Fish Tales @ 2 Orchard Link

Disclaimer: This was part of a food tasting event.

"Escape to sea."

“Escape to sea.”

Fish Tales is a seafood food place that’s located over at *SCAPE. As you can already tell by its name, Fish Tales specializes in all things fish with a wide range of pastas & sides as well. The place is helmed by Joses Chan, who previously lived in Australia for 3 years, after which he felt the need to boost the standard for affordable yet tasty fish & chips in Singapore.

Another view of Fish Tales.

Another view of Fish Tales.

Aesthetic
I can’t really write much about the aesthetic of Fish Tales as it’s more of a food stall in *SCAPE rather than an actual cafe or restaurant. Nonetheless, they did what they could with the limited space for design and there’s actually quite a few nautical elements here & there. My friend noted the branding of the place as intriguing as it feels more like an overseas brand rather than a local one. (In a good way.)

I adored their fruit-infused water. Not many places put so much thought in free flow water.

I adored their fruit-infused water. Not many places put so much thought in free flow water.

Some petite cakes & desserts! These are even baked in-house.

Some petite cakes & desserts! These are even baked in-house.

Menu of Fish Tales.

Menu of Fish Tales.

Food
Imagine if Manhattan Fish Market & Pastamania had a baby; I think that the end product would be exactly like Fish Tales. Here, you’ll be able to find a wide variety of dishes that includes fish. Choose from their Fish & Chips or from their grilled variations. They even offer pastas, burgers & risottos. Not a fan of fish? Fret not, there are even chicken options for those not looking to have seafood!

Prices
The prices for Fish Tales are kept extremely affordable, most probably to cater to their main demographic, which are students. (It’s located at *SCAPE after all, a teen hangout.) Mains hover around the 10 dollar mark, with the most expensive dish not going over $12.90. No GST or service fees either!

Peach Soda ($3.50) Green Apple Soda ($3.50) I'm a huge sucker for Italian sodas, hence I decided to give these a try. They were pretty good, a nice thirst quencher. Love the jars they were served in as well. Always makes for good food photography.

Peach Soda ($3.50)
Green Apple Soda ($3.50)
I’m a huge sucker for Italian sodas, hence I decided to give these a try. They were pretty good, a nice thirst quencher. Love the jars they were served in as well. Always makes for good food photography.

Crab Chowder I was afraid that the soup was going to taste generic but I was proven wrong. I loved the flavour of cream in the soup which made it quite delectable. Don't expect restaurant quality though as there was only a hint of crab meat. (My friend didn't even realized that there was crab meat inside.)

Crab Chowder
I was afraid that the soup was going to taste generic but I was proven wrong. I loved the flavour of cream in the soup which made it quite delectable. Don’t expect restaurant quality though as there was only a hint of crab meat. (My friend didn’t even realized that there was crab meat inside.)

Calamari ($3.80) Who could pass up some delicious fried calamari? Fish Tales over a whole array of side dishes which are all quite affordable, making you spoilt for choice.

Calamari ($3.80)
Who could pass up some delicious fried calamari? Fish Tales over a whole array of side dishes which are all quite affordable, making you spoilt for choice.

Mozzarella Cheese Sticks ($4.80) Eat them quick, before the cheese loses its magical gooey quality.

Mozzarella Cheese Sticks ($4.80)
Eat them quick, before the cheese loses its magical gooey quality.

Truffle Fries ($7.50) If you've had truffle fries once, you've practically had them all. The ones over here at Fish Tales were pretty alright; the price is one of the lowest you can find for Truffle Fries too!

Truffle Fries ($7.50)
If you’ve had truffle fries once, you’ve practically had them all. The ones over here at Fish Tales were pretty alright; the price is one of the lowest you can find for Truffle Fries too!

Prawn Aglio Olio ($8.90) Spaghetti, Prawns, Wild Mushrooms The Prawn Aglio Olio is pretty much a standard every where these days. (Just like dem truffle fries.) In any case, it's considered to be a chef's recommendation over here, so do give it a try.

Prawn Aglio Olio ($8.90)
Spaghetti, Prawns, Wild Mushrooms
The Prawn Aglio Olio is pretty much a standard every where these days. (Just like dem truffle fries.) In any case, it’s considered to be a chef’s recommendation over here, so do give it a try.

Sambal Prawns ($8.90) Not being a fan of overly spicy foods, I avoided this dish to prevent pain & heartache. I was actually told that the sambal sauce here is specially home made! So if you're a lover of all things spice, make sure you try it! (Unless you are a wimp like me when it comes to spicy foods, then in that case, run! RUN!)

Sambal Prawns ($8.90)
Not being a fan of overly spicy foods, I avoided this dish to prevent pain & heartache.
I was actually told that the sambal sauce here is specially home made! So if you’re a lover of all things spice, make sure you try it! (Unless you are a wimp like me when it comes to spicy foods, then in that case, run! RUN!)

Soft Shell Crab ($12.90) This was essentially one of the dishes I was looking forward to trying. I do love me some soft shell crab & it's usually quite rare to see a WHOLE soft shell crab being served. Pasta tasted really great; it was cooked perfectly al dente. (Trust me, some places cannot get it right & it ends up some overcooked crap that you usually eat when you're a kid in your school's cafeteria.)

