Bangladesh, despite being a river-centric country, has overlooked its prospective seafood fares from the coastal shores. It is because of this that the restaurants in Dhaka had to resort to importing fish, prawns, crabs and other aquatic delicacies and charge an exorbitant price for it. Diners have been frustrated time and again for being charged a high price, for example, for something like a Lobster Thermidor or a Chilli Crab. Thankfully that has changed with the arrival of Singaporean seafood chain Fish and Co.
Launched in 2015, Fish and Co. has taken Dhakaites by storm and has changed their taste buds on how to enjoy proper seafood. Despite importing their ingredients from abroad, the seafood is thankfully coastal – with the freshest fish, crabs (only the mussels I believe are imported.)
Ambience and Interior
As you can imagine, the interiors of Fish and Co. makes you feel like you’re eating at a seafood shack down by a wharf or pier. The nautical inspired design boasts of different stuffed fishes, life savers, and virtually anything you can think of to help get your mindset on eating some serious amount of seafood. Colourful murals of boats and oceans and fish adorn the walls, coupled with orange flotation rings and nautical lighting arrangements.
I did glean two major joys from the experience; the first is a notice in the menu that Fish & Co. uses only olive oil and trans-fat-free vegetable oil. The note also said that the company uses only seafood produced through eco-friendly farming systems, a rare find in these waters.
I had ordered the Feast Platter, a combination of Prawn Tempura, Grilled Salmon Fillet, Fried Calamari, fresh herbs and vegetables and a side of Paella Rice. Priced at a whopping Tk 2000++, it is highly expensive, but also highly delicious and perfect for two to share. The prawn tempuras are the crunch on the outside and silky soft in the inside. The Fried Calamaris were also of the same sort, only you have to eat them straight away, otherwise, they get too spongy after getting cold. The fish was a delight, melts-in-your-mouth soft and doused in a mild lemon herb and butter sauce. The salad and the rice were pretty ordinary side dishes on their own, but they complimented the whole dish rather well.
The only downside to all this is that beyond the eco-friendly rhetoric and excellent Feast Platter, there aren’t many reasons for the average diner to visit Fish & Co. The food is almost outrageously overpriced and poor value for money.
There’s a mocktail menu if you’re looking for a drink to wash all that seafood down, and Fish & Co also recently introduced new flavours to refresh the menu. I’m not a fan of mocktails – as fond of my alcoholic tipples as I am – but their non-alcoholic take on Lychee Mojito was particularly tasty.
You should only visit this joint if you are not afraid of denting your wallet. But the food has a lingering afterthought of a taste, which will eventually hook you up into seafood. It is a fun family place and is always crowded. You are bound to be amazed at the delicious seafood fares, which also act as alternatives to steaks and other continental items.