The Seafood Place You Never Knew You Needed: Xian Seafood Village 鲜味园 on Tagore Lane

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The Seafood Place You Never Knew You Needed: Xian Seafood Village 鲜味园 on Tagore Lane

Singapore is getting too crowded, and unless you are a foodie *insider*, you might need to queue for hours before you can enjoy a meal at popular seafood places. Well, that's where I come in~ Because having your favourite seafood dishes does not mean waiting forever! We gathered at Xian Seafood Village 鲜味园 for a mouthwatering and impressive seafood spread in the quiet, developing Lentor neighbourhood at Tagore Lane, right next to Upper Thomson Road. Find out what you can try at Xian Seafood Village:

The Seafood Place You Never Knew You Needed: Xian Seafood Village 鲜味园 on Tagore Lane
No air-conditioner, but powerful fans. It was pretty cooling on the day we visited Xian Seafood Village.
As a whole, there are hits and misses at Xian Seafood Village, with some that astounded me with its performance in such an unlikely location while others that fell short despite looking pretty rad. I have not yet completely understood the idea of not eating with my eyes, and sometimes I get reminded of that time and again... I talk too much, let's get on with the food review~

The Seafood Place You Never Knew You Needed: Xian Seafood Village 鲜味园 on Tagore Lane

With a name like "Tasty" Lady's Finger (SGD10), what an irony it would be if it wasn't, right? Thankfully, this dish was well-executed and the lady's fingers were adequately cooked to a soft, tender, stringy yet not mushy texture, which I really enjoyed. It is actually a simple dish but I often tried less than ideal versions of this elsewhere. This was cooked carefully to perfection.


The Seafood Place You Never Knew You Needed: Xian Seafood Village 鲜味园 on Tagore Lane

The Garlic Pork (SGD10) is another safe, simple homecooked dish that is crispy on the outside with the distinctive fragrance from the garlic. This has to be eaten fast otherwise it will lose its crispiness quickly. So, no waiting for dinner flatlays with this dish - eat it while it's hot!

The Seafood Place You Never Knew You Needed: Xian Seafood Village 鲜味园 on Tagore Lane

This Thai Style Tofu with Prawn (SGD10), on the other hand, manage to maintain its crispiness sometime even after our extended photography session (there were quite a lot of us) which I really liked. The fried batter is a thin wafer, wrapped with juicy prawns inside... so delicious that I can't help but go aroi~~


The Seafood Place You Never Knew You Needed: Xian Seafood Village 鲜味园 on Tagore Lane

La La Steamed Egg (SGD15) was pretty good, with a smooth custard-like texture steamed egg in a seafood broth.


The Seafood Place You Never Knew You Needed: Xian Seafood Village 鲜味园 on Tagore Lane

Their Specialty Braised Meat (SGD15) is really the best though, and it's been long since I've had a braised meat so gelatinous and fatty, sinful yet amazing. The sauce is also thick and savoury enough. The fatty layers are full of collagen too but that's hardly why you would eat this delicious slab of braised meat.

The Seafood Place You Never Knew You Needed: Xian Seafood Village 鲜味园 on Tagore Lane

Bbq Sturgeon Shark (SGD16) is similar to your usual sambal stingray, except with much more meat to try and more tender too. Super yummy with a spicy kick to it too!

The Seafood Place You Never Knew You Needed: Xian Seafood Village 鲜味园 on Tagore Lane

The Seafood Place You Never Knew You Needed: Xian Seafood Village 鲜味园 on Tagore Lane

We shared a large pot of wholesome Crab Prawn Fan-shell Scallops Congee (SGD50), especially nourishing and hearty for the stomach. The addition of crabs, scallops and prawns in the congee created an aromatic and sweet taste in the congee.

The Seafood Place You Never Knew You Needed: Xian Seafood Village 鲜味园 on Tagore Lane

Hong Kong Style Steamed Shark Lips (~SGD35, dependent on weight. Pictured is about 600gm) is a unique dish that I've yet to try before, and it turns out that I liked it! Not something I'd pick out normally though because it seems rather outlandish (no pun intended), but since this is one of Xian Seafood Village's specialties, we tried it out. To my surprise, this tasted really indulging! To those who loved eating steamed fish eyes, this is almost the same except you get a whole chunk of it. Firm jelly-like texture steamed simply with soy sauce, you can even taste the natural goodness of its original flavour.

The Seafood Place You Never Knew You Needed: Xian Seafood Village 鲜味园 on Tagore Lane

The gigantic Cheese Baked Seafood Platter (SGD138) consists of lobsters, Jumbo Crabs, prawns, fan-shelled scallops and clams. This is another way for you to enjoy your seafood especially if you adore cheese, imagine piping hot taste of lobster meat with melted cheese... The cheese is coated everywhere and they certainly are generous! I am a traditionalist when it comes to seafood, so I prefer them steamed and boiled most of the time to enjoy the freshness. Of course, this is up to personal preference. This dish is also quite pricey for the amount you get to eat though.

The Seafood Place You Never Knew You Needed: Xian Seafood Village 鲜味园 on Tagore Lane

If you are looking for one more choice of carbohydrate, perhaps the Flower Crab Trio Seafood Bee Hoon (SGD25) would fit the bill.

The Seafood Place You Never Knew You Needed: Xian Seafood Village 鲜味园 on Tagore Lane

Salted Egg Lobster (SGD15 per pc) is the most photogenic of them all. The salted egg craze might be dying down, but don't deny that you do crave for that taste from time to time. Xian Seafood Village does a pretty good rendition of the salted egg sauce, rich with salted egg bits paired with sweet lobster meat from the panfried lobster... This mouthwatering combination sure gets my heart pumping! Worth to get your fingers workin', messy and dirty for this.

The Seafood Place You Never Knew You Needed: Xian Seafood Village 鲜味园 on Tagore Lane

The Soft Shell Crabs (SGD5 per pc) are crispy and maintained its crunchiness for a long while even after it was served, and you'll be surprised how much meat each soft shell crab has!

Thank you Roy for the invited food tasting. Eat with Roy at his blog.

Xian Seafood Village 鲜味园海鲜
81 Tagore Lane
#01-10
Singapore 787502

Contact number
8575 5158 / 9859 8485

Opening hours
Daily: 11am - 11pm

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