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Sunday, 21 June 2015

[Invited Tasting] World Oyster Festival 2015 at Greenwood Fish Market & Bistro

34 Greenwood Avenue, Singapore 289236
Tel:  6467 4950

Greenwood Fish Market & Bistro holds their very own "World Oyster Festival" , and this is the 3rd year already! Every year, over 20 types of oysters are sourced, procured and airflown from all over the world in for this event.  Some will even be flown in 2-3 times a year to ensure freshness and a wide array of choices for you oysters lovers out there!

For this year, the Oyster Festival commences from 27 June 2015 to 25 July 2015.  I was both honored and psyched to be invited for the private tasting event prior to the launch.

Upon arrival, I passed by the quaint, European-styled dining hall into the back to meet Chef Alan, and had a sneak peek of all the fresh seafood on display. The assortment of fresh oysters was tantalising - they came in every type of sizes, shapes and names.

They started us with Herb Focaccia, which was cottony soft and resplendent of herbal aroma.

The first platter of Oysters was served - encompassing 7-8 different types of fresh, juicy oysters.

The pinkish dip in the middle was a special concoction comprising of raspberries, shallots and vinaigrette. While it has a fabulous flavour, true oysters lovers are encouraged to abstain from using (too much) of it so that we are able to taste the natural flavours of the oysters.

We started with NZ Pacifics oysters - light creamy texture with delicate and clean flavour with a sweet finish. I really enjoyed this large and juicy oyster.

Then we tried the Tsarskaya oysters - firm to crunchy texture with flavours of iodine, almond and hazelnut - one of my favorite oysters of the night. It felt almost like chewing on crunchy black fungus when I nibbled on this oyster.

Next, we attacked the Kumamoto oysters - very sweet with a honeydew finish, another absolute palate pleaser.

Following that, it was Coffin Bay oysters for us - tiny, succulent and had a very lovely chewy texture to its luscious flavour.

The Fine De Claire oysters was up next, delicate with a blend of light soy and hazelnut overtures; another delicacy that slidded past the palate very sleekly.

Last but not least, we tried the Mary Point oysters - fleshy, juicy, with musky notes amidst its sweetness, teasing the tongue tenderly.

Finally, the Golden Mantle oysters - plump flesh with a springy tone, saccharine taste with a melon finish.

Well, that's it for the first platter as we awaited the next platter eagerly.

The second platter of flesh oysters was brought to the table, arranged neatly with description tags, lemon wedges and sauce all intact. The quivering flesh within the jagged shells looked so inviting.

We began with the St. Vast Specials oysters - for this, it was surprisingly salty, obliterating all traces of sweetness or nutty-ness, as described.

Next, we tried the Normandy oysters - fleshy, pulpy and deliciously smooth.

Following that, we had the Fine De Claire oysters and Tsarskaya oysters again - two repetitions we were more than happy to welcome with jaws wide open, for the lovely flavours and crunchy textures.

And then we had the Royal Miyagi oysters - full meat, juicy and crunchy, easily making it to our list of favorites for the night.

The Baron Point oysters were up next - gigantic in size (massive, as described here as well), soft-textured, containing a juicy buoyancy and encompassing musky tones.

Those without tags were the Brittany oysters, adding on to the assortment of delicious shells.

Besides fresh seafood, Greenwood Fish Market & Bistro also does some pretty fabulous meats and sandwiches as well. Here was a sampler, encompassing the crackliest bread I've ever eaten on any sandwich, thus gaining lots of points instanteously.

On the right side, we have some Beetroot with Cheddar and Smoked Salmon. The latter was succulent and fresh.

On the left, there were the Mashed Egg with Mackerel, Pulled Pork, Spicy Octopus and Smoked Mussels. The mashed egg with mackerel was a favorite of mine, encompassing the fragrance of mashed hard-boiled egg with mackerel's umami taste. I also enjoyed the chewy and smokey hints of the fresh mussels - never thought these delicacies could be encompassed into sandwiches, but I would certainly love that.

Finally, time for desserts!  This Cherry Tart was so pretty and fluffy-looking with its mount of fresh cream. The crust was buttery, crunchy and very delectable; but what I loved more were the plump fresh cherries hidden underneath the mount of fresh cream and bursting with sweetness when bitten into. It was the perfect dessert to conclude an evening of seafood with.

Oh, special mention to Oyster Bay wines that accompanied us for the tasting event of the night, (possibly) heightening the sensation of the entire meal. We had some quality Cuvee Brut to start, then Sauvignon-Blanc and Chardonnay to finish.

Thank you, Alan and Greenwood Fish Market & Bistro for the invite, as well as the prestigious sneak preview of the Oyster Festival 2015. Oysters lovers, you know where to get your cravings satisfied now!

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