Photos by Florence of Make Your Calories Count
IF YOU are looking for a place to host your auspicious reunion dinner with your family or simply a celebrating lunch with your colleagues, Cove99 Live Seafood Restaurant will not let you down. Chef Pang Seng Hai upholds a philosophy in harmonizing textures and flavours using the freshest ingredients. I really looked forward to trying his innovative creations curated with seafood elements for Lunar New Year menus.
This splendid sumptuous goodness comprises of 11 ingredients including abalone, sea cucumber, scallop, prawn, dried oyster, pork trotter, giant mushroom '花菇', black moss (fat choy in Cantonese sounds like 发财', meaning to strike a fortune) and homemade dace fishball, braised in a collagen-rich superior golden broth.
I couldn't say no to this salivating dish with most of the ingredients soaking up the savoury, fragrant sauce which was a healthier twist from the oyster sauce that is normally used.
Every bite was pleasure. What I loved most were the well-marinated homemade dace fishball, crunchy giant mushroom and the full of flavour bean curd that was hidden underneath.
The yusheng above is the largest the restaurant can offer to accommodate 10 persons, other options with smaller portions include Small Yusheng with Salmon Sashimi for S$39.90++ and Large for S$69.90++, as well as Yusheng with Geoduck and Salmon Sashimi for S$109.90++.
Luxurious ingredients and colourful thinly sliced vegetables were artistically plated, splendid enough to wow everyone at the table. The yusheng embodied a good balance of sweet flavours and crunchy texture, I liked that crunchy geoduck sashimi and fragrant bitter black truffle were contained to differentiate itself from the normal yusheng.
While the price is on the higher end, it was certainly value for money given the quality and quantity of the prized ingredients used!
Broccoli was centred and surrounded by 10 golden tofu skin bags stuffed with dried oyster, topped with diced scallops and black moss. The exquisite handwork of these little bags should be well appreciated, bite it with just a mouthful, the rich flavour obtained from the gravy would burst with happiness.
An innocent looking dessert but one which would make you fall in love upon the first sip. A candle was placed below to keep the dessert warm but the gratifying factor lies in the dessert not being overly sweet with its coconut milk base. I would however prefer more hashima '雪蛤' in it and there were no red dates in my bowl of sweet soup.
It's best to use this refreshing drink to rinse off the heavy after-taste resulted from the flavourful dishes.
Many people will fall in love with this restaurant as it provides business-friendly features such as wall sockets for diner’s plug-in needs, free wifi and a smartphone charging station.
Family-friendly features such as sturdy high-chairs, diaper changing table and wheelchair accessible restroom are also available.
With its exceptional customer service, it certainly won't be my last time visiting this welcoming restaurant, perhaps to try the other signature dishes next!
1. CNY Set Menu
10% off Yusheng (Not valid for small Yusheng with Salmon Sashimi)
Complimentary Yusheng with Salmon Sashimi with every Pencai purchased
Overall Verdict: 8.0 /10