Fish & Co – Insights on their Valentine’s Day xoxo Platter

12 02 2011

Back in Pri School, Valentine’s Day meant absolutely nothing to me. Heck I didn’t even know what date it fell on till I reached Junior College! I guess that’s just what happens when you enroll into an all boys secondary school. Thus in Junior College, I made it a point to celebrate V-day as much as possible, so I did my best to make someone else’s day while depleting my cash reserves in the process. I remember getting more than 10 gifts for friends and classmates, some of whom were guys! After accruing 10 years in school without ever celebrating a single V-day, this was just my way of saying, “Thanks for being around, you made some difference in my life”.

With Valentine’s Day looming ever closer, we begin to see its tell tail signs even if no one talks about it…Online bulk purchase coupon websites such as Bigdeal.sg with oversubscribed deals on bouquets of flowers, implementation of overpriced V-Day Special Menus and men with lost looks frantically scurrying up and down the malls in a last ditch attempt to come up with a presentable obligatory V-Day gift. Love is in the air once again…

Yet for many of us, V-Day is also synonymous with Singles Awareness Day. But as what one of my older cousins said to me during Chinese New Year when I told him I was currently single, “It’s better to be single than to have a lousy girlfriend”. He said this using a Chinese proverb so it sounded a lot more chim then. Still, it sucks not to have a V-Day date, doesn’t it? My only consolation is that my mid-terms are next week which will probably keep me preoccupied.

2 weeks ago, I received an invitation from Fish & Co for a tasting session of their Valentine’s Day xoxo Platter. It was initially meant to be a bloggers event, where invited bloggers would all head down to the Glass House for this promotional event. I was pretty excited at first, as I was really looking forward to meeting fellow food bloggers. However, given the poor response from the online community, the event couldn’t go through and as such, Fish & Co simply mailed us the vouchers so that we could go to the various outlets at our own time own target.

While most restaurants typically try to bank in on this celebratory occasion, Fish & Co is by far the first eatery I have seen offering a special V-Day menu at a discount from normal menu prices. Their xoxo Platter for 2 goes for an affordable $39.95++, which includes 2 exotic drinks, 2 Seafood Chowders, a Platter for 2 and a hot fudge Chocolate Cake for sharing.

Carefully thought out wordplay has also been used to name these 4 courses.

Prelude to Sensations – Sweet Nothings (exotic drink). In reality, this was a Peach-flavoured Soda Drink.

For Play – Hot and Steamy Seafood Chowders. Hosting chunks of fish, clams, shrimps and carrots, this was a hearty way to kick off the meal.

Main Inter-Course – xoxo platter for 2; A generous array of seafood such as crispy salmon served with spicy mango vinaigrette, grilled peri-peri prawns and fried calamari coupled with blue mussels in tomato & pesto sauce, all served on a bed of paella rice and coleslaw. The Salmon and Paella Rice was a little dry for my liking and the blue mussels possessed a (too) soft instead of the preferred chewy texture, probably a result of overcooking. On the other hand, the peri-peri Prawns, Calamari and Coleslaw were all palatable and the portions given for the platter was indeed sizable.

Sweet Highs – Sexy Fudgy Chocolate Cake. Who can say no to a sweet aphrodisiac that sets the mood for later?

Apart from the xoxo Platter for 2, the ala carte menu is still available. It was probably a mistake that I ordered the Fried Calamari($9.95) as a starter given that this was repeated in the above mentioned xoxo platter. My favourite Fish & Co starter is definitely still the Mussels in Garlic Lemon Butter Sauce.

Something that you can never go wrong with would be Fish & Co’s Fish and Chips. The New York Fish & Chips($15.95) comes stuffed with Parmesan Cheese and topped with Lemon Butter Sauce. There’s something about the Fish & Chips here that I find dear, might be the combination of the light crisp batter, well complemented lemon butter sauce and smooth Dory fillet.

There is currently a Dessert Promotion going on as well, so we had an order of the Mudslide($2.95). I didn’t read its description but it tastes like a toffee chocolate cake. Not particularly fantastic but more than acceptable given its price point.

The xoxo Valentine’s Day Platter for 2 is available across all Fish & Co. outlets  from 11th to 14th Feb and the
1st 100 couples whom order the xoxo set meal on Valentine’s Day will also get to receive a “Spin the Bottle” raunchy fun game* & a limited edition Fish & Co. pouch for FREE.

A very special thanks to Fish & Co for coordinating this tasting session.

Bon Appetit!

FISH & CO

9 PENANG ROAD, #01-24 PARK MALL

TEL: +65 6334 1858

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4 responses

12 02 2011
Christine Leow

Hey I’ll be having that later since I couldn’t make it for yesterday’s food blogger session either. Haha. Nice to see that you were invited too!

12 02 2011
drpiggy

haha yeah went after my cca. saw quite a few ppl with dslrs around. wonder where they get their blogger database from?

13 02 2011
Christine Leow

No idea. Haha. Oh hey, just to give you a heads up, Gourmet’s organising another event this coming Friday at Hosted On The Patio! =)

13 02 2011
drpiggy

😦 have bgs mid terms at noon. haiz another missed gourmet event.

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