Foodies who are looking for NEW places to dine out in Singapore can shift your direction to Stevens Road, of close proximity to both Orchard Road and Bukit Timah. ”The rich man’s land”, as some would say.
FiSK (Norwegian for Fish) is one of the first restaurants to open at the revamped area – where The Pinetree Club used to be located at.
Opened by Norwegian seafood distributor Snorre Food, it consists of a dining area called “The Seafood Bar” and a retail market where home cooks can find a variety of seasonal coldwater seafood.
It was not difficult for me to like the décor of the place, in contemporary white and blue Scandinavian style, with optimal usage of space for display. I only thought that the Seafood Bar, with a 35-seater, was smaller than expected.
Over at the market, you can expect a couple of ‘live’ seafood, though more chilled and frozen ones as well house-smoked fresh salmon – a first in Singapore.
The seafood you can find would include Salmon, Cod, Mackeral, Halibut, Oysters (Scottish, French, Irish & Japanese), Lobsters (Scottish), King Crab (Norwegian), Scallops (Scottish / Norwegian), Blue Mussels (Scottish /Norwegian).
There is also a selection of Nordic products, from dairy (brown cheese, milk and butter), to cold-pressed pure Norwegian apple juice, chocolates, their exclusive house brand ‘Viking Water’ Belgian Blonde ale, seasonings, and ready-to-eat items like sashimi platters.
I was there for lunch, with offerings such as Seafood on Ice, Sashimi, open-face “Smørrebrød” sandwiches ($4 – $10), hot dishes of Creamed Fish and Shellfish Soup ($7.50, $12.50), Atlantic Cod Curry ($11.75), Black Pepper Salmon ($18.75), and Baccalao ($13.50, $19.50).
Lunch sets available in 2, 3 and 4 courses, were priced at $29, $33, and $38 respectively.
However, the server was not able to adequately explain why the set ($29) would be pricier than if I were to order ala carte (Soup $12.50 + Cod $11.75) as portions were said to be the same.
So ala carte it shall be.
The Black Pepper Salmon ($18.75) was probably my favourite dish, with almost perfectly flaky and tender salmon, lovely coat of black pepper on the skin which didn’t overwhelm.
Plus, it came with a bowl of warm rice with egg, which turned out to be comforting after a series of colder starters.
The group was more indifferent towards the Atlantic Cod Curry ($11.75). My guess was that the taste was quite muted and lacked of the robustness, and therefore didn’t excite as much as what we would expect from a curry item.
The dinner menu, with offerings of Hand-Dived Scallop ceviche, Seared Langoustine Tail with smoked bone marrow, Hot Smoked Greenland Halibut, and Uni Ice Cream sounded more exciting.
My friend who was excited about Uni Ice Cream, asked if there was an extra portion for lunch. Thanks to the sincere and friendly taste. She got her wish. HOWEVER, I thought that the sea urchin was probably buried well in the scoop of sweetness.
FiSK Seafoodbar & Market
30 Stevens Road #01-01 Singapore 257840
Opening Hours: Seafood Bar 11:30am – 7.30pm (Mon), 11:30am to 4:30pm, 6pm – 10pm (Tues – Sat), 11:30am – 7pm (Sun)
Market 10:00am – 7:00pm (Mon – Sun)