too. But given that the steak is so heavy already, you don’t really want more fats via the butter. On the whole, still one of the best steaks I’ve had for this price range.

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The Partner had the Ribeye. He was looking for grassfed Ribeye, but the only grassfed option was for the Sirloin which he doesn’t like. still, it was a tasty Ribeye and I enjoyed stealing bits of it too. The steak fries were also very good, crispy just the way I like it.

Definitely going to come back again to Meatworks. But a huge grouse is that they don’t serve alcohol! Something along the lines of them wanting to be Halal, so the waitress said. To intensify the pain, they haven’t actually removed the alcohol page from the menu!You have to go to the supermarket on the same floor to get the wine if you need some, and corkage is charged at $20 per bottle. Steak really tastes loads better when you have a glass of wine in hand. And for some reason, I really was hankering for a glass after all that energy spent on shopping earlier. We plodded through without the wine, but certainly for the next round, I will buy a bottle or sneak one in!

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MeatWorks ION Orchard
2 Orchard Turn #04-12
Singapore 238801
T +65 6634 0026
F +65 6634 8901

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