Jumbo Restaurant @ East Coast Parkway
Jumbo seems to be top of mind recall for seafood though there are tons of other great crab places - Melben has been one I am dying to try but absolutely no luck with! Reservations are definitely required even with the space that they have - two floors worth and packed on a weekday evening. Either tourists go far and wide to eat their chilli crabs even when they have other outlets around or Singaporeans must love their crabs this much.
Beer, always a must for the company!
Refreshing and the perfect antidote to wash down any grease! Loved the aloe vera chunks in it too.
Going back in time with bibs.
Wokfried Tiger Prawns with Salted Egg ($30)
Signature stuff, these fresh prawns were coated with a lipsmacking layer of salted egg! Down with soda bicarbonate, I totally detest my prawns crunchy so thumbs up to Jumbo for that. It will be quite a joke of the century if a seafood place embraces soda bicarbonate. So good, we were clamouring for thirds.
Honey Pork Ribs ($21)
Meaty slices of honeyed pork, adored the flavour!
Crispy Yuan Bao ($18)
New on the menu, these are otherwise known as seafood cake. Think fried taupok wrapped seafood cake with cream sauce - I usually do not doubt anything deepfried, this passed the test with flying colours.
Chilli Crab ($110.40)
1.2 kg each and $46/kg, I am not entirely sure why I jumped when I saw the bill - hundred dollar crabs, probably not used to the idea! Anyhow, the gravy was a tad sweet and meat had a mild seawater smell. Not the kind that would blow your mind off, have tasted better.
Fried Mantou ($8 for 16 pcs)
Mantou and crab gravy, as complementary as clotted cream and jam to scone.
Sambal Kang Kong ($16)
Loved the spice and heat from this dish, great pity we did not order rice to go with it.
Mee Goreng ($15)
Seemed like a spinoff the chilli crab gravy - too sweet and by the time this arrived, the urge for carbs nosedived.
Honeydew Sago ($3)
Laced with an artificial sweetness and a plastic smell, I thought this was one bad dessert.
Yam Pudding ($4)
This had corn gravy instead of coconut milk, found the yam paste too sweet. Not a huge favourite, actually thought the Riverwalk outlet did a better job.
Lime Jelly ($4)
The best of the desserts.
Aloevera Lime ($4)
Lime juice negates the effect of a spicy meal - loved the aloe vera chunks within.
My main and greatest grouse is the pacing of the dishes, there was no moment where there was more than one dish one the table. We had to wait for every single dish of the night - mind you, the restaurant was full but not overcrowded. I wonder about the unthinkable waiting time over weekends. By the time the crabs made it to the table, we were unfortunately full so satisfaction was hugely discounted.
I've had better crabs elsewhere so Jumbo did not surprise one bit.
Blk 1206 East Coast Parkway
#01-08 Seafood Centre