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Joyden Seafood

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Joyden Seafood is an Asian Seafood restaurant that is located at West Coast.

Daily: 11:30 - 14:30

Daily: 18:00 - 22:30

+65 67795355
$47 based on 23 submissions
Children/Family (14 votes), Dinner (14 votes), Large Groups/Gathering (13 votes)
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Surprisingly Hearty Flavourful Seafood

While I was on my mission to review the F&B joints at HillV2, I stumbled across a new concept called Joyden Canton Kitchen (not opened yet). Seemed to be a new brand and I googled it to see if there was more information available on it. Suprisingly what came out was Joyden Seafood, and furthermore, seems like quite a number of people have visited the place and blogged about it. And so I decided to drag the whole family down to West Coast to give it a try since I have been craving seafood.

Odd little location, but not entirely difficult to locate. Overall ambience was pleasant but simple, and it does have that old-school smell to it. Read online that the restaurant had been there for like 10 years, but only had a revamp recently. Guess some smells you just can't get rid of =p but thankfully it wasn't unpleasant or anything.

We decided to go for the Hae Zor (yummy!!!!!!) as starters. Then we ordered the Gan Heong Lala. The Lala wasn't as meaty as we would like it to be, but the sauce and egg was superb, reminiscent of what we had in KL. Mom found it a bit salty, but then had it with white rice wihch was just nice with all the dried shrimps.

For mains, we ordered the steamed red grouper in hong kong style. Nothing surprising there, but the fish was very fresh and well steamed. Was pleasantly surprised since the last reviewer didn't have good things to say about their steamed fish experience, which I cheekily brought up to the supervisor =p Must say though that the supervisor handled my cheeky question quite professionally, saying that they try at all times to ensure good food quality and if any customer has any feedback, they will try to address on the spot immediately, for e.g. offering to serve a new dish etc. Haha but then she cheekily replied also that most of their customers preferred to eat soon hock and grouper, which real seafood fans would know are in a different league from seabass. Kudos to her for the response!

Cereal prawns was good with a hint of curry. Made it worthwhile to get the hands and fingers dirty.  We also ordered the Oyster Sauce Chicken. Unusual dish. Tasty and has an "old-fashioned" feel to it. Best eaten with rice, and I couldn't help notice that it was more popular with the "elderly" at the table.

Next on the dish also was the Crab Bee Hoon. For the uninitiated like us, it was a bit of a suprise to see it as a dry version. On appearance it looked a tad bit oily, but we were hit by a whiff of fragrant spring onion and ginger that was really appetizing. We tucked in and were really surprised by how tasty it was. Slightly oilier than what we would like it, but the bee hoon has soaked up all the juices and were so flavourful. Add a bit of sambal belacan and wow!

Pricing wise, it's pretty much what you would expect to pay at a Seafood restaurant. Foodwise, it holds itself well against the big named "J" or "LB" seafood restaurants, but is definitely more value for money. Just don't compare to a cze char stall!

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  • Nonya Style Steamed Fish6 votes
  • Black Pepper Crab4 votes
  • Cereal prawns3 votes
  • Lobster Porridge3 votes
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27 Oct 2014 • 4 reviews • 0 follower

Surprisingly Hearty Flavourful Seafood

While I was on my mission to review the F&B joints at HillV2, I stumbled across a new concept called Joyden Canton Kitchen (not opened yet). Seemed to be a new brand and I googled it to see if there was more information available on it. Suprisingly what came out was Joyden Seafood, and furthermore, seems like quite a number of people have visited the place and blogged about it. And so I decided to drag the whole family down to West Coast to give it a try since I have been craving seafood.

Odd little location, but not entirely difficult to locate. Overall ambience was pleasant but simple, and it does have that old-school smell to it. Read online that the restaurant had been there for like 10 years, but only had a revamp recently. Guess some smells you just can't get rid of =p but thankfully it wasn't unpleasant or anything.

We decided to go for the Hae Zor (yummy!!!!!!) as starters. Then we ordered the Gan Heong Lala. The Lala wasn't as meaty as we would like it to be, but the sauce and egg was superb, reminiscent of what we had in KL. Mom found it a bit salty, but then had it with white rice wihch was just nice with all the dried shrimps.

