Review: Greenwood Fish Market & Bistro




Restaurant owner David Lee travels the world to open up export channels for fresh seafood to be delivered to Greenwood Fish Market & Bistro. He promises the freshest seafood in Singapore and taste almost like the sea. Driven by his passion for fresh seafood, Greenwood Fish Market & Bistro was established almost 11 years ago, the Fish Market has a seating capacity of 120 both indoors and outdoors.  They are open daily for their dining, catering, home delivery, retail and wholesale of seafood.

Weekly air shipments of seafood from Boston, Vancouver, Auckland and Sydney arrives at Greenwood Fish Market.  The seafood Greenwood imports ranges from shellfish Oysters, Clams, Mussels, Scallops to Cold Water fresh fishes like John Dory, Pink Snapper, Hapuku, Ling Cod, fresh Swordfish, Barramundi and ‘live’ Boston Lobsters and San Francisco Dungenese Crabs.


From 23 June 2014 to 27 July, Greenwood Fish Market & Bistro is hosting a World Oyster Festival featuring many types of oysters. We decided to kick back and enjoy ourselves with the oysters and a few glasses of Sauvignon Blanc.  Tsk Tsk! For those who owns a American Express Platinum Credit Card, you get 20% off oysters from the ala carte menu at the Greenwood Fish Bistro under the Platinum Private Deals.

Oysters are best and safest to eat when they are fresh, and fresh means live here.  Milkiness in oysters is triggered by warm weather (or warm waters) when the oysters are beginning to reproduce, this is the stage when they are ‘fattest’ and ‘thinnest’ and most flat when they have just spawned.  Cold weather makes them hibernate and start to fatten up when they begin to eat and feed, we were told the Japanese only sell their oysters during winter for freshness and superior quality.  We were advised to avoid oysters from China (for obvious sanitary reasons) and Chile (only if they are frozen because the journey for the oysters would 35 hours to reach us in Singapore- it is completely not safe to eat them then)


  • Oysters must be live before eating and how do we know if they are alive? Simply using lemon juice or a fork to gently touch the outer edge of the flesh to make the oyster move.
  • Never eat oysters with Tabasco, they are best eaten with lemon juice only.  It helps us to taste the natural sea flavour in the oysters better.
  • Start with the less briny to more briny oyster when eating a variety of oysters.

Oyster Fact- Do you know that the lines on the shell of an oyster tell their age? Each line is a season, so if an oyster is a year old, there should be 4 lines.

COFFIN BAY (South Australia)
Australia oysters are always well-shaped with dark colour shell.  The Coffin Bay oyster has a petite well rounded shell, meaty, clean crisp and very briny with a sweet finishing taste.

COROMANDAL (Northern New Zealand)
This oyster has smaller flesh and a medium level briny, with a crispy, semi sweet & cucumber finishing taste.

This oyster has a massive flesh size and has a soft-textured, sweet, not salty and musky favour.

TAUTON BAY (Boston, Eastern America)
The Tauton Bay oyster is said to have an extra salty bite with a copper finish in the taste.  The one we had is a milky because it is the time they reproduce.

FINE SE CLAIRE (Marennes-Oleron, France)
This oyster has a delicate, white flesh and a briny flavour. The salty taste may remind us of soy sauce and it finishes with a mild hazelnut taste.

TSARSKAYA (Brittany)
Created as an homage to the Russian Tsars, the Tsarskaya oyster is famous for it firm to crunchy flesh, it is also powerful on the palette, pure and with a taste of iodine, one can also detect a slight tinge of sweet almond, slight hunt of acidity & halzenut.  This is the best tasting oyster we had so far, the taste of the oyster keeps repeating while it is in our mouth.

GW- Seafood Salad

Smoked platterGW- Seafood Platter 2GW- Seafood Platter

Cured and smoked in-house, the smoked Salmon is hand sliced, cured with sugar and salt, smoked with Californian Apple Wood using the natural old smoking techniques.  The taste and smell of the platter is amazing and one can smell the sweet scent of the apple wood.

Oyster lovers would love Greenwood’s Oyster Tuesdays, each oyster is only $1.50 with every main course ordered for each person.  Don’t we all love good food and not breaking our wallets?

Greenwood Fish Market & Bistro is at 34 & 38 Greenwood Avenue, Singapore 289236.
For reservations, please call +65 6467 4950
Operating hours:
Fish Market & Wine Shop- 11:00am - 10:30pm
Bistro & Oyster Bar- 12:00noon - 10:30pm
For more information, please go to
Amex Platinum Lucky Draw Promotion (exclusively for Platinum Card Members)
From now till 9 Nov 2014, American Express Platinum Credit Card members can stand the 
chance to be one of 5 lucky winners every day to win S$100 worth of dining vouchers (TungLok 
dining vouchers for Monday to Saturday draws and Fairmont dining vouchers for Sunday draws). 
Every receipt above S$50 earns the card member one chance to win.  
Chances are doubled when the card member spends S$50 or more in a single receipt at any The Far Card or Palate establishment.

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I live in Singapore and I am an advocate of living a healthy lifestyle through exercise; eating right; keeping a positive and youthful outlook of life; and, to live vicariously while you can. When I am not working, I am catching up on the latest news and entertainment gossip. I firmly believes that empowerment is possible for anyone, as long as they believe in themselves and the people around them.


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