20 Sep 2014 • 3 reviews • 0 follower
Haven't been to House of Seafood since the days they were at Yio Chu Kang. Those were glorious days I agree. The black pepper crabs were glittering and the crabs were succulent. I remember those valet parking days. Helluva fun.
Years after, now at Serangoon Shopping Centre, I paid a visit again to reminisce the black pepper crab. After a dismay experience at Joyden just the day before, somehow I was not very hopeful for something exhilarating. Anything good will be a bonus, I said to myself. I went, still, with a very open mind.
So here was the order:- her zor (prawn fritter), black pepper crab (must have right), salted egg crab, steamed garoupa, white bee hoon, seafood cucumber casserole.
Guess what, the formula for the black pepper sauce was still prevalent. Sadly, though, the 1.2kg crab was not up to the mark. It was fairly hollow and flesh was weak. So sad. Fortunately, though, the 1.3kg salted egg version was solid. At $56/kg I am not able to accept a 50% offering of success.
The her zor was at best ngor hiong (can't really taste the prawn) and the seafood casserole? What seafood? its some tiny prawns with low grade sea cucumber and canned clam shells. No squid. No sliced fish. Not that I missed it though, after tasting stale, yes stale, sliced fish from the white bee hoon. The 'seafood' casserole was $30 for a super tiny pot. If they were treasures it would have been fine. It wasn't.
The garoupa was, thankfully, fresh. A good 900g at $9/100g. At $81 per garoupa, my heart would have stalled if it wasn't edible.
The bill came to $336 for 3 paxes. No, we did not have vouchers. Ouch. But, hey, it's an experience. At least I know, for sure, that it's not worth spending here. Why? It's restaurant price for kopitiam quality. Would I be back? No way.