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Keep an eye on fish prices
« on: 01 Jul 10, 22:09 »
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    WHEN it comes to fish, it pays to know your soon hock from your sultan. Wild-caught species of the latter are exceedingly rare, and can cost more than $300 per kg at restaurants here.

    Now, a debate is brewing about whether customers should be told upfront if an item they order comes with a price tag that is off the charts.

    It was sparked by the case of a customer who wanted to be known only as Mr Liu, who went to the Feng Shui Inn restaurant at Resorts World Sentosa with four friends from Hong Kong on June 12.

    Mr Liu originally wanted to order a soon hock or Marble Goby dish, but when told that the restaurant had run out of it, he went with a waiter's recommendation and ordered sultan fish instead.

    He told the Chinese evening newspaper Lianhe Wanbao that the waiter did not tell him the price of the fish, but he assumed it would be about the same price as soon hock, which costs about $90 per kg. But Mr Liu said he and his friends got a shock when they received a bill for $1,224 for the 1.8kg fish.

    He complained and received a 15 per cent discount. But his main grouse was that the waiter didn't let him know the price of the sultan when he recommended it.

    When contacted, RWS spokesman Robin Goh explained that Feng Shui Inn serves a very premium clientele. He said: 'It is not always appropriate to state menu prices to high-end customers who have come to expect certain discretion, especially when they entertain high-level guests. This is a practice shared by most high-end restaurants.'

    http://www.straitstimes.com/BreakingNews/Singapore/Story/STIStory_548080.html

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    Re: Keep an eye on fish prices
    « Reply #1 on: 01 Jul 10, 22:12 »
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  • That is the reason why there are lesser fishes in the sea.
    The profit from selling these fishes are mind boggling! :o
    Imagine a 1.8kg fish selling for $1,224! Crazy!

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    Re: Keep an eye on fish prices
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  • As far as I'm concerned..... Mr Liu have himself to blame.

    If I go to a Japanese restaurant and just order 'TUNA'.... and eat the serving without thinking is it super expensive Blue Fin Tuna, common Yellow Fin Tuna or cheapo Dogtooth Tuna.... them I'm asking for it. It pays to understand the seafood you are ordering.  ;)
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    Re: Keep an eye on fish prices
    « Reply #3 on: 02 Jul 10, 10:53 »
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  • As far as I'm concerned..... Mr Liu have himself to blame.

    If I go to a Japanese restaurant and just order 'TUNA'.... and eat the serving without thinking is it super expensive Blue Fin Tuna, common Yellow Fin Tuna or cheapo Dogtooth Tuna.... them I'm asking for it. It pays to understand the seafood you are ordering.  ;)

    I coudnt agree more but still, $1,200 for a fish??? come on, its bloody obscene man... I havent tried this sultan fish but is it that good and worth that much? 

    Unless by consuming this fish, will give me some sort of superhuman strength, like breath underwater or swim like a fish, than its really absurd :o
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    Re: Keep an eye on fish prices
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  • I coudnt agree more but still, $1,200 for a fish??? come on, its bloody obscene man... I havent tried this sultan fish but is it that good and worth that much? 

    Unless by consuming this fish, will give me some sort of superhuman strength, like breath underwater or swim like a fish, than its really absurd :o


    Did tried the Sultan Fish years and years ago at a wedding dinner.... its a good tasting fish.  ;)

    The problem here isn't so much about, is that fish worth the price of $1200+..... but location of the restaurant and the eating environment. Simply order the common Chili Crab at any Kopitiam, then at a small restaurant like "No Signboard" or "Punggol Seafood"... lastly, order the same chili crab at some 5 Star Restaurant. Its basicly the same crab dish.... but the price would be greatly differences.

    When Mr Liu ordered food from Feng Shui Inn restaurant at Resorts World Sentosa.... he is not only paying for the fish. But also for the high class environment to impress his guest, the waiter/waitress to wait on him and his guest, a famous/well-paid Chef cooking his meals.... and the 'rights' to tell stories to his friends/family that he makan-ed at one of S'pore's newest and most $$$$ restaurant. For all these.... he must be willing to pay the price.

    For the rest of us.... kopitiam is the way to go for seafood  ;D
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