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Pockets-friendly paella & seafood in a Bedok Reservoir coffeeshop

Seafood in hawker stalls tend to go two methods: good, but it surely’s your normal tze char dishes, and dangerous, as a result of it’s fish and chips from that western stall. Nonetheless, Fin-ery Kitchen, which is situated in an unassuming espresso store in Bedok Reservoir, presents itself as a step above the others, with distinctive choices comparable to paella and fish and chips the place you may select what sort of fish you need.

Fin-ery Kitchen - Exterior Shot

The proprietor of Fin-ery Kitchen, David, is a chef with over 25 years of expertise. He had stints as the chief chef of Paradise Group and was as soon as a chef at Michelin-star restaurant Saint Pierre.

He determined to begin Fin-ery Kitchen as he wished to coach the lots that fish and chips is extra than simply fried dory. This is the reason he determined to present diners the selection between three fishes: dory, barramundi and haddock.

Fin-ery Kitchen is at present within the technique of getting its halal certification and is at present pork, lard and alcohol-free.

What I attempted at Fin-ery Kitchen

Fin-ery Kitchen - Menu

Regardless of its effort to enlighten the lots in regards to the variety of fish and chips, Fin-ery Kitchens’ menu was fairly numerous and seemed like one thing out of a high-end Western cafe. , those which have phrases like “Eat, Pray, Love” on their partitions.

Aside from seafood, they’ve Grilled Lamb Cutlet (S$11), Buttermilk Spring Rooster (S$6/S$11) and even Grilled Tomahawk Steak (market value)! Surprisingly, they even managed to squeeze in Gourmand Burgers with handmade patties comparable to Grilled Rooster (S$5) and Beef Patty (S$6) with a facet every. 

Fin-ery Kitchen - Paella Fish and Chips Prawn Fritters

Every thing sounded pleasant on the menu however I used to be itching for seafood, and so went with an Particular person Seafood Paella Rice (S$10), Prawn Fritter (S$7) and Dory (S$7) with two sides, Mac & Cheese and Pasta with tomato sauce. 

I wished to get the Barramundi (S$10) which was a fan favorite, but it surely was offered out. Actually, fairly a variety of objects had been offered out throughout lunch after I bought there, such because the Calamari Fritter (S$5) and sides comparable to Roasted Pumpkin. I ain’t even mad, because it reveals that the meals was actually produced from scratch!

Fin-ery Kitchen - Seafood PaellaWhen my Seafood Paella Rice arrived, I used to be actually dumbfounded by how good it seemed. It didn’t gel with the espresso store surroundings that I used to be in, with outdated people at a close-by desk laughing and a few others gorging on financial rice. It felt misplaced and I beloved it for that. 

Fin-ery Kitchen - Paella Squid and Prawn

It got here with a chunk of grilled fish completed with creamy sauce and a single giant prawn, in addition to a few grilled squids over a mattress of tomato short-grain rice. 

Fin-ery Kitchen - Paella Close up

Earlier than even coming to Bedok Reservoir, I had an preliminary concern that the paella served can be an beginner’s tackle fancy fried rice, however that disappeared after my first spoonful. You would actually style the tomato paste in addition to spices comparable to paprika. It was additionally well-cooked and remained on the nice facet of each delicate and chewy.

Fin-ery Kitchen - Paella Grilled Fish

Equally, the fish was grilled properly with a particular cream sauce offering one other layer of flavour to chop by the already wealthy flavour of the paella rice. I additionally appreciated how flaky the fish was, making it straightforward to scoop together with my rice.

Fin-ery Kitchen - Paella Squid

In all probability my favorite a part of the paella was the grilled squid. There should be a lot thought when it got here to cooking the tentacled protein, as its chewiness and QQ texture fully blew my thoughts and shattered my preliminary expectations of Fin-ery Kitchen. I now understood who the brand new child on the block was.

It would come throughout as over-seasoned to some, as they had been positively liberal with the cajun seasoning on the squid. This resulted in some items being saltier and packing barely extra warmth in them. Nonetheless, I’d quite have it over-seasoned than beneath, particularly when cooked this nicely.

Fin-ery Kitchen - Dory and Chip

You’re proper, I ought to have gone with the haddock, as really useful by the chef however I felt compelled to strive the basic dory fish. That afternoon, I simply wasn’t within the temper for fries (as you in all probability know what they style like) so I opted for pasta-based sides. It additionally got here with a slice of lemon and selfmade tatar sauce.

Fin-ery Kitchen - Dory and Chip Close

After making use of slight stress from my fork, the Fried Dory caved in with an honest crisp, revealing a barely mushy-looking inside. And my first chew, sadly, confirmed my preliminary suspicion. 

Fin-ery Kitchen - Dory

The mushy dory flesh jogged my memory of child meals and even tasted prefer it, with minimal flavours other than the standard fishy style. I went to style the batter, in hopes that I’d be saved by some kind of seasoning however to no avail. The batter was as primary as ordering fish and chips in a Western restaurant. I used to be left questioning how good it’d be if I had chosen the grilled choice as a substitute.

Fin-ery Kitchen - Sides Mac Cheese

The Mac & Cheese, although a tad generic, had precise flavour and was one of many saving graces of the dish. Its cheese sauce tasted like a mix of store-bought nacho cheese with cream.

Fin-ery Kitchen - Sides Pasta with Tomato Sauce

The Pasta with Tomato Sauce was additionally surprisingly well-cooked, with the pasta being al dente and the sauce that was used tasted good. Who cares if it was from a jar or canned— it was extra flavorful than the precise Fried Dory itself.

I attempted the Fried Dory with the Tatar sauce but it surely simply didn’t minimize it. The shortage of seasoning was what killed this dory for the second time. Nonetheless, the truth that it makes use of precise fish and possibly selfmade batter made it a step above normal hawker choices, albeit a bland one.

Fin-ery Kitchen - Prawn Fritters

Lastly, I attempted the Prawn Fritters that additionally got here with selfmade tatar sauce. Although I may admire how giant the dimensions of the prawns had been, it confronted the identical subject because the Fried Dory with the batter being flavourless. 

The precise prawn itself tasted naturally candy regardless of not being seasoned, but it surely was a tad dry. 

Ultimate ideas 

Regardless of hitting a stumbling block when it got here to its fried dishes, I’ve all the arrogance on the earth that Chef David can enhance on them. I imply, have you ever learn the man’s resume? 

I’ve additionally purposely not talked about how inexpensive Fin-ery Kitchen is. Significantly, among the costs are actually absurd for the standard and the individuals getting ready them. 

Established seafood chains beware, there’s a brand new child on the town and he doesn’t cost S$21.95++ for fish and chips!

Anticipated harm: S$7 – S$10 per pax

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Our Ranking: 4.5 / 5

Fin-ery Kitchen

Block 631 Bedok Reservoir Highway, Nam Hua Coffeeshop, #01-885, Singapore 470631


Our Ranking 4.5/5

Fin-ery Kitchen

Block 631 Bedok Reservoir Highway, Nam Hua Coffeeshop, #01-885, Singapore 470631

Working Hours: 11am — 10pm (Every day)



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