kok wee lim •
21 Sep 2012 • 11 reviews • 0 follower
2 persons for dinner.
Went because of Groupon promotion voucher, paid $20 for $50 worth of live seafood.
As I understand, this is NOT the same as the original 7th storey charcoal steamboat. The current operators have bought over the brand name only.
This place is really out of the way. You either have to drive, or take the only bus - no.400 - from the MRT, or walk through Gardens by the Bay. It is at the end of a dead end road.
Marina Barrage sounds nice, but only in name. The restaurant is the only one there. No other shops at the Barrage.
The waitress said that we have to sit outside if we want to have the charcoal steamboat. Outside is non-aircon, hot, humid, dim and not windy. And no fan. You will sweat. There's no view at all. You see nothing of the Gardens, or any large expense of water. Feels like sitting next to a large drain. Towards the end of the meal, perhaps because it is getting late, the waiters switched off and removed the lamps outside, leaving you to finish your meal in darkness....
Promotion on Groupon's website is misleading. We bought the $20 for $50 worth of live seafood voucher. When presented the menu, the waitress informed that this promotion is limited to 2 pages of "LIVE" seafood - lobster, crab, fish, prawns. Other seafoods that are not live are excluded, e.g. crayfish, sotong, mussels, abalone, clams. Items listed as live seafood for steamboat are excluded, because they are supposed to be promotion prices already. The pages of appetizers, sharkfins, steamboat, chicken, pork, vege, noodles, rice, meat dishes, soap, desert are all totally excluded. There are no fish tank in the customer sitting area, so you do not get to validate that the "live" seafood is really alive.
The pictures of mutton soap, abalone, sharkfin, vege featured on Groupon's webpage for the voucher sale are misleading because these items are all EXCLUDED from the promotion.
The Groupon page for the promotion has a hyperlink to the restaurant's website, and a menu is posted online. The prices on this menu is outdated, and prices at the restaurant have been substantially jacked up.
Seabass - online menu $5/100g. Actual: $7/100g. Minimum 1kg per fish according to the waitress.
Tiger Grouper - online menu $6/100g. Actual $8/100g. Minimum 800g per fish.
Other types of grouper $10/100g and up ...
Ordered a steamboat for 2 ($58), and a tiger grouper ($64). Total bill: $150+ for two.
Tea $2 per person. Peanuts $2. Towel $0.40 per person. 10% service charge, 7% GST.
The charcoal steamboat is substantially underwhelming. Soap base is bland, especially when compared to those buffets operated by the Chinese. There is only 1 sauce that tastes suspiciously like Cocoa Steamboat's. Steamboat does not boil after sometime ....so if you have not finished cooking....hehehe Food items are ok. All these when you are sitting outside with no fan... One can get a much better experience at a buffet steamboat, or korean bbq, or Cocoa and many other higher end restaurants.
Fish is nice and fresh in HK style. But very much the same standard as Chinese restaurants that serve live fish in town. There's no real need to go down a dead end road far from town just to have steamed fish..
Too Expensive for underwhelming steamboat.
Place NOT recommended for charcoal steamboat.
Groupon promotion is misleading - NOT recommended.