A recent invitation by the One Rochester group offered me the opportunity to visit one of their restaurants within East Coast Park. Much like its sister restaurant One Rochester, COAST@1-TwentySix, features a communal menu and an indoor & outdoor concept.
A direct lift from the press release mentions that Coast “Takes cues from coastal dining trends in picturesque destinations like the Almafi Coast, the Hamptons at Long Island, New York City, COAST seeks to propagate 1-TwentySix as a chic seafront lifestyle dining mecca in Singapore.” I’ve yet to visit the above mentioned places (although, I do intend to visit Long Island soon), but I was very keen to see first hand if COAST manages to live up to their own aspirations.
Located at Big Splash at East Coast Park, majority of the seating capacity is situated outdoors, with a handful of seats inside a partially air-conditioned area. For those who love al fresco dining, COAST is definitely for you. For those who prefer air conditioned seating, don’t get your hopes too high yet. Although it was a rather windy evening, both my dining partner and myself were feeling relatively warm. You see, it was neither an enclosed space, nor were the air conditioners blasting. Frankly, it did get a little too warm for comfort towards the end of the meal.
Warm Complimentary Bread
There were two appetizer platters in the menu. The first being the Nibble Platter, which consisted of, Potato skins with sour cream and ocean trout caviar, Radish, Anchoiade and crudites, Homemade cod brandade with grilled brushetta, Steamed vongole clams with a garlic and herb crumb and Crispy soft shelled crab with chilli mayo. For an additional supplement of S$18++ per person, we opted for the second choice available – the COAST platter.
The platter consisted of prawns, crab, oysters, mussels, clams and sashimi.
Here’s a brief rundown of the individual appetizers:
Prawns: They were relatively fresh, but otherwise uninspiring.
Crab: I’ll have to admit, both my dining partner and I were slightly disappointed. The crab claws were awfully small and were pretty much devoid of any meat. We were literally digging in to find scraps of meat. Oh, in case you’re wondering – the shell was merely a decorative piece.
Oysters: Fresh and juicy; no complaints here.
Mussels: Again, they were fresh and timed well; no dissatisfaction here too.
Clams: While I applaud COAST for not serving up closed clams (like Italianies), alot of them had traces of sand in them. Having sand in clams, or any shellfish, really eclipses the wonderful texture they naturally have.
Sashimi: While I most definitely cannot fault the freshness of the sashimi here and whilst I understand that COAST is not a Japanese restaurant, but really, they made a mockery of themselves with the sashimi. The way they cut their sashimi slices was far too amateurish for a restaurant of 1-TwentySix’s standing. Not only were they were of irregular thickness, they were of various sizes too.
The dining partner had the Seared King scallops with smoked sea urchin risotto as his main course and regrettably, I wished I had ordered this dish instead of the fish pie (which you will read about next). It is of both his and my humble opinions that the creamy risotto was cooked perfectly, with a bite to them. The mouth watering scallops and the asparagus were simply a joy to savour. The lettuce tempura was pretty interesting as well.
The Classic fish pie with snapper, ocean trout, prawn, leek and dill was what I ordered for my main course. Undeniably, this was the least favoured dish for both of us.
The fish pie’s filling was heavily doused in a thick cream sauce, which made it rather agonizing to finish – In other words, the jelak feeling. I wonder if this was a one-off incident, since Justin from j2k3blogs did mention in his review that his was thin.
I have to admit that COAST was rather liberal in the amount of seafood.
For desserts, we had the Grand Assiette, essentially a dessert platter meant for two. Generally, the desserts were a tad too sweet for my liking and there were no particular stand outs.
And for the more adventourous, COAST serves an alternative dessert platter consisting of a selection of artisanal cheeses.
Both of us took a glance at the bar and we knew we just had to have some drinks to accompany our meal.
Coast by 1-TwentySix stands out from its competitors by offering communal style dining in a relatively intimate setting. While the food does not really merit a revist on its own, the sheer romantic setting of beachfront dining merits a return.
My sincere appreciation goes to Chiew Yen of One Rochester Group for the invite!
Coast @ 1-TwentySix
Big Splash Playground
902 East Coast Parkway