Dancing Fish, a multi-awarded Malay-Indo cuisine restaurant from Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia has opened its 2nd restaurant in Singapore. The latest outlet, Dancing Fish Signature is located on level 4 of TANGS Singapore. With a couple of my friends, we dropped by the new restaurant for lunch and I left impressed with the quality as well as the soul put into each dish.
Chicken Satay 4.5/5
We started with the Chicken Satay ($12). The chicken strips are marinated before being charcoal grilled. This is probably one of the best satay I have eaten, lightly charred on the outside while it is tender and moist inside. This is served together with satay peanut sauce on the side which complements the chicken satay excellently.
Tahu Telur 4/5
Next is Tahu Telur ($12) which has been stacked into a tower and deep fried in a flossy egg mixture for a fragrant finish. It comes with a tangy special sambal tahu sauce that once again paired with the tahu telor beautifully.
Gulai Pucuk Paku 4.2/5
A rare dish on the menu is the Gulai Pucuk Paku ($13). This is a type of wild vegetable, young jungle fern shoots. The greens are cooked in a curry like sauce consists of turmeric, coconut milk and spices. The jungle fern shoots have a subtle sweetness with a nice crunchy texture, which is very pleasant for consumption.
Buntut Belado Enak 4.5/5
I remembered I have the best buntut belado in Jakarta and now I have found one in Singapore too. At Dancing Fish Signature, the Buntut Belado Enak ($36) uses Australian oxtail. The oxtail is marinated and braised in aromatic herbs and spices before barbecuing over charcoal, intensifying that rich bitter sweet flavour. I also like the addition of pickled chilli to cut through the richness.
Udang Masak Lemak Chilli Padi Nenas 3.5/5
The Udang Masak Lemak Chilli Padi Nenas ($33 for 4pc) is a classic Malacca Nyonya prawn curry with a twist. The 4 huge tiger prawns are slow cooked in a light and tangy spiced curry which consists of tumeric, spices, herbs and pineapples. The curry sauce is very appetising, goes really well with a plate of steamed rice. It would be a lovely dish if the tiger prawns were fresher. Some diners may also find the dish expensive for just 4 prawns.
Bebek Goreng Bali 4.5/5
My favourite dish at Dancing Fish is the Bebek Goreng Bali ($26). The duck is marinated in a mix of Balinese herbs and spices for a day. It is then fried till the skin is crispy and the inside still tender. Diners have 3 choices of homemade chilli sauce, namely Sambal Matah, Chilli Vinaigrette ($26) and Sambal Hijau. I have my duck with the tangy chilli vinaigrette which goes really well with the crispy duck, elevating the whole enjoyment.
Dancing Fish with Sambal Dabu-dabu 4/5
A signature item is the Dancing Fish with Dabu-dabu ($37). Dabu-dabu is a traditional salsa sauce from Manado, Indonesia. If I am not wrong, the chef has added some ketchup manis into the chilli sauce so it is not as spicy as I thought it would be. In fact the sweet-spicy concoction of the sauce complements the deep fried fish excellently. Besides the dabu-dabu, diners can also opt for either mango kerabu, belimbing salad or sambal cobel merah.
Mango Lolo 3/5
For dessert, we tried the Mango Lolo ($12) and Cendol ($10). It is a light and refreshing dessert that is perfect with all the savoury dishes and spices.
Sweet Potato with Coconut Scrappings, Palm Sugar and Vanilla Ice Cream 3/5
A modern take of the dessert is the pretty presentation of the Sweet Potato with Coconut Scrappings, Palm Sugar and Vanilla Ice Cream ($10). The warm and cold contrast is pleasing to the palate. I like the sweetness of the sweet potato but the finishing is on the dry side.
Overall I have enjoyed my lunch at Dancing Fish Signature. I can taste the soul in the cooking, ensuring the best is bring to the table. In addition, I am impressed of the different sauces that has been made from scratch. They are thoughtfully paired with each dish. I understand the restaurant has more than 10 different types of sambals and sauces to date.
Note: This is an invited tasting.
Dancing Fish Signature
Tangs at Tang Plaza
310 Orchard Road
Tel: +65 63391048
Nearest MRT: Orchard (NS Line)
Daily: 1130am - 1030pm
1) Alight at Orchard MRT station. Take Exit A. Walk to destination. Journey time about 5 minutes. [Map]