Alvin Sim •
03 Nov 2014 • 1 review • 0 follower
I had a family reunion dinner of sorts at No. 3 Crab Delicacy Seafood on 2 Nov 2014, as my sister was visiting from Australia with her newborn baby. We went with much excitement as this place came highly recommended from a close friend.
For a table for 7, we ordered fried tofu, deep-fried baby squid, sweet potato leaves, broccoli with scallops, chilli crab and their signature curry crab. I do not even know where to start documenting my disappointment.
1) Fried tofu: Bland and starchy when bitten into, but at least it was edible.
2) Deep-fried baby squid: Burnt when served. To his credit, the restaurant manager apologized for the squid and took it back into the kitchen but re-emerged with the exact same plate, with slightly more sweet dark sauce dribbled on the squid to mask the burnt taste. So much for integrity!
3) Sweet potato leaves: In spite of the belachan sauce, the dish was unmistakably served overcooked and bland.
4) Broccoli with scallops: Broccoli was overcooked and discoloured when served. It was accompanied by a paltry 4 pieces of scallops, this coming from a medium-sized serving. At least they managed to get the flavour right this time and it wasn't too bland.
5) Chilli crab: The only dish to emerge with some credit. The meat was juicy and succulent, but the gravy was too starchy and did not have enough egg bits inside.
6) Curry crab: The curry had a good flavour to it, but the crab had been left in the curry for too long and the meat was overcooked and did not fall out of the shells nicely.
My dad, who is not known to be a fussy eater, quietly commented to me for the first time during any family dinner in history that he would not return, as the taste was generally bland and we would be able to do so much better at other restaurants.
Alas, this wasn't the worst part of the experience. When my mom was settling the bill (approx. $285.), she commented to the waitress that the food was disappointing and she would not return. The waitress casually remarked "Ma'am, taste is a very subjective issue. You may not think it's good but other customers do." I was appalled by this response which smacked of a lack of professionalism and decorum.
I've never felt so compelled to write a review, hence this is my first review in spite of my long-time membership at HGW. 3 Crabs is a place I would never return. The worst dining experience in my life and I'm sorry I had to put my visiting family through this.