expat couple •
03 Dec 2013 • 5 reviews • 0 follower
We had some out-of-town guests for a few days and were walking along Robertson Quay to select a restaurant.
The foreign guests like seafood and chose this restaurant. What a mistake !
The waiter was extremely rude. At first he did not want to let us sit at an outside table as it was too large for our party of 4 (plus a baby). There wasn't anything else available so he eventually relented. But a few moments later when a more suitable smaller table opened up, he did not want to let us change as he claimed that he had already input the other table number for us. How ridiculous. Throughout the dinner his demeanour was brusque, uncaring, and unhelpful.
We ordered several starters and main courses, all hot dishes. They delivered everything at once. How ridiculous, as it all got cold before we could consume everything.
The mixed platter of 3 types of squid was disgusting -- mushy calamari that was not worth $5 let alone the $30 they charged.
The crayfish looked promising in the menu but came out very different -- coated so thick in bread crumbs to hide the tiny amount to eat. Moreover, the waiter insisted that we had to order at least 3 whole crayfish (cut into halves) and he refused to quote the actual price per piece.
The whole garoupa fish I thought should be good, but when I asked about size the waiter insisted that there is only one size and the price is fixed at $80 per fish. We expected he would at least bring the live fish for us to select (as in many Chinese seafood restaurants around the world), but it just came out already cooked. Not very large nothing special in taste, but not as bad as the previous dishes mentioned.
Total price was $300 for 4 adults, including two small beers, a juice, and a fresh coconut. Aside from the generally poor quality, a more appropriate price should have been only half of that amount.
We would have left right at the beginning or when we heard the scam pricing if it was just the two of us, but as we had the foreign guests and did not want to look furthe for seafood it would have been too troublesome to leave, so we just accepted and paid.
Overall the worst dining experience we have had in Singapore. Definitely avoid.