Villa Seafood Galleria: A Seafood Retreat
Reviewed by : Vivien Goh. Other Foodadvisor Writers?
Newly opened, Villa Seafood Galleria sits atop a hill overlooking the ocean, much like a regal member of the royal family. And privileged is exactly how you will feel once you arrive at the premises. Serving quality Chinese cuisine, Villa Seafood, sibling to Olive Ristorante, is also located in the confines of Labrador Park . Run by the team at Singapore Explorer, the main draw of the 250-seater restaurant is its magnificent view.
- The Vibe
It must be mentioned that transport is necessary to reach the restaurant, as patrons need to make their way along a long road before they reach the destination. A lovely sight awaits, however. The turquoise pool nearby looks cool and inviting on a hot day, and is host to a pavilion located in the middle, where functions can be held. Villa's clear glass walls show off its best feature; the view of the sea. This could be improved with the clearing of some foliage, though. Comfortable brown suede chairs and oriental-inspired embroidered tablecloths make up the décor, while the vibe here is that of tranquillity.
- The Food
Villa Seafood's chef hails from Fujian , and is a former employee of the Tung Lok Group. He brings with him a wealth of experience, especially in the area of Chinese cuisine.
For a twist on the usual appetiser, order the Crispy Lychee stuffed with Crab meat. Definitely different from the usual savoury starter, the use of fruit is refreshing. With the sweetness of the lychee bringing out the freshness of the crab meat, this dish is a treat for the tastebuds.
The restaurant serves a range of dimsum, one of which includes the scallop roll, which is green in colour. Apart from its distinctive colour, the roll comes across as fresh and compact, with the scallop neatly encased in its wrapping. The crystal bao comes nicely steamed, with hints of filling visible through its translucent skin. Those unfamiliar with dimsum may want to note that the hot filling might burn tongues if care is not taken.
Fish lovers must try the Steamed Cod Fillet with Preserved Vegetable. Slightly sweet and well-steamed, the fillet is fresh and has none of the fishy flavour which sometimes accompanies not so well-cooked fish dishes.
- The Service
With the restaurant manager also from Tung Lok, incidentally, the dining experience will be a familiar one for patrons of the well-known chain. Villa Seafood's staff, mostly Mandarin-speaking, are eager to assist. On the whole, they provide an adequate level of service.
The SD Food Advisor's Take on Villa Seafood Galleria:
First and foremost, it must be said that it is the view that astounds. While the quality and presentation of food is good, there is no dish that is particularly memorable, save for perhaps the starter of Crispy Lychee. To stand out amongst the ubiquitous Chinese restaurants dotting our tiny island, Villa Seafood has to realise that view does not make a dining experience; rather, it is the food that will keep patrons coming back.