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Mellben Seafood (Toa Payoh)

AsianChineseLocalSeafoodSingaporean
Located on Toa Payoh Lorong 8 is one of the two branches Mellben Seafood has. They are well known for their crab dishes like the crab bee hoon.
+65 63533120
$37 based on 51 submissions
Dinner (14 votes), Vibrant/Noisy (11 votes), Children/Family (9 votes)
The City Nomad

Meaty Crabs!

Review first appears here on CityNomads.com.... It is also in Singapore that some of the best food is found at inconspicuous/innocuous places, and Mellben Seafood is one of these. The gravy used in their version is a little spicier with sweet and sour tones, and their crabs are reliably meaty and fresh. Also worth a try are their Claypot Crab Bee Hoon Soup and Butter Crab – but be sure to arrive early (before 6pm) as they take no reservations, and the queue gets quite out of hand after 7pm.

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  • Guiness Pork Rib4 votes
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10 Dec 2014 • 1 review • 0 follower

very poor service.

On 9 Dec 2014, I went to AMK branch for dinner. The staff manning the queue and order taking is terrible. As if that is not enough, after the order is settled and they handed over a rubber stamped white card with message to say "Not 100% guaranteed solid crab meat". Huh? Your specialty is crabs and you are telling us your crabs are not 100% solid meat. I have been to Mellen Seafood occasionally. Their service level are deteriorating over the days. To all the readers, please avoid Mellen Seafood if you can. The queue, service level, "not 100% solid meat" message and the price are definitely not worth the efforts. Put your hard earned money in somewhere else who are also selling good crab meats.
12 Sep 2014 • 145 reviews • 29 followers

Meaty Crabs!

Review first appears here on CityNomads.com.... It is also in Singapore that some of the best food is found at inconspicuous/innocuous places, and Mellben Seafood is one of these. The gravy used in their version is a little spicier with sweet and sour tones, and their crabs are reliably meaty and fresh. Also worth a try are their Claypot Crab Bee Hoon Soup and Butter Crab – but be sure to arrive early (before 6pm) as they take no reservations, and the queue gets quite out of hand after 7pm.
21 Apr 2014 • 2 reviews • 0 follower

Fresh seafood

I was lucky to visit with my friend at non-peak hour. A bit confused with how to order (first timer) and no direction how to do it. Although not much visitor, waiters were busy chatting. Finally ordered salted egg Crab and it was ok-ish. Not my fave, but I think other food must be tastes better. 

Will visit again sometime when I visited the area. 
10 Mar 2014 • 1 review • 0 follower

Taste Good, Crab is expensive

Small Guinness Pork Ribs, 1 Salted Yolk Crab, Small Veg and Mushroom and a Medium Fried Rice. Total bill added up to approximately $150. I paid $87 for the crab. Last Saturday was my first visit to Mellben Seafood @Toa Payoh. The taste of the food was pretty good, but the crab meat was stuck to the shell, perhaps it was not very fresh. We sat upstairs which is air-conditioned and we need to pay 5% service charge for it. Felt that the crab was overpriced. Overall, the dining experience was quite pleasant.

Creamy Butter Prawns
02 Mar 2014 • 387 reviews • 13 followers

Fresh Crabs

Honestly the food here is good. Of course it's not cheap but not crazy-Jumbo prices either. The items that we're oh-so-good were: 1) Crab in Broth - we paid for extra Beehoon and soup and it's super worth it! The broth was thick with favour and the crab, tho not huge, was fresh. The flesh came apart nicely and easily. Indication of freshness to me. Easily best dish of the night. 2) Guinness Pork Ribs - very well marinated ribs with excellent taste. Doesn't taste like Guinness at all. Very very tasty dish. 3) Broccoli with Beancurd Skin & Mushrooms - it's essentially a very simple dish but don't very very nice! 4) Creamy Butter prawns - it's really prawn in thick salted eggs sauce. What's NOT to like?! Large fresh prawns in savory sauce! Makes you wanna scoop up all that sauce after you're done with the prawns. Other dishes are decent but the above of special mention worthy. Will be back again. :)