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Mellben Seafood

14 June 2010

Mellben Seafood needs little introduction actually, having appeared on various print, online and blog reviews, and with most of them heaping much praise on its famous crab dishes. There's two Mellben outlets, one at Toa Payoh and the other at Ang Mo Kio, and this blog post is a write-up on the latter. All I can tell you is, I'm getting all hungry just typing this and looking at the pictures of the delicious crabs.

Sambal Fried Rice

First of course, we ordered a few other dishes to get dinner going. The Sambal Fried Rice was actually quite good, better than what we had expected, though it did mean much more carbohydrates filling our tummies early on into the meal. It was not overly spicy and had a healthy portion of shrimps to chew on.

Crispy Beancurd

The Crispy Beancurd was quite a misnomer in itself, because it wasn't crispy to begin with. Mixed reviews on this all around the table, but as for me I didn't like this that much because it was all just starch and paste.

Cereal Prawns

The Cereal Prawns were definitely tasty, but admittedly quite typical as well. The tiny chilli padis added a little zest to the sweet, buttered cereals, while the few curry leaves gave it all a slightly more distinct flavour. Me, I was happy just sitting there and eating spoonful after spoonful of the cereals.

Chilli Crabs

Ahh, my favourite of the night surely, and Mellben does do a really fantastic job at it. Three pictures right there to jolt your Chilli Crab cravings to no end! The thick gravy was adequately spicy (my friend Stella did mention that she prefers it even spicier) and was quite addictive. Most importantly, the crabs were very fresh, thanks I'm sure to their high daily turnover. Very good stuff.

Butter Crabs

I can't say the same for the Butter Crabs, but this is really a personal preference since my friends actually liked the buttered ones more. Perhaps it had something to do with the way the crabs were arranged and the way they were staring at me throughout dinner. Taste-wise, I suppose it was just a bit too buttery and salty for my own liking. I wish we had room for black pepper crabs, but that just means a return visit is on the cards!

Fried Man Tou Buns

Of course, lap it all up with some mini deep-fried man tou buns :)

Contrary to some reviews, service here was alright, just not the most friendly. I guess with crowds every night they are really just focused on clearing tables, taking orders and making room for new customers. Go on weekday nights, I went on a Monday and only had to wait for ten minutes.

About $180 for all.

Blk 232 Ang Mo Kio Avenue 3, #01-1222.

Pictures taken with the Canon EOS 500D.

6 Foodie Comments:

Anonymous said...

i hate you!!

Your photos make me want to eat chilli crabs now ;_;

June 14, 2010 at 7:03 PM
Stargirl said...

haha i don't really read about seafood restaurants so the first time i heard about melben seafood was when the straits times published an article about a couple who escaped the restaurant without paying their bill.

June 14, 2010 at 7:11 PM
foodaholic said... jio! haha...yummy they look.

June 14, 2010 at 9:10 PM
*Harris said...

oysterdiaries: i hate myself too haha! they make me hungry for crabs too...

stargirl: oh yes, it's a notice at mellben too heh. i heard the crab bee hoon is mellben's specialty, more than the chilli crabs.

foodaholic: was with my uni friends la, next time we organise a seafood one ya? :)

June 14, 2010 at 9:47 PM
Benjamin said...

Woah hey I ate at Mellben Seafood not long ago too.

My friends and I ate just the Chilli Crab and Butter Creamy Crab and nothing else! I thought they were pretty fantastic too!

My good friend however was not satisfied with the Chilli Crab sauce! Said it was still too watery! I personally thought it was thick enough but he said he was very particular about the sauce!

We loved the Butter Creamy Crab precisely because of the sauce and its creaminess!!!

Just curious, how much were the cereal prawns? We ate at the establishment opposite Mellbens previously, Uncle Leong's (supposedly also famous for their crabs). We remember them charging around $20 for a plate of cereal prawns and we felt quite ripped off.

June 17, 2010 at 2:36 AM
Melissa said...

OMG!! Harris I LOVE THIS PLACE!!! I'm so craving their crab noodles!! I told my mom that's the place I want my "welcome back" meal at. I'll be lugging Lucia along for crab noodle. :)~

June 28, 2010 at 9:44 AM

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