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Mellben Seafood (Ang Mo Kio)

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Located at Ang Mo Kio Avenue 3, Mellben Seafood specialises in crab dishes especially its Claypot Crab bee Hoon.

Daily: 16:30 - 23:30

62856762
$36 based on 142 submissions
Dinner (45 votes), Vibrant/Noisy (38 votes), Large Groups/Gathering (37 votes)
The Hungry Bunny

Food so good the hour-long wait for food and seats was (sort of) worth it

For the full review, please see http://thehungrybunnie.blogspot.sg/2014/10/mellben-seafood-ang-mo-kio.html

The legends of hour-long waits for food, and to get seated, are actually true! My personal tip is to get a headstart when trying to get seats for dinner. Or else, nominate a friend to start queuing up for a table at least half an hour before the rest of the party is due to arrive. OR, if you really really abhor queuing, just call ahead and dabao for dinner! Another tip is to dine in larger groups of at least 8 persons, I noticed that there were more tables allocated to larger groups as opposed to small gatherings.

An aside while we're on the topic of slow service: I would have thought that having the benefit of decades of experience in running such a massively successful seafood joint would result in a more efficient kitchen service.Throughout our 3-hour sojourn at Mellben, there were empty tables left unoccupied while impatient hungry patrons were fidgeting in the 10-metre long queue for seats. Maybe the management would like to revisit their seating policies and refine their kitchen protocols, hmm??

That said, the crabs here were so good I'm loathe to admit that we actually thought they were worth the wait. 

We had:

1) Crab Fried Beehoon ($50 per kg): excellent! Subtly heated with black pepper, sweetened with caramelised onions and studded with crunchy greens, the tangled mass of rice noodles was scrumptious. Even if I could hardly make out any crab stock in the noodles. A tip is to pick out the sweet flesh of the crabs and toss it into the noodles to eat with, instead of eating them both separately.  
 
2) Salted Egg Yolk Crabs ($50 per kg): just as superb. This was done a dry style, so there wasn't any gravy, but the curry leaves and chilli padi slices added a mild levity to the wondrous grainy salted egg yolk paste plastered all over the cra

The HGW community like this place for...

  • Claypot Crab Bee Hoon Soup35 votes
  • Butter Crab13 votes
  • Chilli Crab5 votes
  • Salted Egg Crab3 votes
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07 Nov 2014 • 575 reviews • 21 followers

Food so good the hour-long wait for food and seats was (sort of) worth it

For the full review, please see http://thehungrybunnie.blogspot.sg/2014/10/mellben-seafood-ang-mo-kio.html

The legends of hour-long waits for food, and to get seated, are actually true! My personal tip is to get a headstart when trying to get seats for dinner. Or else, nominate a friend to start
09 Oct 2014 • 1 review • 0 follower

Good food but bad service. Still worth a try!

I went there with my family and waited for half an hour. Was relatively fast considering that many people were queuing too. The food was good and I liked it very much. I ate the salted egg crab (dry) and claypot crab bee hoon soup. I prefer the salted egg crab while my family prefers the claypot
16 Aug 2014 • 1 review • 0 follower

mellben thinks their customers fools

1/2 an hour into the queue we were told that they had only small crab available (abt 700 each) and we had to order 2 in the same flavour. This was clearly an attempt to force the customers to order more crabs in multiples of 2 in order to sample different flavour profiles of crab. Not to be take
18 Jul 2014 • 1 review • 15 followers

About the Food

Went to Melben AngMoKio Ave 1 for dinner on date 17 Aug 2014.

Food order as follow:
1) Crab Bee Hoon (1 kg Crab) cos about $60+ (depends on the crab) - Soup is cook using the same crab, so it makes sense to order Extra soup in advance. But Bee Hoon must order extra in advance too otherwise must wait
30 Mar 2014 • 2 reviews • 0 follower

nice crab noodle soup

Super long queue during weekend, but it's worth. Like the Crab noodle soup very much, like more than traditional chili or pepper crab, fried cereal prawn is also quite good.