The Catch Seafood Restaurant & Bar – 7 Excellent Seafood in the East
Singaporeans travel for good food. I totally agree. If you ask me to travel all the way to Pasir Ris for chalet, I probably have to think thrice and still decided not to go. But… when I was told to meet for dinner right at the far east of the island because this seafood place is very good, ON LAH! It’s not easy to find this place. I told the taxi uncle that it’s near to Changi prison, we still made the wrong turn. But all is worthwhile.
The owner of The Catch actually supplies seafood to hotels/restaurants. So you can expect fresh seafood at affordable prices. Their menu is big, with close to 100 dishes that range from interesting appetisers to seafood and meat prepared in both popular and novel ways. We started our dinner with Deep Fried Silver Bait ($8). Lightly seasoned with salt and pepper, the chopped garlic with spring onion adds a bold flavour to it.
Crispy Brinjal with Salted Egg Yolk ($6) is one of our favourite with discs of eggplant well coated with golden salted egg yolk. Salted egg yolk sauce whetted my appetite for more, it’s rich in flavour with contrasting texture between the brinjal and batter.
Chinese wine is a must-have in my kitchen and I love to add splashed of wine into my dishes. Hence, Lala Clam Boiled In Chinese Wine ($14 small, $21 medium, $28 large) works for me. All you need is just sweet and juicy clams t do the magic. Cooking it in a delicious broth with splashes of wine, there is nothing more I can nitpick.
Deep Fried Soon Hock (seasonal price) is decent. The fish is fried till perfection and lightly lathered in a brown broth. The freshest fish is used to ensure that it is crispy on the outside but tender on the inside.
The Braised Noodle with Seafood in XO Sauce ($14 small, $21 medium, $28 large) is a favourite among many of us. XO sauce is a goldmine. Just add some of it in your noodles and it instantly makes an interesting dish. I like it that the XO sauce coats the meepok very well, it is mildly spicy but very fragrant and flavourful.
They didn’t have flower crab for that night so we ordered the normal Crab with Egg White & Chinese Wine (seasonal price). The crab is naturally juicy and sweet, and its freshness is accentuated by steaming it with silky egg white and Chinese wine. I am sure flower crab will work better but this is already quite satisfying with lots of meat and decadent crab roe.
Honestly, I was full by now and wanted to give their Roast Chicken with Glutinous Rice ($58) a miss. But when it arrived on my table, the reddish brown glistering skin is just too tempting. “Maybe I will just have a bite,” I said. But I cleared my plate. It needs one day advance order, so do let them know early.
Ok carbs overload. But we ended the night with a comforting bowl of Yuan Yang Poached Rice with Seafood in superior broth ($24 small, $26 medium, $48 large).
Service here is attentive (note: this is NOT a food tasting session) and the staff are full of smiles. I am impressed with what The Catch has offered. The dishes I have tried that night are simple and no frills, but they are able to deliver the taste and quality for every dish they put on our table, which makes me want to go back for more.
The Catch Seafood Restaurant & Bar
Address: 27 Cosford Road
Tel: +65 6546 2155
Opening hours: Tuesday to Sunday 11.30am to 2.30pm; 6 to 10.30pm. Closed on Mondays
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