Tuesday, 22 January 2013

Majestic Bay Seafood Restaurant (Gardens By The Bay)

Majestic Bay Seafood Restaurant is the third and newest baby of Chef Yong Bing Ngen. It is located at Gardens By The Bay, just below the Flower Dome, opposite the entrance of Cloud Forest. 
The 110-seater restaurant is cozy with a nautical theme to resemble a ship deck. Rounds mirrors line the wall to resemble the potholes with light oak floors and the corporate colour is auqamarine. 
Private Room
There is also a private room available for booking for up to 14 diners. 
As you walk into the restaurant, you will be greeted by a wide variety of live (fresh) seafood in the water tanks ranging from Crabs, Fish (Empura, Turbot), Geo Duck Clams, Bamboo Clams to Lobsters. 

I like the setting of the restaurant. Neat, clean, modern and elegant! Just the place to go to if you need to impress someone without breaking the bank.
Assorted Seafood Soup (Whole Young Coconut, Bamboo Piths) $18
Assorted Seafood Soup (Whole Young Coconut, Bamboo Pith) $18
The Assorted Seafood Soup was served in a whole young coconut. In it, there were mushroom, prawn, scallop and bamboo pith. The soup was tasty with the sweetness of the scallop and prawn extracted into the soup. In addition, there was a light mushroom and coconut flavour. The ingredients used were fresh. The mushroom used was fresh and not the dried version. Similarly, the scallop used was the fresh version. It was big and chunky, so much so that when I bite into it, the flavour of the scallop could still be savoured. I would have though that the prawn in this case would be overcook. But I was wrong. It was cooked just right and was firm and fresh. The best part is that after drinking all the soup, you can use a spoon and scrap off the coconut flesh easily. =)
Bay's Signature 'Kopi' Sauce Crab
You would not have been to Majestic Bay Seafood Restaurant if you did not order their signature crab;  Bay's Signature 'Kopi' Sauce Crab. Having said that, of course there are other ways to savour your crab if you prefer; Chilli Sauce, Black Pepper, Steamed with Shao Xing, Sauted with Spring Onions and Ginger or Stewed with Bee Hoon. 

Bay's Signature 'Kopi' Sauce Crab was created by Chef Yong and there is no doubt that this is a uniquely created in Singapore Dish. It is cooked with a blend of 3 varieties of coffee beans, along with apple jam, orange juice and marmalade. At the serving table, it is set alight with a alcoholic mixture to give an extra oomph of  fragrance and caramelisation. 
Bay's Signature 'Kopi' Sauce Crab
I must say that this is a very unique way of cooking a crab. Although I am not a coffee person, I found the 'Kopi' sauce extremely addictive. The intense coffee flavour couple with the sweetness left me longing for more. The crab was fresh and meaty. Its meat could be easily pull out and was firm. Coffee lovers (addicted to coffee/ requiring at least a cup of caffeine fix a day) will definitely love this! 
Braised Baby Abalone Mee Sua ($24 for 2-4 pax, $36 for 5-8 pax)
The Braised Baby Abalone Mee Sua stole the show. It was simple yet delicious. The braised baby abalone was so soft, tender and flavourful. The Mee Sua was tasty having absorbed the rich, tasty and creamy broth. It was so irresistible that I finish the whole bowl (including the broth). Mee Sua is my type of comfort food! 
Doubled-boiled Peach Gum and Chinese Pear (cold) $5
Doubled-boiled Peach Gum and Chinese Pear (cold) $5
The Doubled-Boiled Peach Gum and Chinese Pear was served cold. The sweetness from the different ingredients were extracted. The Peach Gum deserved a special mention as it was soft yet flavourful and sweet.
Glutinous Rice Dumplings with Fresh Cream Stuff ($4.50 for 3 pieces)
Although I am not a fan of fresh cream, the Glutinous Rice Dumpling was saved by the skin of the Glutinous Rice Dumpling (Yes, you read this correctly! The skin!). The skin was extremely soft. It was made from scratch by Chef Li Shou Tao who is their Dim Sum Chef with over 20 years of experience! Wow man! I can't wait to try their Dim Sum one day!
Overall, I must say that I have tried several unique dishes during this visit, some of them for the first time in my life (now I sound like a suaku). It is interesting to see the innovative way the different ingredients are combined to create a dish. It is hard choosing the best 2 dishes I ate that day. But if I have to recommend 2 dishes, it would be the Braised Baby Abalone Mee Sua and Bay's Signature 'Kopi' Sauce Crab. I hope that I get to try their Dim Sum one day. If you have tried it before do let me know. 

If you are wondering where to eat at Gardens By The Bay, well this is it!

Thanks Janice and Sherman from Foodnews for invite and hosting. 

ps: It is advisable to make reservations during weekends.

Majestic Bay Seafood Restaurant (Gardens By The Bay)
18 Marina Gardens Drive, #01-10
Flower Dome, Gardens By The Bay
Tel: 6604 6604
Opening Hours: Mon to Fri 1145am - 230pm, 545pm - 930pm (last order)
                         Sat, Sun & PH 1130am - 230pm, 545pm - 930pm (last order)

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  1. prices look affordable too. And your photos look great.

    1. Hi RERG

      thanks! sitting in the cold air-con office, I wish I have a pipping hot bowl of mee sua now! =)


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