Soft Shell Crab ($12.90)
This was essentially one of the dishes I was looking forward to trying. I do love me some soft shell crab & it’s usually quite rare to see a WHOLE soft shell crab being served.
Pasta tasted really great; it was cooked perfectly al dente. (Trust me, some places cannot get it right & it ends up some overcooked crap that you usually eat when you’re a kid in your school’s cafeteria.)

Salmon Carbonara ($7.90) This tasted pretty good as well. As long as the cream sauce doesn't taste like mushroom soup, it's a pass in my book. (I absolutely loathe mushroom soup-tasting cream based pastas. Sick.)

Salmon Carbonara ($7.90)
This tasted pretty good as well. As long as the cream sauce doesn’t taste like mushroom soup, it’s a pass in my book. (I absolutely loathe mushroom soup-tasting cream based pastas. Sick.)

Squid Ink ($9.90) I found it extremely odd that a dollop of tomato sauce was added onto the squid ink pasta. I did like the abundance of squid though & thankfully the flavours did not clash with each other. The only other thing my friend & I noted was that the squid ink seemed a bit too overwhelming by itself. (Perhaps it was because there was too much of it?)

Squid Ink ($9.90)
I found it extremely odd that a dollop of tomato sauce was added onto the squid ink pasta. I did like the abundance of squid though & thankfully the flavours did not clash with each other. The only other thing my friend & I noted was that the squid ink seemed a bit too overwhelming by itself. (Perhaps it was because there was too much of it?)

Cheesy Affair ($9.90) Fans of cheese can rejoice for this magnificent dish!  (I'll stick to my lemon butter any day though.)

Cheesy Affair ($9.90)
Fans of cheese can rejoice for this magnificent dish!
(I’ll stick to my lemon butter any day though.)

Beaurre Au Citron ($8.90) Aw, yish. This is more my style. Lemon butter sauce over fish & chips. What more could you want?

Beaurre Au Citron ($8.90)
Aw, yish. This is more my style. Lemon butter sauce over fish & chips. What more could you want?

Citron Sea Bass ($12.90) Baked Cheddar Crust Sea Bass, Garlic Lemon Butter Sauce If you know what's up with fish, you'll be able to tell that this sea bass is of better quality then the fried variations on the menu. (Makes sense though, as fried fish are usually frozen beforehand. I can just hear Gordon Ramsay screaming now. "FROZEN?!") This was really good. Both my friend & I really liked the dish, though we felt that the amount of lemon butter sauce could be more substantial. (You can never have enough lemon butter!) Recommended.

Citron Sea Bass ($12.90)
Baked Cheddar Crust Sea Bass, Garlic Lemon Butter Sauce
If you know what’s up with fish, you’ll be able to tell that this sea bass is of better quality then the fried variations on the menu. (Makes sense though, as fried fish are usually frozen beforehand. I can just hear Gordon Ramsay screaming now. “FROZEN?!”)
This was really good. Both my friend & I really liked the dish, though we felt that the amount of lemon butter sauce could be more substantial. (You can never have enough lemon butter!) Recommended.

Grilled Salmon ($12.90) Looking for something more healthy? Perhaps you could go with their grilled salmon which also comes with a side salad. (Goodbye calories.)

Grilled Salmon ($12.90)
Looking for something more healthy? Perhaps you could go with their grilled salmon which also comes with a side salad. (Goodbye calories.)

Sambal Cutlet ($8.90) If you're not in the mood for fish, Fish Tales also offers a small selection of fried chicken cutlets. Here's their sambal variation. (Which I did not try... because... well.... I do not like... spicy?) My friend did give the sambal sauce a little taste though & he mentioned that it was pretty good. Remember, it's homemade!

Sambal Cutlet ($8.90)
If you’re not in the mood for fish, Fish Tales also offers a small selection of fried chicken cutlets. Here’s their sambal variation. (Which I did not try… because… well…. I do not like… spicy?)
My friend did give the sambal sauce a little taste though & he mentioned that it was pretty good. Remember, it’s homemade!

Oh, who lives in a pineapple under the - Whoops, we've gotten off track.

Oh, who lives in a pineapple under the – Whoops, we’ve gotten off track.

Worth A Visit/Revisit?
If you’re looking for tasty yet affordable fish, look no further & head down to Fish Tales. They’re definitely a great addition to *SCAPE, which gives us youngsters more varieties of food at affordable prices. I really like the concept of Fish Tales as well, especially since it’s usually quite hard to get good quality seafood over here in Singapore at a low price. Their wide array of dishes will make you spoilt for choice & there’ll definitely be something for everyone if you’re visiting with your group of friends.

I do also want to thank Dawn from The Influencer Network & Fish Tales for the invite & for being fantastic hosts for the food tasting event.

RATING

Food
7/10
Aesthetic
6.5/10
Price
8.5/10
Service
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Fish Tales

2 Orchard Link, *SCAPE, #02-27/#02-18B,, Singapore 237978
(Nearest train station: Orchard or Somerset)
Contact: 6636 9960
Email: hello@fishtales.com.sg
Opening Hours:
Mon-Sun: 12:00 pm – 10:00 pm
http://fishtales.com.sg/
https://www.facebook.com/fishtales.sg

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