Recently I reckon, I have been eating so much crab that I have become an expert in determining which kind they are. Last weekend, we had a farewell dinner for a friend of mine who's emigrating to Australia which everyone seems to be doing nowadays. Hence we decided to try out this new place near my friend's house based on her colleague's recommendation.
First off, dinner didn't start off as planned since we got hit by a massive rain storm. Since my friend and I had already gone there as per the scheduled time, both of us sat around catching up on what's new. He was hungry hence he ordered a few dishes as appetizers while waiting for the rain to subside. From what I read in the menu, this restaurant is a branch of Seafood Station which is located in Singapore. This is their second Malaysian outlet with the first one in Jalan Ipoh.
We started off with their appetizers which was fake shark fins (made from gelatine) mixed with shredded vegetables lightly tossed in a vinegar dressing (RM3++). Not that great but kinda interesting. Next was their Oat Sotong(RM20++), which came with lots of crispy oats tossed in the sotong coated in a crispy batter. I liked their sotong which was nice and crispy and the strips of lemon rind they added to the dish. However, they added too much sugar to the whole dish that it was too sweet.
My friend was really hungry hence he ordered a small portion of the Crab Fried Rice (RM10++) - we both didn't think it was good as the rice grains was too soft. Usually for perfect fried rice, you need to use overnight cooked rice which is allowed to dry out. We suspect they use freshly made rice for this dish.
Once the rain subsided, we started ordering dinner almost one hour later. They have the two type kailan we had in Pantai Seafood but since we wanted something different, they ordered this unusual dish - kailan fried with mui choy (RM20++), a kind of preserved vegetable.
My friend wanted noodles hence they ordered this Seafood Fried Mee Sua (RM15++), although it was nicely fried, the chef had added too much salt into the dish making it difficult to eat.
Originally we wanted to try their fried tea leaf prawns but they had run out of prawns hence we opted for their deep fried soft shell crabs (RM45++). This was nice and crispy but sadly too salty that you needed extra water to eat a piece of it.
We were recommended the coffee pork ribs (RM20++) by my friend's colleague but this dish we felt the sauce that coated the pork ribs were too bitter tasting when it should be more sweet and caramelised.
Their saving grace was the crabs which was fried with salted egg yolk (RM38++ for two pieces of crab). Although I didn't like the salted egg yolk mixture they used - it was too salty as they didn't smash up the yolks properly, the crab they used was really nice. The meat was fresh and came out in chunks which reminded me of the ones we had at King Crab. They also cut the crabs to smaller pieces to make it easier to eat. Based on their calling card, they serve 12 unique crab dishes including the Singapore Chilli Crab and Black Pepper variety.
My friends say they don't mind returning to this place as they liked the crab since it's also near the house. Only thing is I reckon you can only eat the crabs since all the dishes were either too salty or sweet. One theory we have was the chef was suffering from heat stroke that day hence his tastebuds went haywire as my friend's colleague said the food was good the last time he ate there. If any of you have tried this place, do drop me a comment as it'll be interesting to see if this was just a random incident and the food here is actually quite good.
Ocean Palace Seafood Restaurant
H-G-18 Ground Floor
Jalan PJU 1/45
Aman Suria Damansara
Tel No: 03 - 7806 3539
(The restaurant is right next to Maroon and is opposite Kayu Nasi Kandar)
*Disclaimer: The opinions expressed here is entirely based on my personal tastebuds and may vary for others. The reviewer also declares that she has not received any monetary or non-monetary compensation from the restaurant for writing this review.
Tagged with: Malaysian Food + Crabs + Aman Suria