For mains, we ordered the steamed red grouper in hong kong style. Nothing surprising there, but the fish was very fresh and well steamed. Was pleasantly surprised since the last reviewer didn't have good things to say about their steamed fish experience, which I cheekily brought up to the supervisor =p Must say though that the supervisor handled my cheeky question quite professionally, saying that they try at all times to ensure good food quality and if any customer has any feedback, they will try to address on the spot immediately, for e.g. offering to serve a new dish etc. Haha but then she cheekily replied also that most of their customers preferred to eat soon hock and grouper, which real seafood fans would know are in a different league from seabass. Kudos to her for the response!

Cereal prawns was good with a hint of curry. Made it worthwhile to get the hands and fingers dirty.  We also ordered the Oyster Sauce Chicken. Unusual dish. Tasty and has an "old-fashioned" feel to it. Best eaten with rice, and I couldn't help notice that it was more popular with the "elderly" at the table.

Next on the dish also was the Crab Bee Hoon. For the uninitiated like us, it was a bit of a suprise to see it as a dry version. On appearance it looked a tad bit oily, but we were hit by a whiff of fragrant spring onion and ginger that was really appetizing. We tucked in and were really surprised by how tasty it was. Slightly oilier than what we would like it, but the bee hoon has soaked up all the juices and were so flavourful. Add a bit of sambal belacan and wow!

Pricing wise, it's pretty much what you would expect to pay at a Seafood restaurant. Foodwise, it holds itself well against the big named "J" or "LB" seafood restaurants, but is definitely more value for money. Just don't compare to a cze char stall!

bamboo clams,  teochew sea bass, crab bee hoon, crispy Sotong, prawn Fritter,  salted egg prawn
20 Sep 2014 • 3 reviews • 0 follower

Over rated dining experience

Made a reservation with 3 other food craze friends to Joyden and anticipated today. We went from East to West in search of a new experience. Finally found the place and was ushered to sit. We sought some opinion for the ordering and was recommended lobster steamed with glutinous rice and crab with bee hoon. Our eventual order was crispy Sotong, prawn Fritter (her zor), teochew steamed sea bass, salted egg prawns, steamed bamboo clams with garlic, crab bee hoon and lobster with glutinous rice. While waiting for the food in anticipation, we saw huge bamboo baskets served out to other tables and this escalated our excitement towards the lobster. When it was finally served, the staff opened the bamboo lid and there was no aroma. We did see a huge lobster sitting on steamed glutinous rice. We gave it a benefit of a doubt when the staff was serving out the portions for us. It was a disappointment. The lobster while fresh was a total disparate from the glutinous rice. The so said signature dish is at best a lobster AND glutinous rice. There was no infusion of aroma into the glutinous rice from the lobster. The crab bee hoon and the bamboo clams were nothing to shout about. They are fresh ingredients, I must be fair, but they are just nothing to rave about. Prawn fritters are well prepared with a twist of parsley. Clever, as it makes the fritters less oily to consume. but at $12 for 6, it's its a tad over priced. While our spirits were bit dampened by the proceedings thus far, our ill experienced was sealed with the over steamed sea bass. The poor teochew steamed sea bass we estimated could have been over steamed by a good 5 to 10 minutes. Fish eyes have popped out white and chives were almost off green. Being true teochew steam fish aficionados, we dug in to the belly almost immediate. To our horror, the flesh was chewy and very stiff. If the belly was of this texture, we were not motivated to move on to other parts. We felt compelled to speak to the manager which we did. She is a very accommodating lady. Looking at the almost pathetically untouched fish, she kindly waived the sea bass off our bill. Our bill still came to $324 which was with sea bass waived. Well, it was not so much about the bill but that the food quality has to match. We were willing to settle for freshness of ingredients. They almost survived the expectation till the over steamed fish was allowed to be served. This reflected an alarming level of complacency. The manager appealed to be given a second chance. But to pay to brave another risk? No thanks.
Crab with Bee Hoon
18 Aug 2014 • 1909 reviews • 258 followers

Seafood and More

In today's tough F&B market, any business that survives a couple of years must have done something right. Joyden, located at the car park of West Coast Recreation Centre, has done just that with its celebration of its tenth year anniversary.

At a recent visit, I tried some of their signature items which has allowed them to on top of their game for such a long period of time.

I started out with the Signature Cereal Prawns, dry prawns fried with its shell intact.

