For those of you who are fish lovers, I would recommend The Naked Fish Shoppe at the Grassroots Club next to Yio Chu Kang MRT station for their wide selection of fish – Halibut, Shark, Barramundi, Ocean Perch, Cat Fish, Flounder and Trout. Aside from these they also have your staple Snapper, Norwegian Salmon & Dory which are more common. All of the above are affordably priced from $9.90 to $18.00. Club members are given 10% off their total bill & PAssion card members get a complimentary Scallops Mornay with any order of a main course priced at $9.90 or more.
Do visit the place on Fridays for lunch because their Set Lunches are value-for-money: Soup-of-the-day, Main course, Set Dessert, Coffee/Tea. I know this all sounds like your standard set lunch, but don’t underestimate what they’ve got to offer. I’ve tried their Shark Fillet with Sambal & Seasonal Vegetables ($12.50++) [****], and I must say, I was impressed. Before my meal arrived, I was already getting increasingly concerned about how it’d turn out to be. After all, sharks aint the friendliest marine life around & their meat has always been tough to cook AND eat. It’s funny how that does not seem to be the case for sharks when it comes to us.
The shark fillet was surprisingly tender and the edges of the fillet was crisp from a light egg batter. The fillet wasn’t drowned in the batter, which was a good thing I felt, because shark meat tastes better when it’s not over done. Their seasonal vegetables consisted of leafy greens, carrots and thinly-sliced potatoes in a light sauce that complemented the fish. The sambal wasn’t the belachan-type with dried prawn paste and chilli padi, but the taste was good enough and it wasn’t too sweet. Some sambal pastes tend to be sugar-loaded, to the extent where it’s way too sweet for chilli and the intended spiciness is overpowered by it. This wasn’t the case, not to worry.
Another main course that a friend ordered was their Australian Whole Flounder [***.], pan-fried with butter sauce & a slice of lemon.
A word of warning though:
Don’t try it if you’re lazy to remove the bones. This one has many bones, but you know how it is with fish – the more bones it has, the sweeter its flesh. Initially it looked a tad too charred, but after the first morsel, my friend proclaimed it safe for consumption. Remember, looks can be deceiving..especially when it comes to food.
//They also have student set lunches priced from $6.80++
Food – 6.5/10
Price – $ to $$
Service – 7/10
Ambience – 7/10
Accessibility – 6/10
[$]-cheap like peanuts: ($10 & below/person)
[$$]-average Jane ($15-$25/person)
[$$$]-you might wanna tke tht card out..($30-$60/person)
[$$$$]-extremely exorbitant ($70 & above/person)
Tel: (65) 6457 8223
The Grassroots’ Club, (next to Yio Chu Kang MRT Station)
190 Ang Mo Kio Ave 8, #01-02
Opening hours: 11am to 10pm daily
Dress code: casual
Disclaimer: Image of food taken from The Naked Fish Shoppe’s website