A visit to Shinsen Fishmarket in Bangkok
Some highlights but also some really disappointing lows
After a walk that seemed to go on forever we finally saw the sign to Shinsen Fish Market. We had heard a lot about Shinsen Fish Market so our expectations were high. Unfourtanly, the lunch at the Sushi Restaurant at Shinsen was quiet expensive and brought both highlights and really lows to the table. And lows are so disappointing.
Best dish at Shinsen Fishmarket was without doubt the Sushi and Sashimi serving. The Tako - Octopus, Chutoro - medium fatted Tuna, Akami - or the loin from the Tuna's back and the Amaebi - Sweet Shrimp, was tender and tasty and we enjoyed the freshness of them. The Salmon Roll was also real good. The Pork Teppanyaki didn't stick out even if it was tasty.
Now we had some great expectations on the last dish.
But The Painted Spiny Lobster was unfourtanly a disappointing experience and it looked a lot better then it tasted!
Thermidor is a traditional way to prepere lobsters of any kind. We expected it to be creamy, lifting the lobster meat's flavours with some brandy and gratinated cheese like Gryere or likewise for some "punch".
Instead it tasted bechamel and actually nothing more but a "badly cooked bechamel". The selection of roe on top didn't offset the lack of taste. It's a pity when the meat of the Painted Spiny Lobster is so delicious.
We found some of that incredible good meat hidden in the vapid sauce...but it felt ruined. Then we dug out some meat from the body where that devastating bechamel hadn't reached and just dipped it in soy sauce and wasabi and that was really packed with flavour and umami.
Overall; a visit to Shinsen Fishmarket is something we recommend when being in Bangkok but next time we'll go for the freshly steamed Crab stand on the other side of the Sushi Restaurant!
3/5 Sticks & Spoons Recommended
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