To readers: Fisherman’s Market has ceased operations, and been replaced with another Japanese buffet restaurant Chiso Zanmai
Buffet-hungry Singaporeans will rejoice at the opening of this new seafood buffet restaurant at Clarke Quay Central. Fisherman’s Market is an “all you can eat” restaurant featuring a variety of seafood prepared in Japanese, Western and Chinese styles, with up to 90 different freshly prepared dishes available for selection.
The choice of having a seafood restaurant next to the Singapore River is a perfect one – having seafood while overlooking the river nightlife, at the mall well known for its Japanese offerings.
I was pleasantly surprised at its huge size and walking space. Fisherman’s Market has two levels sprawling a 300-seater upstairs and 60-seater bar downstairs. Therefore, no rushing, no squeezing and no queuing with crowds of buffet ‘enthusiasts’. Bliss.
There is so much food you do not know where to start from. There is a myriad of the usual soups, pastas, pizza, sushi, sashimi to dim sum and desserts! My advice is, start with the cold salads and seafood where there are tasty offerings of jellyfish in sesame seed, pork stewed in shoyu, chicken with mustard dressing, and icy crabs.
Every table will be presented with some ‘clips’ where you can use to make orders Teppanyaki and Tempura. I had salmon belly with mixed vegetables, evenly fried by a Japanese chef on the spot. I liked that it is not overly seasoned, retaining the natural flavours of the meat. For the tempura, go for the prawn and soft shell crab, deep fried with light batter.
Strange observation, but I noticed many guys aiming at the fresh, juicy and large oysters, busying squeezing lemon juice in plates piled with shells. Other than the oysters being the most ‘value’ item, perhaps their high zinc content is another reason for their fast disappearance.
A pleasant surprise is the availability of chilli crab and black pepper. While the sauce is almost authentically tasty, the crabs have unfortunately been put on diet.
I hear varying comments from “The desserts such as Crème brûlée are to die for” to “This is a upmarket version of Sakura”. The price is $39.90++ for Mondays to Thursdays, and $49.90++ for weekends, considering slightly pricey compared to similar buffets. That is perhaps the cost to pay to feast on delicious seafood while enjoying the beautiful river scenery and ERP view.
Fisherman’s Market, 6 Eu Tong St, #01-15 & #02-17 The Central, Singapore 059817
Opening Hours: 11am – 11pm (1st floor) 5pm – 11pm (2nd floor)