The Majestic Bay Seafood Restaurant which is newly opened at Gardens By The Bay, offers customers a family-friendly place for seafood and dimsum meals, especially after a walk at the Flower Dome right above.
Knowing Singaporean’s love affair with crabs, Chef Yong Bing Ngen of Majestic Restaurant and Jing fame has created a dish that many locals have not seen before, but would identify with immediately – Kopi Crabs. Yes, coffee crabs!
Just as you are wondering how this would be possible and how it would taste, its sight and smell alone are huge draws. Entering the restaurant, you could almost smell a faint fragrance of the aromatic coffee, made from a blend of 3 varieties of beans.
Immediately after it is served on the table, the crab would be lighted with a flame. It got some much attention that two busloads of PRC tourists ran over from four tables away for a photo opportunity of the burning sensation. The kopi crab is truly a star in the making.
Taste-wise, I liked the sauce a lot, reminding me of the sweet-bitter savour I would associate with coffee pork ribs. My only reservation was the dish was too dry, and could do with more and wetter sauce, such that I can sweep part of my mantou over with.
Crab lovers should also try the Chili Crab Meat Bun ($4.50 for 3 pieces) where actual crab meat is wrapped in a lightly seared ‘bao’ with crisp skin. Imagine eating chilli crabs with buns, but in a reverse manner. The fillings did not flow (as I expected) but it is still a definite must-order.
If you are in a dilemma of what sweet dimsum to order, try the Sweet’s Temptation ($20 for 4 pax) which includes the Glutinous Rice Dumpling with Yam Paste Stuffing, Shredded Coconut; Glutinous Rice Dumpling with Fresh Cream Stuffing; Steamed Custard Bun, Salted Egg Yolk; Bay’s Chinese Pancake, and Red Bean Paste.
Majestic Bay Seafood Restaurant is almost guaranteed to fill up your hungry tummies, especially with its baked rice and assorted seafood done Macau style. If you are feeling too full, there is always a good excuse by taking a walk at the Supertree Grove above.
Majestic Bay Seafood Restaurant
Flower Dome #01-10 Gardens by the Bay, 18 Marina Gardens Drive, Singapore 018953 (Bayside MRT) Tel: +65 6604 6604 www.majesticbay.sg
Opening Hours: Lunch 11:45am-2:30pm (Mon-Fri), 11:30am-2:30pm (Sat-Sun), Dinner 5.45pm-9:30pm (Mon-Sun)