Monday, April 5, 2010

Jumbo Seafood, East Coast Seafood Centre

Disappointing Dinner!

It was my first time dining at Jumbo Seafood East Coast outlet. I tried the ones at Serangoon Gardens and Singapore Indoor Stadium few years ago and found the food still up to my expectations. However, I was so disappointed with the taste of the food which I ordered at this outlet on a particular Saturday.

1. Scallop wrapped in Yam Ring – 5/10
The yam paste didn’t taste fresh and it was kind of mushy and too watery and bland.
Look at the miserable thinly slices of scallop. It has been harden after deep-frying.

2. Salted Egg Golden Prawns – 6/10
It tasted bland despite it was coated with salted egg yolk. Not salty nor sweet nor sour nor whatever. However, the prawns were fresh and crunchy and I added points due to this factor.

3. Chlli Crabs 1.2kg – 5/10
We asked for a replacement as the claws were “hollow”. The flesh was merely about 50% filled inside the claw.

The picture below was after replacement. The claws were still “hollow” but were slightly better than the first plate. The manager said that he will give feedback to their supplier and on the quality of the crabs. I really wonder what went wrong.

It was such a disappointing dinner. I will still visit Jumbo but not at this outlet. I heard from friends that the Dempsey outlet serves much better quality food. Well, I look forward to trying the food at Dempsey outlet.

My Overall Verdict: 5.5/10

Jumbo Seafood
Blk 1206 East Coast Parkway
East Coast Seafood Centre
Singapore 449883

Tel: 6442 3435
Fax: 6444 5373

Operating Hours:
Dinner only: 5.00pm - 12.00 midnight

Chin Huat Live Seafood Restaurant, Clementi (Sunset Way)

This review was posted late. It was a New Year Eve Dinner. After reading numbers of reviews of this restaurant, we decided to try their Sri Lanka Crabs. We were disappointed that the Sri Lanka Crabs ran out of stock by the time we reached there at 8pm+. Nevertheless, we try other dishes.

1. 3 different eggs vegetable – 6/10

2. Garlic Steamed Jumbo Oyster – 8/10
The oysters were very fresh and juicy.

3. Handmade Tofu with shredded Conpoy (dried scallop) – 7/10

4. HK Style Steamed Soon Hock (Marbled Goby) – 9/10
The fish was extremely fresh and it worth the money.

5. Yam Nest with Chicken Cubes & Cashew Nuts – 6/10

My Overall Verdict: 7/10

Chin Huat Live Seafood Restaurant
Blk 105 Clementi Street 12 (Sunset Way)
Singapore 120105

Tel: 6775 7348

Operating Hours:
Lunch 11.30am - 2.30pm
Dinner 5.00pm - 10.30pm

Raffles Marina Bistro, Tuas, Revisited

No regrets. Still as Yummy!

I revisited this place again. It was then raining so heavily and the wind was so strong that we have to force ourselves sittng indoor (away from the sea view). Sigh..

Our orders this time:

1. Chicken Wings (1/2 dozen) $11.00 – 9/10
They are still as good. Yummy!

2. Fish & Chips $10.00 – 7/10
The battered fish fillet is fried to golden brown and very crispy on the outside. Not a bad choice. Considering it is merely a $10 item, it is definitely value for the money.

With another two glasses of beer, total bill came up to $43.57.

Overall Verdict: 8/10

Marina Bistro
10 Tuas West Drive
Raffles Marina
Singapore 638404

For reservations, call Tel: 6869 2299

Operating Hours:
Daily: 8.00am to 10.00pm (last order 9.30pm)

Café Cartel, Bukit Panjang Plaza

Café standard?

Our orders for a simple dinner:

1. Spicy Chicken Wings $5.80 – 2/10
I am quite disappointed with the spicy wings. It is tasteless, not spicy & too floury.

2. Spicy Chicken Bolognese $12.00 – 6/10
The Bolognese sauce is little sourish, sweet & spicy but it is too water and diluted. The spaghetti texture is overcooked, no longer springy.

3. Root Beer Float $4.20 – 4/10
How I miss A&W’s root beer float!

Total bill came up to $25.85.

Overall Verdict: 4/10

Despite the disappointment for this meal, I will still go for their Chicken Chef’s Salad and St Louis Pork Ribs which I will give them 7/10 & 8/10 respectively.

Café Cartel
1 Jelebu Road
Bukit Panjang Plaza
Singapore 677743

Tel: 6767 7900

Operating Hours:
Mon-Fri, Eve of Public Holiday: 11:30am-10.00pm
Sat, Sun, Public Holiday: 8.30am-10.00pm

Ahsia Food Stall, Woodlands Centre Road Food Centre

The power is not on the Roti Prata but on the Sardine gravy!

Ahsia Food Stall opens very early in the morning and it closes around 9am or when their Roti Prata are sold out. The queue is always long but it moves quite fast.

Sad to say that the roti prata is quite rubbery and it is not crispy at all. But, I like the sardine gravy very much. It comes with a small chunk of sardine and the gravy is a little spicy and slightly sweet. And yes, you need to pay extra $0.50 (I supposed) for the sardine gravy due to the sardine chunk given.

Why is there always a long queue daily? Is it due to the powerful sardine gravy or? Best that you can check it out yourself.

My Verdict:
Roti Prata – 4/10
Sardine Gravy – 9/10

Overall Verdict: 6.5/10

Ahsia Food Stall
Blk 4A Woodlands Centre Road
Woodlands Centre Road Food Centre
Singapore 731004

Raffles Marina Bistro, Tuas

Good food and good place!

This restaurant serves both Asian and Western delicacies. It has many varieties of choices such as chicken rice, char kway teow, Indian curry, Naan, fish & chips, etc..

Our orders:

1. Mutton Satay (1/2 dozen) $6.00 – 8/10
The mutton satay is tender and juicy and the mutton smell is not that strong too. The satay peanut gravy is so thick and full of peanut chunks.

2. Chicken Wings (1/2 dozen) $11.00 – 9/10
Damn good chicken wings. They are so crispy, juicy and flavorful but the bad point is that they are oily too.

3. Grilled Halibut $15.50 – 6/10
The halibut fillet is tender but a bit “fishy” smell.

Total bill came up to $49.11.

Overall Verdict: 8/10

Marina Bistro
10 Tuas West Drive
Raffles Marina
Singapore 638404

For reservations, call Tel: 6869 2299

Operating Hours:
Daily: 8.00am to 10.00pm (last order 9.30pm)