Sunday, May 12, 2013
Oceans of Seafood at PasarBella, Singapore
PasarBella at the Grandstand seemed like a pretty cool idea, especially for someone like me who loves going to outdoor markets. So I was a bit let down when I came down here to find that many of the (cooked food) stalls were just outlets of existing chains from around the island: Shiraz, SaladStop!, and (ugh!) Charly T's. Oceans of Seafood, however, was one of the few that seemed unique, and hence I decided to get my lunch here (200 Turf Club Road #02-06, 6466-1005).
Somehow I ended up in the sushi section, which as it turns out was run by the guy who used to run Miz in Tanjong Pagar. Yes, the fish above was fresh, but I wasn't very happy when I left, as none of his cooked food was on the menu. Moreover, it was only after I paid did I realize that there was a separate section serving steamed seafood, which is where I should have gone to begin with. Both sections were totally understaffed, leaving everyone to wonder how to order, where to sit, etc.
Yeah, that was a big letdown. Sure, if I'm up there again one of these days, maybe I'll try to get some steamed shellfish first. And actually, that paella stall out in front of it seemed like it might hold some promise. But otherwise, there wasn't really anything that exciting at this market in the end. I sure hope that some of those chains vacate their stalls and let something more interesting come in.
Digested at 2:24 PM
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