5Foodie Guru •
14 Oct 2012
Made reservations for dinner last Fri from my friends rec. as my in-laws were visiting and wanted to show them around the gardens followed by the marina barrage. Was a little afraid as my wife then found some negative reviews on this website but my fears were suprisingly laid to rest as we had a great dinner.Ordered the seafood steamboat, pepper crab, salted egg sotong, gu chai with cuttlefish, hainan chicken & beancurd prawn.Steamboat was nicely presented on platters and there were live oysters, flower crab, clams and etc. Prawns were nicely skewered and the suki style chili sauce was very appetizing. Ingredients tasted fresh and stock was very tasty after all the seafood items were cooked in it. Pepper crab was very delicious and it was quite obvious they have perfected the salted egg yolk sotong at this joint. Sotong was crispy and nicely coated in the salted egg yolk sauce. Not the usual oily and soggy version you would find at many places and we ordered a 2nd piece as everyone wanted to try more.The gu chai dish was very interesting as we never had this before but the pleasent waitress strongly suggested it and it did not dissapoint. Hainan chicken and rice were also good but seriously, if they got this wrong then that would seem wierd as it's a Hainanese joint haha. Only dish that didn't work for me was the beancurd prawn because when compared to the other dishes that night this was pale in comparison. Tasted quite ordinary and simple.Only sad part was that there was construction work on the opposite side so you don't get a clear un-obstructed view of the ocean but overall surroundings was ok. Bill came up to $370 all in for 7 of us that night and although it may seem a little steep at first, after looking back at what we had and everything else considered we thought it was quite appropriate. We had coffee and kaya toast at the garden before our dinner that night and even that cost us $35 so it really is a matter of judgement. Overall suprised as the dinner honestly did not fit the reviews that had been published but as my wife noted many complains in the website were from groupon customers. Very sad to know if there were different standards but I felt that my dinner there was worthy of a positive review and hope that they continue to keep up the good work.