Saturday, June 22, 2013

Seafood Spree: Fish & Co. Is The Place to Be

I classify myself as more of a meat eater than anything else. Though I admit as we get older, we tend to cut down on the meat and focus on other stuff -- like vegetables and seafood. I have often been disappointed with seafood meals around Kuala Lumpur, except when we dine in our usual Japanese restaurant of choice. Even the Japanese restaurants have different "grades" where the occasional hit-and-miss still happens (and we walk away so disappointed). Which meant that for our seafood fix, I would go to TTDI market and buy it there then cook at home. The stuff I usually buy would be fish & shrimp. However, the downside of buying and cooking it yourself: you kind of get tired of it after a while because I cook it in the few different ways that I know.


Very original "fishy" wood table mat ... creates a more premium ambience

Now, I am glad and happy that there is a place we can go to for a decent seafood meal (sans being ripped off by quality or price).

The Fish & Co. at Pavilion Kuala Lumpur is definitely a welcome sight to seafood lovers. The ambience, as you walk into the restaurant, left me astonished because the place was huge! They had all sorts of different seating styles to suit your taste: from blue-and-white navy themed seats, to wooden seats like in a ship, comfortable lounges, booth-style seats and a VIP area. Quite impressive in terms of seating capacity and choice of seats.

Here's a rundown on the GOOD (and BAD) POINTS of our visit on a Saturday lunch time:

POSITIVE STUFF:
  • Parents will love this place. I did. They are very child-friendly. They have a paper menu which doubles up as an activity sheet. They provide color pencils and had some sea-themed hat to keep the little one entertained while parents order. Daughter enjoyed the Creamy Penne Pasta and the presentation was interesting for the little one
  • Premium Feel: I am not a fan of places like TGIF Fridays or places like that sort simply because I find that the food is not of good quality. Initially I had that view of Fish & Co. (though I have never been there, more like just an inkling of what it is) and I was so wrong. You could immediately feel the nice ambience and the effort that was put behind making the place look more upscale and classy. Wood fish-design placemats, nice metal pan-style plates, printed tissue and nice utensils are just some of the things that make the overall ambience much more pleasant.
  • Good and friendly service especially from the Filipino staff. Proactive in telling me that we could change some of the chips/fries into rice... which I think Asians would appreciate.
  • FOOD: the fish and chips we tried were both very good. Definitely the place to go to for those looking for a good "batter" and quality. The Starter Platter was nice to kick-off the meal with very tender calamari. And of course if dining for 2 people: a wise choice would be to share a Seafood Platter for variety. The paella rice was a highlight for us: enjoyed eating it with the seafood, and it had some bits of raisins for a touch of sweetness. 
  • DESSERT: Hot Fudge Chocolate Cake that came with Vanilla ice cream was the winner. The chocolate was not too sweet, and coupled with the ice cream it tasted like heaven. Best taken with a cup of latte -- which to my delight, they had decaffeinated version!  A good place for pregnant women like me.

IMPROVEMENT POINTS:
  • VIP seating area was freezing cold. Perhaps need to be adjusted according to how much people are in the restaurant.
  • The Soup of the Day (fish chowder) was nice, however we would have enjoyed it more if it was served piping hot.
  • Salmon teriyaki tasted nice. However I do feel that it was actually smaller than what I saw from the picture on the menu. The beautiful picture in the menu raised my expectation on the salmon teriyaki size.

Overall: I would give it a score 9/10 for the overall package it brings : food, price, ambience and child-friendliness.

Would we go back? Yes, definitely. Especially on seafood craving days.

Fish & Co.
4th Floor Connection Precinct (right beside Morganfields, same floor as Ippudo Ramen)
Pavilion Kuala Lumpur



Happy girl received a nice Fish & Co. folder from the nice manager


Nice tissue design

VIP area at the far end of Fish & Co. in Pavilion KL
Very impressive furniture and ambience
Love the whole look & premium feel. Nice for parties and private functions
Clams with curry butter sauce - different from the traditional clams
I am glad it was not spicy!

Pink Passion and Deep Love drinks - fancy & icy
Love the menu. At first I thought it was a magazine... in fact it was the menu.
Big, with lots of pictures in it. Easy to make your choice!
Entrance of the Fish & Co. in Pavilion Kuala Lumpur
Impressive entrance. Huge place. I was told it can hold 250 pax
VIP area has nice ambience with the blue and red color theme.
Warning though: it can get a bit too cold. Good thing we brought light jackets.
Hubby had to use my shawl just to stay warm.
One of the best things about this place: the kids' menu!
My daughter loved the pasta with double cream sauce.
Plus the menu acts a coloring & activity paper (when you flip it over)
They provide color pencils to keep your little one busy while you order!
Very kid-friendly in my opinion.
Soup of the day - it was nice and creamy.
However, we would have preferred it served extra warm.
Not sure if it was not warm in the first place, or the VIP sitting area was just too freezing cold
I like my soup very warm. Would have enjoyed more if it was piping hot.
Beautiful finishing on the VIP seats. Love the color and details
VIP seats were very comfy and tasteful
Blue & white "navy color" seats as you enter. 
Another type of seating for those who prefer something closer to the window
The bar area where they mix up the drinks
Salmon Teriyaki was tasty.
Was happy that they had the option to change the mashed potatoes to the paella rice.
Daughter loved the "crown" hat that they gave.
It made her feel like a princess.
Italian Fish and Chips was surprisingly very good.
There were some cheese inside. My friend commented that the batter was well done.
She said it tasted as good as the fish and chips she had in New Zealand.
One of the highlights in our opinion. Fish and Chips worth ordering it here in Fish & Co.  
Swiss Fish and Chips
This one had the lemon butter sauce and cheese combination. It was also very good,
Definitely recommended for fish and chip lovers.
Seafood Platter Good for 2 people
RM52.95 (before tax)
Pretty good deal for seafood lovers who want to have a seafood spree!
We loved the paella rice that came with it.
Look who enjoyed the meal at Fish & Co.
Definitely a kid-friendly place.
Was very happy to see my daughter eating away (which she doesn't usually do)
Plus she gave it a thumbs up!
What did she like??? The Penne Creamy Pasta and the Shrimp from the Starter Platter

Starter Platter: the calamari were soft and crunchy at the same time. I don't usually order calamari
but this one was good in my opinion. 
Daughter's Penne Cream Pasta came in a nice little pan.
She almost finished the whole thing.
Red Velvet Cheesecake - creamy... though the dessert winner for
me personally is the Hot Fudge Chocolate Cake

Pecan Cluster Cake - hubby enjoyed it though this is very much on the sweet side

Hot Fudge Chocolate Cake with Vanilla Ice Cream
For the dessert lovers who prefer their choco cake not too sweet.
This is the dessert winner for us!

The bill for 4 adults and 1 child.
This is on over-eating mode, with starters, mains, dessert and coffee.
I must note however that today was extra special as we were treated to the meal.
We would definitely come back for a revisit with my little one.
Nespresso latte for my friend
Served with Nespresso Latte Cup & Saucer
and some yummy biscotti
Capuccino with Nespresso cup and teaspoon
Just like how I remember it when I went to the Parisian
Nespresso shop
Nespresso Latte - they have decaf version
for pregnant women like me... yayy!
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