A Walk to Remember
Went to Punggol for a walk. 🙂 While we were strolling down the Punggol Promenade Riverside Walk, we caught sight of Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong and his wife, Madam Ho Ching who were also there for a walk with their entourage and bodyguards. We walked beside them in the same direction (so up-close!) and I said ‘Hi, Mr Lee!’ as though he was a friend, lol.
Well, they were frequently interrupted by members of the public who wanted to take pictures with them but PM Lee was just so obliging and friendly. He would smile and stop for little chats with all the people. Geez, we should have requested for a wefie too but the husband and I were too shy to ask, lol.
Hip F&B Enclave in Punggol East
Anyway, we ended up at the Punggol East Container Park and decided to have our dinner here. Nothing really caught our fancy so thought we would just go for something casual and easy – fish and chips. 😀
Not much indoor (air-conditioned) seating but there were couple more tables on the outside if you don’t mind al-fresco dining in this hot weather.
You may want to refer to this Fish Profile Guide first and see which type of fish appeal to you before making your order.
If you’re paying via NETS, you can order and pay via the electronic kiosks on the left. For cash payment, queue at the counter on the right.
What I really loved about this place was this condiments station with 6 different sauces to choose from. There were ketchup, XO mayo, salted egg, cheese, chilli and tartar sauce.
DIY station so just help yourself to the sauces.
The Salted Egg Calamari ($8.80) looked promising with all that crunchy-looking batter. However, they were too overdone and hence were really rubbery and tough. There wasn’t any salted egg flavour in the dish at all, in fact they probably used that same salted egg sauce (from the condiments station) that was just weak in flavour.
The bonito flakes didn’t do much justice too – just didn’t match.
We were quite disappointed with the Fish Chips ($7.90) as we thought there would be some sort of ‘real fish’ in them. But these were just fried processed fish paste sticks. Nothing to shout about.
We opted for Sea Bass ($11.80) as we wanted a meaty texture kind of fish. It came in a thick, fat slab with a bunch of potato crisps, not french fries (which I would very much prefer). The whole thing was served up in a paper container and the potato crisps that were at the bottom were pretty much soggy as they soaked up too much moisture.
The sea bass was chunky, moist and juicy but tasted bland. Even the crispy batter coating didn’t have much flavour too so we really needed those sauces to enhance the taste. Seemed like frozen sea bass was used but thank goodness it wasn’t fishy.
We ended the meal with Churros ($6.50) that came with a condensed milk dip and mini marshmallows on the side. The churros were on the denser side but were crunchy on the outside, soft and cake-like on the inside. Pretty tasty treat. This was the only item that I truly enjoyed in this entire meal.
For their full and revamped menu, check out their website here.
All in all, I didn’t really love the food here that much but I liked the atmosphere and environment. Will I be back? Probably not. I still prefer the fish & chips and fried calamari from my all-time favourite Fish & Co which I don’t mind going back again and again.
Prices stated are inclusive of GST. There is no service charge.
Besides Punggol, they also have outlets in Northpoint City (Yishun), Tampines Mall, Bugis Junction and Timbre+.