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.
I spent $81 per person.
- I also recommend this place for:
- After Work
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