Months ago, I dined at Modern Shanghai in Trinoma mall – an hour’s drive away from where I live. I mentioned in that entry how it shares dining and kitchen space with Fish & Co. Little did I know that I would eventually manage to return and try out dishes from the other restaurant, which came to fruition on Valentine’s Day.
Here’s a short introduction about Fish & Co. before I proceed. The Singaporean restaurant was first established in 1998 as a nod to the owners’ trips to the Mediterranean. According to the owners, fishermen in the area often serve their catch right in the same pan where they cook them. Fish & Co. borrowed the concept for their dishes, which is why you see some of their dishes being served in a pan.
The Bistro Group is responsible for bringing the brand to Philippine shores. Incidentally, Modern Shanghai is also under its wing – thus, the shared dining and kitchen space. The Bistro Group is also responsible for other restaurants such as Denny’s and TGI Friday’s.
I headed to Fish & Co. ahead of time for an early dinner, anticipating the rush of couples set to have their romantic dinner on the evening of Feb. 14. I ordered three dishes during that instance – and without further ado, here they are.
I began my meal with a bowl of the New England Clam Chowder. I liked this one because of how fresh the ingredients were – I could even taste the fresh clams mixed in. If you ask me, however, some oyster crackers – the traditional accompaniment for this soup in the Northeast – could have given it a more traditional Northeastern feel.
While this isn’t exactly the home-cooked version of the iconic soup, its taste reminded me of clam chowders I tried before from high-end counterparts. Aside from this, I found the serving size for this chowder was too small for its price. Nevertheless, I would order this soup the next time I return just to whet my appetite.
A trip to Fish & Co. would not be complete without trying its signature fish and chips. The restaurant offers two options for this: Solo for single diners and sharing options for two or more patrons. While most would choose the joint’s Best Fish and Chips, I opted for one with a twist – a solo serving of the Philadelphia Fish and Chips.
The Philadelphia Fish and Chips takes its name from the Philadelphia cream cheese stuffed inside the fish. It came with lemon butter and ketchup, albeit I did not opt for the latter. A side of French fries – what the British call “chips” – accompanied this dish. This item is also available in the Indonesian branches of Fish & Co., but is absent from the Singaporean menu.
The well-seasoned fish fillet (not cream dory, mind you) paired marvelously with the chips. However, the cream cheese stuffing “carried” the fish’s seasoning – making it overly salty at some point. Good thing the lemon butter managed to cut through the saltiness of the fish fillet. On the other hand, the fries surprisingly jived well with the lemon butter sauce as the latter’s lemony taste cut through the oil.
Being a rice-eater myself, I ordered a main dish perfect for those swearing off meat – the Herb-Crusted Salmon. It was available in both solo and sharing sizes just like the fish and chips, but I took the smaller serving. It consisted of a thick slab of salmon with skin on, coated with herbed breadcrumbs and topped with a mushroom cream sauce. The salmon was accompanied by garlic rice and sautéed vegetables.
Fish & Co. definitely prepared the salmon used in this dish very well. You could even eat the skin whole, which proved that this was cooked skin side down first. The mushroom sauce and the herbed coating managed to tone down the fishiness salmon is known for. I would surely order the larger sharing plate on my next visit, as salmon is very much known for having healthy fish oils.
All in all, this trip to Fish & Co. on Valentine evening was definitely worth it. I had been eyeing this restaurant since my visit to Modern Shanghai late last year, and I’m thankful that I managed to sneak in a visit. I could actually opt to try its different takes on fish and chips, alongside its other healthier fish and seafood options.
Until the next post, bon appetit.
Fish & Co.
4/F Garden Restaurants,
Trinoma Mall, North Avenue cor. EDSA,
Brgy. Bagong Pag-Asa, Quezon City 1105