Monday, December 12, 2016

Red House Seafood Restaurant @ Robertson Quay [Pet Friendly]

I don't know about other pet owners, but I feel a twinge of guilt whenever I head out without my pooch. So when the parents wanted me to find a place for a family meal, my immediate thought  was to find a place where mom & dad could enjoy the food (which usually means that it's Chinese or local cuisine) and the doggy, Pixie, could be present. After all, pets are family!

Red House Seafood was the answer to my requirements. The restaurant has a long standing history for their seafood and serve dim sum during lunch. As a bonus, the outdoor seating, where pets are allowed, offer a picturesque view of the Singapore river.

Doggies are welcomed at outdoor areas of the restaurant
We went straight for the dim sum!

Dim sum menu
First dish on the table was the Beancurd Skin with Prawn ($6). Served piping hot, the beancurd skin was fried to a crisp without any excessive oiliness. The golden package's interior revealed steaming, plump, juicy prawn meat that was super sweet and fresh.

Beancurd Skin with Prawn
While the blackened exterior of the Takesume Chilli Crab Buns ($10) lends no favor to aesthetics or to whet appetites, the taste of the buns make up for it, big time! The dough is fluffy and soft, yet resilient enough to make sure no precious filling drips out. The chilli crab filling is more sweet than spicy and it is really chock full of succulent crab flesh. Yay for crab without the mess of peeling the shell!
Takesume Chilli Crab Buns
Scroll down to see the other dim sum dishes we had:
Pork and Shrimp Dumping "Siew Mai" ($6)
These had a good ratio of pork to prawn, and were sweet, springy and toothsome
Shrimp dumpling "Ha-Kau"
Carrot Cake ($6)
Not a fan of these as the charred bits were way too bitter
Pork Ribs with Black Bean Sauce ($6)
BBQ Pork Flaky Pastry ($6
Lotus Leaf Glutinous Rice ($6) 
The selection of dim sum at Red House Seafood was kinda limited to be honest and certain dishes, such as the rice rolls were not available during our visit. Luckily, there's the full menu as well.

I'm not a big fan of veggies, but the Braised Spinach Tofu & Honshimeji Mushroom topped with Crisp Conpoy sat well on my palate. The tofu was smooth and the smell of spinach was not too overpowering.

Braised Spinach Tofu & Honshimeji Mushroom topped with Crisp Conpoy
The Crispy Duck Sichuan Style had great flavor, was well spiced, and the skin was incredibly crispy. However, it was a little on the dry side.

Crispy Duck Sichuan Style
Service wise, I have to give the staff at Red House two thumbs up. They were very attentive throughout our lunch. Klutzy me dropped my chopsticks and before I could even reach down the table to pick them up, the staff already offered me a clean pair. Also, I give them brownie points for being totally comfortable around Pixie. They even initiated to give us a table where there it is more cooling and less human traffic so that the pup is more comfortable.

Red House Seafood Restaurant (Robertson Quay)
#01-14 Robertson Quay, The Quayside, 60 Robertson Quay
Singapore 238252
Tel: 6735 7666

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