It started with one fish: importing barramundi from Cairns.
And, it was the seafood scene in Australia that inspired father and son David and Alan Lee to recreate a similar ambience in Singapore. The result? They opened Greenwood Fish Market, a wholesale seafood market and bistro, in 2003 in Bukit Timah. Right from the start, they strived to be a trendsetter in the local market, and sell and serve some of the freshest seafood around. Since opening that first location, they’ve opened another outpost in scenic Quayside Isle on Sentosa.
Both restos and markets personify the timeless image of a friendly neighbourhood fishmonger. To provide an engaging dining and shopping experience, they take the time to educate customers about what they’re eating, where it’s sourced from and other nitty-gritty details.
Perhaps it’s no surprise then that David and Alan’s hobbies include water-related activities such as boating and fishing. “Even after so many years of trading in seafood, the sight of fresh seafood still excites me,” Alan says. In fact, their travels give them opportunities to connect with suppliers in far-flung places such as Lannilis, France; Alaska, U.S.A.; and Jeju, South Korea.
What do these related restaurateurs personally like to eat? Japanese food is David’s go-to cuisine, which he often enjoys with his wife, Vera, and daughter, Li Qing. After work, Alan looks forward to visiting Swee Choon with the team to down plates of dim sum. He also confesses to be fond of a nice cold glass of Guinness Stout on tap.
By Sara Lyle Bow, Muneerah Bee, Melodi Ghui + Christopher Ong Ujine, The Finder Issue 300, September 2019