So when I received an invite from Zacquine (blogger and promotion wonder-butterfly) to review Beer Market, off I went. But before I went, I asked her a question. “Are we going to be honest about our review?” It’s actually a silly question since all reviews are supposed to be honest and objective. Zacquine said, “Yes, and the management is cool about it.”
That was actually the only answer I would accept. If not, I would simply have gone for a swim instead. Not gonna trade basic integrity for free food tasting.
Located at 3B River Valley Road, #01-17/02-02 Clarke Quay, it’s common to walk pass the huge neon sign and shrug it off. This is because the outlet is actually located upstairs while the street level floor looks empty. One might feel too intimidated to scale the stairs up. Is it a beer trading house upstairs? Or maybe a pirate den?
We were greeted by Operations Manager, Charlie, a very jovial chap who led us to a window table. It was 515 pm, the best off-peak time to taste food!
We had to start with the beer of course, Beer Market being Beer Market! While waiting for the beers to be served, we saw something new available. Charlie explained that once served only to drivers and the racing crew of F1, the specially formulated F1 Redbull drink is now available at Beer Market, paired with Gin. We did not get a chance to try it but if you want extra large wings to fly, this might just rock your boat. Beer Market has very intriguing beers indeed! The following pictures are just the tip of the iceberg. I shall not give the game away and leave it to you to explore when you hop on down to Beer Market.
The good thing about beers served in Beer Market is the low alcoholic content, ranging from 4.3 to 6.7%, thereabout. It means you can try a whole variety of beer without getting knocked out cold in weird compromising positions and risk appearing on STOMP.
One thing about flavoured (craft) beer is not to think that when you drink say, Honey Beer, you are going to drink a sweet beer that taste like honey. Don’t take it literally all the time. Think about the scent of honey in the beer, the aftertaste and how it makes you feel at first sip and beyond. That is how it should be, a discovery of how your senses react to your beer.
After the round of beer, we proceeded to the seafood shooters. Comprising 3 pairs of shooter glass (2 salmon based), (2 prawn based), (2 crab meat based), they taste yummy in their own rights. The idea however is not to gulp them all down. After countless experimentation, the creative brains at Beer Market have paired the shooters with Tiger Radler, a combo of beer and lemon juice. After you down a salmon based shooter, pour the Tiger Radler into the second salmon based shooter and slurp it up like a cocktail. You will get a new sensory experience. As Charlie puts it so well, this is how you drink your food!
Oh, we also sampled Beer Market’s Midori – a sweet, bright-green-coloured, muskmelon-flavored liqueur. A very delectable drink!
Next, we tried the Salmon and Tiger Prawns Lettuce Wrap. Light, flavouful and tantalizing fresh, it gives you a kind of after-breeze zen. What was worth mentioning is that it looked exactly like its photo on the menu. That’s integrity. What you see is what you get.
Once the Salmon and Tiger Prawns Lettuce Wrap was polished off in record time, three more dishes invaded our table. And they were all worth mentioning 1) Midnight Seafood Rice 2) Chicken Rice Pizza 3) Salted Egg Pizza
Full credit has to be given to Chef Steven and team for coming up with these dishes.
The midnight seafood rice is a blend of squid ink with well cooked fried rice and a sunny side up egg, a departure from the usual squid ink pasta. Help yourself to the trail of special sauce along the rim of the plate to elevate the yummy level of the dish.
The chicken rice pizza is a showcase of how fun food can taste delicious. I thought I would see slices of hainanese chicken on the pizza even though I could not fathom how it could actually blend successfully with pizza crust. Cleverly, the basic structure of a pizza is retained with careful infusion of flavoured rice and a sprinkling of meat.
The salted egg pizza was a great balance of salted egg without going on a salt overkill. The crust tasted biscuity and I found myself happily munching on non-stop. I don’t know how the folks do it but it’s a winner to me.
If you are an oyster fan, you can have really fresh oysters from Sydney, Australia, shucked right before you (By who else but the guy you see in the pamphlet). Those who know me know that I avoid oysters with a vengeance even at expensive buffets. I can’t explain what happened but I actually popped one into my mouth! Fresh and not as “fishy”, the texture is slimy but I can taste the ocean in my mouth. For those fresh oysters fan, they are yours at 3 for $10.
Beer Market has a good vibe about it and as the crowd started to pack the place at about 730 pm, you see a more local crowd. So don’t feel intimidated Singaporeans! You are among your own kind here. Of course we love our foreigner friends too! A band plays daily and with good music, good food and good company, you really should give Beer Market a try.
Oh, I haven’t mentioned the fluctuating live prices of beer there (based on demand and supply) but I want you to have fun checking it out as well as the other food items on their menu. I’m not a movie spoiler so the same applies in this inaugural food review. You can visit Beer Market website too.
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