New Ubin Seafood CHIJMES – Zhi Far Fare At More Centralised And ‘Atas’ Location
New Ubin Seafood has opened at CHIJMES, a more convenient location which is a short-walk from City Hall MRT.
For those who unfamiliar with New Ubin Seafood, they were known to be one of Singapore’s best zhi char restaurants when they were previously at Sin Ming, also listed in the Michelin Bib Gourmand for two editions in 2016 and 2017.
They do not just sell the typical zhi char dishes, with recommendations of signature U.S. Angus Rib-eye Steak ($16 per 100gm), St Louis Grilled Pork Ribs ($40 for half rack), Boss Style Bee Hoon ($12), Hei Chor ($17.00 for small), and Satay ($6 for 5 sticks) among the top selling dishes.
I was also a fan of their Hokkien Mee ($15 for small) and Heart Attack Fried Rice.
This new branch also includes some highlights from Garang Grill, such as the Crispy Pork Jowl.
The benefits of having a more centralised location – we can introduce local styled dishes to foreign friends and tourists who also want a comfortable dining environment; and for our personal family and friends meet-ups.
However, I am not too confident of introducing the food (at least now) if any tourist-friends ask for recommendations.
In fact, my group of friends didn’t head down immediately in the month of opening, because we didn’t hear too positive reviews and thought they needed time to settle in.
The U.S. Angus Rib-eye Steak ($16 for 100gm) was served luke-warm at most, lacking in the characteristic smokiness and succulent pieces.
In fact, the rib eye cubes tasted unexpectedly bland and the entire table unanimously asked for more seasoning of some sort.
The accompanying “Heart Attack” Fried Rice which used to be everyone’s favourite carb dish, was left untouched after we all took bites.
Its distinct wok-hei was obviously missing-in-action, the rice tasted as though it was re-heated from a previously cooked batch.
New Ubin Seafood’s management has explained that they have “received similar feedback from other guests and they are working on troubleshooting the various technical issues that may have led to the food tasting reheated and lacking in wok hei and smokiness.”
They want to assure diners that all food is definitely prepared a la minute and that there are other technical and external factors that unfortunately led to the food tasting ‘reheated’.
If you are heading over, the Hokkien Mee Special ($15, $24, $3) cooked in a pork and prawn broth; Hong Kong Kai Lan Special ($15, $20, $25) and Har Cheong Kai ($18 for 6 wings) of deep fried wings coated with shrimp paste were all not bad. Though $3 for a wing was a tad pricey.
Give them even more time to settle in.
New Ubin Seafood CHIJMES
CHIJMES #02-01, 30 Victoria Street, Singapore 187996
Tel: +65 9740 6870
Opening Hours: Lunch 11am – 3pm; Dinner 5:30 pm – 10:30pm Daily
New Ubin Seafood Hillview
Lam Soon Industrial Building No. 63 Hillview Ave
(Hillview MRT, 15-20 min away. Bus numbers 176, 963, 970)
Opening Hours: Lunch 11:30am – 2pm (Tues – Fri), 11:30am – 2:30pm (Sat, Sun, PH), Dinner 5:30pm – 10:30pm Daily
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