Next was the Signature Oyster Sauce Imperial Chicken. The full meaty chicken was tender and the dish can be rather addictive.

An interesting dish to try is the Steamed Lobster with Glutinous Treasure Rice. Here, the young lobsters are cooked with the rice which offers a more wholistic finish with the savory rice flavoured with Chinese pork sausages.

Those coming with grandpa can order the old school yam ring, which comes with either coffee based pork ribs or chili sauce pork ribs for those who loves their food with a bit of kick.

Finally, how can one go to a live seafood place without trying the crab. If you must make a pick , ask for the crab to be fried in bee hoon. Similar to the lobster with rice, the  bee hoon compliments the crab well, cooked in a slightly wet but really tasty broth.

Well, there you have it, some recommendations to try at a place which has been serving quality Chinese fare for the last decade.
20 Apr 2014 • 5 reviews • 0 follower

Comfy but not great family dining restaurant

We went on a Thursday to celebrate my father's birthday. Restaurant was not packed even during dinner hours. I was impressed by the comfy table spacing & their excellent service rendered. We ordered Birthday Eefu Noodles, Teochew Steamed Grouper, Poached Prawns, Sambal Kangkong, Roasted Chicken & Coffee Spare Ribs. The Eefu Noodles & Sambal Kangkong were good and Roasted Chicken was ordinary. The coffee in the Coffee Spare Ribs was overpowering. It was as if i had a full cup of coffee eating a piece of rib. We were extremely disappointed with the overcooked Steamed Grouper especially we paid $60+ for a fresh grouper! I might still go back but will avoid ordering the dishes that has failed my expectation during this visit.
03 Sep 2013 • 4 reviews • 0 follower

Great Seafood!

Was invited to Joyden for a family dinner last Sunday. 1st impression of the restaurant. It is located within this West Coast Recreation Centre and strangely at its car-park level. Nonetheless when we entered the restaurant, it was warm and pleasant with wooden floorings and nice purple chairs.

It was very busy for a Sunday night. From what i could gather, the restaurant was pretty big and could sit around 20+ biggish tables.

Jumping on to the food. Given that my aunt is a regular at this restaurant and it being her birthday, naturally she did the ordering. And wow, did she not disappoint.

The first dish that came was the Cold Dish platter. Now i know what you're thinking...how great can a Cold Dish get right?? WRONG!! The Cold Dish was fantastic! Firstly it looked great (all of us took our phones out to snap pictures) but more importantly it tasted great! Especially the Hae Zor which we almost ordered a second portion of! 

Next dish that came along was the Crispy Whole Duck (on promo btw till end Sept). We seldom see this dish nowadays or if we do see it, it doesn't taste very good. But over at Joyden, the moment that brought the Duck out, you could smell how fragrant it was. And when the server cut into the duck to pull apart the duck meat...oh my, we couldn't wait to tuck in. Like my cousin said...it's like KFC but much better! haha we could see our neighbouring tables ordering the same thing too.

Cereal Prawns was next. Again, what you think would be a very normal dish found everyone. But wrong again! The cereal was especially crispy and fragrant, just with the right touch of curry powder and sweetness. We were just scrapping the cereal off the plate to top on our rice. Point to note also, the prawns were very fresh and big!

Will just jump to the Crabs as these were the highlight of the dinner. We had 2 types, Creamy Crab and Black Pepper Crab. 1st thing that we noted was their crabs were not particularly big, but still >1kg i think. But the manager was telling us that these mid-sized crabs are best for stir-frying as their meat is relatively firm and can absorb the sauces much better than the large crabs.

The Creamy Crab was cooked with a pumpkin puree based sauce. Sounds strange i know. But sooooooo yummy, with a hint of spicy, saltiness and sweetness. We were all licking our fingers and dunking man-tous into the sauce to soak up liquid.

Black Pepper Crab was quite suprising. The black pepper sauce was glossy (almost reflective) and coated the crabs really well. It was not wet such that it would run down your fingers when holding the crab, but it definitely wasn't dry and crumbly either. Perfect consistency I would say. For those who are used to the big crabs found at the few Branded Seafood Restaurants, you may find the crabs here not substantial enough. But trust me, the meat holds up well to the sauce and remains firm and sweet.

All in all, fantastic seafood elevated to great heights! Will come back for more! Hope it opens more outlets soon!