Seafood Paradise has opened two new outlets, at Changi Airport Terminal 2 and Senja-Cashew Community Centre in Bukit Panjang. Many will recall that Seafood Paradise at Defu Lane is the humble zi char stall that rose to become a full-fledged restaurant, and eventually kicked off the multi-concept Paradise Group.
The CEO Eldwin Chua himself started off as the zi char cook and devised creative dishes to that to Seafood Paradise's popularity. His is a really interesting "zero-to-hero" story that I will tell you another time.
To celebrate the two new outlets, Seafood Paradise has introduced new dishes on its menu. Let me show you what they are.
Up above is the "Crispy 'Kang Kong' topped with Cuttlefish in Homemade Seafood Sauce" (S$14 for small; S$21 for medium; S$28 for large). The kang kong leaves are gently coated with batter and fried to a light, ethereal crisp (almost like tempura or fried seaweed). To my surprise, the poached cuttlefish is delightfully 'bouncy' and devoid of offensive smell, which sometimes happens if you don't clean it thoroughly. Honestly, this is probably the only "jiu her eng chye" I will eat.
They also now offer a pretty decent rendition of Homemade Teochew Prawn Roll (S$8.80 per serving). Crispy on the outside, juicy on the inside. Served very piping hot!
Venus Clam in Sweet & Spicy Sauce (S$18 for small; S$27 for medium; S$36 for large). This is basically your "lala" clams. Personally, I would have preferred more spicy than sweet, but understandably, a location like Changi Airport has a lot of international visitors who may not be used to chili heat.
Curry Red Snapper Fish Head (a mere S$18 per portion, as shown above, available from 11am to 5pm daily). Sorry my shot does not look very glamorous, but we couldn't stop eating this even after the crab arrived (I even stole the mantou from the crab to eat it with the curry). Something's just very comforting about this dish. It's a very generous portion too.
Yes, I mentioned crab. The Creamy Butter Crab Topped with Coconut Crumbs (seasonal price) is not a new dish, but it's their signature (created by Eldwin). The crabs are cooked in a rich sauce of evaporated milk, white pepper, butter, sugar, curry leaves, lemongrass and chili. Sinfully creamy and rich! Probably good for those who prefer things less spicy. Personally, the sauce was a tad too opaque and had the danger of masking the natural sweetness of the fresh crab.
The new dessert of Chilled Lemongrass Jelly in Lemonade (S$4.50 per person) is a simple but effective palate cleanser for the seafood sauces, gravies and curries. The biji selasih (basil seeds) give some textural bite too.
The 210-seater outlet at Changi Airport has two private rooms and cosy dining booths. It's not just convenient for tourists, but also a great family dining choice for locals staying in the East. I haven't seen the Senja-Cashew CC outlet but I hear it overlooks a luscious green park, complete with pond.
Also unique to the Changi Airport restaurant are 7-8 individual set meals comprising a seafood trio platter and a main course plus drink for just S$14.80. It's perfect for those who don't want a long complicated dinner, and just want to enjoy a quick bite before catching their flight. The main courses include items like braised ee-fu noodles with seafood, kampung-style fried rice, stir-fried mee sua with seafood, and udon with seafood in black pepper sauce.
There are currently also some weekday promotions.
Monday: 50% off all live fishesNot valid on eve of and on public holidays and special occasions.
Tuesday: 30% off all crabs (min 2 crabs for 1-5 pax; 4 crabs for 6 or more per table)
Wednesday: $1.20 per pc oyster sashimi (min 6)
Thursday: 30% off prawns & lobster
Friday: 30% off all clams
The new dishes highlighted above will also soon make their way to the other two outlets at Defu Lane and the Singapore Flyer.
SEAFOOD PARADISE's new outlets
60 Airport Boulevard
#036-059 Level 3 Terminal 2
Singapore Changi Airport
Tel: 6214 9655
Daily: 11.00am – 11.00pm (last order at 10.30pm)
101 Bukit Panjang Road
#02-01 Senja-Cashew Community Club
Tel: 6766 9813
Daily: 11.30am – 3pm (last order at 2.30pm)
6.00pm – 11.00pm (last order at 10.30pm)
Two other outlets at Defu Lane and the Singapore Flyer.
Thanks to Sixth Sense Communications for inviting and hosting me, and to Seafood Paradise for the dining opportunity.